In the bustling mega-mall of sights, smells, and sounds that is Westfield Sydney, there is a peaceful place to catch up over milky caffeine and sugared goods. No, please don’t bother going up to the stylish and diversely-incorporated food court on Level 5 – because you’re more likely to end up with a headache and a half than inner calm from the monsoon of noise.
Le Pain Quotidien, ‘The Daily Bread’, is a rustic yet graceful boulangerie and café gone international with their philosophy representing organic, eco-friendly production and community-facilitating eating. As soon as you step into the warmly-lit café lined with soft-toned wooden furniture, you become attuned to the sounds of various classical and opera music playing, the aroma of espresso mingling with homey smells of bread, ah… delightful!
When meeting other-uni friends in the city after classes, LPQ is one of my default choices. The coffees (other cafés ain’t got nothin’ on the “regular” size here) and belgian hot chocolates have been consistently good, and pictured above are a couple of the hot mains available as well as some baked treats. I usually opt for the cold desserts because the aforementioned, pictured foods served aren’t quite up to par with them, and not so cheap either. I do recommend their organic breads though, and you can help yourself to the house-made spreads which are placed on tables and stock available for purchase. Sometimes the service is painfully slow, and waiters inattentive.. but when you take that warm, handle-less cup into your hands, breathe in the milky and sweet vapours and sip – well, you forget you even had to wait. Especially once you become engrossed in conversation or people-watching, which the giant glass windows encourage.
Do drop by for breakfast, brunch, lunch or early dinner with friends or purely for personal time to reflect and enjoy organic breads with coffee in the inviting atmosphere, looking out to the cityside~
About Le Pain Quotidien:
- Level 4, Westfield Sydney, Pitt St, Sydney, NSW, 2000
- 02) 8246 9213