I still remember the day I discovered Paper Plane café. It was a day I had intended to visit one of my favourite Malaysian cafés in parramatta, only to be devastated to find that it was gone and in its place a very ordinary looking café with a funny name now existed. Paper plane café. Twas a very sad day indeed!
Fast forward five or so years, and I’ve still yet to actually try the place out, but much happier memories have been made in its sister location at Paper Plane factory. Located in amongst an industrial area, its pretty much the only business open on the weekend, which makes parking a breeze and means that theres plenty of peace and quiet, if the busy bustling streets of Parramatta are not quite your thing.
It’s also located right next to my high school as well, which makes it an excellent location for catch ups with my high school friends too!
And it appears to be quite a popular pick, with pretty much a full house on the Sunday I visit, despite its relatively isolated location. Luckily most visitors seem to be early birds, so we’re quick to snag a table and the crowd slowly dissipates as the afternoon comes along.
Winter Warmer Bowl ($16)
It’s not every day that I venture out towards the CBD these days, but when I do, it’s usually on a Sunday when more than half of the cafes I want to visit are not actually open. Boo.
I am however, fortunate enough to have friends who have excellent food recommendations, which is how I end up all the way in Woolloomooloo for a quick bite at Smoking Gun Bagels.
It’s a tiny store tucked away in the quieter back streets of Woollomooloo- not exactly an easy find, but the promise of delicious homemade bagels and coffee is enough to draw a constant stream of visitors. Afterall- there aren’t all that many places which do bagels in Sydney!
Seating is very limited but bagels are a quick eat so it isn’t a long wait if you’re after a table. The menu is quite simple, with options ranging from the brekkie staple of bacon & eggs, to more exciting flavours like Kimcheese as well as dessert options if something like lemon meringue is more your thing.
You’re Just Too Good to Beetroot ($14)
Prawns on Pond ($21)
Located in the middle of St Ive’s Village, it’s very easy to dismiss Café Milligram as your typical shopping centre café. You know- the ones you stop at for a quick drink and cake the when your legs get tired half way through your shop, where you probably wouldn’t give the food much of a thought.
And whilst it’s location and it’s good selection of cakes, makes it perfect for a rest stop, give the menu a go and you’ll find that Café Milligram offers so, so much more!
Mid Autmun Festival is upon us, and although it’s not a massive celebration, it’s quite hard to miss, with big bright boxes of mooncakes filling the entrance of most Asian grocery stores for months in the lead up.
I’m a sucker for all things sweet and naturally, rarely one to turn down dessert so when I had the opportunity to visit Passiontree, a dessert cafe, to trial some of their desserts I couldn’t say no!
Epic Hot Chocolates: White Mint, Campfire S’Mores, Peanut Butter Cuppa, Rose Delight ($9.90)