Ngoc Nguyen cannot espresso enough how much she loves Café Mambo Bar & Lounge at Sunshine Marketplace. Her business has proven to be a mecca for locals who enjoy the perfect blend of quality ingredients, personalised service and a memorable atmosphere.
Ngoc visited Sunshine Marketplace as a child and grew up in the surrounding neighborhood. She started work at Café Mambo when she was aged 17.
After 12 years she took ownership of the business. She’s quick to credit the people for her job longevity: “I love what I do but who I do it for is key to success and happiness. Without great staff and locals who support my business and passion, there wouldn’t be the drive to come to work every day.”
Café Mambo serves up modern Aussie fare with an Italian twist. Open every day until late, it’s where locals head to for their regular afternoon coffee, where Centre workers enjoy a casual business lunch, and where friends meet up.
Being located next door to Village Cinemas, it's perfect for a relaxed after-movie bite and cheeky cocktail. It also caters for a quick takeaway, so locals can bring the Café Mambo goodness home.
Over the years, Ngoc has seen a lot of structural and aesthetic changes at Sunshine Marketplace, which she says is a truly special place for the local community.
What hasn’t changed is her passion for the locals and their stories: “I love creating something that people can enjoy. The personal service brings businesses and locals together, and that’s what makes the community stronger.”