Don’t get yourself into a pickle, head to Cornersmith Cafe


This week we decided to follow our concierge’s advice and try out the Cornersmith Cafe. Cornersmith Cafe is a renowned local Sydney Cafe located in Marrickville and a 18 minute drive away from Mercure Sydney.Cornersmith Cafe Marrickville

Cornersmith Cafe is renowned for their seasonal menu and their inventive use of use locally sourced produce from small scale growers.  Cornersmith has a rustic, homemade feel where all sauces and pickles served with their meals are made on site.

Cornersmith Cafe Marrickville

You may need to put your name down on the chalk board at the entrance and wait for a table but we think it is well worth the wait.

Cornersmith Cafe Marrickville

Once seated, you will be living like a true inner-west Sydneyean; experiencing delicious handcrafted meals with fresh ingredients such as raw beetroot salad served with a range of pickles.

Cornersmith Cafe Marrickville

Our recommendation is definitely the Ploughmans Board which features a delicious array of pickles, pasture raised ham, Mattra Cheddar, apples and crisp cucumber.  Who would have thought to have cheddar with apples and pickles? Simply delicious!

Cornersmith Cafe Marrickville

The other Ploughmans plated featured grilled eggplant topped with a pomegranate, fennel and dill salad with a yogurt dip.

Cornersmith Cafe Marrickville

We are pretty sure if you are a foodie, you won’t be disappointed! It also is a great place to visit if you would like to take something home for your loved ones! All the pickles and jams that you try on the menu are available on the shelf to take home with you.

Until next time, we hope you pickle it up!


Bourke Street Bakery: another Sydney secret


Eleven years ago, two bakers Paul Allam and David McGuinness opened up a tiny bakery on Bourke Street in Surry Hills. Little did they know it would become a renowned Sydney foodie haven and have 8 shop fronts.

Co founders of Bourke Street Bakery Paul Allam and David McGuinness

The original Bourke Street Bakery is located only six minutes drive Mercure Sydney or you could enjoy a nineteen minute walk to Surry Hills.

Artisan Croissants from Bourke Street Bakery

This bakery is no ordinary bakery.  Most days, you will find Bourke Street bakery with a line around the corner and locals picking up the delicious crusty sourdough or flaky artisan inspired croissants which melts in your mouth.

pork and fennel sausage roll

Trying to get a table can occasionally be a little tricky but if you are looking for the perfect place to pick up some delicious picnic treats, this bakery would have to be one of our top recommendations.

Delicious Tarts

But the question remains, what do you need from the delectable menu try to truly become a Sydney local?


Our picks as Sydney locals are

  • the pork and fennel sausage roll
  • the lamb, almond & harrisa sausage roll
  • the spinach & mushroom, goats cheese & chives quiche
  • ginger brulee tart
  • lemon & vanilla ricotta tart slice

Although we haven’t tried everything so we would LOVE to hear what you all think about the menu and your favourite treats!

Until next time, enjoy living life like a Sydney Local


The ultimate experience: The Grounds Alexandria


Looking for a unique experience?

Experience the market feel with a delicious twist at The Grounds Alexandria.

No matter if you are in the mood for something a little bit sweet or some traditional lemonade we have found a place that is only 11 minutes away by car or a 45 minutes by walk from Mercure Sydney.

Fresh lemonade at the grounds alexandria

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From the moment you walk in, you won’t know where to head first.

The Grounds Alexandria has become one of the most popular dining attractions in Sydney over the past few years. It draws crowds on the weekends with the delicious markets with take away treats, fresh flowers, and fresh bread.

Fresh bread is available at the grounds markets every Saturday and Sunday

Our tip is to go to The Grounds really hungry and walk through the entire area before you pick which area you would like to dine in. The each have their own quirky characteristics and we are sure you will have an amazing experience no matter which area and what coffee or tasty treat you choose.

Tasty Mocha at the Grounds Alexandria, only 11 minutes away from Mercure Sydney

Mocha anyone?

As you walk through or wait for your table (you are given a buzzer, so you know when your table is ready), you may come across the famous barn which hosts a number of animals with quirky names.  Our favourite would have to be Vincent Van Goat.

Animals at the Grounds Alexandria

We personally couldn’t fit it all the delectable treats in! But here is what we ended up ordering! We would love to hear your stories about your experience in the comments below.

Delicious Breakfast Board

What a breakfast board!

Summer Berry Hotcakes

Perfect Brunch option!

Good Food Month


At Four Elements Restaurant, Mercure Sydney

Our Sous Chef Rakesh Rozario is thrilled to announce the “Good Food for under $30” menu to celebrate the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month this October.

Sous Chef Rakesh Rozario

Choose any two courses from the menu below for only $29 for the month of October.

Delicious Fresh Prawns

Rakesh has incorporated his favourite flavours with Regional NSW produce to create a delectable menu with entrees originating from Central Coast, mains originating from the South Coast (the trout has been sourced from a fresh water supplier in Kangaroo Valley) and desserts originating from the Hunter Valley region.

Char grilled Haloumi

Each course has been designed to match our “Flavours of the Cellar Wine List” and can be made gluten-free.

Sticky fig and ginger pudding and vanilla bean ice cream

Rakesh invites you to embark on this gastronomic journey of locally inspired cuisine.

Delicious Haloumi, Trout and Sticky Fig and Ginger Pudding

To secure a booking on a particular night in October, please call 92176708

Click here to view the menu

Cronuts make their mark on Sydney


What do Sydney locals love to do on the weekends?

During winter, Sydney locals tend to rug up and try a new delicious cafe which serves late breakfast or brunch on the weekends.

For our first post we thought where better to start than breakfast. We have found the perfect place for you to experience Sydney just like a local!

John Smith Cafe

John Smith Café is located in Waterloo which is only a 6-7 minute drive or a 25 minute walk (only 2.0km) from Mercure Sydney.This relatively new cafe opened in May and is bustling with Sydney locals each weekend who are wanting to try the delectable treats.

Best Coffee in Sydney

The coffee is tried and tested each morning by the owners to ensure that it is made with love and to perfection just the way YOU like it.

As you walk through this quirky café you will feast your eyes on the delicious fresh cronuts in the middle of this café.

Praline Cronut

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What is a cronut you ask? Well, for all you sweet tooths out there, prepare to transport yourself to your new haven. A cronut is a croissant-doughnut pastry which melts in your mouth almost instantly! John Smith Café has three delicious flavours to choose from (we are sure you won’t stop at one) which are glazed cronuts (think Krispy Kreme but even better), cinnamon cronuts or chocolate cronuts topped with praline.

Image by Colly Ho

It doesn’t stop there. The mouth-watering menu will leave you day-dreaming for months. You find yourself excited by the prospect of someone walking out of the kitchen area and praying that the meal is yours each time they walk past.

Sweet cronut

Whether it is the eggs benedict with pulled pork or the ploughman’s board (which consists of a selection of cheese, cold poached eggs, cold meats, pickles, relish and homemade beans) we are sure you won’t be disappointed at this café.