The Boy & The Rose
Shop 21-23 North Avoca Pde, North Avoca, NSW
0421 024 478
On Luke Proust and Georgia Spencer’s first date, Luke read her the children’s book, The Little Prince.
It tells the story of a little prince who travels to several planets, all while describing the love he has for a single rose on his home planet.
Years later, the couple were looking to name their very first cafe. Since Luke is still a boy at heart and Georgia’s middle name is Rose, The Boy and the Rose was the perfect fit.
This ambitious pair dreamt about creating their own venture while working in separate cafes in Terrigal. So when a vacant commercial lot in Georgia’s hometown of North Avoca became available, the pair jumped at the chance. After only a few weeks of all-in effort, they were able to open their cafe to the immense joy of the close-knit town.
The Boy and the Rose couldn’t be in a more relaxed or beautiful location. Just a few metres from Avoca Beach, it is perfectly placed for cool sea breezes and afternoons in the sun. The cafe’s decor completes the relaxed beach vibe, using recycled furniture and timber cabinetry, with succulents growing from rusty old irons and herbs sprouting from unlikely places.
There’s an eclectic and welcoming ambience, and the smiley staff naturally make everybody feel at home – even if it means getting the entire 40-person cafe to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to the birthday boy or girl.
Shane Awad is the Head Chef, and there’s no denying he’s got talent and a sense of humour to match. The B & E is a glorious egg and bacon damper roll with Grandma Bee’s tomato relish and house-made onion jam, while I Want S’more is a taste sensation, combining French toast with chocolate cream, house-roasted hazelnut praline, Oreo crumbs and toasted marshmallows
Healthier eaters can opt for the two avocado plates on offer, or try the acai bowl blended with banana and coconut water and topped with gluten-free granola and fresh fruit. The burrito bowl and burgers round out the offerings, meaning there’s something for everyone no matter the time of day.
The quality of coffee is equally as high, with Tuggerah-based Glee Coffee. Roasters looking after all their Arabica needs. However, there’s more than just caffeine on the menu. A range of freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and milkshakes are all on offer, including the Oreo’ my Gawd shake, which combines ice cream, caramel, vanilla and Oreos.
Georgia and Luke aimed to build something the locals would wholeheartedly embrace. They support local industry, sourcing their fruit and vegetables from Coastal Providores and their raw cakes are made by Hara and The Wholefoods Bar, two local businesses. Eggs come from the Eggshed, and a local lady by the name of Barbara Elkins looks after all their relish and chutney needs. The pair also sells local artwork in the cafe, and have musicians who occasionally busk out the front on weekends.
With the excellent coffee, delicious food and relaxed atmosphere, The Boy and the Rose is everything you’d want in your local haunt. But beware – one visit to this endearing little cafe will have you relocating, just so you can have another taste.