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Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2017 Winner

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You will find us at he arts precinct of Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney's must visit fashion district. Ampersand is a charming, quirky cafe & bookshop, offering fresh house made authentic food with gluten free and vegetarian options, great coffee and other refreshments and lots of hard to find, second hand books. We are also fully licensed.
US$4 - US$17
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks, Lunch
Cafe, Australian, Healthy
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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All reviews brunch eggs benedict sandwiches great coffee oxford st gluten free brownie nice atmosphere paddington brekky texture
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I’ve been coming to this café for more than ten years, on each of my visits to Sydney. I’ve loved the laid back atmosphere, the surroundings and the excellent food. Sadly, today’s visit changed my mind. I ordered brunch, looked for a table out of...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank mancboomerang
Reviewed 3 January 2019

I absolutely love this place. It was recommended to me from a stranger so I checked it out and found exactly what I was looking for. The coffee is excellent and the location just stunning. It is comfortable, great for writing or working and really...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank _richxgross
Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

Good coffee, friendly service and a positive atmosphere abound in this cafe and bookstore. There are three levels of books ranging from fiction to non-fiction, sport, gardening, young teens books etc. I didn’t try the good as it was late afternoon when I visited.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank TravellerFaye
Reviewed 28 November 2018

Really nice, had breakfast here, the food and drink was very well presented, the staff were really nice. They had Soya milk and Green Tea which we use, which is great for us as we are non -dairy.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Sara C
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

Friendly efficient service. My coffee was excellent and came out quickly. I chose the breakfast bowl. It was colourful and oh so tasty - sticky black rice, Bircher muesli, fresh fruit, a crumble, glazed pineapple and yoghurt. Lovely outdoor seating and books! What more could...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 283nancyeb
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

Nice little cafe in Paddington. Really good set up, seating inside or outside. Good coffee and tasty breakfast menu. Meals came out quickly even if service ordering was a bit slow.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Granules2013
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

Just happened to come across this place and was very impressed. The food is fantastic, and the actual place is amazing. You can sit upstairs, grab a book and slowly enjoy the food and coffee. The staff were lovely. Was very relaxing morning sitting in...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank livb_12
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

What a great idea for a cafe had a coffee which was great and scanned the bookshelves and found some awesome books spent so much time had to get some lunch and had the Mediterranean which was great Will be back with the family

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Sam A
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

To place an order at the counter the service was glacial. When my wife’s coffee arrived the glass was filthy. Yes they did replace it without issue but it should not have been that way in the first place. The chai would have to be...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank 856leoc
IreneG2970, Owner at Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that your experience was not to your expectations. Glacial can be a relative term. Sometimes 30 seconds can seem like an eternity, depending on context and one's internal clock. It is not clear what you mean by...More

Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

This was a while back but that older woman behind the counter is rude as hell! She’s condescending about the (high) surcharge. It took so long to even get somebody’s attention to be served in the first place, despite standing AT the counter. Tried to...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank zzzzyy
Irene G, Owner at Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2018

It always helps to be specific when making a complaint. A while back? It sounds like your visit was nearly a year ago. The price of our coffee has not changed in 4+ years, despite rising costs: $3.50 small, $4.0 large. Other establishments charge more....More

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Named after its London namesake, the suburb of
Paddington showcases streets lined with restored
Victorian terrace houses with very distinctive
features, like high ceilings and cast-iron balconies.
It is home to some of Sydney’s most prestigious art
galleries, including the Wagner Art Gallery and the
Butler Good Gallery, as well as the tourist
attraction, Paddington Markets, located in the grounds
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