It has been just over two months since their grand opening, and Paco Organico has already made a big splash with Cronulla's residents. The Cronulla Mall does have its fair share of independent and chain coffee shops, yet this charming, kid-friendly café/bar manages to stand head and shoulders above them all.
Visit your new neighbours.
Paco Organico, nestled in the Mall, (opposite the clock tower) serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and drinks, and from Thursday to Sunday, dinner too. The menu is simple, but done very well, catering for a broad customer palate.
Paco's pancakes stack up.
Paco, of course, has plenty of little treats like tarts and cookies available, but be warned, they sell out quickly. On my first visit I sampled a white chocolate and raspberry muffin, and was pleasantly surprised at how fluffy the muffin was and how well these classic flavours meshed together.
This café/bar also offers their breakfast menu until 3pm, which I took advantage of on one of my later visits. I had been very excited to try their 'short stack' and it certainly didn't disappoint. The stack of three fluffy pancakes ($12), was topped with sliced strawberries and bananas, with a little dish of maple syrup on the side. Although their menu describes them as 'short stacks', the pancakes themselves were really quite large, so I was extremely full by the end of my meal.
One colossal coffee.
When it comes to iced coffees, I'll admit I'm quite hard to please. Several establishments use coffee syrup, don't blend the drink, or add far too much cream. At Paco Organico, you can have a huge iced coffee, with two smooth shots of coffee, blended with chilled milk, topped off with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and lightly dusted with cocoa. At just $5, this delicious beverage won't hurt your hips, or your hip pocket.
The new coffee bean frontier.
Another interesting spin on the traditional serving of coffee at Paco, is cold coffee ($5). It sounds very odd, but after observing a glass apparatus on one of the café's wall, I explored the notion of cold coffee further. The apparatus slowly brews the coffee over approximately 10 hours. By doing so, the drinker gets the bean's full flavour, without all the bitterness. It is also better for your stomach and is said to prevent the energy slumps that we can experience between cups of coffee. It's also a great alternative in summer for those who don't like iced coffee.
Reserved for the bold and the brave.
If you're in the mood for something a little stronger, then there is something for you - 'Juggaritas.' Paco has embraced the jug trend, adding a twist to a classic cocktail. They also stock the standard spirits and a few that were new to me. By the look of the bottles in the display case, I might just leave those to the braver patrons. If you are a football fan, Paco also serves up gourmet pizzas, beer and football on their big screen every Friday night.
Grab a cookie for your coffee.
To my mind, a fantastic café balances three elements - customer service, taste and atmosphere. Paco Organico has these in spades. The décor is smart and on trend with indoor greenery, tables that look like giant spools and a large outdoor area. All my experiences at this café/bar have been very positive, largely due to the lovely staff that are always cheerful and go out of their way to help. The only real problem that I have encountered is that I miss out on all their delicious snacks as I keep visiting late in the afternoon.
Where:Shop 6/30 Kingsway, Cronulla Mall
Cost: From $3
When: Monday - Wednesday from 6:00 am - 4:00 pm. Thursday - Sunday from 6:00 am - 11:00 pm.
Good for kids: Yes.
Take away: Yes.