The Best Cafes in Sydney
Sydney, Australia’s largest and busiest city – full to the brim with a whole lot of unique and outstanding cafés, this is a city that will not disappoint any coffee lover. Whether you’re on the main streets of the city or you’re scaling around the outskirts, Sydney has plenty of hip cafes to keep any coffee aficionado satisfied.
From coffee houses that specialize in a certain brewing method, to cafés with delicious snacks to compliment the beverage, you can be sure that Sydney has all of this in abundance.
In fact, even die-hard coffee addicts would be hard pressed to explore the depths of everything Sydney has to offer during one vacation. With the rich aromas of quality coffee on just about every street corner, you’re bound to discover something that you’ll absolutely fall in love with – but where are the ultimate gems? The cool, quirky ‘hole in the wall’ joints that deliver a brew with enough substance to rev you up for the day? And the trendy ‘it’ spots where all the locals go?
Look no further, as we’ve done the sleuthing on your behalf. Without further delay, the 5 cafés in Sydney you must visit on your next trip to the Harbour City:
The Devon Café – Sydney CBD
This location is ideal for any coffee lover who appreciates a good brew alongside top-quality food. The atmosphere of the Devon Café is can be described as both chilled out and undeniably cool. By mixing elements of both eastern and western culture within this space, the Devon Café is a special space.
With a seasonal menu this ever-changing roster, save for a few items, is bound to always have something exciting to offer to customers. With a key location minutes away from central station, it’s the perfect spot for anybody beginning their exploration of Sydney.
If planning to go to this café, be sure to book ahead or spare a few extra minutes as seats can fill incredibly rapidly. Note that the kitchen closes at 3pm, so this is a perfect brunch location, but it’s not the ideal spot for a lazy afternoon lunch.
Must-try menu items – We love the bruschetta made with heirloom tomatoes, chargrilled sourdough, buffalo mozzarella, goats curd, prosciutto, parmesan crisps.
Room 10 – Potts Point
Room 10 is one of the finest café’s that Potts Point has to offer, and it’s within walking distance to both the Opera house and the Botanical Gardens. Renowned for both their quality food alongside their top-quality service, Room 10 is one of Sydney’s hippest café hot spots.
It’s the perfect spot to relax after a little sight-seeing and exploring and offers an affordable menu that can be customised to suit your tastes. Want smashed avocado on fig and walnut toast instead of plain sourdough? No problem. Keen to pair your eggs on toast with some marinated goats feta? Consider it done.
At this low-key café, quietly tucked away within a cozy laneway, the intimate space allows for customers to unwind and relax at their own pace. By offering healthy and filling meals to compliment their coffees, Room 10 is well worth seeking out.
Must-try menu items – We love the smashed free range egg and Room10’s own house-made hollandaise sauce.
Mecca - Alexandria
For any coffee or beer lover, Mecca in Alexandria is one of the perfect spots for you. Complete with grand tiling and only the finest cuisine, Mecca is the ideal location for anybody who wishes to indulge in top of the range beverages. Whether it is nitrogen charged coffee or that perfect glass of beer, this café is one that ensures excellence.
Located within an industrial warehouse and decorated in a delightfully modern manner, Mecca is the type of place where you’ll want to settle down for an afternoon and enjoy the great food and atmosphere on offer. With stellar dishes such as the exquisite coconut black rich, Mecca offers an opportunity for customers to enjoy their food, guilt-free.
Note that Mecca at Alexandria is one of three of their café locations: they also have cafés on King Street in the CBD and Ultimo, to the CBD’s south.
Must-try menu items – We love the Shakshouka: eggs baked in capsicum and tomato sauce, spiced with cumin, saffron, and paprika, and served with gluten-free toast. Are you salivating yet?!
Brewtown Newtown – Newtown
Brewtown Newtown is one of the younger additions to this list, but what it lacks in age it makes up for in quality. Famed for its fresh produce and delectable menu, Brewtown Newtown is a location that is simply not to be missed.
Famed for its cronuts and all day breakfast menu, this café is one that delivers on its promises. Brewtown is a café that is also famed for its retail section, alongside its amazing menu. It’s known for its visionary retail section as it allows for consumers to purchase home brewing equipment in order to recreate the experience of Brewtown.
Must-try menu items – We haven’t tried it yet, but their new summer menu includes a delightfully decadent breakfast: toasted muesli with lime yogurt, blood orange syrup, and fresh fruits.
The Reformatory Caffeine Lab – Sydney
The Reformatory Caffeine Lab is the place to go for any dedicated fan of a good brew. The team behind this place are Passionate with a capital P about all things coffee bean – and with the focus solely remaining on the coffee itself, and little else, the Reformatory certainly showcases that sense of dedication that’s missing in a lot of cafés.
With black and white murals adorning the walls of the intimate space, The Reformatory Caffeine Lab is strikingly modern. With their crazy blends created via filtering, dramatic aromas and distinctly unique tastes are created. Located on Fouveaux street, this café a must visit for any die-hard coffee lover.
They also have a brilliant take-home menu of coffee delights, and if you’re still craving their brew after you’ve left Sydney, they ship from their website to anywhere in the world.
Must-try menu items – The coffee, of course! With various blends from different parts of the country and the world, it’s worthwhile asking the barista for their top recommendations.