A Weekend in… Stanmore
Driving along Parramatta Road, you could easily blink and miss Stanmore – a pint-sized suburb 6km from the CBD. But turn off the main drag and you’ll discover what this inner-west neighborhood is really about.
From its streets lined with Victorian terraces and century-old trees, to the manicured village green, Stanmore has retained much of its original charm, and has a friendly, close-knit community to match.
Take the time to sip, dine and stroll among them and discover why so many Stanmore locals love where they live.
Follow your nose to cafe and larder, Mrs Underwood, where resident baker, Bec is up from the wee hours crafting fresh sausage rolls, cakes and pastries.
If you prefer breakfast on the go, wander over to sprawling village green, Weekley Park. A hub of community life in Stanmore for over a century, it’s the place to while away a morning, meandering through ornamental gardens, challenging a neighbour to a chess match and watching canine antics in the off-leash area.
Stanmore is home to just over 7000 residents, and every Saturday morning you’ll find dozens of prospective buyers hoping to join their ranks. If you’re among them, prepare for some stiff competition, with houses fetching a median of $1.7 million. Apartments average a more modest $715,000 and range from classic red-brick walk-ups to stylish factory conversions.
Once your house hunt is sorted, you’ll find everything needed to feather your nest among the boutique furniture and homewares retailers that line Parramatta Road.
For lunch, pull up a stool at the counter of tiny local cafe, Paper Cup. Previous a disused storeroom of the Stanmore Cellars bottle shop, the laid-back bolthole brings a fresh breath of life, and the aroma of quality coffee, to the otherwise quiet strip opposite Stanmore Station.
Source your own culinary inspiration at Paris International Cooking School. The school offers one-off weekend cooking classes on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, ranging from patisserie to sushi and French cuisine.
Cosy up by the fire at beloved local haunt The Sailsbury Hotel for a pint of craft beer and a plate of comfort food.
Fancy something a little fancier? Book in for the seven-course tasting menu at hole-in-the wall wonder, Sixpenny. Its innovative use of local produce has won over the critics, clocking up three chefs hats in the latest Good Food ratings.
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