Paddington is home to a range of antique shops, vintage clothing stores, quirky boutiques and cafes. Sassafras cafe is about as quirky as they come, and is located along Paddington's main street, at number 88 Latrobe Terrace.
Inside is an old Queenslander cottage complete with vibrant walls and retro timber furniture, artwork and effects; while outside is a shady courtyard reminiscent of a backyard garden party. There are large tables and long benches as well as intimate corner tables and seats by the window, so you can enjoy a group breakfast or a quick coffee on your lunch break.
The food is hard to miss as you enter Sassafras. There is an enticingly colourful display of lunch options available including patties, pies, lasagne, quiche and some delicious salads - enough on their own, but are great alongside something else too - as well as a range of homemade cakes. There is also a blackboard with specials and a list of sandwiches, breakfast options and beverages.
Typically Paddington, Sassafras serves organic Grinders coffee.
For breakfast, my favourites include the vegetarian breakfast or the organic buckwheat pancakes with honey and yoghurt. However, there are other options for the traditionalist of course, such as the big breakfast, complete with beef and basil sausages. For the more adventurous diner like me, the banana and parsley smoothie is a surprisingly delicious combination. I can't go past a mix of salads for lunch either, but last time I was there, I couldn't resist a bite of my friend's classic BLT.
Fitting with the general Paddington vibe, Sassafras is big on fresh, quality organic produce too. Where possible, the cafe aims to use organic, fair trade and free range ingredients; for example, the chicken, beef, ham and eggs used are all organically sourced.
Coffee is tasty and made with Grinders organic blend, and there are always gluten free options too. So, you know you're eating well for your mind and body.
Sassafras is open for breakfast (until 2pm) and lunch 7 days a week from 7am to 3pm. It's a buzzing little place, especially for breakfast on the weekend so it's a good idea to book. Also, perhaps look at parking down one of the many side streets, unless you're extremely lucky and nab a park on Latrobe Terrace.