Sydney comes to Providence

As a major foodie with intense hungry girl problems, I am always searching for new places to satisfy my taste buds. Thanks to the geniuses of social media, I came across a new café in my favorite city of Providence. It really does fascinate me how Facebook is able to tell me all that I want to know about food without me even realizing that I want it.

So anyway, it was Saturday morning and I was heading to New Jersey to spend the weekend with friends from college. I’ve been dying to check out this new Australian Cafe that somehow popped up on my newsfeed and has been stalking me ever since. Side note: If you are familiar with Providence, you know we have just about every type of food from all different countries around the world. However, never in my life have I been introduced to Australian food let alone an Australian cafe! So the moral of the story was that I absolutely HAD to check it out.

Sydney is conveniently located near Waterplace park. It is within a very short walking distance of the train station and also close to the Johnson & Wales University dormitory known as the Cove. My reason for telling you this is that you can literally go here no matter where you are or what you need.

Heading to class? Grab a latte and a freshly baked pastry. Rushing to the train? There’s a bunch of to-go salads and sandwiches accompanied by bottled and boxed beverages. Tired of Starbucks and Dunkin’ but need some energy? There are a wide variety of hot and iced coffees, a selection of teas, hot chocolate, and even freshly squeezed juices and smoothies. Also, they offer almond, coconut, and soy milk to substitute.

If you have the time to sit back and relax, there are many seats available inside the cafe. You can sit at a small table by yourself or with a friend, grab a stool at the high table next to the wall, or even join other locals at the larger dining table. Feel free to bring your laptop, newspaper, or simply browse the internet from your iPhone and post some pictures of your favorite meal. Be sure to tag @sydneypvd !

Sydney offers a great menu if you want something fresh as well as already made items to grab for lunch of breakfast. Do you have any food allergies or intolerances (mine is gluten)? Don’t fret, there are gluten free pastries, bagels, and bread available to substitute for your dietary needs!

Since it is a café, Sydney has unique hours for their different menus. Breakfast is served from 6:30 am to 11:30 am on weekdays and 8 am to 2 pm on weekends. Lunch is served from 11:30-2:30 on weekdays and from noon to 3 pm on weekends. Don’t worry- the café is open until 7 pm Monday thru Friday and until 6 pm on the weekends.

As a fashion graduate and lover of all things design, I was pleased to find out that both the restaurant and the food are equally as visually pleasing. Pictured above is the door to the kitchen and a little coffee bar area where you can add all of the extras to personalize your beverage of choice. The simple architecture and color palette is brought to life by the addition of green plants and café-inspired items from candles to coffee canisters. You will feel comfortable and right at home at Sydney.

Here comes the most important part- the food! Since I was in a rush, I ordered the Deconstructed Smoked Salmon Platter to go. This included a toasted gluten free bagel per my request, a boatload of smoked Scottish salmon, sprouts, tomatoes, red onion, cream cheese, capers, and lemon wedges. I also ordered a basic latte with almond milk but I drank it before I was able to take a picture…

Some additional breakfast options I am going to try in the future include ricotta toast (which can be made either savory or sweet), the brekkie bowl (which is basically like a yogurt parfait), and the house made quiche (with either meat or vegetables). Like I mentioned before, there are also a bunch of freshly baked pastries to choose from at the counter including gluten free and vegan options.

For lunch, I would opt for a specialty soup (which changes often), the signature salad (avocado, mesclun greens, red onion, cucumber, orange, cherry tomatoes, almonds, and dried cranberries in a lemon-herb oil), the sandwiches also look amazing with many different meat and cheese options. There is also a roasted broccoli sandwich (say what?) so I am definitely going to have that next time.

Have you ever seen such an amazing takeout display? I haven’t. This is literally one of the most beautiful breakfasts I have ever indulged in. Mind you, I constructed it AND ate it in my car. What a great way to start a day and a weekend trip!


Here are some other fun facts to get you excited before you visit Sydney:

  1. Sydney is based on the café culture in Australia where 90% of coffee shops are independently owned.
  2. This café culture also focuses on the idea of actually taking a break to really enjoy your eating experience instead of the average American way of rushing through each and every bite.
  3. Sydney was brought to Providence because of the similar ocean-loving surf culture shared between Rhode Island and Australian cities.
  4. The service is quick, the staff is friendly, and the food is extremely fresh. What more could you ask for?

Now, make sure to check out Sydney for yourself:

400 Exchange Street
Providence, RI 02903


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