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Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool's Oh Boy Cafe Has Reopened with Stunning Views and Bottomless Brunch

This waterfront cafe is back with a brand-new menu headlined by stacked B&Es, poolside eats and bottomless brunch.
By Nishika Sharma
September 12, 2023
By Nishika Sharma
September 12, 2023

Spring has finally arrived — and with it, it's brought an abundance of sunny day-ready venues. One of these breezy spots, Oh Boy Cafe, has reopened for the sun-soaked season at the Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool following a complete refurbishment.

Harbouring a new makeover, this lavish eatery offers luxe poolside dining with waterfront views, a crowd-pleasing menu and a modern coastal-inspired fit-out.

Oh Boy Cafe now dons inviting white and terracotta tones contrasted by the crystal blue waters of the neighbouring ocean and pool. There's comfortable cushioned seating available indoors and outdoors — plus, the dining room features crystal clear ceiling-to-floor windows so that you can fully appreciate the gorgeous surroundings from any seat.

Indoor seating of Oh Boy Café, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows capturing the panoramic waterfront views.

Oh Boy Cafe's neighbour the Royal Botanic Garden has also inspired part of its design, with native Australian flora adorning the space. The vibrant plants are littered throughout the cafe, breathing life into its dining areas. Plus, the cafe can easily be transformed by nighttime to host private events of up to 30 people.

Overlooking Wool­loomooloo Bay, the eatery follows the ethos of "good food, good stories, good times, by the water", allowing diners to opt for a bite or have their fill before or after a dip in the pristine pool.

Pair the waterfront scenes and gorgeous sunshine with Oh Boy Cafe's playful menu, and you've secured yourself the perfect spot for your summer escapades. Expect breakfast classics, including a stacked Instagram-worthy egg and bacon roll, the Bear Breakfast which is an accumulation of all the fry-up favourites, and a chickpea breakfast bowl among the vegetarian options.

For lunch, have your fill of hearty pasta dishes like the spaghetti and cuttlefish ragu, or opt for heartier options like an Angus steak sando or a crumbed chicken schnitty. Plus, you can order poolside using a QR code system, and takeaway is always an option on your way to work or for a picnic in The Domain.

Bacon and egg roll sitting poolside (from Oh Boy Café).

To top it all off, Oh Boy Café is offering a brand-new bottomless brunch. Available Friday–Sunday, the boozy booking will set you back $78 per person and includes two hours of free-flowing mimosas, sparkling wine and rosé alongside a selection of choice dishes from the menu and some killer views.

Oh Boy Café's main inspiration is rooted in a rich piece of history, with its namesake stemming from two sources. The cafe-adjacent pool is named after legendary swimming champion Andrew Murray 'Boy' Charlton, as the swimmer set a 1924 world record in that very pool.

Using this as a basis, the cafe draws on its history, as well as the initial awe — expressed neatly by the phrase, "Oh Boy, that view!" — experienced by diners when they get a glimpse of the panoramic views it boasts. If you're sceptical of its beauty, check out the cafe's breathtaking outlook for yourself.

Aerial view of Oh Boy Café and the Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool.

You'll find Oh Boy Café at Andrew Boy Charlton Swimming Pool on 1c Mrs Macquaries Rd in Sydney. The cafe is open from 7am til 4pm daily, and the events spaces are available from 7am til 11:30pm. 

Published on September 12, 2023 by Nishika Sharma
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