FOOD & DRINK Features
Sydney’s Most Unique Cafes
Google the words Sydney, Cafe, and Culture in the same sentence and you are sure to find hundreds of articles about the amazing coffee shops in Sydney, where to get the best coffee and even who has the best looking baristas? Over the past decade the cafe culture in Sydney has exploded. So where are Sydney’s most unique cafes? Read on to find out..
75-79 Hall St
Bondi Beach, 2026
Sensory Lab in Bondi is another incarnation of the Melbourne coffee royalty, St Ali’s. Down south, they’ve been roasting up a storm in the most unique ways known to human kind, and have eventually brought their eclectic mix of science and art to Sydney. And where better to put this mecca to coffee than at the iconic Bondi.
The café boasts some of the most individual methods of brewing up our much needed caffeine hits, including those pioneered by award winning barista extraordinaire, Matt Perger. Don’t expect to get a simple strong latte here, because experimentation is the name of the game at Sydney’s most individual house of coffee.
62-64 Kellett St
Potts Point, 2011
02 8354 1544
This café not only dishes up delicious breakfasts and lunch to the huddled masses, but doubles as a high end grocer as well. The shop is situated in an old Kings Cross townhouse, and keeps that vibe alive with an eclectic mix n’ match furniture arrangement with an upstairs, downstairs and outdoor area.
Feel like ham, poached eggs and pesto in a vintage armchair by the fire? Can do. Want to sit back with a home made cake in a wrought iron stool on the balcony? Chez Dee has you covered for that, too. They’re serving up local coffee gurus Gypsy Espresso’s unique blend on the machine, just to top off a wonderfully original café experience.
Sappho Books, Café and Wine Bar
51 Glebe Point Rd
02 9552 4498
It’s becoming more and more common to find a book shop that hides a café within, but few do it as well as Sappho’s. The store front hardly hints at the fantastic courtyard at the rear, and customers have to pick their way through shelves of well worn books to find it.
Having perhaps picked up a copy of War and Peace on the way, you’re greeted by a simple yet tasty café menu of salads and toasted sandwiches in a lovely, leafy courtyard filled with folks simply enjoying the surrounds and the lovingly prepared Toby’s Estate coffee. It’s a favourite haunt of locals and students from Sydney University down the road, and it’s really not hard to see why.
The Shortlist Espresso Bar
258 Abercrombie St
02 9318 0080
This hole in the wall café in the inner western suburb of Darlington has been the best kept secret of locals for years. The front of the shop seems deceptively small, and hides the sunny courtyard out the back, decked out with a vast array of mismatched chairs and tables, welcoming caffeine hunters on summer afternoons.
The menu is basic yet concise, covering everything from the jamon y queso on baguette to the chorizo and bocconcini baked beans, complete with sourdough soldiers. The coffee is consistently brilliant, making this hidden gem one well worth finding.
Photo by Kelly via Flickr
Writer & Photographer – James. W