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Charlie Lovett Cafe

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by Faye (subscribe)
I love travelling and writing, meeting people and experiencing foodie places.
Published September 24th 2014
Deliciously Charlie Lovett
Crows Nest is a busy northern Sydney suburb where businesses and retailers compete for the mighty dollar. In the midst of this hectic activity, numerous cafes and restaurants flourish offering replenishment and a boost before workers venture back to their demanding world.



Charlie Lovett offers a different establishment to many of the modern ventures nearby. While it sits at the busy intersection of Willoughby Road and Albany Streets, with cars that hurtle along this thoroughfare, the restaurant inside is a more serene vibe.

Charlie Lovett cafe
Inside Looking Out


This is my second visit to Charlie Lovett. It was the service, the food and the earthy ambience that prompted my return visit.



My two companions and I take a seat near the corner window and absorb the atmosphere of this interesting cafe. It has an earthy appeal with lots of wooden benches and tables. It is open-plan, so wherever a customer sits, one can look out over the streetscape. This is a place to chill out, read the newspaper or catch up with friends.

While I relax sipping on the delectable mango smoothie, I notice the bags of coffee positioned on a nearby shelf. In my naivety, I ask the waitress about Charlie Lovett and "his" signature coffees. She smiled and revealed that there is no Charlie Lovett - "We are all Charlie Lovett", she enthusiastically explained. Charlie Lovett is a franchise, with six other similar cafes in Sydney and another two in Victoria.

Coffee in the Bag


Returning to one of the main reasons I visited Charlie Lovett - the mango smoothie. The smoothie was presented in a novel glass mug. I enjoyed this on my first visit and it still impresses me. I convinced my companion to have the same. We both agreed that this was one of the tastiest smoothies we have ever tried.

Mango smoothie
Ah, tasty food


My other companion had a passionfruit smoothie. Though this smoothie had the tang of passionfruit, it lacked flavour. She commented that she should have ordered the mango smoothie as well.

Charlie Lovett
Pain au Chocolat


Our slices soon arrived. One companion ordered the Pain au Chocolat which was lovely. My other companion chose the Dark Chocolate Brownie which was very dense and very nice. I chose the Strawberry and Rhubarb Slice which was delicious.

Dark Chocolate Brownie


Strawberry & Rhubarb Slice


Charlie Lovett has a large selection of cakes and sweets which makes choice difficult. I had to restrain myself from ordering a second sweet... perhaps a third visit will be imminent.

Cakes & Sweets


Choices, Choices, Choices


Parking in Crows Nest can be difficult. There is metered street parking, otherwise carparking stations.
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Why? Great cakes and sweets
When: Monday - Thursday: 6.00 am - 9.00 pm; Friday: 6.00 am - 10.00 pm; Saturday: 7.00 am - 10.00 pm; Sunday: 7.00 am - 9.00 pm
Phone: 9966 8237
Where: 134 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest NSW
Cost: $3.50 and up
Your Comment
Oh damn that rhubarb crumble is absolutely to die for. Slightly sour, sweet, and buttery.
by dean (score: 0|5) 1100 days ago
The mango smoothie looks nice. Very big as well. I expect it's quite filling.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12604) 2195 days ago
I've been several times to Charlie Lovett and the crumble is my go-to dessert.
by Faye (score: 3|1187) 1100 days ago
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