Nielsen Park Café: a classic Sydney favourite

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When this scribe first moved to Sydney he worked somewhat as a freelance stylist, and whenever a photographer requested an easy location for an outdoor fashion shoot, the answer was often Nielsen Park in Sydney’s upscale suburb Vaucluse. A spectactular spot on the Sydney foreshore, it is at the Nielsen Park Café where many a fashion launch and lunch has been spent throughout my years as a writer and editor. Indeed, Hermes hosts its annual ‘Silks In The Sand’ event at this very picturesque locale.

With Sydneysiders possessing a penchant for ‘the long brunch’, Nielsen Park Café is the perfect place to do so. The café’s head chef is one Daniel Hughes, also responsible for looking over the magnificent cuisine at Manta Restaurant & Bar in Woolloomooloo.

For brunch, patrons often like to kick off with a classic Beach Bellini ($10). And the food menu, although not too out of the ordinary, always adopts a sense of flair and the freshest of local produce (like Kangaroo Island Organic free range eggs and Ligurian organic honey). The Eggs Benedict ($18) served with leg ham and toasted sourdough are a favourite staple, and we’d love it if Hughes would kindly provide us with his Hollandaise recipe.

Lunch is also an option at Nielsen Park with starters including Herb & Parmesan Crusted King Prawn Cutlets served with Caper Aoili, Cucumber and a Mint Salsa, and mains ranging from fresh seafood (Linguini, Handpicked Spanner Crab Meat, Chilli, Garlic, Grape Tomato and a White Wine Sauce, $19-26) to the most tender grain fed scotch fillet ($32).

Sydneysiders needn’t hike all the way to Avalon or Byron Bay to enjoy a healthy brunch or lunch by the sea: Nielsen Park has all the rusticity, romanticism and a diverse menu to relish.  Antonino Tati

Nielsen Park Café is situated at Nielsen Park, Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse.

Bookings on (02) 9337 7333 or for more information visit