The Rocks – Sydney’s Cultural Precinct

by Rosemarie John on October 21, 2014

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Where to Eat?

Le Pain Quotidien

Le Pain Quotidien was first founded in Brussels in 1990 by Alain Coumont. When they can, they use organic ingredients, and insist on the freshest and finest ingredients. La Pain Quotidien has only recently opened their bakery in The Rocks. Refurbishing the old Police Station, making it the only place in Sydney you can have brunch in a holding cell. The space that houses the new store was built in the early 1880′s, serving as a police station until 1974. The NSW Police were present for more than 90 years in the building.

Completely restored, the space now offers an elegant new dining room and entry on the building’s frontage. The former exercise yard has been adapted into a kitchen, and over 100 seats are now located throughout the restaurant in the former holding cells, charge rooms, muster room and the old officers’ quarters upstairs.

They also use reclaimed wood and recycled Gypsum in construction, energy-efficient lamps, and environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and packaging. The bread is made daily as it was in the beginning: with only organic stone-ground flour, salt, and water, kneaded and shaped by hand and baked in a hearth under the watchful eye of artisan bakers.

Address: 127 George St, The Rocks, NSW 2000 | Official Website: Click Here

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The old NSW Police Station Palladian water gate design

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Dining in a holding cell

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Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans October 23, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Such a helpful guide! Unfortunately I didn’t get to visit The Rocks neighborhood when I was in Sydney years ago, but I’ll definitely bookmark this post for when I plan my return visit. And Le Pain Quotidien looks like it definitely provides for a cool dining experience!
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Rosemarie John October 24, 2014 at 1:07 am

Oh yes Dana, The Rocks is the best place to experience Sydney… it brings a lot of character to the city that is famous for its white sails of the Opera House. The lanes and by-lanes are the best to explore as it has a lot of interesting stories! Our guide did a fantastic job transporting us back in time! They even have a Ghost Tour which I am yet to experience. 🙂

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Angie @ GnomeAngel.com October 27, 2014 at 3:14 am

You’ve made Sydney look so lovely. The view from the YHA is just magically. Perfect day to be near the water. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
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Muza-chan October 27, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Interesting….
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Fairlie October 28, 2014 at 11:40 pm

I love the Rocks. There’s just so many layers of history there. And Le Pain Quotidien? My fave place to eat breakfast!
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Caroline November 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Sydney is one of the world’s great cities … and even in winter, it’s quite a delightful place to be weatherwise!
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Lesley Peterson November 18, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Very handsome architecture, Rosemarie, especially silhouetted against such a brilliant blue sky. I just love the restoration and repurposing of old industrial architecture. What an asset to Sydney–would love to visit!
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