In a way, I hesitate to write this post about the Sweet Street Bakery (SSB). Selfishly and secretly, I want to hide this cafe…lest it become too popular and just another expensive cafe.
Although I can’t really hide it. Given that it’s on a street corner right next to Parramatta train station.
Sweet Street Bakery
- Address: Shop 17, 162-172 Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150
- Cash only
Previously known as the Short Sweet Bakery, this store first appeared as a ‘pop up’ type of cafe. That was around early 2013. I can understand why it was a pop up though – the cafe is of the Surry Hills style, so it was bravely making a venture into the unknown customer needs and expectations of Parramatta.
As you can see – some typical Surry Hills-esque features: scrawling chalkboard menu, wooden tables topped with jars with flowers and random books. The decor is understated but hip and I’m particularly fond of the round wooden tables that resemble a giant thread spool!
The walls are also floor to ceiling glass, so you can do some people watching while you eat. There’s a few outdoor tables too.
What’s also noticeable is the service: the regular staff are friendly and seem to care about and love their job. Order is by walk up to the front counter, where you can see all the freshly baked pastries: pies, sausage rolls, sandwiches, cakes, cookies, breads and salads. Afterwards they bring the food to you, along with napkins and cutlery. Water is self service.
Our favourite here is the pie lunch deal: $10.
The pies are a decent size and nicely puffed up. They have different pies all the time – I remember getting an African Lamb once! The pie deal is incredibly good value: you get a pie, two sides (choice of two salads or hot sides such as mashed peas/potatoes). You also get a drink, and we usually get an organic one (from New Zealand):
I think what distinguishes the SSB from other cafes we’ve frequented is the price and ambience. Unlike a lot of cafes that become too trendy and expensive, this place has stayed rather cheap for a good lunch with a bit of variety and drink. It’s nice to visit a cafe that doesn’t cost $25 pp all up in the end. Secondly, it’s still relatively quiet! Well maybe not quiet, but at least you don’t have to wait half an hour to get a table.
Stay unknown SSB! Shhhh!