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Best Cafes in Sydney You Need to Visit

Sydney is known for its amazing cafes. So if you're looking for a great cup of coffee or some delicious breakfast or lunch options, you need to check out these top cafes in Sydney! There's something for everyone on this list, from cozy little spots to spacious eateries. So what are you waiting for? Start exploring and get your caffeine fix today!

It's no secret that Sydney is home to some of the best cafes in the world. From artisan coffeehouses to cosy little neighbourhood joints, there's a cafe for everyone in this city. If you're looking for a new cafe to explore or just curious about what Sydney has to offer, read on our list of Sydney's best cafes. You won't be disappointed!

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Best Cafés In Sydney

Sydneysiders are café people. We're constantly on the hunt for the city's best coffee, we won't bat an eyelid over shelling out $30+ a head for brunch, and we love nothing more than donning our finest sport-luxe activewear and catching up with mates on a weekend morning over porridge, muesli, hotcakes, fritters, eggs and crusty artisnal sourdough.

But cafés aren't just for weekends. This is a city powered by caffeine, and many a Sydney worker depends on a reliable go-to barista for a double shot and a bacon sanger to set them up right on the daily.

So, whether it's a reward for tackling one of Sydney's most beautiful walks, a quick caffeinated catch-up, an indulgent hangover fixer after a night at one of the city's best bars, or a workday coffee stop, these are the 50 best Sydney cafés you've been looking for. 

One Another

One Another is the neighbourhood café that every suburb longs for. Everything on the shapeshifting all-day breakfast menu clocks in at less than $20, and seasonal produce at peak freshness is always a guarantee. In autumn, that might mean an elegant spin on fruit toast with tender cubes of spiced apple, ricotta, and rosemary. Come spring, asparagus appears alongside perfectly poached eggs, crisp potatoes and rich miso butter. The Sample coffee is on point, as are the irresistible housemade pastries. Good morning, indeed.

Sitting on a quiet street corner in Newtown, this is our favourite new neighbour cafe. The team here takes their food seriously, with plenty of adventurous meal options like the avocado toast with sliced apple and mint. The interior is minimalist and calming, a perfect spot to come to do work on a weekday or catch up with friends on the weekend.

Edition Coffee Roasters Haymarket

The striking, dramatic, and very pared-back Scandi-Japanese aesthetic here is impressive enough, but then out comes that signature soufflé pancake: whipped to within an inch of its life, risen high in the oven like a phoenix and finished with toppings that range from mango, peach and cream cheese to sencha cream, rhubarb and elderflower. The dish has a 20-minute wait time, but boy, is that time well spent.

Circa Espresso

You're here for the Ottoman eggs, are you? You and everybody else. It's a day starter that's achieved cult status in this breakfast-loving town like so few dishes can, and it proudly puts Parramatta on the map as a breakfast destination. Not a fan of creamy labne layered with fried eggplant, brown butter, crisp sage, crunchy leeks and poached eggs? Fret not. It's all killer, no filler – and that includes the coffee roasted in-house.

Paramount Coffee Project

Paramount is always pumping, and it's no mystery why. Not only is it housed in one of the city's sexiest Art Deco buildlings, in one of its buzziest neighbourhoods, but the team also has the food, coffee, design and service brief down to a science. On the menu, there's a bit of Japan, a tad of Korea, a hint of L.A. and a nod to the American South – and that's exactly what makes it the kind of Sydney café we can't get enough of. 

Bills - Bondi

Bill Granger's scrambled eggs, ricotta hotcakes and corn fritters are pretty much the Holy Trinity of Sydney Breakfast. They're the dishes that spurred the global obsession with how we like to eat in the AM, and they're still just so darn good, every time, even after all these years. The Darlinghurst and Surry Hills outlets are no less outstanding, but the fact that you can walk up to the Bondi branch fresh from a swim with sand between your toes is clutch.

Edition Coffee Roasters Haymarket

Scandinavia and Japan are half a world apart, but Edition Coffee Roasters combines the two cultures seamlessly. The brand has had a few short- and long-lived locations around Sydney. This is now the sole location after the original in Darlinghurst closed in October 2018.

The menu features takeaway bento boxes and fine dining-inspired mains and desserts. Try Scandinavian-style open sandwiches with prawns, but with a twist. A pork-katsu burger comes on a house-made milk bun; XO chicken melts in the mouth; and lamb is glazed with miso and roasted for 12 hours. To finish, there’s Japanese pancakes and a matcha, yuzu and vegan-chocolate dessert. Miso dark-chocolate cookies – a take on the classic cinnamon bun – are a favourite. Stick around on Friday nights for natural wine and wine bar-style food such as whipped cod roe, Wagyu tartare and hiramasa kingfish with nori vinaigrette.

The team selects single origin/estate green beans on the coffee side and roast them for batch brew, pour-over, aero-press, Japanese drip and cold brew. The selection of teas includes Chung Feng jasmine from China and Gyokuro sourced from Japan.

The clientele is a mix of university students, tourists, residents in the surrounding apartment blocks, and some two thousand people who work in the nearby Commonwealth Bank offices. The site features dark timber and rustic exposed beams, with room for 60 people.

Went to See the Gypsy

The went to See the Gypsy in Alexandria is 10 times bigger than the original Potts Point Gypsy Espresso.

In the space that once housed the original Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre (and named after a 1970 Bob Dylan song from his album New Morning), it’s got soaring warehouse ceilings that are supported by exposed steel beams, the colour scheme is blond timber, black and white, and there are so many tables that the venue is better described as a canteen than a cafe.

But the main difference is the Modbar, a state-of-the-art under-bench coffee system neatly tucked away below a pristine white counter. Four taps and two steam arms are the only giveaway that coffee is being produced. It’s the second of its kind in Sydney – the first is at Humm Coffee Roasters in North Sydney. Szucs and his business partner Will Smallbone spent eight months designing the coffee bar. On offer is the Gypsy Espresso blend plus a regular rotation of single origins, all roasted around the corner at Gypsy’s roaster and coffee school.

The menu is approached with the same care and precision as the coffee, and each dish is chef Bryan Loong’s (Cho Cho San, Devon) creative take on the usual cafe fare.

Breakfast might include house-made banana loaf with brulée banana, coconut milk sorbet and salted caramel, or goat’s cheese and kale smashed egg with pesto and slow-roasted tomatoes. Lunch is more refined. There’s miso-glazed salmon with wakame salad and a soft egg; the Gypsy burger, which comes with smoked bacon and zucchini pickle; and a schnitzel as big as your face.

St Dreux

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Saint Dreux was a French shepherd in the 12th century, who many say is the patron saint for coffee houses and baristas because of his proficiency at handling multiple tasks. So it’s a fitting name for the multi-tasking duo behind St Dreux.

Founders Raf Bartkowski and Ernest Igual met while working at Sydney coffee brand Campos and soon found that their skill-sets complemented one another. Igual is a certified Q trader, which is the highest globally recognised coffee accolade achievable, a title held by fewer than 100 people in Australia. Combined, the two men bring 30 years of experience to St Dreux.

There are three signature blends on offer, tailored the three roast styles: the Shepherd (light), the Silver Bullet (medium) and the Rainmaker (dark). These are complemented by a range of micro-lot single-origin beans Igual sources directly from the farmers.

Coffee is king at St Dreux, where cups and beans are sold with a card detailing the flavour profile, brew guide and origin. The single-origin cards delve even further into the provenance, referencing the grower’s story and their farm, plus the region, varietal, elevation and process. It’s a thoughtful detail that feeds into their mission to build community by going beyond just offering great coffee – it empowers customers with education and skills to make a great cup at home.

The nitro brew is perhaps best left to the experts, though, and here it’s cold-brewed for 12 to 16 hours then infused with nitrogen, creating a silky mouthfeel and beer-like head when poured.

In-house pastry chef Sandra Baltar is behind the menu. There are stuffed croissants with fillings such as sautéed mushrooms and fresh fig, prosciutto and Paesanella ricotta, alongside a selection of vegan sweets.

Edition Coffee Roasters

What looked like just another sunlit Darlinghurst corner cafe quickly become something of a hallmark for Sydney's new era of cafes. With a Scandi-Japanese fusion breakfast menu, heads definitely turned. Nowadays, the Darlinghurst outpost is closed, and Edition has settled at Haymarket's Darling Square dining precinct. 

The sleek charcoal-black interior, designed by Sydney-based YSG architects, is inspired by an old Japanese farmhouse. Pop in for Nordic open sandwiches (smorrebrod) alongside bento boxes, katsu burgers, and jiggly soufflé pancakes. As one of Sydney's best specialty roasters, coffee is second-to-none here. Edition uses the best brewing techniques, including batch brew, pour-over, aero-press, Japanese drip, and cold brew. 

Boon Cafe 

Also pushing Sydney to see beyond avo on toast in the AM is Boon Cafe. Boon Cafe is a big-time foodie favourite from the crew behind Chat Thai. Operating as an all-day cafe, restaurant, and Thai grocer, for breakfast (8 am - 12 pm), you'll find Single O coffee served alongside chicken or crab congee, omurice with jalapeno sriracha sauce, and pork skewers with sticky rice. There's also croissants smothered in lime-green pandan custard, a Thai-style fried chicken burger, brown rice bowls, and more. As well as its long and adventurous menu, everything is made in-house from scratch, making Boon a super special cafe in Sydney

Industry Beans

Melbourne-based Industry Beans set up shop on York Street in the Sydney CBD back in 2019. Called a "concept cafe" it's sleek and minimalist inside but still warm and inviting with timber booths to seat up to 20. As well as lattes and cappuccinos to fuel your morning commute, you'll find Industry Beans famous "Bubble Cup"—essentially a caffeinated bubble tea made with cold brew, tapioca pearls, and house-blended condensed-soy milk. Order yours in the OG flavour, salted caramel, or a vegan spin. The food menu is laced with coffee (in a refined way)—think coffee caviar that sits atop fruit sashimi and a coffee-rubbed Wagyu burger. 

Single O

Sydney's cafe scene today would hardly exist were it not for the pioneers at Single O and all their Reservoir Street hijinks. Indeed, these guys have been championing caffeine in all its finer formats since 2003. Their pint-sized Surry Hills cafe was one of the spots where Sydney’s coffee culture really kicked off. 

These days, the cafe has undergone a full design refurb by Luchetti Krelle, and Single O, true to the coffee business's pioneering nature, has made a series of major commitments towards sustainability. As well as a self-service batch brew bar, their Surry Hills cafe menu is  50% plant-predominant. Legends. 

This Surry Hills institution made big waves in 2019 with a slick refurb, the installation of a self-service batch brew bar and a serious menu update that reads like a glossary of native Australian ingredients, executed with restaurant-level technicality. If this is the future of Australian breakfast, things are looking bright.

Shift Eatery

Shift eatery is a deli with a difference. The deli is fully vegan, and their sandwiches are more than just bread with some fillings- they are utterly delicious! The cafe in Sydney is located in the streets of Surry Hills, perfect for a quick lunch break. They also have yummy salad bowls, quality coffee and the self-proclaimed world’s best vegan bacon and egg bagel!

Paramount Coffee Project

You'll find Paramount Coffee Project in one of Surry Hills' most beautiful buildings. As well as PCP, the stunning Art Deco Paramount House building houses a boutique hotel, underground cinema, stylish rooftop fitness centre, and one of the most beautiful co-working spaces we've ever laid eyes on. Once you've taken all of that in and found a table—it won't take you too long to see why this spot is one of Sydney's most popular cafes. But, of course, there’s more than just coffee on the menu (crumbed eggs on sourdough, anyone?), maintaining the integrity of the humble bean is a priority numero uno. Here, exceptional local and international roasters are celebrated, with new beans and roasters from all over the world regularly on rotation.

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Room 10

Over in Potts Point, Room 10 is another big-time hero on the map of Sydney's best cafes. You'll find this pint-sized spot down Llankelly Place—the end of the laneway marked by a crowd of locals waiting for coffee or catching up with mates. A favourite with chefs and in-the-know foodies, Room 10 is uncomplicated and casual, serving Mecca coffee and an all-day breakfast and lunch menu. The breakfast rice with black quinoa and stewed rhubarb is a standout, and their bacon and egg roll is one of the best.

In early 2021, the Room 10 crew extended their offering across the laneway with Pina, a fresh space with a similar philosophy to the OG, but a bigger kitchen to add extra flourishes to existing Room 10 favourites.  

Porch & Parlour

There’s no denying Porch and Parlour is a North Bondi icon. Led by locals Sammy Smith, Sarah Hendriks Smith, Ljuobo Milicevic, and Patrick Coleman, this beachside institution has stood proud on the sunny strip of Ramsgate Avenue for over a decade now. Here, the focus is on wholesome, wellness-centred food with far more authenticity and bite than most other Bondi cafes can claim. 

Served on the cafe's own brand of ceramics (Porch Ceramics), you can tuck into a turmeric folded omellete, a bright green pea pancake, a kimchi toastie, an ocean trout burger, or scrambled egg with falafel, hummus, and pickled veg. We highly recommend checking out Porch & Parlour's sundowner sessions if you're hanging about in the late afternoon (after a swim), we highly recommend checking out Porch & Parlour's sundowner sessions. Hosted from 4 pm - 8 pm, Friday through Sunday, you can pull up for mezze-style snacks, cocktails, wine, and beer. 

Odd Culture

A watering hole for the weird and wonderful Odd Culture is a genius invention from the minds of head chef Jesse Warkentin (ex-Continental Deli) and exec chef James MacDonald (ex-Hubert). European at its core with an Asian flare, a restaur

 

ant and bar initially, Odd Culture is now opening for breakfast from 7 am everyday. 

Forget about smashed avo and eggs benedict, and say hello to a concise breakfast menu that heroes house-made elements that provide an inventive spin on classic dishes. The sumptuous double-decker bacon butty is the ultimate hangover buster, lathered in sweet and smoky tonkatsu sauce. The buttermilk pancakes are topped with banana ice cream, and lashings of housemade miso caramel are the perfect sweet treat. 

Feeling a bit adventurous? The blood pancake with smoked pork jowl, fried egg, and chilli maple is worth a try, and the steak and eggs with tomato salad and fermented red pepper butter is the perfect dish for those looking for a hearty meal. Wash it all down with a seasonal mimosa!

Zini Gelato

Growing up in Bologna, the capital of artisanal gelato, Matteo Zini had always dreamed of opening his own gelateria. Having run one of the best gelato shops in Brisbane, Matteo Zini has brought his expertise to the Emerald City. Zini Contemporary Gelateria churns premium nature gelato with unique signature flavours. Sweet-toothed visitors will also be delighted by waffle baskets, pancakes and cannoli, as well as exclusive gelato degustations. Their next degustation is Aussie-themed! So get excited about salted dark chocolate and wattleseed gelato as well as Davidson Plum sorbet with finger lime. 

Bar Mammoni

Finally, a venue that will take you from your first cappuccino to your final cocktail. This cheeky little venue in Sydney’s Quay Quarter draws on the pastry prowess of Grana Bakery and the luscious libations from Apollonia. Opening their doors at 7 am on the 2nd of March, Bar Mammoni will serve up Allpress coffee, sugar lips croissant cannoli, croissant cubes, and gelato millefoglie. AYoucan expect pizza by the slice topped with nduja and caramelised onion or prosciutto with blue cheese and boozy fig. at lunchtime. Pair lunch with a cheeky spritz, you deserve it!

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Sandy’s

Sandy’s is the Northern Beaches' best new sandwich shop from the Bar Elvina team. With sandwiches and salads, this limited menu delivers on just two things – sandwiches and salads – and they deliver incredibly well. Our top picks are the schnitty sandy with chicken schnitzel, bacon jam mayo and Caesar dressing or the pastrami sandy with wagyu pastrami, slaw, grilled pineapple and smoked butter – all of our favourite things between two bits of bread!

Loulou Boulangerie & Traiteur

One of our favourite new restaurants, attached to Loulou, is a brand new boulangerie and traiteur – a deliciously French combination. Expect pain au levain, viennoiseries from pain au chocolat and pain au raisin to pastries from the famously perfect Paris brest, to madeleines and black forest choux. Loulou means darling, and we think that this spot is se

Super Nash

Spicing up the Sydney foodie scene with Nashville hot chicken, Super Nash has brought succulent spicey chicken sandwiches to the people of Australia. The first-ever Super Nash location was born in 2020 in a small canteen at a Tennis Centre in Hornsby, they quickly built a loyal following, and in just over 12 months, they’ve got a food truck and two permanent locations to show for their efforts. 

Check out their Waterloo location, have a go on their original Bandai Namco Mario Kart arcade games and try the world’s hottest sando, using Carolina Reapers and packing a heat of over two million Scoville, you’ll have to sign a waiver to give it a go. Try it if you dare!

Frequently Asked Questions About Cafe Shops

A coffeehouse, coffee shop, or café is an establishment that primarily serves coffee of various types, e.g. espresso, latte, and cappuccino. Some coffeehouses may serve cold drinks, such as iced coffee, iced tea, and other non-caffeinated beverages.

Coffee shops provide a place to gather, work, and drink. Smart use of atmospherics can not only help you attract more customers, but also create a space in which they'll savor both their coffee and their experience in your establishment.

Quality: high quality ingredients, best brewing recipes, consistency, fresh and appealing sweet & savory selections are keys to success. Selection: have the most popular products in the market and something special that makes you unique.

From personal experience in the United States, a café serves meals, while a coffee shop usually just sells snacks (muffins, scones, shortbread). This is not strictly the case, and both usually serve coffee.

Visiting a café involves all of the senses – not just taste. When you get all of the senses right, your customers will enjoy the experience and keep coming back for more. This includes things like playing the right kind of music, keeping the café looking tidy and encouraging your staff to be presentable.

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