Life with kids in Sydney City
The Grounds of Alexandria impressed from the moment we arrived. Cafe, roastery, bar, eatery, organic gardens, markets, lemonade stalls, animal farm and kids enclosed play area.
There's so much happening at The Grounds of Alexandria, I'm not sure where to start!
It's a beautiful cafe with a huge outdoor courtyard, an urban oasis as you look up there are plants growing above you and a soft mist keeps everything at the right temperature. Spacious and beautiful, the cafe is surrounded by perfectly manicured organic herb and vegetable gardens, a kids play area, lemonade, dessert and hot dog market stalls, rustic table settings, a wishing fountain and an animal farm.
The cafe is excellent so it is always busy. You can enjoy the sights while you wait for a table. It is also possible to order take away inside or at the coffee stand outside to enjoy in the courtyard surrounded by the beautiful gardens. There are covered and uncovered seating areas in the courtyard.
Note: There are highchairs inside but not in the garden due to the uneven surface. If you eat outside, there are toilets in the garden with a change table in the ladies bathroom.
There is parking with the entrance on 41-43 Bourke Road or at 2 Huntley Street. It's hard to get a spot but there are attendants there to direct you and they will always accommodate parents with little kids and prams onsite.
We visited on a Sunday afternoon and it was buzzing. We parked on the roof of the multi-storey car park building. Kevin Bacon was in his pride of place at the entrance, trotting around. There were small goats and hens, hay bales and a beautiful fountain with sounds that seemed to instantly calm you. The Potting Shed restaurant was busy, but we gave our number and received a text when a table opened up. We used this time to explore the gardens and play area.
The children had fish and chips which arrived promptly.
Then we went to investigate the kids play area. It's a really cute cubby house with artificial grass outside surrounded by a picket fence and a childproof gate. There are kid seats, some seats for adults and a tricycle in the enclosed area and inside the cubby house there is a climbing wall and fun chalkboard walls. There were a few mum's breastfeeding inside, which is a great idea! You can bring your coffee in and sit and watch the kids play or you can sit in the courtyard and easily keep an eye on them.
I really loved coming here with my family and will plan many more visits in 2018.
Don't miss out on this experience because you have heard it's always busy. It is ALWAYS busy but I don't think that matters.