The Poolside Cafe sits deep in the Royal Botanic Gardens, above its namesake, the Andrew "Boy" Charlton swimming pool. With Mrs Macquarie’s Point on one side and the glistening Woolloomooloo Bay on the other, this is the perfect spot to lazily read the morning paper or share a bottle of wine in the afternoon.
Combining elements of its natural and urban surroundings, the cafe is modern, airy and full of light. Floor-to-ceiling windows show off the breathtaking views.
The indoor area spills out onto a wooden terrace dotted with white tables, orange chairs, woven ottomans and blue-striped lounges perfect for basking in the sunshine. Forgotten to slip, slop, slap? Poolside has you covered, offering brightly coloured sombreros to help you sun safely.
The all-day breakfast menu is filled with hearty meals such as baked eggs with chickpeas and pecorino; vegetarian and vegan options; and French toast with coconut ice-cream, candied walnuts and maple syrup. Apart from lamb ragu pappardelle, lunches lean towards lightness, with seafood and chicken appearing often.
On fine days, it's hard to go past the easy-drinking cocktail menu, which is dominated by mimosas, daquiris and spritzes. If you're abstaining there's a varied range of smoothies, including Detox (apple, lemon, spinach, kale, mint, raw greens and coconut water).
Opening hours vary between winter and summer - check the Poolside website for the latest.
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