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Published February 26th 2019
Parramatta's hidden gem
Cafe Meraki Flat White
Cafe Meraki Flat White

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.

The teal, greys, blue and whites hues from the decor personify the calming effect and the cascading indoor foliage heightens the freshness of the space – calming your senses whilst enjoying your meal.

Cafe Meraki
Cafe Meraki Decor


The best refreshment on a hot day is the Egyptian Lemon Tea with a hint of rose flavour goodness - we had wished it in came in a jug!

Cafe Meraki
Cafe Meraki Egyptian Lemon Tea

It's not a good brunch without a good latte hit - that deep, rich, smooth and delicate crema, the way all good espressos should be and topped with pretty latte art design.

They are also famous for their Milo and house-made almond milk infused with rose petals but we've yet to try them to comment.

Our favourite, favourite item on the menu is the French Toast that changes with the seasons ...

Cafe Meraki French Toast
French Toast with Mango

Cafe Meraki French Toast
French Toast with Peach and Berries

Cafe Meraki French Toast
French Toast with Kiwi

Our top three favourite savouries

1. The Sultan's Jaffles – who doesn't like a hot, cheesy, Jaffle filled with sujuk (middle eastern spicy sausage) with aromatic house made smokey capsicum relish to dip into?

Cafe Meraki
Sultan's Jaffle

2. Shakshuka – their house-made spicy cumin, capsicum sauce makes it the winner, served with a dollop of sour cream and soft warm tortilla bread.

Cafe Meraki

3. Courgetta 'Baba Ganoush' – for all the eggplant lovers, stacked mashed eggplant with mincemeat, house-made tahini yoghurt, cherry tomatoes and topped with roasted nuts.

Cafe Meraki
Courgetta 'Baba Ganoush'

What's nearby?

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.

queens wharf parramatta
Queens Wharf Parramatta Map

HMAS Parramatta (I) Memorial

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.

HMAS Parramatta
HMAS Parramatta

Gasworks Bridge

The Gasworks Bridge is an iron lattice bridge completed in 1885 and is of State Heritage Significance.

Parramatta Wharf

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.

Parramatta Wharf
Parramatta Wharf

Lennox Bridge, Parramatta

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.

Have a fabulous day out in Parramatta!
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When: Monday to Friday - 7am to 3pm / Saturday - 8am to 1pm / Sunday - Closed
Where: 5/111 George St, Parramatta NSW 2150
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