8 Sydney Cafes You Should Know About

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There’s no doubt about it – when in Sydney, I plan days around the coffee and the food. Luckily, this is the kind of city that whenever you visit, there will always be a host of new coffee joints and eatery adventures waiting for you to discover.

Here are eight Sydney Cafes I recommend, from my caffeine heart to yours:

Anvil Coffee Co.

Tiny, weathered and full of charm, this hole-in-the-wall ferry station turned cafe is unmissable. The coffee is out of this world, perhaps matched only by the floor-to-ceiling vista of the Neutral Bay shoreline and mint-green lapping waves.  Next, there’s the small, but consciously curated menu (I recommend the Arabian Eggs). The best part is, you can catch a ferry direct from Circular Quay to Kirribilli Wharf in five minutes to reach this little haven. I spent my morning tapping away at my laptop, and didn’t want to leave. It’s surely the most beautiful place in all of Sydney to enjoy coffee and work from.

Kirribilli Commuter Wharf, Holbrook Avenue, Kirribilli

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The Paramount Coffee Project

Housed in the old Paramount Film offices, in the heart of chic Surry Hills, is this beautiful space where minimalist is king. We’re talking wall-mounted bikes, white walls, air plants, buffed concrete and exposed brick, bathed in morning light. Basically, you’re walking into real-life Pinterest. I got the muesli and had a serious case of avocado regret (my blogger brunch companion clearly knew better than me). If you’re a silver MacBook toting type, you’ll be right at home here.

80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

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The Boathouse – Balmoral Beach

An oceanside gem for the discerning bruncher. Here, you’ll find bountiful chopping boards laden with fruit, coffees dusted with anchor-shaped cocoa, seagulls perched beside you, bountiful vases of seasonal flowers, and crates of fresh fruit. Expect crowds – but really, having to wait for a table and queue to order your food is not all that bad with the shimmering water surrounding you.

2 The Esplanade, Mosman

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The Grounds of Alexandria

If there were such a place as an Instagrammer’s heaven, this would be it. Once home to the Four’N Twenty Pie Factory, this place is now a florist, coffee roastery, ‘potting shed’ eatery, juice pop-up bar and cubby house, with a resident pig (named Kevin Bacon), ducks and an organic garden. Perpetually busy (but understandably so) – I could quite possibly live here.

Building 7, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria

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Bread + Circus Canteen

Right around the corner from The Grounds is another cafe oasis, begging for your camera to capture. Here, you’ll find pastel pink plates, pineapples sitting pretty on tables, and wooden crates filled with butternut pumpkins, stacked just so. A daily changing menu boasts organic produce served in this roomy, refurbished warehouse. Go there for breakfast- but be warned: you’ll probably also stay for morning tea and lunch.

21 Fountain Street, Alexandria

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Three Blue Ducks

Perched up the hill from Bronte Beach, you’ll find this happy hideaway for sustainability-minded foodies, run by Bronte locals Sam and Chris. You’ll also find beautiful service, a casual beachside vibe, fairtrade coffee and a kitchen garden. It’s the best place to relax and refuel after walking the Bondi to Bronte seaside trail. If you’re not visiting Sydney anytime soon, don’t fret – you can get their cookbook and cook this goodness from home.

143 Macpherson Street, Bronte

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Porch and Parlour

As I walked in to this tiny, bustling North Bondi mecca, I spotted Matt Moran casually eating his breakfast in the back corner, and knew I was onto a winner. The gorgeous drinks pictured are simply coconut flesh, pineapple/mango, mint, chia and ice, blended. I can’t even! (read: delicious beyond description) Get the Green Brekky Bowl, and expect a fun atmosphere and quintessential Bondi vibe.

17/110 Ramsgate Avenue, Bondi Beach

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This inner-city oasis is the perfect place to order a pot of tea and sink into a good book, propped at the windowsill, or make new friends while seated at the round communal table. Outside, you’ll find forest green subway tiles to beckon you inside the otherwise unassuming entrance. Inside, you’ll find timber-cladded walls, fern plants draped everywhere, exposed light bulbs and consistently beautiful coffee. For the record, this cafe was named after the imaginary friend of the owners when they were young (but ask them the full story). Coffee enthusiasts, this is your Sydney happy place.

333 South Dowling Street, Darlinghurst

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    William Huntingdon
    July 31, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    A favourite treat after good early morning walk from North Bondi to Bronte sea pool and back is the Wet Bar run by Billy at 128B Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi. It is just next to the Surf School and 100 yards up from the beach. A lot of regulars and almost like a club but with better coffee and breakfast!

    The Blonde Tourist
    April 29, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I am OBSESSED with the Grounds. Beautiful settings, coffee roasted on site and a cute florist get those flower feels. And Kevin Bacon (their little piggy) is adorable! BT x

    April 26, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Just stumbled on your blog, and as a foodie who lives in Sydney I must say that I’m very impressed at your list.
    I’ve seen best of lists from countless blogs who seem to just copy and paste from travel guidebooks, but you’ve actually listed some excellent cafes!

    Instead of the Boathouse at Balmoral, I would suggest the original one – Boathouse at Palm Beach. More of a trip out, but to me that’s the quintessential Sydney that perfectly summarises lifestyle for overseas visitors 🙂

    Brittany Stopa
    April 22, 2015 at 5:48 am

    My mouth is watering…as if I needed any further inspiration to visit Australia, and Sydney in particular! I’ll have to check back on this before I go!

    April 22, 2015 at 3:17 am

    That cup of coffee with an anchor looks beyond cool 🙂

    April 21, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Beautiful! Will be adding these to my list! xx
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    April 21, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Damn it – now I’ve gotta go back to Sydney to explore what I missed last time! 🙂

    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    April 21, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I wish I had this list before my Sydney trip in January! However, I was able to find a couple of these on my own, and loved every sip! Sydney is such a cool (and delicious!) town. 🙂

    April 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Wow Brooke, Three Blue Ducks and Bootsdarling both really look amazing, hanging out there with friends would make for such amazing memories.

    April 21, 2015 at 3:55 am

    I also love the Boathouse restaurant in Palm Beach. Amazing food!

    How to be a Wanderluster

    April 20, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Considering Australia is known for their coffee I loved giving this a read! There is something inviting about the laid back atmosphere and something romantic and the possibility of being productive in a cafe!

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    Nicola Easterby
    April 20, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Yes! I’ve just moved to Sydney so VERY keen to check these places out 🙂

    April 20, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Seems I missed out on these while I was there, does that mean I have to go back? I think so!

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    April 20, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks for the list! Food is at the top of the list when it comes to exploring new cities 🙂


    April 20, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Wowowow all of these places look simply to die for!! Australia is on the very top of my travel bucket list, and a large reason for that is the abundance of healthy and fresh foods that seem to pop up everywhere. Thanks for sharing, and I will for sure be consulting back to this list if I ever do end up making it over 🙂

    April 20, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    i like this list. but i believe you left out 2204 from in marrickville area. i swear by there coffee. as part of you ( personal development