A Holmly café

A bubbly welcome and shelves packed full of home cooked goodness. This is what you get when you visit Café Holm on Victoria St in Potts Point.

Recently taken over by Italian  born Elisa, Holm has a sense of family about it. From the warm smiles and thick Italian accents of Elisa and her sidekick Sofia, to the recipes Nonna made and delightful atmosphere, a cosy seating inside or alfresco on the busy footpath.

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And it’s always busy too. I’ve been a regular for the past four months since we moved to the area, and even though there was apprehension when we heard the café was sold, the new owners have been a real treat.

The coffee here is fresh, dark and full bodied and goes down nicely with the many delectable tarts, cakes and slices baked daily. Breakfast and lunch are pretty yummy too and you get the chance to sample some of the girls’ favourite dishes like cannelloni, corn fritters, and Zaatar bread.

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Overall, I’d say not only is Café Holm part of Potts Point, but we, the people who visit there, are also part of Café Holm!

Buon Appetito!

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Feeling like a Potts Point Princess

IT’S  a Sunday morning, the fog has settled over the towering star trees that line Victoria Street and my coffee is steaming hot. It’s from Holm Café, a cute hole in the wall coffee shop about 150m from home. Elisa and Sofia, the lovely new owners, make it for me with a big bright smile every morning. One could say my morning coffee has become more like my morning ritual.

About four months ago, my husband and I packed up our house and our 4-legged daughter and traded in our hectic lives in QLD for a change of pace in Potts Point. We spent the night driving down from our Brisbane home in the Sunshine State and arrived on the outskirts of Sydney as the sun took its place in the sky. Cheesy huh? Maybe so, but it was the perfect introduction to what has been a perfect few months for us. In April we accepted a job managing a cute B&B, the Victoria Court Hotel on Victoria Street, and so far, things are going great – our guests are lovely, we are busy and we managed to find a very small team of staff who brighten the mornings. A bit of a change to my days filled with deadlines as a magazine editor and the sweat and early starts my husband dealt with managing a boxing gym. Yes it was a big change indeed, but you know what they say about change…

So, here we are, settling in to our new home, our new jobs and our new life. And it’s funny, because despite the fact that we live less than 2km from Sydney’s big, brash, bold city CBD, it can easily feel like we are a world away here in Potts Point – this gastronomical urban sprawl that I’ve fallen madly in love with!

They say Sydney isn’t friendly, well I beg to differ. When you walk down the street here people say hi, they take the time to chat, they smile. This city suburb has a certain community feel to it, a togetherness if you will. And yes, there are the bed eggs, god knows I’ve met a few of them already, but what city doesn’t have them? Kings Cross is on our doorstep, but even the flashy lights of the strip clubs and the weekend party noise isn’t that bad. In fact, it’s starting to feel normal. This place is starting to feel like home, and with neighbours who know your name and shop owners who write cute messages on your coffee cups; Im starting to feel like a Potts Point princess!

*Over the coming months I will be documenting my Potts Point journey – let me introduce you to the taste sensations that are the restaurants here, the skillful hair stylists at salons that dot the neighbourhood, the muscle soothing massages, the arts, the tours, the shopping – I will experience it all and share it with you!