The Grounds of Alexandria


Huntley st, Alexandria.

Order it as a tea, not a latte.  They make it with powder.  Plan to wait for an hour.



Cafe Giulia


Abercrombie st, Chippendale

This morning we came back from Wagga and went to our very favourite cafe in Sydney.  It’s our favourite because

1.  The chai is first rate.

2.  The coffee is first rate (so I hear….)

3.  The food choice is amazing and every dish is delicious. Consistently.

4.  Super prompt and friendly service and absolutely sense that you’re being rushed out.

It just dawned on me how I can tell there’s a chance of a good chai coming out of the pot.  It’s pretty simple.  If it comes out brown, you’re in with a good chance.  If it’s beige it might be drinkable but if it’s still off-white then it’s likely you’ve been served a cup of hot milk.

Marry.  And maybe try the rhubarb waffles while you’re there.

The Espresso Room


110 Glover st, Cremorne

This morning I decided to take a tranquil stroll on one of those picturesque, tree-lined street on the North Shore.  The sun was shining, the birds were singing and then I hit Military Rd.  Peaceful morning finished, I stopped at The Espresso Room for a chai.  It’s a cosy little place that faces directly onto Military Rd.  They serve T2 chai and were happy to make it brewed on soy milk, but once it was delivered, I had to wait a while for it to brew and push the tea a bit more through the strainer to get a bit more flavour.  Unfortunately it was more of a chai tea than what I was after.

Avoid.  You can do better at Shot on Military half a block up.

Botanica Garden Cafe


61a Bay Rd, Waverton

I cannot believe how great this café is. I don’t really want to report on it, because not only is it one of the best suburban cafes I’ve been to, it’s never been busy and I’d hate to get the word out. It has all the hard to find elements of a quality kid-friendly café and it’s got really, really good chai!!

  • Easy parking
  • Big spaces between tables
  • High chairs
  • Garden feature up the back that includes a water feature with giant goldfish
  • Delicious food
  • Super friendly and helpful staff
  • Outdoor wet weather seating

…..and it’s on the North Shore. Unbelievable.

Marry.  I’m going to be crossing the bridge a whole lot more for this one.