Blackwattle Cafe is a great little cafe set in a gorgeous heritage building known as Bellevue Cottage. Perched just above the waters-edge at Blackwattle Bay in Blackwattle Park, this little cafe has a commanding 270 degree view across a panorama of the Anzac Bridge, Pyrmont and the Sydney CBD.
The heritage listed cottage has been beautifully restored and offers indoor seating in several rooms throughout the cottage, and outdoor seating on the verandah overlooking the water or on the sunny terrace at the front of the cottage.
Most days, you'll find the cafe bustling with friends and couples enjoying the sunny outlook, families gathering for their morning brunch, mother's groups who have found the perfect meeting spot, and dog-walkers, joggers and riders stopping for some light refreshments during their daily work-out along the Blackwattle Bay foreshore.
Blackwattle Cafe is also a great place to take the kids, with a fantastic lawn at the front of the cafe and a little path so the little ones can ride their trikes around. They even caters for dogs, with leash pegs and water bowls on the lawn areas to keep your dogs happy.
Weekends can be quite hectic at Blackwattle Cafe - especially when the weather is good. It's best to try and get there early as the cafe is restricted from taking reservations, otherwise be prepared to wait for a table (and the wait can be anything from 15-60 minutes).
For those in a hurry, Blackwattle Cafe has a dedicated express coffee window where you can order your take-away coffee direct from the Barista through a little window at the side of the cottage.
Ambience: We sat at a nice table on the verandah, with the sun peaking through the leaves and casting a nice leafy shadow over our table. It was a beautiful clear sunny day and it was the perfect spot to enjoy a casual lunch overlooking the water. I later ventured inside to take a look around and found that the interior was bright and airy and the ambience was like what you'd feel at a happy family gathering, with lots of chatter and smiles and people just enjoying themselves. The walls were painted a shade of white and given a distressed effect which oozed character that did justice to the heritage nature of the cottage.
Service: The waitstaff were quite friendly and attentive, bringing us water and the menus as we sat down and checking back in just enough time for us to have made our selections. Waitstaff were quick to clear our plates when we had finished our meals and overall did a good job of ensuring we didn't feel forgotten.
Food: The food really was delicious and there wasn't a crumb left when we were finished. There is a good variety to choose from so it should be easy to find something for everyone on the menu.
Drinks: Blackwattle Cafe is fully licensed. We were pleasantly surprised when the wine arrived in a chilled glass (something I usually only see with beer glasses) which was a nice touch, as was the use of stem-less wine glasses.
Wine is served in chilled stemless glasses - a pleasant surprise
If you're after something light for lunch, I'd also recommend the open sandwich with avocado, marinated goat fetta and spicy tomato salsa or the lamb kofta with cucumber and rocket salad. For a more substantial meal, try the crispy skin chicken with leek and bread sauce.
From the dessert menu, the frozen chocolate wagon wheel caught my eye, or if you're a cheese lover, nibble away on the selection of cheese with fruit and nut bread.
Blackwattle Cafe also features local artists in exhibitions throughout the cottage. You can find out more about current exhibitions on their website.
Bus: Take Bus Number 431 from the Sydney CBD, which takes you right to the corner of Leichhardt Street and Glebe Point Road. Blackwattle Cafe is then a short stroll along the foreshore from this bus stop, or you can walk to the cafe down through Leichhardt Street. Check out the Sydney Buses website for timetable information.
Car: There is plenty of public street parking in the area, though not necessarily right near the cafe. Leichhardt Street and the surrounding streets are small and narrow residential streets and parking usually fills up with residents parking. It may be easier to park further along the foreshore and take a short stroll back to the cafe. Suggested streets for parking include Glebe Point Road and Federal Road near Jubilee Park.
Disabled Parking: There is one parking spot designated for disabled parking located approximately 50 meters from the cafe entrance. There is easy wheelchair access along the path to the cafe.
Water: It is possible to paddle, sail or water taxi to Blackwattle Cafe as there are a number of moors, wharfs and small-craft landing areas in the vicinity.