IMG_3922v2Sydney’s inner city The Grounds in Alexandria is a favourite little spot; its an oasis paying homage to the land zoned inner urban industrial.

Outdoors think lush heirloom vegetables and herbs on vines and in raised beds; wooden kids house; chooks in pens and even a pig.

Order to-go and sit out amongst it, timber and metal seating under vine covered timber frames, glass jars hold tealights on wires.  It’s beautiful.

Indoors sit at one of the many tables spread throughout the converted pie factory, near the glass contained coffee research room, at one of the secluded communal tables or out near the main entrance.

Choose from the takeaway counter heavy with impossible-to-choose-from breads tarts and pastries.

Order from the table menu and you might need some time – choosing is difficult, lots of wholesome ingredients, many fresh from the gardens, rustic and hearty.

Not cheap, but well put together, flavoursome and fresh.

IMG_3936v2This visit, for breakfast, I opted for the signature avocado, with heriloom tomato, feta and zaatar, with a single poached egg on the side.

Tastes great; love the micro herb on top with the soft persian style feta.

Green Tea was beautifully presented in an individual copper pot, perhaps a little bitter for my tastes, but it’s a personal thing.

Nearby a serving of the Healthy Plate looked impressive, with gluten free granola, organic yoghurt, fruit and nuts piled high and an added juice shot.

IMG_3924v2The Grounds is a place of details.  A single red neon sign sits comfortably alongside rustic metal bakers stands and vintage tins full of wood handled cutlery.

Styling – definitely – but uncomfortable it’s not.  In the city that rarely sleeps, I just want to stay and drink it in.

Here’s some pics, and check out their website here.

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