Even if you haven’t been to Balgowlah cafe Effie’s, there’s a good chance you’ve seen its stunning Calacatta viola marble coffee window while scrolling through Instagram.
Husband-and-wife owners Sam and Aniella Batten – who also own popular nearby cafe Aggy’s Corner – have lovingly restored this former corner store, and revealed the original plaster ceilings and polished concrete floor. A floating bench seat crafted by Sam plus statement marble features throughout make this a more sophisticated space than Aggy’s.
Food and drink comes courtesy of an all-local roster of businesses. Aggy’s signature toasties (such as the Roastie with two cheeses, roast vegetables, pesto and a jalapeno tequila relish) have made the jump here, assembled with bread from Seaforth’s Staple Bread & Necessities. The stacks of cookies on the counter come from Manly’s Butter Boy Bake, with more treats by Staple.
The floating shelves display a collection of homewares for sale, such as coloured carafes and candles from Maison Balzac, Leif soaps, Cultiver linen napkins, and handmade ceramics from Tanika Jellis and Gretel Corrie.
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