Sydney-siders have an undying love for café culture and they aren’t ashamed of it. It should come with no surprise then that the list of the best cafes in Sydney is a long one. People come from near and far just to see what all the fuss is about – from avo toast and flat whites to the activewear that everyone seems to sport for the special occasion.
The Best Cafes in Sydney
Standards are high and the competition fierce, but we’ve narrowed down a list of the best cafes in Sydney.
1. pina Potts Point
It’s not every day a Sydney cafe receives the praise of a legendary chef Nigella Lawson, but if it had to be one, we’d of guessed it was pina Potts Point anyway. This is our favourite cafe in Sydney, and it has been since discovering the hole in the wall some years ago thanks to the keen eye of chef Big Sam Young. In theory, Pina serves as the overflow spot for its sister Room Ten (right next door), however, it’s a special place in its own right with one of the best Avo Toasts in Sydney and a host of must-try specials such as XO tofu scramble with labneh and shallot kimchi. Our only recommendation would be to arrive early, we’ve seen some of the biggest queues here. The cat is officially out of the bag on this one.
Located in: Dear Sainte Éloise
Address: 4/29 Orwell St, Potts Point NSW 2011
Hours: Mon-Sun 7am-3pm
Phone: 0432 445 342
2. The Goodsline Cafe
We’d argue that former co-founder of The Grounds, Jack Hanna, is responsible for changing Sydney’s cafe scene so it’s no wonder we see him at the pointy end of our list of best Sydney cafes. Jack – who also happens to be a world latte champion – re-launched The Goodsline in 2021 after enduring countless lockdowns. The brunch menu is brasserie-style, designed by Chef Chris Evanges (formerly Watsons Bay Hotel) and Chef Jason Roberson to cater for early risers and brunch aficionados, think classic french toast with espresso Marscapone, caramelised walnuts and orange curd; Mushrooms chermoula, and cauliflower toastie with three cheeses and whole-grain mustard; or maybe something for your pooch? They’ve got that covered too.
Address: 19A Harris St, Pyrmont NSW 2009
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 8am-3pm
Phone: (02) 8488 1557
3. Mecca Coffee
You aren’t a true cafe lover unless you’ve visited Mecca Coffee in Alexandria. The team at Mecca are coffee roasters, brewers and cafe lovers. But, they don’t forget to feed the coffee craving masses, with plenty of traditional brunch classics on a perfectly simple menu. The coffee that is roasted on-site changes, which means you’ll never get bored!
Address: 26 Bourke Road, Alexandria
Hours: Monday- Friday 7.30 am – 3 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 3 pm
Phone: (02) 9806 3030
We think walking a beeline from the beach straight to breakfast is one of life’s greatest pleasures. At bills, you can do just that. Setting a fierce precedent for Sydney brunch culture, bills have firmly established scrambled eggs and corn fritters as part of Sydney’s DNA. The space is relaxed and the food is fresh, a perfect spot to take your global friends for the quintessential Sydney café experience.
Address: 79 Hall Street, Bondi
Hours: Monday – Friday 7 am – 10 pm, Saturday & Sunday 7.30 am – 10 pm
Phone: (02) 8412 0700
If you’ve been in Sydney long enough you’d be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of Brickfields, perhaps the best cafe/ bakery hybrid in town (don’t those two words just make your stomach rumble). Lucky for us, Brickfields doubles as a café. This Sydney café is located in the trendy town of Chippendale and serves up all our favourites with plenty of bread on the menu. If you’ve got an issue with carbs, maybe skip this one.
Address: 206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale
Hours: Monday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm, Saturday – Sunday 8 am – 3 pm
Phone: (02) 9698 7880
6. Odd Culture Newtown
Launched in November 2020, Odd Culture Newtown has been the group’s biggest project to date and fast become one of Newtown’s best cafes and wine bars. When you walk in the front door of the venue you’re immediately treated to a view of the two-level, hybrid space that boasts a bar, restaurant, and now cafe. We recently had the chance to come in and sample their all-new British-inspired breakfast menu with classics like a good ol’ Bacon Butty found alongside sweet and salty atom bombs like the buttermilk pancakes with banana and miso caramel sauce If you’re in Newtown for a spot of vintage shopping, this is the place to hit first.
Address: 266 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Hours: Mon-Wed 7am-12am, Thur-Sat 7am-2am, Sun 7am-10pm
Phone: (02) 8317 3057
7. One Another
Sitting on a quiet street corner in Newtown, this is our favourite new neighbour cafe. The team here take their food seriously, with plenty of adventurous meal options available 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.
Address: Shop 1/131 Wilson Street, Newtown
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 3 pm
8. 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!
Address: Shop 4/241 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Hours: Monday – Sunday 8 am – 3 pm
Phone: (02) 9281 5053
9. Joseph Hyde
For all the health nuts out there, this Potts Point eatery should be your go-to. Joseph Hyde is a cosy laneway eatery that has a focus on providing quick, healthy food when you’re on the run. Take away or perch on one of their stools. The menu has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, like the delicious miso mushroom bowl making it one of the best cafes in Sydney for vegetarians.
Address: 34 Llankelly Place, Potts Point
Hours: Monday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm, Saturday – Sunday 8 am- 3 pm
Phone: 0434 786 210
10. Kepos Street Kitchen
Middle Eastern fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner- what more could you want? Award-winning chef Michael Rantissi knows how to spin a modern twist on our traditional Middle Eastern favourites. Coffee is sourced by Allpress Espresso and there is a sublime selection of Australian and European wines. Our recommendation is falafel for breakfast, which will have you craving falafels at 9 am forevermore.
Address: 96 Kepos Street, Redfern
Hours: Monday – Sunday 8 am – 3 pm
Phone: (02) 9319 3919
11. Ona Sydney
Another one for the coffee fanatics, this cafe prides itself in showcasing Australian speciality coffee roaster, ONA Coffee. This roaster aims to take the best, natural characteristics of coffees from various countries in the world. A simplistic, communal layout encourages you to connect with fellow coffee lovers- you may find your coffee soulmate!
Address: 140 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
Hours: Monday- Friday 8.30 am – 3 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8.30 am – 3 pm
12. Circa Espresso
The best coffee and breakfast in Parramatta, Circa Espresso has a seasonal food menu and a seasonal coffee menu. The team at Circa want to make you feel welcome and cosy, with plenty of innovative Middle-Eastern flavours on the menu. We can’t go past the wild ferment whole wheat pancake glazed with maple syrup, white chocolate crème Fraiche, peach, crushed pistachio and cocoa nibs accompanied with a basil salad- YUM! Also, don’t bring your laptop and keep your phone away, this is a technology-free space!
Address: 21 Wentworth Street, Parramatta
Hours: Monday – Friday 7 am – 2.30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 2.30 pm
13. Meet Gerard
An honest approach to brunch classics with an exciting twist, Meet Gerard is one of Alexandria’s best brunch spots and one of the best cafes in Sydney. Expect classics like porridge, French toast, scrambled eggs and banana bread all with a sweet, flavour-filled twist, and coffee by award-winning roasters Coffee Alchemy. The team at Meet Gerard also offer a bespoke catering package- you’re welcome, your next event is now sorted.
Address: 54 Henderson Road, Alexandria
Phone: 02 8021 7211
Hours: Monday – Saturday 7 am – 4 pm
14. Single O Surry Hills
Surry Hills knows how to do brunch and Single O is no exception. At Single O, top priorities include speciality coffee and Australian native and locally-sourced ingredients. After a recent refurbishment, this Surry Hills hotspot is a Sydney brunch institution. The menu is seasonal and has a subtle Asian flavour influence which will keep you coming back for more.
Address: 60-64 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills
Phone: (02) 9211 0665
Hours: Monday – Friday 7 am – 3.30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 3 pm
15. Blackwood Pantry
Sydney’s best café down the southern nook of town where casual dining and community go hand-in-hand. The menu takes inspiration from Australia and Europe and is made for sharing. Diving straight into the new communal café culture, come here with a group of mates or meet some fellow brunch-goers, you’ll leave feeling full in more ways than one!
Address: 5/33 Surf Lane, Cronulla
Phone: 9544 4857
Hours: Monday – Sunday 7 am – 4 pm
kurumac is a colourful brunch spot with a Japanese fusion menu. If you need a proper morning wake up call, the vibrant colours and hip-hop music will do the job. The menu is full of all-day meal options. We suggest trying something a bit different while you’re here, like the onigiri which are rice balls stuffed with pickled mustard greens. Pop by on your way to the Addison Road Markets for the perfect weekend.
Address: 107 Addison Road, Marrickville
Phone: Monday – Sunday 7 am – 3 pm
Hours: (02) 8593 9449
17. St Dreux Espresso Bar
You may not have heard of St Dreux, hidden away in the busy streets of Sydney’s CBD. This doesn’t mean it doesn’t warrant a visit. Specialising in serving up good coffee, St Dreux is devoted to bringing hand-crafted and well-balanced blends and single-origin coffee. They also sell chocolate and offer wholesale and café supply.
Address: 151 Clarence Street, Sydney
Phone: (02) 9826 5876
Hours: Monday- Friday 7 am – 3.30 pm
18. Lox Stock & Barrel
An authentic taste of NYC in the heart of Bondi. One of the best cafes in Sydney for bagels, you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy on their extensive menu. Better yet, they also have brunch classics if bagels just don’t cut it for you. The menu is all day and there is also a yummy cocktail and drinks menu for evening visitors.
Address: 140 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi beach
Phone: (02) 93000368
Hours: Monday – Sunday 7 am – 2.30 pm, Wednesday – Saturday 6 pm – late
19. Matinee Coffee
A quirky cafe spot with enough space and colour to fill your entire week. With a subtle dose of old-school charm, Matinee Coffee in Marrickville has a delicious all-day menu, plenty of pastries made in house and tonnes of vegan and vegetarian options. The 80 seat café is perfect for big groups and even works as a function space
Address: 23-29 Addison Road, Marrickville
Phone: (02) 9519 7591
Hours: Monday – Sunday 7 am – 3 pm
20. Two Chaps
Another Marrickville classic, Two Chaps is our favourite Inner West cafes in Sydney with a strong sustainable focus. If this doesn’t already impress you, all their bread and pastries are made by hand using organic Australian flours. The menu changes seasonally, the team at Two Chaps adorning a love for supporting local, like-minded producers.
Address: 122 Chapel Street, Marrickville
Phone: (02) 9572 8858
Hours: Monday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm, Saturday 7.30 am – 3 pm, Sunday 8 am – 3 pm
OTT desserts, speciality coffee and Italian style sandwiches, say no more. Where to find it? Saga, Enmore’s much-loved neighbourhood café. Andy Bowdy is responsible for the sugar overload, and we aren’t complaining. Order a coffee and pair it with one of Saga’s tiered doughnut pastries, complete with icing and all the thrills. If you’re still hungry, pick up a sambo to satisfy whatever savoury craving is still niggling away.
Address: 178 Enmore Road, Enmore
Phone: (02) 9550 6386
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 9 am – 4 pm
22. Cavalier 2.0
An invite-only private dining experience sounds like a mere fantasy, but at Cavalier 2.0, it can become your reality. Enter via a sneaky back lane and get ready to experience one of the best cafes in Sydney. The menu is top quality and the wine list impeccable. Shh! We can’t give any menu suggestions, guests must come with no knowledge of the food they will be served. If this is meant to make us more excited, it’s working!
Address: 96-97/545 Pacific Highway, St Leonards
Hours: Saturday 11 am – late
23. Rising Sun Workshop
If you have a love affair with ramen at all times of the day, a visit to this Newtown café is a no-brainer. If you’ve been overdoing it with the ramen, there are also some killer katsu burgers on the menu that wouldn’t go amiss. The space also doubles as a café/ motorcycle repair shop and has become a community-driven hub for locals to eat, work and come together.
Address: 1C Whateley Street, Newtown
Phone: (02) 9550 3891
Hours: Sunday – Tuesday 9 am – 4 pm, Wednesday – Saturday 8 am – 3.30 pm / 6 pm – 10 pm
24. Edition Roasters
If you didn’t think Scandi and Japanese work well together, think again. The laid-back vibe at Edition Roasters in Haymarket makes for a delectable dining experience full of Japanese flavours including bento and Japanese pancakes for dessert, as well as Scandi style open sandwiches. Coffee is also a top priority, the team serving up single-origin/estate green beans roasted for batch brew, pour-over, Japanese drip and cold brew.
Address: 60 Darling Drive, Haymarket
Hours: Monday – Sunday 8 am – 4 pm
25. Cuckoo Callay on Crown
Amid the Crown Street hustle and bustle is a quirky café that is forever reliable for that last-minute brunch dash. The new Surry Hills venue sits right across from the Clock Hotel and is perfect for people-watching, Expect brunch classics with touches of Indonesian flare. Better still, if you don’t want your Friday night to end, you can grab a cocktail first thing on Saturday morning along with your brunch.
Address: 413 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Phone: (02) 8399 3679
Hours: Monday – Friday 7 am – 4 pm, Saturday 8 am – 4 pm, Sunday 8 am – 3 pm
26. Harry’s Bondi
You haven’t been to Bondi until you’ve been to Harry’s. Serving locals and visitors from near and far since 1997, Harry’s is a Bondi institution. It’s no secret why – the location is just a stone’s throw away from the beach with plenty of outdoor seating and the menu is full of nutritious local produce. Try the Bondi bowl for the full experience and pair it with a beetroot latte.
Address: 2/136 Wairoa Avenue, Bondi
Phone: (02) 9130 2180
Hours: Monday – Friday 6.30 am – 3 pm, Saturday & Sunday 6.30 am – 4 pm
27. Jarern Chai Grocer and Boon Cafe
Jarern Chair Grocer and Book Café is a speciality grocery store in the heart of Sydney’s CBD that doubles as a quaint café. Fresh produce is imported from Thailand and used in the café’s exotic menu. The menu seamlessly combines western and Thai cuisine. Open for breakfast and dinner, come at any time of the day for a homey Thai meal and pair with traditional Thai red tea.
Address: 1/425 Pitt Street, Haymarket
Phone: (02) 9281 2114
Hours: Monday – Sunday 8 am – 12 am
A quaint corner side café on a quiet street in Annandale. Right opposite a playground, grab some takeaway and take it with you while you supervise. Or, sit in and enjoy the very best of the minimalist interior and seasonal menu. The team at Cornersmith love their pickles and ferments, and also run a cooking school and the Picklery!
Address: 88 View Street, Annandale
Phone: (02) 8084 8466
Hours: Monday – Friday 7 am – 2 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 2 pm
29. Paramount Coffee Project
The infamous love child of Rueben Hills and Seven Seeds, Paramount Coffee Project is hands down one of the very best cafes in Sydney. The team have an unbiased approach to coffee and showcase a delicious seasonal menu full of Asian and American influences. With a passion for local produce, community and good coffee, we recommend a visit next time you’re in Surry Hills.
Address: 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Phone: (02) 9211 1122
Hours: Monday- Sunday 7 am – 4 pm
30. Went to See the GYPSY
Gypsy Coffee Roasters shine in their Alexandria café, a hub for coffee lovers to come together and celebrate the great bean juice. Went to see the GYPSY serves up breakfast until 1 pm and a separate brunch and lunch menu from 12 pm. For brekky opt for the chilli green eggs and ham with scrambled eggs with kale, spinach and chilli pesto.
Address: 76 Mitchell Road, Alexandria
Phone: (02) 9319 2826
Hours: Monday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 am- 4 pm
31. Hills Bros Cafe
Rueben Hills younger cousin, Hills Bros Café is a smaller version of its older cousin located in the CBD. But, this isn’t your regular office-café. The menu is inspired by the flavours of Latin America and East Asia and there are plenty of healthy meal options available. The interior is industrial but sleek, perfect for a work-day lunch stop.
Address: 5 Martin Place, Sydney
Phone: (02) 8385 2556
Hours: Monday – Friday 7 am – 4 pm
32. Industry Beans
A taste of Melbourne café culture for all those Melbourne coffee snobs that have somehow ended up in Sydney. We can guarantee the coffee at Industry Beans will be up to par. Industry Beans is tucked away on Sydney’s busy York Street and the menu offers up some simple classics as well as some more substantial and innovative dishes. They brew their signature Fitzroy Street on site.
Address: 38- 40 York Street, Sydney
Phone: No phone
Hours: Monday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 3 pm
33. Three Blue Ducks
With multiple locations across NSW, this sustainable café is working hard to make a difference. Three Blue Ducks have a passion for ethical and authentic food and take a no-fuss approach to the dining experience. To do this the team prioritise local and ethically farmed produce. The Bronte cafés outdoor area will transport you right to a north coast tropical holiday on your Wednesday morning.
Address: 141/143 Macpherson Street, Bronte
Phone: (02) 9389 0010
Hours: Monday – Sunday 6.30 am – 2.30 pm, Wednesday – Saturday 5.30 pm- 9 pm
34. Reuben Hills
This Surry Hills hotspot always seems busy, which just may make it the king of Sydney’s best cafes. The coffee is roasted upstairs and wafts through the narrow industrial space. Sit down or grab a takeaway, the menu is sublime, with touches of South American flavours scattered throughout. The Not Reuben is our go-to, complete with a wagyu beef brisket, pickled slaw, manchego cheese and horseradish mayo on toasted rye- delish!
Address: 61 Albion Street, Surry Hills
Phone: (02) 9211 5556
Hours: Monday – Friday 7 am – 4 pm, Saturday & Sunday 7.30 am – 4 pm
35. Devon Cafe
With three cafes in Sydney alone, Devon café is infiltrating the Sydney brunch scene, and we aren’t mad about it. Devon brings a fine-dining approach to casual café food that spins a quirky twist on brunch classics. The original café is in Surry Hills and is effortlessly chic and delicious. With quirky names like the sheila and the forestiere, the café is a true ode to Australian culture.
Address: 76 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills
Phone: (02) 9211 8777
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 2.30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 3 pm
36. Bread & Circus
A colourful, vibrant café experience like no other in the heart of Alexandria. At Bread & Circus, breakfast is served all day every day. The menu shines with its many blended fruit bowls. Vegetarians and vegans will be more than catered for at this café as will the kids, with plenty of dishes that look like a fun colour explosion rather than a meal.
Address: 21 Fountain Street, Alexandria
Phone: 0418 214 425
Hours: Monday – Sunday 8 am – 2 pm
37. The Grounds of the City
You can’t call yourself a Sydneysider unless you’ve made the pilgrimage to The Grounds of Alexandria, but now the team have created another oasis for you to visit. It’s very different, with moody lighting, booth seating and a Parisian influence, but we love it! Grab something from the all-day menu during the day and stay until the evening for cocktails and bar snacks, there’s no excuse to leave!
Address: 500 George Street, Sydney
Phone: 9699 2225
Hours: Mon – Wed 7.30 am – 3.30 pm, Thurs & Fri 7.30 am – 9 pm, Sat 8 am – 9 pm, Sun 8am – 3.45pm
38. Flour and Stone
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Flour and Stone will leave you feeling satisfied and sugared-out, in a good way. Head lady Nadine’s love for baking has grown From a dairy farm in the Hunter Valley to Michelin star restaurants in London and has resulted in the birth of Flour and Stone which has earned her a spot in the echelons of Sydney’s artisan baking community. On the menu expect everything from tarts, cakes, sandwiches, pies and sausage rolls. We can’t go past the spanakopita, it is truly something else.
Address: 43 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo
Phone: (02) 8068 8818
Hours: Monday – Friday 7 am – 4 pm, Saturday 8 am – 4 pm
Where are the best cafes in Sydney located?
The best cafes in Sydney are located in Surry Hills, Sydney's foodie hub.
What is the best cafe in Sydney CBD?
The best cafe in the Sydney CBD is Industry Beans.
What is specialty coffee?
Generally speaking, if coffee scores 80 points or above out of 100 from the Specialty Coffee Association, it qualifies as specialty coffee.
What's the best speciality coffee shop in Sydney?
Some of the best places to find specialty coffee in Sydney are ONA Coffee Marrickville, Coffee Alchemy, Mecca Coffee, Single O, Artificer Coffee, and others.
What Sydney specialty coffee shop is open late?
Sydney's Edition Coffee is open until 5pm, seven days a week. Campos Coffee Newtown is open until 5pm on Saturdays and Coffee Alchemy's location at The Strand is open until 6:15pm on Thursdays.