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One of the definite highlights of our trip was the Sydney Fish Market. Boni and I are both big seafood fans, so this market was like a slice of heaven.IMG_5812 IMG_5814 IMG_5817The place is essentially a miniature mall with one large and two small seafood retailers and few cooked food places inside and out.

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We stayed indoors to eat, because who wants to fight with the seagulls.

IMG_5893The scampi and scallops were so incredibly sweet and fresh – simply the best we’ve had. I probably could’ve had a lot more if we weren’t flying that night.IMG_5889 IMG_5884 IMG_5865Since it was such a beautiful day, we walked back to the hotel over Pyrmont Bridge. IMG_5951 IMG_5961 IMG_5959 IMG_5957 IMG_5955

There’s probably just a couple of posts left from Sydney, we’re sort of hanging onto it with our dear lives (insert, holiday withdrawals). Stay with us, Auckland based eats to come sooner or later…

Like diligent tourists we visited the Sydney Opera House. We even joined a tour, which we recommend if you have an hour to spare.

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Having woken up early enough for breakfast (brunch, we still love you more) we stopped by a restaurant on Circular Quay.
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IMG_5693 IMG_5683Contemporary art and I, we’re not the best of friends. Nevertheless there were a few pieces that we enjoyed.
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IMG_5055The Grounds’ concept is brilliant. It is everything. It is a florist, multiple restaurants, an on-site bakery, a petting shed, a children’s playhouse, a takeaway, a courtyard, a market, a school, a venue. All in one. You can tell how excited we were by the sheer amount of photos in this post.IMG_4935 IMG_5041

There was a cake and pastry stall just outside the cafe as well as a lemonade stand. Although it’s beautiful, I’d suggest steering clear of the lemonade one.

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We waited around 15 minutes for a table inside. The cafe is very dimly lit and bustling with action, you can see the kitchen and the crazy number of dishes being served constantly. The staff are well trained and move quickly – which is necessary considering the number of people that visit.
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We ordered the banana smoothie and a refreshing watermelon juice. The smoothie was top notch – creamy and full of flavour.IMG_4952

The food itself was anti-climatic. The signature avocado was too salty and the bread tough. The quinoa cake lacked flavour and the sourness of the cucumber was overpowering. The lunch menu on the other hand looked great. Lunch is served from 12pm. IMG_4969 IMG_4970

We also had a passionfruit cheesecake – because who can resist with a dessert cabinet looking like that. While I enjoyed it, Boni not so much.IMG_5014

The Grounds aren’t located in the CBD of course, but getting there isn’t too difficult. We took the train to Green Square station and walked roughly 10 minutes. There is limited valet parking and street parking seems scarce.IMG_5047 IMG_4938 IMG_5040IMG_5051

The little store front in the courtyard seems to serve the same/similar menu, so definitely dine outside if the weather permits.

The Potting Shed is open a little later for lunch. The venue is beautiful.IMG_5058IMG_5057

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IMG_4917There was also another area behind the florist which looked stunning. It wasn’t open yet though.IMG_4916 IMG_4921 IMG_4923 IMG_4926 Processed with VSCOcam with c3 preset IMG_4928Playhouse!IMG_5044Kevin Bacon and friendsIMG_4932 IMG_5048IMG_5039IMG_5037IMG_4936IMG_4937

I hope the guys at The Hip Group are reading this. I think we need one here in Auckland (or even just outside of Auckland, I’d be willing to travel there).

The Grounds of Alexandria
2 Huntley Street, Alexandria, Sydney

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