Little hidden gems

It was so nice to open today’s Sydney Morning Herald ‘Good Living’ section and see one of our favorite local cafes reviewed (and a good review at that!) – The Jack of Harts and Jude in Engadine in Sydney’s south. It’s certainly been one of our favourite finds since moving here a few months ago.

Yes, the coffee is fabulous and the homemade baked goods mouthwatering, but the lovely co. thinks its real charm lies in the fact that the Hart family warmly greet their customers like a good friend dropping in for a cuppa. The conversation is easy and the atmosphere relaxed and cosy.

Mr Lovely has also taken us along to a few of their Saturday night theme dinners – the stand out for us was the Northern Italian night, complete with accordion player performing classic Dean Martin tunes and the like. It was just lovely and very romantic.

Are there any hidden gems near where you live? Tell us about them! It’s easy to take these local small businesses for granted, even though they are part of the heart and soul of the town. How often do you see a new small business close down after just a few months and think ‘That’s a shame, we really should have gone there’? Plus, do we really need an excuse for coffee and cake? Never!

While we’re on the topic of hidden gems, we’ve also found another one in Engadine. It’s called Found: The Store and is run by sisters Shelli and Toni. It’s full of all sorts of gorgeous jewellery, homewares, trinkets and accessories. Much of their collection is sourced from Australian designers and artists – yet another reason to support them.

So there you go, whether you are a Shire local or you’re heading south of Sydney we think these are two lovely stops you really should make soon.

Have a lovely day. X.

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