If you’ve ever taken a stroll down Sydney’s Oxford Street, you will likely be familiar with Ampersand. This hybrid bookstore-café has been a favourite with locals for over a decade with its three-story bookstore, delicious food and inviting atmosphere.
It’s a place where book worms will feel right at home casually sipping on a coffee while perusing the shelves seeing what goodies they have. The venue itself has plenty of character reminding us of the days before the world went digital and books were king. It certainly has a charm about it – just curl up with a great read on a plush red velvet armchair while having a leisurely feed.
While there are a plethora of books available to read or purchase, the new menu also has plenty to offer hungry readers. Delicious breakfast and lunch favourites include the Ampersand Benedict Menu, Smokey House Baked Beans, Salsa Verde Eggs & Avo, Turkish Inspired Labna Eggs, Coconut, Berry & Chai Spiced Black Sticky Rice, and the absolutely delicious Nourishing Grains & Greens with sautéed kale, zucchini, broccoli, quinoa, avocado, hummus, seeds and herbs. Get this into you for a feel-good start to the day!
The French Toast is another highlight worth getting your teeth into. Fluffy and soft on the inside with a golden and crisp exterior, topped with poached pear, whipped ricotta, passionfruit, rhubarb compote, fresh berries and almond crumble – it’s simply delectable. To wash it all down, you have a fine selection of tea, coffee, juice and even alcohol. You can’t go wrong starting with a specialty coffee roasted by boutique roaster the Little Marionette – it’s truly top-notch.
With its enticing new menu, old-worldly charm and prolific book collection, Ampersand is a must-visit on Oxford Street!
Ampersand Café & Bookstore
78 Oxford Street, Paddington
Open Mon to Fri: 7am – 5:30pm / Sat to Sun: 8am – 5:30pm
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