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Weekend cafe hot spot: Sweet Bones, Braddon

By Bec Cuzzillo - 5 September 2015 5

Sweet Bones

Hey team! Bec here, filling in for Sophia while she’s off on holidays. Hanging out in cute cafes is probably my number one pastime, so feel free to grab a cuppa, kick back and join me for this weekend’s cafe hot spot.

Sweet Bones has been kicking around the trendy Braddon precinct for a little while now. Originally located in the old Lonsdale Street Traders (now a fully fledged construction site), this little organic vegan cafe and bakery can now be found just down the road on the corner of Lonsdale and Elouera Streets.

As a vegetarian, it’s probably not surprising that I’m a big fan – having free reign of an entire menu is not a luxury I normally get – but Sweet Bones isn’t just for those with plant-based diets. It is a seriously good little cafe, vegan or not. And for any skeptical carnivores out there, you don’t even have to take my word for it – my partner Matt and brother Steven, both meat-eating young men, have only good things to say after our visit a few weeks back.

It seems that many in Canberra agree. It was Sunday afternoon and we were out for a leisurely lunch in Braddon. Sweet Bones was absolutely pumping, but after a short wait, we managed to hawk a table inside and settle in with some drinks and baked goods to start.

Sweet Bones

While Sweet Bones does a pretty mean coffee (and they don’t charge extra for soy!), it’s their smoothie menu that really keeps things interesting in the drinks department. Matt ordered “The Elvis”, a peanut butter, chocolate and banana smoothie, which had both Steve and I envious from our respective sides of the table.

The chocolate chip cookies and delicious brownie more than made up for it though. I’m not even kidding, the cookies are that good that we went back for seconds before our lunch had even arrived.

Speaking of lunch, the menu at Sweet Bones is almost entirely Mexican-inspired. In fact, the whole place has a Mexican feel to it, with sugar skulls for table numbers, cute cacti in pots on all of the tables and the whole rock ‘n’ roll desert vibe going on. I love it and their food is seriously delicious.

Sweet Bones

I got the “Big Breakfast” ($18) with hummus, tomato, avocado, coconut bacon, sourdough toast and the best tofu scramble going around. Matt was also a pretty happy camper with his “Nacho Mountain” ($16) made with homemade refried white beans over corn chips and all the other vegan nacho goodies.

Steven got amongst it too. Not usually one for fake bacon or cheese, I think he was surprised by how much he enjoyed his “Bacon Cheeze Burger” ($15) with a marinated tofu patty, smoked coconut bacon and cheddar-like “cheeze”.

We all left with smiles on our faces, full bellies and happy feels right down to our bones. Sweet Bones is a great little cafe for vegans and non-vegans alike. Open 7.30am-4pm Monday to Saturday and 8.30am-3pm on Sundays, you can find them at 8/18 Lonsdale Street in Braddon (entry on Elouera Street), or on facebook and instagram.

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5 Responses to
Weekend cafe hot spot: Sweet Bones, Braddon
1
astrojax 4:53 am
06 Sep 15
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‘fake bacon’? why? been meaning to try this place though…

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Masquara 7:14 pm
06 Sep 15
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If they serve dairy milk, they aren’t vegan! Vegan-friendly.

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No_Nose 8:39 pm
06 Sep 15
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I will have to wait a couple of weeks before going. It will take me that long to grow the beard that this establishments dress code obviously requires.

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KT67 10:00 am
07 Sep 15
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My family has been going to Sweet Bones since they first opened. It has been great to see Emily and Russell grow their dream so successfully. The staff are lovely and the food is great. I don’t think my kids even realise that it is a Vegan cafe. Yes they do use cows milk for none vegans such as myself, a business decision that has helped them grow into an award winning cafe.

BTW, you don’t need a beard. They are one of the most opened business in Braddon who their customers feel welcome.

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madelini 12:41 pm
07 Sep 15
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Masquara said :

If they serve dairy milk, they aren’t vegan! Vegan-friendly.

They still define themselves as vegan, as the only animal product is the milk for the coffee (they don’t have dairy in any of the smoothies). I would say it’s an omnivore-friendly vegan café, personally.

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