Coffee at Balmoral Beach, Sydney

View from Bathers' Pavilion, Balmoral Beach, Sydney, towards Sydney Harbour Heads

View from Bathers' Pavilion, Balmoral Beach, Sydney, towards Sydney Harbour Heads

Sydney, Tuesday

Sydney is a fabulous coffee city and Clive and I love our coffee.  Sydney’s coffee culture is distinguished firstly by the excellence of the product, and secondly by the beauty and relaxed atmosphere of many locations where it’s served.  Professional and amateur baristas are everywhere, and it’s easy to find a first-rate latte, flat white, or cappuccino.

Today my almost-23 year old son and I had coffee at Bathers’ Pavilion at Balmoral Beach.  “Bathers,” as it’s called by locals, overlooks Middle Harbour and is one of Sydney’s relatively expensive restaurants for a memorable, full-course Modern Australian dinner.  But for a mid-morning espresso in a space that’s both elegant and casual, with views through the Heads, it’s one of Sydney’s best values. 

Balmoral was the first place we lived when my late husband, son, and I came to Sydney.  I have endless happy memories of walking on the Esplanade, playing Whiffle Ball on the beach, and watching sulphur-crested cockatoos fly around Hunter Park. 

But today was about the future; my son is home for only 10 days before starting his first job in Washington, D.C., excited about taking the next step and seeing as much of his lovely girlfriend as possible.  We talked about his plans for Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S., whether this might be the first year we’re not together at Christmas, and Clive’s and my upcoming trip to Paris, New Jersey, England, and Scotland. 

Balmoral Beach is about 10 minutes from where Clive and I live now, and one of our favourite Harbour beaches.  It’s a beautiful place for coffee, and for walking and spending time with loved ones. 

Another view of Balmoral Beach and Bathers' Pavilion, Sydney, on a Quiet Winter Day

Another view of Balmoral Beach and Bathers' Pavilion, Sydney, on a Quiet Winter Day

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