A Sydney Exploration: Café Viva

I often pick up pamphlets on our travels and browse through them for inspiration on where to go and what to visit. So I shouldn’t be surprised when I arrived in Sydney a day after the SO to find he had already picked up a selection and left them on the coffee table for me. He said he had found them in the hotel lobby and each one featured a walking tour of a Sydney suburb. A few were much too far to get to on public transport, but the Balmain one was interesting enough to prompt us to take a little excursion.

We caught a ferry from Circular Quay to make our way to Balmain East and stumbled on Café Viva, a little café with an American vibe just in time for breakfast.

Cafe Viva

Cafe Viva

Cafe Viva
We’ve gotten used to seeing the Sydney tap water bottles at cafes, but Café Viva have added a twist by flavouring every bottle with a generous spring of fresh mint. It’s such a simple inexpensive idea and pretty touch. I would love to do the same at home after I’ve rid my mint of its aphid infestation. No one likes aphid water, right?

Cafe Viva

Cafe VivaIt would seem Café Viva has a supportive local clientele and many are dog lovers out and about their day with the furry pooch. We watched as Café Viva staff brought out fresh water for a doggie companion at the al fresco seats and others dropped leashes down to run inside for a coffee hit (their dog was so well behaved).

Since I had my first taste of a breakfast burrito, I wanted to see what Café Viva’s interpretation might be. It turned out to be simple and the chilli was a big thumbs up – tonnes of flavour without a hard chilli spice hit.

And of course the SO wouldn’t go past the bacon and egg roll, which really looked like a burger. Made complete with an American paper flag toothpick.

 

Cafe Viva

Breakfast burrito

Cafe Viva

Breakfast bacon and egg roll

 

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