As an long term Bondi-ite, I have spent a great deal of my life in some great cafes with some amazing people, having some bizarre conversations, solving the problems of the world. So after relocating to Campbelltown in Sydney's greater south-west, I have constantly been on the look out for local foodie gems.
That is what the Art Centre Cafe is, a gem. Tucked away in Campbelltown Art Centre on the corner of Appin and Narrellan Roads the Art Centre Cafe is perfect in its simplicity, with its own outlook into the very private Japanese gardens.
What to expect? You will walk through the main glass doors of the Campbelltown Arts Centre, keep walking straight through several more doors straight to the back of the complex. Take a seat either inside in the cool air conditioned glassed in hub on either lounges or chairs and tables, or you can wander outside to the assorted tables and chairs that look out into the secluded Japanese gardens.
You would never guess that you are in busy downtown Campbelltown as you let the waves of 'good' coffee wash over you, along with the silence that is here. A simple menu that includes burgers and Asian chicken salads, the fare is simple but well done. The wedges are to die for and the cakes (many of them gluten free) are just simply scrumptious.
Is it child friendly? Absolutely. Its fenced in. My three year old loves to explore the Japanese gardens and feed leaves to the large disappointed koi that swim in the stream and run over the wooden bridges that span them (keep a look out near the water). The cupcakes and brownies are always adequate diversion when needed.
A perfect place for Sunday breakfast or available for private parties. You might not have known it was there but it really is a great food venue option for Campbelltown's discerning crowd.