I like anything that makes a city more beautiful. And for some reason, this tiny strip of Chippendale between Railway Square and the Central Park shopping complex is particularly ugly. Inexpensive restaurants and a few pubs in the next block (and the incongruous Posh Hotel, which looks anything but) and cheap Asian food and a McDonalds on the other side of the street.
So, Saint George really stands out, with its glazed red brick-shaped tiles, hipster vibe and smart, modern interiors of wood and concrete and exposed utilities. It’s an oasis of cool and charm. I only had a coffee, after a mediocre lunch at Central Park, and while (oh no!) I was disappointed at the lack of coffee art, it tasted just fine, and I sat at the window and watched the world go by. I’ll have to try their food sometime.