Located on the fringe of the Royal Botanic Gardens, the cafe has a prime position with the leafy precinct of Mrs Macquarie’s Point on one side and Woolloomooloo Bay on the other.
Enjoy the panoramic views over Sydney Harbour and watch the lapping swimmers from behind the café’s floor to ceiling glass windows or the open-air terrace. Pool patrons can pop upstairs to grab a bite to eat or you can breeze in from the Domain for breakfast & Campos coffee or enjoy lunch with a glass of wine.
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On a sunny afternoon, the Poolside Cafe seems like a mirage in the Royal Botanic Gardens. There's the absurdly picturesque view, for one.
Few cafes can match this iconic poolside location ... It's a top spot for an earthy, walnut-crema Campos and a menu that gets smarter every year
Lunch goes above and beyond the usual cafe fare with simple fish dishes and breezy salads
With Mrs Macquarie’s Point on one side and the glistening Woolloomooloo Bay on the other, this is the perfect spot to lazily read the morning paper or share a bottle of wine in the afternoon.
...The Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool is perhaps like almost no other municipal pool in the world... It's a popular spot for the city's serious swimmers ...but the café also attracts foodies who wouldn't dream of getting their hair wet. Set on a deck overlooking the pool, the café offers great views of the Sydney skyline, as well as a simple, but satisfying menu.
...it's hard to miss with this food. Super fresh, almost as affordable as a visit to the pool downstairs and served up surprisingly fast. Add a warm, clear day and an incredible view, and it doesn't take much to realise why this is such a popular summer haunt.
You've got the harbour, the naval base, the bright-blue swimming pool, the pretty brunch food and the Campos coffee. What more, really, do you want?