COFFEE @ Wieczorkowski – Woollahra 2025.
Offering Polish products, ingredients and traditionally inspired cakes, pastries and dishes in Woollahra, Wieczorkwski is located in a heritage listed building with an eye-catching, light-filled, lightweight addition to the rear of the building.
The kitchen separates the two main areas of the cafe and, with a glass wall facing Halls Lane, the kitchen activity activates the laneway. Wieczorkwski is a charming cafe and definitely worth a visit.
NOW & THEN around Woollahra.
Woollahra is located within the original post-European settlement land grant, known as the Point Piper Estate. In the 1850s Woollahra was still considered to be on the outskirts of Sydney.
With the exception of an area formerly known as Upper Paddington, most of Woollahra was subdivided and disposed of by leasehold agreements, which were later converted to freehold. Woollahra Council was formed in 1860 with reticulated water being installed by the 1880s. The Gold Rush lead to an influx of migrants and the area began to grow in popularity as the demand for housing increased.
Today, Woollahra is well known for its beautiful tree-lined affluent residential streets and lively village-style shopping centre on Queen Street.
A photographic record of my visit to Woollahra
Almost all of Woollahra falls within heritage conservation areas. With a high number of heritage listed buildings, the suburb successfully demonstrates that it is possible to integrate contemporary building works into an established and valued historic context.
The following images showcase some of the interesting contemporary works that can be viewed from within the public domain. Enjoy!
This heritage listed building on Queen Street was originally constructed as a Georgian cottage in c.1853-1863. Later additions (c.1890) transformed the building into a Victorian style residence. Opera icon Dame Joan Sutherland(1926-2010) lived in the house between 1932 and 1951. The stunning contemporary rear additions were designed by May & Swan Architects and Studio Internationale. The project included extensive restoration works.
Woollahra Hotel (c.1930) – Corner Queen Street and Moncur Street. The building is a locally listed Heritage item and is located within the Woollahra Heritage Conservation Area. Additions and redevelopment of the urban block, including 60 Moncur Street(Stage 2), designed by Tzannes & Associates with Greg Anderson(Stage 1).
Robyn Cosgrove Building – Corner Queen Street and Ocean Street. The building is located within the Woollahra Heritage Conservation Area. Stage one works included the conservation and adaptation of the ground floor to a rug showroom, stage two works were for the construction of a two bedroom residence with a separate entrance. Designed by Tzannes & Associates.
Dictionary of Sydney, Office of Environment & Heritage – State Heritage Inventory, Woollahra Municipal Council website,
Historical images courtesy of Woollahra Local History Library.