Although it’s possible that some history and disaster buffs know Granville best as the site of Australia’s most deadly train accident (83 people died in the 1977 derailment), these days you’re far more likely to associate this suburb of Western Sydney with Lebanese food or, depending on your hobbies, sprintcar racing at the Sydney Speedway track. Granville sits partially within Parramatta City and partially within the limits of the Cumberland Council, and if you live here you are more likely to be born overseas than locally, which is what gives Granville its international accent.
Restaurants in Granville
Dessert cafés in Granville
El Sweetie Sweet Shop and Tea Salon
Both of the big, late night dessert shops in Granville sit conveniently close to each of the chicken shops, so if you’re eating at Hawa, El Sweetie is closer. Bars and pubs may not have a huge draw out here, but sugar pulls crowds to this café and sweets shop where you can buy nutty, syrupy, spiced cakes, refreshing frappes, strange yoghurt cocktails that are more like a trifle than a drink, and coffee. You might want to consider booking as it’s extremely popular to while away an evening here.
If you’re dieting or just generally lack will power, do not even think about walking into Abla’s Pastries. This late-night Lebanese cake shop is an Aladdin’s Cave of sugary treats. In the long gleaming glass counter that runs along one side of the expansive shop you’ll find semolina cakes, baklava in every shape and size, pastries filled with pistachios, almonds and cashews, cakes topped with soft meringue and ladies fingers. Behind the counter is where they keep the sugared almonds and on the left are whole cakes, ice cream and the coffee machine. You could save yourself some time by buying one of the ready made gift boxes wrapped in colourful cellophane, but choosing is half the fun.
Bakeries in Granville
No, the bakery isn’t closed – the shop-front is just very misleading. You need to pop up the driveway and around the back to the little counter window where you can pick up some of the freshest Lebanese bread in Sydney. That’s all they do here – thin, soft, round pieces of bread bagged up and just aching to be wrapped around some charcoal chicken and pickles, a few hot falafel and humous, or even turned into pizza bases for those who have yet to master fresh dough.
If you need a quick snack make Mina Bakery your first port of call. For two bucks you can get a crisp based thin pizza topped with za’atar and oregano that comes alive with a squirt of lemon. If you want to upgrade you can get a half and half with lamb, cheese or veggies for $5.