Frenchy's cafe at Georges Heights
Funny name! You'll be rewarded as the owners are from France. Too obvious?
This is a delightful cafe with a small indoor dining area and a large outdoor setting. This cottage was once part of the military establishment which is now part of the harbour trust.
This is such a great, somewhat out-of-the-way location. There is very little noise, just the buzz of other cafe/coffee lovers.
There is very little in the vicinity to disrupt this cafe - it is mostly an Art & Artists precinct.
This is a magnificent location to dine-in or for a takeaway coffee. Just sit in the park and admire the wonderful view.
They offer a great selection of freshly baked muffins and a breakfast & lunch menu.
Friendly staff (mostly French of course), casual, pleasant dining. No formalities here.
For the kids
There's a large park, just great for the kids to kick a ball. Sit and watch the kids while sipping your latte.
Toilets/Baby change: There are newish public toilets nearby.
Walking? If you're up for it, walk from Mosman Junction. It takes about 20 minutes - a fairly level walk. After your cafe hit, walk up the harbour track to Georges Heights Lookout.
Driving? Just drive down Middle Head Road until you reach the Headland Park - the ex military buildings are quite obvious.
Parking? There are about 20 car spots within the carpark. The can get really busy though. Plenty of on-street parking along Middle Head Road.
By bus. There is a bus service to Chowder Bay. The 244 bus passes the front door, departing from Wynyard
About the coffee
Little Italy Coffee Merchants claim their passion for coffee led to, "the art of coffee roasting and to establish Little Italy Roasters in 2007. This allowed us to supply the various outlets and custom roast coffee without any compromise on quality."
Little Italy Roasters use premium graded estate coffee which is slow drum roasted by hand, Italian style. This provides versatility for smaller batches across 3 different sized roasters.
Georges Heights History
Georges Heights was established in the 1870's as part of the outer harbour defences.
The building next to the cafe is Read Place. Read Place was built in 1891 and was the former artillery officers quarters.
The building is named after Col. William Read who in 1915, set up Mena Camp in Egypt in anticipation of the Gallipoli campaign. He was Commandant of the No.21 Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Georges Heights from January to August 1918.
Soldiers returning from Gallipoli and other World War 1 battles were treated here. It became the third largest Army hospital in Australia with 420 beds in 1918. The hospital opened in 1916 and closed in 1920.
Georges Heights Lookout
Georges Heights lookout offers unparalleled views from The Heads to the city. One of the best lookouts in Sydney!
This photo (below) was taken from the Georges Heights lookout - this is about a 300 metre harbour-side track walk from Frenchy's cafe.
The lookout is built around an old gun emplacement at George Heights.