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Greenhouse on Flora Cafe

This leafy and light-filled cafe is situated in the heart of Sutherland Shire — about 25 minutes out of Sydney's CBD.
By Sarah Templeton
July 21, 2022
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By Sarah Templeton
July 21, 2022
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Whether you're looking for somewhere close by for an overnight staycation or you're planning a Saturday morning sojourn out of the city, put this leafy and light-filled cafe on your list. Greenhouse on Flora is your next-go brunch destination situated in the heart of Sutherland Shire — about 25 minutes out of Sydney's CBD.

Locals Paula and Pablo opened this tranquil cafe back in January 2021, after Pablo (head chef) had spent about 15 years in the culinary game as a chef in two-and-three-hatted restaurants. Now they're providing a leafy oasis where slowing down is the name of the game, amid the hustle and bustle of Sutherland's busy retail strip. Enjoy excellent coffee in the tranquil (and to be honest, extremely 'grammable) interior and watch the world go by.

If you think the only meal with having is brunch, you've come to the right place. The all-day breakfast menu changes seasonally — but sweet-toothed diners might opt for the cinnamon banana bread, or the vanilla and cinnamon French toast topped with coconut mascarpone, roasted coconut, banana, blueberries and maple syrup. And yes, you can add ice cream.

If you're more of the savoury brunch persuasion, there are all the big breakfast and benedict options you know and love. But branch out and try one of the Greenhouse's specialities like the open omelette with crispy potatoes, pancetta, caramelised onions and manchego cheese served with fermented crumpets. Our pick? The three cheese toastie containing gouda, gruyere and cheddar, along with chives, bacon and jalapeno jam, fried egg and crispy leek.

And if brekkie foods aren't your bag, don't worry. There are burgers, spaghetti, and even a lamb backstrap.

Once you've appropriately fuelled for the day, spend a few hours checking out Sutherland Shire — there are sparkling waterways, national parks and boutiques. It's a soothing antidote to the rat race of Sydney's CBD.

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