The Grounds of Alexandria, our original location established in 2012, is one of Sydney’s favourite hospitality destinations. It boasts our famous Grounds Cafe, our restaurant The Potting Shed, our iconic Garden Bar & BBQ, and fabulous themed installations which draw people from all over Sydney and the world. The Grounds of Alexandria is also home to an array of unique private event spaces, hosting everything from intimate gatherings to weddings and corporate events.
HOLIDAY TRADING HOURS
Please note that all Grounds venues and offices are closed on the following days:
Christmas Day (December 25th)
Boxing Day (December 26th)
New Year’s Day (January 1st, 2024)
Please also be advised that The Grounds of Alexandria and The Grounds of the City are not open after 5:00pm on Christmas Eve (December 24th) or New Year’s Eve (December 31st).
We wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
The Grounds Cafe
Cafe Dining & Takeaway
The iconic eatery that started it all, The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe is the perfect place for a hearty breakfast or lunch – or a sweet treat, courtesy of our famous patisserie.
The Potting Shed
Plant yourself in The Potting Shed at The Grounds to enjoy a fresh seasonal menu and a cheeky tipple or two amongst an abundance of beautiful, lush greenery.
The Garden Bar & BBQ
Casual Dining & Takeaway
No need for a booking, just grab a table in the Garden! There’s delicious food from the BBQ and a variety of refreshing spritzers, juices, sodas, and cocktails from the Bar.
GINGER ALL THE WAY
Welcome to the tastiest, loveliest, most delicious festive theme The Grounds has ever seen! Nestled in the laneways of The Grounds of Alexandria is a gingerbread world of quaint cobblestone streets, snow-capped gingerbread houses and hot air balloons being whisked through the winter air.
We’ve still got some secrets up our sleeve! Hidden up staircases and tucked away behind corners are some gorgeous little spaces that we offer for special occasions. Whether it’s an intimate high tea or a decadent candlelit banquet feast, there’s some special experiences waiting for you at The Grounds.
EVENTS AT THE GROUNDS OF ALEXANDRIA
WEDDINGS | SOCIAL CELEBRATIONS | CORPORATE EVENTS
From intimate gatherings to the most monumental celebrations, there is an event space waiting for you at The Grounds. Set amongst Sydney’s most unique backdrops with industry-leading styling and service, there is no better place to host your next event.
Not sure of the best way to get where you’re going? With close proximity to public transport modes and parking options, we’ve got you covered.
TRAIN & BUS
The closest train stations are Green Square (10 – 15 minute walk) and St Peters (20 minute walk), both with frequent services to and from the CBD. Bus stops outside The Grounds of Alexandria have regular services to Redfern, Mascot, Wolli Creek and Randwick.
Route updates, timetables and travel information is available on the Transport for NSW website, or real-time travel apps.
TAXI & RIDESHARE
Taxis and Rideshare services (e.g. Uber, Didi, Ola, etc.) can drop off / pick up on Huntley Street.
Set the destination as The Grounds of Alexandria, or our street address (7a/2 Huntley Street, Alexandria NSW 2015).
Parking at The Grounds
Onsite parking is available on a first-come first-served basis. To access our onsite car park, enter via 2 Huntley Street (behind our Cafe). Disabled-access parking is available onsite. Due to limited capacity on weekends and during holiday periods, please allow extra time if you are driving, or consider public transport options.
We will always do our best to prioritise the elderly and those with mobility difficulties, but cannot always guarantee a space as our car park can fill up quickly.
Please note that our car park is exclusively reserved for customers of The Grounds and guests attending a private event hosted at The Grounds. A 2 hour time limit is temporarily in place for parking during the day.
Other Parking Options
Street parking in the surrounding area can generally be found within a 10 – 15 minute walk – please ensure you comply with any timing or parking restrictions. Some good places to check include Huntley Street, Burrows Road and Maddox Street.
Paid parking options can also be found within a short walk of The Grounds.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To make sure your visit is as smooth as possible, we’ve answered your burning questions about The Grounds of Alexandria.
What is The Grounds of Alexandria?
We’re a cafe, restaurant and event complex that specialises in creating memorable moments, and has over the years become famous for our iconic garden setting and themed installations. We offer dine-in reservations at our Cafe and our restaurant (The Potting Shed), takeaway from the Cafe and our Garden BBQ kiosk, and private dining experiences such as high teas and banquet feasts. We frequently host school holiday workshops and activities too!
Do I Need a Ticket or Booking to Visit?
To visit The Grounds, you just need to be a customer of one of our venues, or attending an event here. We always encourage making a booking at our venues if you’re wanting to dine in, but we also accept walk-ins daily, with a waiting list kept at the door. Bookings for smaller groups can be made online where available – for larger groups, please contact our friendly reception team.
Please note that we usually do not accept same-day reservations during peak periods or weekends.
Why is entry restricted to customers only?
Over the years we have loved putting on special events and creating elaborate displays for our customers. As we are a dining precinct and not a public space, we are limiting access to our displays exclusively to our customers to ensure they get the best experience when they visit.
While this has always been something that we have requested visitors keep in mind, it is a policy that we actively implement during peak periods (such as Christmas).
What venues are at The Grounds of Alexandria?
There’s no chance of going hungry when you visit! We have The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe serving breakfast and lunch, and The Potting Shed serving lunch and dinner. Then there’s the Garden Bar & BBQ, providing takeaway all day long, plus our donut cart and lemonade stand!
Our Christmas display is set up in the laneways between The Cafe and The Potting Shed. Our laneways are open to all Grounds customers dining in, purchasing takeaway or attending an event.
After 4:00pm, access to this display area becomes exclusive to guests dining in at The Potting Shed (our onsite restaurant), or attending a private event at one of our venues. Please note that during peak periods a minimum spend may apply when dining in.
When visiting, you’re more than welcome to walk around to take photos, but please note that we do not allow professional photo or video shoots within the laneways.
Can I host an event at The Grounds?
Absolutely! Our Events service has grown to be one of Sydney’s premier providers for weddings, corporate events and social celebration. We have a variety of one-of-a-kind function & event spaces that cater to groups of different sizes and tastes – for more information, contact our Events team here.
Do You Offer Takeaway?
Yes! If you’re visiting The Grounds during the day and you don’t want to wait, we offer takeaway from our Cafe and Garden BBQ, which you can eat in our beautiful garden takeaway area. You can also order takeaway ahead of time with The Grounds App.
Can I Bring My Dog?
Absolutely! We love dogs and welcome them in most areas of The Grounds of Alexandria, including the Garden and The Potting Shed. When making a booking, please advise if you will be bringing your pooch and we will be sure to book you in the right seat.
When bringing your dog, please ensure they are on a leash or harness at all times, and seated on the floor of the venue when dining in.
If you’ve still got questions, would like to make an enquiry or need some assistance, please contact our friendly reception team.
(02) 9699 2225
Reception Team Hours
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 8pm
Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Please note that we are not able to answer any enquiries outside of these hours.