The Potting Shed; The Grounds of Alexandria

There are two things that are impossible NOT to do whenever I visit Sydney. In no particular order these are:

  1. Get a Sea Salt flavoured Ice-cream from Aqua S and spend an exuberant amount of time deciding if I should have it with the fairy floss or toasted marshmallow (you can see how difficult this delicious decision is by the examples on my Instagram here and from an earlier trip here)
  2. Sit and eat and spend as long as possible in The Potting Shed, which is a part of the wonderful Grounds of Alexandria

The Potting Shed is always on my list for a Sydney visit because it never disappoints and is conveniently located on the way to the airport so you can always make an excuse to drop by before grabbing your flight. This most recent visit was different from previous times as I was there mid week, so whilst the crowds were halved (not complaining as anyone who has been here knows it can be worse than a crowd of overeager shoppers at a store opening during boxing day sales) we did miss out on my favourite lemonade stand that must only open on the weekends. If you make the journey here especially on the weekends and take on the crowds you have to order breakfast and arrive hungry. Really hungry.

The Cafe make the most amazing lamb sausages which I could write about for days, but that would be a little uncomfortable for everyone involved. Being the over-orderer that I am I had so many plates of bacon and eggs and lamb sausage sides that the poor waitress could barely fit them all on my table. I of course, pulled the shocked expression of “Oh my, I had no idea how much food this really was, how embarrassing!!!” all the time knowing exactly what quantities were on their way and just how much deliciousness I was about to enjoy. First time you visit you make the error of not ordering enough, that wasn’t about to happen on my second visit.

After a quick to hello to the resident pig, Kevin Bacon, I caught a cab to the airport with a happy soul and an overfull tummy and made my way home to Brisbane to round out an excellent few days in Sydney.




  1. June 20, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    I am a failure of a Sydneysider and still haven’t made it to The Grounds yet! It does look nice and empty on a weekday so I reckon I’ll give it a go then instead of battling the weekend crowd.

    • June 21, 2016 / 7:56 am

      I have to admit that despite the crazy crowds on the weekend, it’s so much nicer when all the little cake stalls/lemonade stands/pastry carts are open because they sell the most amazing stuff. You’re so lucky you can go whenever you want!

  2. June 21, 2016 / 6:16 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Sydney and The Potting Shed looks beautiful. The space looks lovely. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Fariha |

    • June 21, 2016 / 7:56 am

      Oh you must visit and make a full morning of it here….. it’s really stunning x

  3. June 21, 2016 / 10:06 am

    Such beautiful photos and The Potting Shed looks beautiful! Would love to visit Australia one day! Thanks for sharing! x

    Ann-Marie |

    • June 21, 2016 / 3:33 pm

      It really is one of my favourite places. Oh you most definitely should… we have plenty to show you x

  4. June 21, 2016 / 10:46 am

    I love that you injected humor on the overflowing plate with the waitress haha. Anyway, what’s ice -cream sea side flavor tastes like? hehe 😀

    • June 21, 2016 / 3:35 pm

      I do the same when something doesn’t fit in a change room “Ohh silly me, I picked up the smaller size by accident” haha. OH MY it tastes like heaven! It’s a little weird at first but it tastes exactly how you imagine sea salt (in a slightly sweet version) would taste. It’s the only place I can get this flavour!

    • June 21, 2016 / 3:35 pm

      Such a shame it’s a flight away from me, otherwise I would waste many mornings here x

  5. June 21, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Ah this place is so lovely and cute! What a wonderful place to spend the day, especially if they have sea salt ice cream – yum!

    Enclothed Cognition

  6. June 21, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Oh, wow! Such a gorgeous place! And Sea Salt flavoured Ice-cream sounds fantastic!

  7. Siffat Haider
    June 21, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    I am so glad I found your blog, your photography is beautiful! These pictures are tempting me to visit Australia!

    • June 22, 2016 / 8:46 am

      You are too kind Siffat, thank you! You should definitely visit, just once at least 😉

    • June 23, 2016 / 8:46 am

      I feel the same when I visit…. you need a few good hours up your sleeve!

    • June 28, 2016 / 8:15 am

      Oh you have to go!!! I actually prefer the craziness of the weekends as there is more open, but anytime is good. Just go hungry and eat everything you can, you won’t be disappointed 😉

  8. Little Miss Notting Hill
    September 9, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    This looks like my idea of actual heaven!! Beautiful shots 🙂 xx

    • September 11, 2016 / 6:52 pm

      It certainly is my idea of heaven as well! I don’t care how busy it gets, I’d visit every time I am in Sydney because it’s worth it 🙂

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