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


The old NSW Police Station Palladian water gate design



Dining in a holding cell

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