Edmonds & Greer is not your average cafe; it is an all-in-one destination tucked away in the Sydney suburb of Oatley. In addition to being a cafe with a welcoming village-like atmosphere, it also offers an incredible selection of gifts, homewares and clothing.
Amie Fellows established the thriving business in 2006, transforming a dilapidated and empty corner store into a bustling and exciting space that locals have come to describe as a ‘home away from home’. Having previously been a successful lawyer in Sydney’s CBD, this was Amie’s creative venture into the retail and hospitality world.
Within two years of opening the Edmonds & Greer homewares store, a cafe was added to the offering. While the name is reminiscent of a law firm, it is actually a combination of family names – Greer is Amie’s middle name and Edmonds is her mother’s maiden name.
The business is about creating an ever-evolving, full sensory experience. When you visit you can smell a candle, buy a handbag, have a coffee and taste a cake, but the next time you return, things will have changed so you can always expect something new.
The philosophy of keeping things fresh and interesting extends to the food as well. A frequently changing menu overseen by Head Chef, Kristy Shipp, is altered every week and daily specials are influenced by seasonal produce. Kristy hails from the food loving region of the Mornington Peninsula. She honed her creative skills as a chef in Victoria, before moving to Sydney to work in a number of venues including Woolwich Pier Pub, The Dolphin and The Commodore.
Edmonds & Greer has been built by a dedicated team of staff who have come to learn customer’s names and tastes, as well as becoming firm friends. Getting to know each other over a coffee has always been a focus for the cafe – with a loyal following for the Allpress blend.
The food style combines the best local produce. Meat, pasta, fruit and vegetables are all sourced from local family businesses, while leafy greens, herbs and edible flowers are grown in the cafe’s kitchen garden. The result is a fresh and flavoursome menu, made of up dishes with quirky names.
For breakfast, try the She Waffles On – glazed waffles with honey mascarpone, strawberries and pistachios, or the Give Peas a Chance – pea and halloumi fritters with smoked salmon. The lunch menu will not disappoint and is based around colourful healthy salads, gourmet sandwiches with creative fillings, and other protein dishes. Desserts are renown at Edmonds & Greer with tempting delights baked daily, on display atop the oak sideboard. As you enjoy the culinary creations, you may scan the room for decorative pieces to buy at the retail store.
The cafe and shopfront’s space is classic, with French, Scandinavian and Hamptons influences evident throughout. Raw materials abound– think American oak, brass, marble, linen and concrete.
From a corporate lawyer, to a retail store and cafe owner, Amie along with the Edmonds & Greer team have created a bustling business in Oatley with some of the best food and drink in the area. Edmonds & Greer is exciting and surprising every time.