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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