Brunches, lunches, thrift shops and only a hop, skip and a jump to Kirribilli markets, there’s a place on the lower North Shore of Sydney that I’ve been dying to introduce you to.I’ve written a post about this pocket of playfulness before but I’ve since discovered more eateries that must be trialed (multiple times over). I’ve never really supported anything named ‘Crow’, except for my football team, the Adelaide Crows and the men of the night watch on Game of Thrones (the men of the Night’s Watch are derogatorily called crows by the wildlings, because of the requirement that they wear black); that is until I discovered Crows Nest and some of the delights you can find buried in this suburban hub.
A gorgeous girlfriend I’ve spoken about many a time before was previously a resident of Crows Nest which is how I discovered this quaint and quirky area. She’s since moved but we still frequent an abundance of their brunch spots for all the latest goss over eggs benedict or strawberry covered hotcakes! Sotto on West is a gorgeous brunch spot covered with wooden furnishings, shaded by luscious trees and accompanied by super helpful wait staff, this is one spot you’ll want to frequent over and over again. The café describes themselves as, “on a quiet corner of North Sydney you can find the vibrancy and buzz of an Eastern Suburbs café” and I’d have to say I agree! My favourite fact about this fun filled fantastical foodie haven is the names of the meals on offer. From ‘Please stop being so corny’ to ‘Get some bangalow pork on your fork’, I was in a literary foodie heaven! The “Passion for buttery eggs” (essentially an eggs beno) was my choice as I’m usually able to judge a brunch hot spot best when I order their eggs benedict. If you can’t get that right, you’re in a bit of a pickle.
Fix Café is set in a super-secret side street (well maybe not that secret as managed to find it) off the main Willoughby strip. This joint does seriously good coffee. It will sort your caffeine ‘fix’ out quick sticks! The food is also a delightful surprise and superbly scrumptious. The booths are super cute and perfect for a group of four who are keen to catch up on the previous night’s shenanigans over a cuppa joe. My brekkie was served in an adorable little bowl and was a complete mash up of all my favourite things, including prosciutto, eggs, super sweet baby tomatoes, avocado, goats cheese and more. A true smorgasbord! I would note my choice of ensemble, a little less glamorous than usual but hello it’s brunch! Comfort is key, especially after a night on the sauce, and no not the tomato sauce I had the option of squirting on my eggs but the kind that comes in a chilled cocktail glass on a Saturday night at one of Sydney’s many drinking holes. I love the label Mink Pink and have done since my younger years selling it to tourists in one of Noosa’s many boutique stores. This tee is divine and easy to dress up or down with its pleather sleeve detail and the sunglasses are one of my favourite pairs (and you know I have a lot of sunglasses, so that’s a big call)! The shoes #nuffsaid I adore them as do many people with them flashing up on my Instagram feed almost every second day. But I mean what’s not to love, leopard print, platform, uber comfy #winning! Finally, the piece I love the most takes me back to my childhood as it come from the Disney Couture range, a range of beautiful jewels inspired by famous Disney movies. I love skulls, and this one from The Pirates of the Caribbean range still has an edge to it but adopts a soft femininity with florals and delicate detail. So head to Crows Nest next time you want to venture out of the eastern suburbs and I bet you’ll be surprised with what you find… Livvy May X x