Petty Cash Interior

Who doesn’t love the inner west? With its rockabilly, gritty aesthetic, it’s mostly-gentrified streets, its plethora of ethnic restaurants. There’s always something to do, something to see. Every day is a photo opp for one of those clichéd photographic exhibitions City of Sydney puts on in Hyde Park about the real/dark side of/contrasting Sydney – a nun smiling arm in arm with a drag queen, a beaming Italian man out the front of his bakery next door to a brothel. It’s a Sydney that may or may not exist, depending on where you are and who you talk to.

One place that definitely exists is the Petty Cash Café, a retro marvel on the Marrickville/Enmore border right next to Enmore Park. One Saturday morning Rui and I are just driving around, drinking in the visuals when we spot it on a sun-drenched corner. We pull over next to a couple of drool-worthy vintage cars and high tail it across the road to nab a table. Never mind the fact that we’ve already had a coffee this morning- I’ll break my one-coffee-a-day rule for the chance to try somewhere new.

petty cash cafe exterior

Petty Cash Cafe is one of those places that just begs to be photographed. Perched on the leafy Victoria road it has the retro/rockabilly vibe that I find so much more comfortable than the bare ligtbulbs, concrete floors and upcycled bicycle seat stools of the hipster aesthetic, although those things have their place as well. I love the clashing green/orange/red/warm timber, the retro furniture, the zany sugar bowls, the clientele and staff in the kind of getup I could never even envisage. It’s a feast for the eye.

Macchiato and picolo @ Petty Cash cafe

We plonk ourselves down at a chessboard table and order our standards. The food is served on mismatched china, although we don’t partake. The cafe offers what you’d expect- all day breakfast, gluten-free baked treats, lunch offerings and delicious coffee. I’d love to come back and have breakky some time but we don’t seem to do that much anymore.

Miss Petty Cash

Our coffees arrive and there’s no need to rush. I sit and look out the window at the park which, from this angle actually looks pretty amazing as Rui, true to form, plays with his phone. I people watch inner-west parents weilding SUV-sized prams, goths and hipsters taking their Saturday morning stroll side by side, kids clambering over the newly erected playground and an old lady wheeling her groceries back from the Metro. Now all we need is a nun and a drag queen and we’ll be right to set up in Hyde Park…

Miss Petty Cash
68 Victoria Road
Marrickville 2204
(02) 9557 2377

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12 Responses to Café Review – Petty Cash Cafe, Marrickville

  1. Nikki says:

    But where is the photo of the zany sugar bowls?

  2. I really like this place. The coffee is good, I appreciate the “ony three prams inside” policy and the breakfast is great. This is one place that is still sitting in my backlog file of places to write about, one day

  3. Miss Piggy says:

    I love the look of this place – so “old school”. Is this the cafe that will give you a picnic blanket to take across to the park?
    Miss Piggy recently posted…Crazy Wings- Chatswood

  4. Manu says:

    Hehehehe what a lovely way to describe Sydney’s inner west!!! Very true as well! The cafe looks so cool! I love the colourful “streamers” hanging from the door! :-)

  5. What a cute little place! :)
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella recently posted…Of Bacon Fougasse &amp MILFs

  6. this is awesome — i’m headed up to Sydney for the first time in a few weeks. this place – in all it’s mis-matchy glory – looks right up my alley.
    yasmeen (wandering spice) recently posted…penne with pumpkin-basil cream sauce

    • Lau says:

      @ Manu – Cheers! It is a very cool place, and kid friendly too. You should checkit out!

      @ Lorraine – Yeah, I wish I lived nearby…

      @ Yasmeen – I”m sure you’d love it…

  7. pt says:

    I love this place too and yes they do let you take rugs over to the park to sit in the sun. And I’d like to say go for breakfast it really is worth it but at the same time Shhh! I live round the corner and don’t want it to be over run ;)

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