You're in for some eye-popping views at Pittwater's latest pop-up café at The Pasadena at Church Point. It's such a joy to see an old favourite given new life. This landmark building of the northern beaches of Sydney has sat sadly idle for a few years now, but a new owner has acquired the site and is breathing new life into this world-class destination. While massive restoration works take place, Stage One of the new development is a kitsch and cute onsite pop-up cafe. You can stroll through and grab a coffee to keep you going on your Bayview waterfront walk, sit in purpose-built bean-bags on the water's edge, cool off with a gelato, or even sprawl in the winter sun on some outdoor day-beds.
Breakfast and light lunches are currently available seven days a week until Stage Two reveals the opening of the restaurant around July 2018. The Mediterranean-style décor incorporates indoor and outdoor seating, and the menu promises to be seafood-inspired Mediterranean-style cuisine. What could be better than a few lounges and deck-chairs perched at Pittwater's edge. The pink umbrellas and white timber furniture add a lovely fresh feel to the setting, and judging by what can be seen happening to the interior decor, the future dining experience will be a lovely fusion of alfresco Australian and European charm. Stage Three will be the icing on the cake with a re-opening of the on-site accommodation - the very thing the original Pasadena was famous for.
The Pasadena on Pittwater has been around for decades. Well before WWII, it was considered one of Sydney's finest Roadhouses. Throughout the 1970's, 80's and 90's it was one of Sydney's most popular wedding venues. Tucked away in the quiet enclave of Church Point, the area was and still is a favourite for boating, artists, and authors. The new Pasadena is managing to capture and honour the grand old building's history while welcoming in a new era of dining and entertainment. If you'd like to discover more of what to do in the area check out my story on Exploring Pittwater.