Not very many people know where Wareemba is but, if you are looking for stylish cafés with excellent Italian inspired pastries, gelato that tastes of Rome and well-brewed coffees, then its worth taking out the GPS and finding it.
Wareemba Village is nestled between the bustle of Five Dock and the suburbia of Abbotsford, in the inner west. Strongly inspired by the Italian community that calls this area home, Wareemba boasts fabulous coffee shops (along with two deli's and an Italian restaurant).
Trovatino Café has been a fixture here for many years. Originally more of a fruit and veg store, this spacious airy café is now a busy meeting place for friends any time of the day. There is a sense of buzz and energy about Trovatino's, with seating available both indoors and on the pavement. It's a social place with room for friends to gather and gossip over a coffee or a more substantial meal at breakfast or lunch.
To my mind the most special thing about Trovatino's, however, is the extensive choice of delicious gelato. It is made on-site in a small room, overlooked by a large glass window, so you can peep in and see them at work. With over twenty different flavours on offer, there is sure to be something for everyone's tastes. They have several flavours of dairy free sorbet in addition to the more indulgent ice-creams and their iced-coffee is quite magnificent.
On the other hand, if you are looking for something more intimate, then Dolcetti Pasticceria may be more your thing. With its wooden floors and red-glass chandeliers, Dolcetti is a cosy place for a coffee and a pastry. Although the café itself is quite small, with limited seating, their kitchen isn't. The gorgeous temptations, displayed like mini works of art in glass cabinets, are created on-site . The coffee is excellently made and they offer such an extensive choice of delicious pastries, beautiful desserts, crunchy biscotti, fresh brioche, tasty fruit breads and buttery croissants that it's difficult to decide what to have. It does mean, however, that there is always a reason to return another time. Locals feel that way too, and weekends can find the queue stretching out the door.
If the bustle of people is not your thing, then getting a take-away gelato or a coffee and meandering down the hill to the water's edge of Hen and Chicken Bay is a relaxing way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Let the children run free in the playground at Halliday Park while you watch the boats bob gently up and down on the still water. You might even spot the odd pelican floating about.
Trovatino is open 7 days a week, while Dolcetti is closed on a Monday.