Brunch Five Ways
The first time I discovered Five Ways I was a lost intern who’d been sent out of the office on Oxford Street to find lunch for a client meeting. I took a left, stumbled down a hill and ended up in the heart of Paddington with a massive grin on my face. Now this hidden gem it is one of my favourite brunch spots in Sydney. While there are many great cafes in this area, Gusto has the best view of Five Ways especially on the weekend where you can watch Paddington’s most fabulous terrace owners in pursuit of their morning cafe latte and fresh flowers.
My tip is to dress for comfort as well as for style. I’ll tell you why later…
I met my gorgeous friend, Ash at 11am. While the sun was beating down we managed to score a table in the shade.
We ordered two fresh juices to go with our Summer health kick, washing away the cheese and meats board we had devoured the night before.
Ash had poached eggs with tomato and avocado and I ordered the Gusto breakfast special ‘Green poached eggs’ with spinach, avocado, goats cheese and homemade pesto $14.90. While you’re not likely to find super cheap eats in this part of town you can expect the food to be delicious…
And the poached eggs to be cooked perfectly.
We sat there for an hour watching the world go by, it was the perfect start to the long weekend.
My only reservation with Gusto are the chairs. I’m no princess but just watch out for the crack in the back of the chair. The poor old lady next to me got her blouse caught in the broken crack while she was having having her cup of tea. Mid way through my second egg the same thing happened to a bunch of my hair. We all laughed it off but fearing my new playsuit would be next on the chopping board we decided to say goodbye to our new friend and head across the road.
Another one of Five Ways attractions is Thomas Dux. Sure you can find this fancy grocer all over Sydney however this Thomas Dux in particular is known for it’s beautiful flowers and famous shoppers. My biggest celebrity spot here was a couple of years ago when I was picking up lunch (the best express sushi bar in town) and noticed a certain blonde model poking around the fruit and vegetable section trying to look as inconspicuous as possible. She took one look at my wide eyed wanna be PR girl face and ran in the other direction.
That was the day I started telling everyone back home that I shop at the same grocery store as Lara Bingle.
After popping into a few of the boutique it was time to head home which meant facing the hill. Unfortunately whichever way you try to walk you cannot avoid the hills in Paddington and that is where your chic yet comfortable outfit will come in handy.
I always like to distract myself by looking at the real estate and praying that a handsome man is going to come out of one of those terrace houses with a wheel chair and roll me up the rest of the way.
Paddington to me is the inner-city suburb with the just the right amount of balance. Despite living in one of the most expensive suburbs of Sydney the residents here are always friendly. They know when to hurry up to Oxford Street on a Monday morning to catch their ride into the city and they know when to stroll down to Five Ways and take it easy. The best bit is that when brunching in Five Ways you can have your bacon and eat it too knowing that you’re going to work it off eventually.