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The Paper Mill Food makes Concrete Playgrounds Top Nine

The backdrop for western Sydney’s new dining precinct is an impressive one. The heritage building — which is located on the banks of the Georges River — dates back to 1868 and was once home to Australia’s largest paper mill. Now, it’s been brought into a sleek new phase of life as The Paper Mill Food, which houses four different eateries.

Its lineup is diverse and multicultural, with offerings for all budgets and cravings, as well as both dine-in and takeaway options. Stop by Georgie’s Pizzeria & Bar for Neapolitan-style pizzas or take a seat at Firepit for dishes barbecue-glazed pork ribs and even lobster s cooked over charcoal. Shepherd’s Lane is your go-to for dessert and coffee, and Charcoal Joe’s is all about Lebanese-style chicken.

The contemporary makeover by DS17’s Paul Papadopoulos hasn’t lost the site’s history, though — it’s got the original brickwork and saw-tooth roof, matched with a modern assembly of stone, steel and glass. Visitors will spy lots of custom joinery and a sprawling handmade mosaic tile floor as well.

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