skip to Main Content

HOT: The Grounds of Alexandria, 2 Huntley St, Alexandria, Sydney

Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds of Alexandria, or ‘The Grounds’ as its affectionately known, is a Sydney cafe, restaurant and bar, but I think it’s more than that. It’s an amazing dining and retail complex which brings a bit of a rustic, garden-party feel to industrial Alexandria.

Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds are built on the space which used to house a pie factory. It offers families lots of opportunities to eat, play and explore as it’s been divided up into several ‘zones’. 

Grounds of Alexandria

There are two eateries – as you go through the main entrance you’ll see the gloriously verdant ‘The Potting Shed’,  which is the more upmarket and sedate dining space, and if you keep creeping down the pathway you’ll hit the cafe and bakery.

Grounds of Alexandria

The Potting Shed is my preferred dining option with kids. The tone is much more relaxed than the frenetic activity inside the cafe and the semi-outdoors setting means that you can enjoy the weather and the greenery.

Grounds of Alexandria

They will even generously allow you to bring a few take away items (like the amazing chocolate hazelnut milkshakes $8) from the cafe to have with your meal.

Grounds of Alexandria

While The Potting Shed is more of a sit-down affair than the cafe there are still plenty of kid-friendly features to enjoy. Firstly, the staff brought high chairs without being asked. Secondly, there is a sweet wooden swing at the entrance on which you can gently laze. Thirdly, there is a giant tropical parrot at the greeting station which occasionally gets taken out for feed! Lady AB and Baby 2.0 were simultaneously fascinated and freaked out by the bird.

Grounds of Alexandria

In such an amazing setting it’d be easy to be lazy with the food, but that’s not the case here. The lamb shanks pie is satisfying and hearty with a flaky buttery pastry that flies off the fork ($22).

Grounds of Alexandria

The chicken strips are a hit with the kids ($16) while the pork belly sliders are served on a wire trivet, skewered together with black charcoal buns and pork crackling.

Grounds of Alexandria

Even a simple dish like the thyme-infused tomatoes taste of just-picked sweetness and elevate bruschetta to something sublime.

Grounds of Alexandria

What the cafe offers is a takeaway service, an amazing array of sweet treats made fresh on premises daily and a small kids menu. Their cakes and tarts are liberally filled with creme patissiere and I highly recommend their lemon meringue pie jazzed up not just with soft meringue but also a raspberry, bruleed marshmallow and a little meringue cone.  

Grounds of Alexandria

After eating take some time to explore some of the other areas. There’s a mysterious tiny greenhouse by the toilets which looks like an eccentric tinkerer’s den.

Grounds of Alexandria

The florist, The Grounds Florals by Silva, overflows with colourful rainbow blooms that will bring joy to any eye.

Grounds of Alexandria

Grounds of Alexandria

There’s a Secret Garden for kids with a small wooden schoolhouse replete with blackboard walls and a tiny little yard out the front. 

Grounds of Alexandria

A tractor for climbing and photographic opportunities with pumpkins!

Grounds of Alexandria

The most popular family attraction is the farm animal pen where you can meet chickens, a pony and a pig named Kevin Bacon!

Grounds of Alexandria

Grounds of Alexandria

If you’re a photographer then there’s something to capture the eye in every corner. The Grounds knows this and that’s why they’ve set up particularly photogenic backdrops and Instagram printers in several locations so that you can print out your photos of your visit for free in 30 seconds. Clever!

Grounds of Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria is a place that stimulates all your senses and every experience is imbued with a sense of discovery.  The food, the aesthetics, the styling, the greenery, the animal sounds, the play areas all create layers of interest and engagement from little kids to adults. I can’t wait to go back for more.

HOT Tips:

  • pram access;
  • high chairs;
  • kids menu in cafe;
  • standard menu in cafe and The Potting Shed suitable for kids;
  • play area and farm animals;
  • limited parking on site, buses and taxis are the best option; and
  • bring a camera and remember to print out your Instagram pics.

 

The Grounds of Alexandria, The Grounds of Alexandria, 2 Huntley St, Alexandria, Sydney

Mon-Fri 7-4pm

Sat-Sum 7:30-4pm

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site! Back To Top