If there’s anything that Sydneysiders know more intimately than the backs of their hands, it’s their coffee. The cafes of Sydney are so stocked with high-quality coffee and staff that you’ll never want to leave. Next time you’re down under, make sure to give each of these cafes a visit – or three.
1. Earth to Table
Hours: Wed-Sun 8am-5pm
Address: 85, Bronte Road, Bondi Junction
There’s only one thing better than a Golden Elixir hot drink made in-house with fresh almond milk, ginger, and turmeric: a wide range of guilt-free desserts! Chai cheesecakes, meringue pies, pancakes, chocolate dreams come true at this healthy, yet delicious cafe. Earth to Table is an organic, raw cafe where you could enjoy all sort of hot and cold drinks along with delicious veggie rolls, tasty salads, burgers, and a dessert menu to die for.
Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-4pm, Sun 8am-4pm
Address: 1 Transvaal Ave
Breakfast is more than a meal at Indigo cafe; it’s a way of life that you can enjoy all day long. There’s a huge range of breads to choose from: traditional Aussie Breakie, delicious vegetarian options such as the Coconut Bircher, or full meals like the Za’atar Cauliflower. And of course, there’s the coffee! Indigo roasts their own green beans every week, is equipped with some of the best coffee gear around, and boasts a veteran barista team. It’s a top shelf experience every time.
3. The Reformatory Caffeine Lab
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-4pm, Sat 8am-2pm
Address: 17-51 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills
One quick gaze on The Reformatory Caffeine Lab is enough to reveal the passion that drives this adventure. It goes beyond your traditional coffee place. Inspired by DC Comics look and feel, there’s one clear message exuding from every corner: life is too short to drink bad coffee! Try coffees from around the world roasted and brewed to perfection.
4. Single Origin Roasters
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-2pm
Address: 89 York Street, CBD
Single O – Aussies love shortening their words – started with their cafe in Surry Hills and now have outposts in the CBD and Botany, because you can never have too much excellent coffee. As they put it: “We are forever sourcing, sampling, cupping, roasting, measuring, calibrating, tweaking, blending, and tasting. For all our joking-around, we take our coffee damn seriously”. With a small, delicious food menu of salads and quick bites, you can enjoy your coffee break on the go or sit in their relaxing shop.
5. Cafe Without a Name
Hours: Mon-Sat 6am-11:30am
Address: 50 McCauley street, Alexandria
Reviews around the internet call it “still the best coffee in Sydney”, so you ought to give it a try. Enjoy cold brew coffee, cold press juices, sweets that are guilt-free and flavorful, and the friendly atmosphere. Everyone who find this hidden gem visits repeatedly. If you’re in the mood for something other than coffee, Cafe Without A Name has you covered.
6. 18 Grams Coffee Project
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-5pm, Sat 7:30-5pm, Sun 7:30-2pm
Address: 225 Forest road, Hurtsville
Often referred to as “the cafe where baristas go on their day off”, 18 Grams Coffee Project is a cafe to take seriously. The prestigious nickname hints at the sophisticated coffee service you’ll find here, featuring freshly roasted coffee, state of the art equipment, and a vibe for serious coffee drinkers. Add some yummy all-natural grain bars, wraps, or pastries to your coffee order and you have a recipe for a happy belly and a lovely day.
7. Sample Coffee Pro Shop
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-4pm
Address: 118a Devonshire street, Surry Hills
Have you ever woken up wishing you had a cup of aromatic Nairobi coffee between your hands? Well, it’s never been easier! Straight from the plane, into your fave shop. You can either buy it online along with some of their other amazing blends or stop by Sample Coffee Pro Shop in Surry Hills to enjoy it in a hassle-free environment. Check the coffee’s tasting notes and get out of your comfort zone while sipping some of the world’s tastiest coffees.
Hours: Mon-Wed 8am-5:30pm, Thu 8am-8pm, Fri 8am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Address: 412-414 George street
If you loved Coffee Alchemy but couldn’t go all the way to Marrickville, you can now enjoy the best of their blends right in the city center by the Strand Arcade, at their Gumption cafe. Unless you know exactly what you are after, the huge selection of drinks might be a bit overwhelming. But fear not, because its friendly staff would be more than happy to help you pick the perfect coffee drink for you. They’re professionals, after all.
9. Gipsy Espresso
Hours: Sun-Mon 7am-4pm
Address: 6/81 MacLeay St, Potts Point
The story behind Gipsy Espresso founders is quite fascinating: Mario Szucs came to Oz in 1997 and taught himself English, as well as how to be a barista at Spring Espresso in Potts Point. Years afterward, in 2012, he launched Gipsy Espresso with kiwi and King Cross local, Will Smallbone. A coffee retailer, wholesaler, and neighborhood cafe, it’s the ideal place to break free from the city hassle while nibbling something off the vegetarian-friendly menu along with a majestic cup of coffee.
10. Edition Coffee Roasters
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-3:30pm, Sat-Sun 8am-3:30pm
Address: 256 Liverpool street, Darlinghurst
With its open space, gallery kitchen, and white walls, this Nordic-style roastery feels orderly and bright. The menu exceeds expectations, offering a taste bud adventure that most cafes only dream of. The coffee, of course, is incredible – sourced from around the world and roasted with skill and precision. Be careful though. Once you enter, you may never want to leave.