Alexandria's slow transition from a light industrial hub to residential area has been a boon for the cafe scene. The area's former factories and warehouses give coffee roasters and kitchen gardeners room to do things that would be hard or downright impossible in denser areas such as Surry Hills and Darlinghurst.

The tourist-famous Grounds of Alexandria was one of the first operators to realise this. It has so much space, it's installed a pet pig named Kevin Bacon in its garden. But while he and The Grounds might be Alexandria's most famous attraction, there's plenty more to discover.

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Mecca Coffee Alexandria

The vast headquarters for one of Sydney’s top coffee roasters.

26 Bourke Road, Alexandria

Meet Gerard

Skip the crowds at The Grounds and try the breakfast here. You'll be glad you did.

54 Henderson Road, Alexandria

Bread & Circus

There’s something slightly Alice in Wonderland about this cheery wholefoods cafe.

21 Fountain Street, Alexandria

The Grounds of Alexandria

If you haven't waited in line here at least once, you're barely a Sydneysider.

Building 7a 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria

COOH Alexandria

COOH Curl Curl Cafe and Roaster brings the wholefood movement into the old Vicinity space in Alexandria.

90-96 Bourke Road, Alexandria

Sub-Station Cafe

A summery oasis secretly disguised in a historic substation.

124 McEvoy Street, Alexandria

Copper Mill

A strong sandwich and roll selection make this one good for takeaway and sit-in alike.

338 Mitchell Road, Alexandria

L'Americano

Feels just like a trip to the Italian Riviera.

34 O'Riordan Street, Alexandria

Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie

You’ll recognise the names of the pastries at this bakehouse, but otherwise they’re completely original.

274 Botany Road, Alexandria