The Grounds, Alexandria

If you are in Sydney, looking for a fresh, inspirational and luscious place for a bite, then you can’t go past eating (or even just grabbing a coffee) at The Grounds in Alexandria. Sister to co-owner Ramzey Choker, Caroline Choker is the designer behind the rustic interiors and luscious green gardens.

Choker designed the venue around the soul of the building, an 1800 square metre pie factory from the early twentieth century. The heritage-listed warehouse has now become an urban sanctuary that contains a coffee roasting facility, bakery, café and organic food garden.

The Ground’s goal is that customers engage in the holistic dining and coffee experience of the ‘seed to cup’ analogy, which provides customers to touch, see, smell and eat the ingredients from The Grounds itself.

Choker has designed the interior to display the complete process of the coffee and dining experience transparently, encouraging education and interaction between staff and customers.

The style of the interior is rustic and industrial with concrete floors, exposed beams, and bare brickwork. The existing 1200 square metre car park was converted into a ‘garden sanctuary’ that highlights the use of recycled materials, found objects, and sustainable practices.

Choker was a finalist in 2012 for the Sydney Design Award for this exceptional interior. Not only is the design inspirational and intriguing to be inside of, but the food is also really tasty! Beware, there is often a bit of a queue, but once seated either indoors or outdoors it’s hard to believe that this café is in the middle of Sydney’s industrial and warehouse filled suburb of Alexandria.

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