Good Ways Deli Alexandria

You'll find kangaroo mortadella sandwiches, Milo mocha and freshly baked loaves of bread at Good Ways Deli's Alexandria outpost.
Ben Hansen and Gary Brun
Published on July 01, 2023
Updated on September 12, 2023


Good Ways Deli has built a cult following for its fresh piled-high sandwiches and standout coffee since opening in Redfern in 2021.  Despite arriving in a suburb known for top-notch bakeries, the brainchild of Jordan McKenzie and Tom Pye has carved out a beloved niche with kangaroo mortadella sandos, nostalgic baked goods, milo mochas and a selection of great pantry items. Just over one year later, Good Ways expanded with a second outpost just a few suburbs over in Alexandria.

Similarly to its Redfern counterpart, the Buckland Street cafe is located in a heritage-listed corner shop adjacent to a leafy park — a perfect spot for a new cafe and one that McKenzie and Pye came across almost accidentally.

"We were kind of looking, but not really looking," Pye says. "And then I cycled past one day and there was a little A4 piece of paper in the window which said 'for rent'. So I called the number, and I met the landlord that day."

Busy scene of customers in Good Ways Deli shop.

The menu here brings across favourites from Redfern while introducing more baked goods into the fold. This includes new forays into the world of pastries and cakes like lamingtons, sourdough ANZAC biscuits, Maffra cheddar and Vegemite scrolls, and an iteration on weekends a killer vanilla slice. 

Sandwiches were at the core of the first Good Ways Deli's success, and they're still here on Buckland Street. There are six house sandos on offer, accompanied by a rotating special. Expect the daily house-made sourdough ciabatta rolls to be filled to the brim. There's the renowned Good Ways salad sandwich with mushroom pate, a deli-focused number with Whole Beast Butchery kangaroo mortadella and LP's salami cotto, a cheese toastie, a next-level ham sandwich and a brekkie creation.

Cut in hall sandwiches displaying the fillings served at Good Ways Deli Alexandria.

"Since we opened Redfern we've constantly been evolving the mainstay sandwiches, now we feel they're content. The focus for the sandwiches was always to do less, but best, and we'd be stoked to become the people of Alexandria's go-to lunch spot," says McKenzie.

McKenzie and Pye are hoping to get to know the local community and become an Alexandira mainstay.

According to Pye: "We want this shop to be a go-to for dog-owners (the park's across the street), school folks, commuters, everyone. A place to drop into for a quick takeaway or just for a yarn. The best part about hospitality for us is the honour of people taking time out of their day to spend time and hard-earned money with us. It's pretty humbling."

Close up shot of iced drink served at Good Ways Deli Alexandria.

Images: Nikki To


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