The Sweet Meadow

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notable gluten-free options
notable vegetarian options
grocer/deli

The Sweet Meadow arrived in late 2016, when Aisha Besim renovated a 1920s corner cottage and added a lick of pink paint.

The cafe’s plant-based menu doesn’t trumpet its vegan agenda. Between banana and buckwheat pancakes with seasonal fruit and whipped maple butter; and the creamy Barham avocado on spelt sourdough with pesto, heirloom tomatoes and vegan cheese, you’ll barely notice the menu is missing eggs.

There are cold-pressed juices (such as organic aloe vera, cucumber, celery, spinach, green apple, lemon), smoothies, Allpress coffee and matcha or turmeric lattes.

Every detail of the experience has been carefully considered, from the ceramic cups and plates on which your breakfast arrives (made by Mooroopna potter Kaye Poulton) to the mindful magazines to read.

There’s a grocery corner stocking brands that the cafe uses, including chocolate from Loving Earth, Chow Cacao and Pana Chocolate; Matcha Maiden matcha and Mörk hot chocolate; and ceramic tumblers, vases and pinch pots to take home.

The baristas bag up used coffee grounds for customers to take home to add to their compost, and leftover pulp from the cafe’s juices becomes feed for a couple of local hens. If you’re packing a picnic to enjoy along the river, there’s sushi (with house-made vegan mayo) and raw, gluten-free treats ready to takeaway.

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