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The Station – Quirky Industrial Coffee Shop in Wahroonga

It’s funny how the sight of a coffee shop with a beautiful interior can instantly bring a smile to our faces and momentarily add an extra beat to our hearts.  The Station is one of the longest established cafes in Wahroonga, originally called Café Laurella, when it opened in 1998.  Husband and wife team, George and Emma, decided to add their own flavour to the community of Wahroonga and started this thriving family friendly restaurant.  Among the hussle and bussle, we have a quick chat to Emma to ask about their journey and how the interior design of the restaurant unfolded.

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VSD: The opening at the street side gives great access to passers by.  Was this done during your renovation?

It is one of my favourite aspects of the fit out.  I wanted a feature that would be immediately noticable and where it would by easy for passers by to stop and get a take away.  At the same time, it acts as a drawing card for people to come inside and see what else is on offer.

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VSD: How did you come across the premises?

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Coffee at The Grounds in Alexandria

A “destination café” is a café that has coffee, food and atmosphere so wonderful, that you would be willing to travel great distances to experience its uniqueness.  Although we came across The Grounds per chance and without well thought out travel plans, we would certainly take this journey across town again, without a second thought.

Coffee at the Grounds

As we take a seat inside, mouths agape at the rustic chic décor and absorbing the cosy ambience created by soft lighting, we order a cappucino.  Lyndie decides that hers lack chocolate sprinkles and generously pours some over her coffee from the container on the table.  After a greedy gulp, she realizes that the newly acquired peppery taste, is not due to the ground organic coffee beans!  Luckily, the dumbfounded waiter replaces it with a smile, head shaking as if not believing in such stupidity!

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As described in our previous blog, The Grounds of Alexandria is situated among factory outlets and showrooms, so it was an unexpected delight coming across this oasis of kitchen gardens, chicken pen and a sprawl of casual seating.

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The Grounds café, is a former warehouse and 1900s pie factory that was turned into a restaurant with artisan bakery and coffee roasting facility.  The renovated space opens onto an urban kitchen garden, with a fit-out that creates a rustic, inviting atmosphere with contemporary highlights.

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The designer, Caroline Choker, embraced the former rustic, industrial interior and combined it with eye catching polished tiles in interesting patterns, steel frames and timber cabinetry to create this unique atmosphere. The starting point for their design concept was a seed to cup approach and it combines well with the holistic dining and coffee experience.

The Grounds interior shelving

The Grounds Coffee poster

The site also hosts a coffee research and testing facility.  The Grounds offers wholesome, rustic food where fresh herbs are picked from the garden every morning.  A full-time horticulturalist grows seasonal produce for the menu.

Fresh bread display

Caroline’s brother, Ramzey Choker, and his longstanding business partner, coffee roaster Jack Hanna, own the café.  Caroline also designs and manages bespoke events there.

Brick hallway with lighting

If you would like to have a unique outing, visit The Grounds at Building 7, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria.  Phone 02-96992225 to make a booking, especially for large groups or over the busy weekend period.

 

Cheerio ’til next time!

 

Lyndie and Eriana

Images found on petitepassport; nicoalaryjr on Flickr.com; and Pinterest by arlaaston.com

 

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Coffee, food & music at The Grounds of Alexandria

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We were just strolling down the street, minding our own business, on the busy streets of Alexandria in Sydney. Then we turned a corner, and unexpectedly faced a small piece of paradise with a strong smell of freshly brewed coffee.

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alexandria the grounds outdoor tables

This amazing cafe garden was built in 2012 into the remnants of an old heritage-listed warehouse. It is almost like a little town. There is a mixture of freshly brewed take-away coffee stands. The lovely Industrial style coffee shop, The Grounds, is the centre of attention for this cafe garden.  Walk around and explore and you will find more restaurants, deli’s, bakery’s and even activities for children.

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alexandria the grounds coffee shop

In the outside courtyard you will find either secret spots or huge sharing tables. Plans for a beer garden is well on it’s way! Order something, have a seat anywhere and just relax!

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There are so much to explore, you will have to plan to stay a while.

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There is even a play area for kids, and a petting zoo with a pig called Kevin Bacon.

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With regular market stalls and live bands on weekends, this cafe garden in Alexandria is the place to be on a lazy Saturday morning. Check out their facebook page for updated shows & markets.

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Even dogs are welcome, with their own special “Dog Parking” for water. An outdoor bathroom with rustic features is available. Don’t worry, the toilets are inside!

So here is the address for your next visit to Alexandria:

BUILDING 7A, NO.2 HUNTLEY ST ALEXANDRIA NSW 2015

 

Until next time,

Eriana & Lyndie

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A visit to “The Baron” – An Industrial coffee shop in Castle Hill

The Vanilla Girls are always in desperate need for a quick caffeine fix and it was not by accident that we ended up at the Baron.  This funky, industrial style coffee shop in Castle Hill, North West of Sydney, has been our secret “pick me up” for the last few months.  We decided, because we are generally good people, that it would be a sin and extremely selfish not to share it with our readers.

The Baron Castle hill

With locally sourced ingredients and home made sauces and relishes, they’ve created a winning menu with some interesting variations on the good old favourites. (more…)

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“Kiplings Garage Bar” – Your wine bar and fireplace in Turramurra

We came across Kipling’s Garage Bar after a suggestion from a friend that lives in the local area of Turramurra. Early settlers referred to the area as Eastern Road, until the railway station was built in 1890.

This time, we arrive at our destination almost without incident, the only mishap being a slight detour into one way traffic in combination with hysterical giggles and a near miss of a pole in the centre of the road. The Bar’s location is opposite the Turramurra Station. We have a chat with Helen, the owner, to find out about this intimate establishment, which used to be a service station.  The neglected building stood unoccupied for a number of years, before Helen decided to turn it into a lively, modern bar & restaurant.

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VSD: How did you come across the premises and decide on a wine bar?

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Dolcettini – A rustic Patisserie heaven in the Hills

As we walk through the door of Dolcettini, we immediately become aware of the homely smell of freshly brewed coffee and hot, buttery pastry.  Even though the patisserie is tucked away on a side street in Dural, they sure don’t have a lack of passing trade through the door!

Bianca and her husband, Francesca, opened this shop in 2012, after creating a huge following by setting up market stalls and selling award winning delights. Nowadays, they can hardly keep up with demand and their delicious creations are very well known in the area.

We caught up with Bianca in the midst of the bustling trade, to ask about the design and decorating stage of the shop.

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VSD:  How did you decide on the style of the décor?

My husband always wanted an industrial, rustic patisserie and I’ve always loved a more French Provincial and Italian country look (which can be very expensive when done properly).  We had a very tight budget not knowing what to expect from a shop in Dural in a small community.  We found the building to be awkwardly designed and weren’t willing to spend too much on the interior.

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