Ever walk or drive through a street in your daily routine and assume you know the place back to front, but then spot a place you just noticed that's always been there? Well that's Mars Hill Cafe, and to describe it in one sentence, I'd say it's a piece of Newtown dropped into the heart of Parramatta.
Just like we stereotype nationalities, we seem to unfortunately do the same to suburbs around Sydney. This place however wipes that notion about Parramatta at least and gives it an edge to the suburb.
Before even entering you can see the shine from a diamond in the rough, and feel the venue's underrated potential covered in bands, groups, artists and statement posters. The cafe has two levels and is quartered into "spaces." The first and foremost is the Main Space which is essentially where you go to give and take your food & beverage orders. It also exhibits some artists works around the room, that are also for sale.
The second is the Chill Space, and is located upstairs which is designated for hanging around and conversing with friends, as well as playing board games which are provided by the cafe itself. Among the blue walls in this space is an ocean of purposely graphitised scribbles in chalk that is sure to make you laugh.
Third is the Lounge Space and is the most popular part of the cafe, being populated almost always for obvious reasons. This area is mainly used for chatting, reading and studying quietly in a laid back and cosy atmosphere.
Last but not least is the Gallery Space, upstairs next to the Chill Space, the area not only showcases artwork but also live music from local and abroad artists.