PHONEOGRAPHY CHALLENGE – My neighbourhood, where the coffee is real!

Okay, it's a little fuzzy, but so am I at this hour of the morning. What matters is that the coffee has some colour in it. Take note, all ye would-be baristas!

Okay, it’s a little blurry, but so am I at this hour of the morning. What matters is that the coffee has some colour in it. Take note, all ye would-be baristas!


For once I’ve done this Weekly Photo Challenge strictly according to the rules. The instructions were to depict the delights of your neighbourhood as seen through the hole in the back of your phone.

So armed with nothing but an iPhone 4, out I went into the streets of Marrickville, Sydney, NSW, Australia. First stop was the Post Cafe – the old post office now converted into something far more useful early on a Saturday morning.

Now my heart had started functioning again, I could get on with doing the shopping. The great thing about Marrickville is that there’s practically no sort of food you can’t get here. The population is a great ethnic mix – Greek, Middle Eastern, Portuguese, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Greek cafe, Vietnamese supermarket, Chinese white goods...

Greek cafe, Vietnamese supermarket, Chinese white goods…

I had a Vietnamese meal in mind for the evening – make-your-own rice paper rolls with Asian herbs. Van Long had all the makings. I picked out a bunch of betel leaves and one of coriander. A lady quickly bustled over to take them out of my hand and replace them with fresher bunches.

Green, healthy and cheap at Van Long.

Green, healthy and cheap.

Next door was Van An Seafood, where live barramundi swam lethargically in tanks, trying not to attract anyone’s attention. I was pleased to see that Van An catered for colour-blind shoppers, thoughtfully labelling the red fish ‘RED FISH’.

What do you call those fish in the window?

What do you call those fish in the window?


There were also BLACK FISH, SILVER BREAM and BLUE SWIMMER crabs.

26 Comments

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26 responses to “PHONEOGRAPHY CHALLENGE – My neighbourhood, where the coffee is real!

  1. And it tasted like coffee too, Kat.

  2. That’s not too far from where I live. One of these weekends I need to head over that way – the coffee looks so delicious in that shot!

  3. My kind of neighborhood spot!

  4. Reblogged this on Peter Cornelius Photography and commented:
    Might just give this a try…

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  6. I love rice paper rolls. Good thing they labelled that fish, otherwise the colorblind would think that it was a green fish :)

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  12. Looks like a great neighbourhood! Here’s mine: http://wp.me/2RhHR

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  14. Erika

    …I would love your neighborhood!

    • Yes, Erika, in some ways I find Sydney too crowded and cumbersome, but there are some advantages to living in a big, diverse city. These interesting suburbs, overlooked by most tourists incidentally, are a definite plus.

      We loved the couple of days we spent in Astoria, Queens, New York, which had a similar feel to Marrickville.

  15. That fish looks so fresh and reasonably priced too. Never heard of “Old Maid” fish before…

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  17. Skweekah

    Marrickville is a beautiful suburb. It’s where my heart is.

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