February 21, 2007 at 9:32 am | Posted in Cafes & Restaurants, Food, General, Out and About, Sydney | Leave a comment

Like many Martin Place workers I often venture to the Lindt cafe – along with numerous tourists and chocolate lovers. This cafe in the heart of the city features a plethora of Lindt chocolate products, coffee and sandwiches. Its popularity with the corporate set is evidenced by a polite request on the menu for meetings to last no longer than 30 minutes.

Generally speaking the service is friendly and efficient. However,  when the store gets crowded, whether ordering take away or table service receiving your order does slow down and the staff do tend to get a tad frazzled. Personally, I’m a fan of either the hot chocolate or mocha and more often than not it will be made very well with a topping of chocolate shavings.

Recently, Lindt opened its second store in Darling Harbour and while it has a greater selection of chocolate and ice cream, it lacks sandwiches, table service or staff in a chocolate shop who understand ‘pain au chocolat’.  Furthermore, the city store has high ceilings and interesting decor whereas the Harbour store lacks  an engaging design. Although located on the harbour means that after sitting and drinking coffee or ice chocolate all of the tourist hot spots in the area are available for you to explore.

If I had a choice I’d prefer the city store and that’s not just a decision based on proximity.

On a final note, given that according to reports Australia is the home of the only Lindt cafe (now two), presumably in part a result of impressive sales and yet the official web site makes no mention of either Australia or the cafes.

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