Great news for residents: St Ives’ café options have grown exponentially, both inside and around the shopping centre, as well as on Mona Vale Road. In just a couple of blocks, near the corner of Mona Vale Road and Stanley Street, St Ives boasts a Pattisons Patisserie, Max Brenner, a small café called Mischico, and now the (relatively new) Stanley Street Café.
Stanley Street Café is tucked behind the small Stanley Street arcade of shops fronted by a butcher shop and a tile shop, which have been fixtures of the area for many years. The café opens onto the parking for this group of shops – but take care that the space you take is for café patrons, or there may be an issue. The café occupies a generous area which has been comfortably fitted out for café guests.
The café uses Allpress coffee, which for some coffee connoisseurs will be great news. The food focus is breakfast, lunch and brunch. The food comes well-presented and looks nourishing as well as tasty. For instance, a hearty breakfast option is poached eggs, fresh figs, halloumi, eggplant and crushed pistachio on New York rye bread. A lighter option may be the bircher muesli, which certainly looks delicious. The servings are generous, so if you’re going to eat at this café, it’s probably best to go there feeling hungry. Fresh juices, iced coffees and teas and milk shakes are on offer, as well as a selection of teas.
The café welcomes families, prams and toddlers and the staff are friendly. We got to the café midafternoon, and by this time the daily stock of sweets and pastries were somewhat depleted, but it would be worthwhile showing up early enough to try a Brewtown Newtown crounut with your coffee or tea, when you decide to visit.
Address: 15 Stanley Street, St Ives NSW 2075
Telephone: 02 8095 0484
Hours: 07:00 – 16:00