If you haven't ventured past Parramatta Station, Parramatta Westfield or Circa Cafe, do something different and visit Cafe Meraki for a Saturday morning brunch.
Cafe Meraki is a small establishment serving delicious middle-eastern inspired cuisine with great coffee. Tucked away on the ground floor of Koi residential apartment complex located on the corner of George Street and Argus Lane on the Eastern fringe of Parramatta CBD.
Despite the construction works happening across the road, the cafe offers a tranquil ambience. The natural light from the floor to ceiling windows creates a very light and airy relaxing atmosphere to the relatively small indoor-outdoor dining areas.
After a wholesome meal, why not get out and discover Parramatta surrounds. Cafe Meraki is conveniently located near the Queens Wharf Reserve by the Parramatta River. There's lots of green space and items of State Heritage Significance to see as you make your way west towards Church Street.
Start at HMAS Parramatta (I) Memorial, continue west under Gasworks Bridge, passing Parramatta Wharf towards Lennox Bridge before entering the Church Street section famously known as Eat Street, Parramatta.
The stern section of HMAS Parramatta (I) was mounted in at Queens Wharf Reserve in 1981 with the bow installed at Garden Island in 1986.
HMAS Parramatta (I) shipwreck is of State Heritage significance for being the only accessible survivor of the River Class Torpedo Boat Destroyer design ordered in 1909. It served in World War One, returned to Australia and later decommissioned in 1929. Between 1934 and 1972, HMAS Parramatta (I) blew ashore on a mud flat in Cascade Gully in the Hawkesbury River which was later retrieved by the Naval Society of Australia before being made into a memorial site where it is today.
The Gasworks Bridge is an iron lattice bridge completed in 1885 and is of State Heritage Significance.
Served by Sydney Ferries Parramatta River operating to and from Circular Quay – it is a very enjoyable scenic river cruise passing through Sydney Olympic Park, Cabarita, Drummoyne, Cockatoo Island, Balmain, Barangaroo to Circular Quay.
Lennox Bridge is of State Heritage Significance being the third oldest surviving masonry bridge in NSW, carrying Church Street traffic to and from Parramatta CBD. The single arch bridge was designed by David Lennox and built by the convict labourers between 1836 to 1836.