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Once Upon A Time Cafe

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by Faye (subscribe)
I love travelling and writing, meeting people and experiencing foodie places.
Published June 2nd 2016
Enchanting cafe with a retro vibe
Enchanting name, enchanting cafe; Once Upon A Time is building a first-rate reputation in the West Ryde shopping district.

Once Upon a Time cafe
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This interesting split-level cafe has fascinating knick-knacks spread along the walls, quaint ornaments hanging from the ceiling and objects that grab your attention using vacant floor space in the cafe to add decorative touches without crowding the dining area.

west ryde cafe near buses
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On the top floor are wooden tables with retro swivel stools against the wall, and across the corridor are delightful eye-popping food.

Once Upon A Time Cafe West Ryde
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The lower level has the appearance of an antique store. Vintage couches are arranged along one side to relax but be warned, customers sink into these sofas which may create some difficulty in eating and drinking.

West Ryde Cafe enchanting
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The three of us moved from the comfy couches to an antique table and chairs for a more upright position to dine.

West Ryde cafe antique table
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The downstairs area is quieter than upstairs and I felt it had a more soothing ambience. Perhaps it was the softer light, maybe it was the charm of this nostalgic era and an escape from busy suburbia. It was a comforting space for afternoon tea.

Eating place cafe West Ryde once upon a time
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Outside this relaxing spot, Once Upon A Time has a lovely garden area for diners to sit among the greenery. It was like being invited to a friend's home and relaxing in the patio out the back. It was a very welcoming space.

nostalgic cafe west ryde
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Our orders arrived. My strawberry smoothie was delicious but it was odd to be served in a takeaway drink container. The two hot chocolates were served in glass cups and my companions enjoyed these immensely.

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One companion had two scones with jam and cream. The scones and jam were absolutely delicious. The cream, unfortunately, was a let down. My companion commented that she prefers thickened cream to dollop on scones. This cream looked as though it was sprayed from a can. The cream was thin in consistency.

scones once upon a time cafe
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My other companion had the Nutella banana crepes. We both dug into these two crepes and they were delicious.

nutella crepes once upon a time cafe west ryde nsw
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I had the highlight, the strawberry sponge. It was very light and moist and creamy but placing a wooden fork with my sponge was a little odd when there was metal cutlery in a dish on the table.

strawberry sponge cake cafe west ryde nsw
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This was my second visit to Once Upon A Time and I will certainly return again. The service was friendly and professional. The remarkable thing about Once Upon A Time is that while many cafes close by 4 pm, this cafe has late hours till 10 pm, and 11 pm on weekends, which makes it a great place to visit for cuppa and a cake in the evenings.
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Why? Quaint, unusual cafe environment with good food
When: Mon - Wed 7 am - 10 pm; Thur - Sat 7 am - 11 pm; Sun 8 am - 10 pm
Phone: 9809 5343
Where: 8 West Parade, West Ryde NSW
Cost: Hot chocolate - $4; Smoothie - $6; Nutella crepes - $8
Your Comment
Indeed a enticing name for a café, and the nursery-like patio area adds to its appeal.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4203) 1831 days ago
What a charming, eclectic little cafe! Thanks for this article and photos.
by Kristin Ravelle (score: 2|304) 1835 days ago
It's an interesting cafe to escape to.
by Faye (score: 3|1193) 1834 days ago
Love all the vintage decorations and the name of the café (how clever). Will have to visit next time I am in that neck of the woods.
by Postcards from Shayne (score: 2|654) 1832 days ago
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