10 Amazing Cafes in the Inner-West
Foodies and coffee snobs will agree: the inner-west has some serious contenders for the best cafes in Sydney. Thanks to new eateries popping up next to established spots, the café scene is as diverse as it is delicious.
Here are our top picks for eating your way around the inner-west. Enjoy!
When a café has people lining up on the weekend, you know it’s good – and this neighbourhood gem lives up to the hype. The space has a rustic, homely vibe, thanks to the large communal table in the middle and friendly chatter. As for the food, it’s mostly Mediterranean, with a focus on fresh produce and next-level detail.
30 Llewellyn Street, Marrickville
Foodcraft Espresso & Bakery are just as known for their hearty, all-day breakfast and lunch menus, as they are for the donut topped milkshakes and nutella treats. The offering is varied, with plenty of options for those who want to ‘eat cleanly’, and for those who are in ‘treat yourself’ mode.
33 Bridge Street, Erskineville
With a location in two of the inner-west’s most bustling suburbs, Store Espresso keeps locals well-fed and caffeinated wherever they may be. Both spaces are bright, airy and welcoming, and serve up Mediterranean dishes featuring lots of organic produce. The house coffee blend hits the spot, and goes well with any of the baked treats in the display window.
Camperdown and Leichhardt
A concept store and café in one, Either Or is quintessentially Newtown, and foodies flock to it on King Street. The space oozes cool thanks to its pared-back décor, carefree soundtrack and Nordic-Scandi menu. It’s divided into four sections: breakfast, salads, sweets and smorrebrods, a type of open sandwich that’s popular in Scandinavia.
512 King Street, Newtown
Its amazing name aside, Fleetwood Macchiato is a small, cosy café where almost everything is made in-house: think yoghurts, cakes, pickles, preserves, sodas and condiments. The modern Australian menu shines a spotlight on flavours and textures, and they have earned fans from all over. If you can’t choose, all items are available all-day...so there’s no need to rush.
43 Erskineville Road, Erskineville
For a hit of nostalgia, head to Daisy’s Milk Bar – a quirky café that’s won over Petersham locals and visitors alike. Everything is old-school, from the colourful booths to the menu listing all kinds of childhood treats, including knickerbockers, rocky road and jaffles. To keep the theme going, wash your food down with Milo or a creaming soda spider.
340 Stanmore Road, Petersham
If you’ve never had the pleasure of dining at Brewtown before, go immediately. The roastery, cafe and bakery...trust us, it’s all good! With Eastern and Northern outposts, the Newtown hub just off King Street caters to locals getting their morning coffee and freelancers needing a work spot with an all-day menu.
6-8 O'Connell Street, Newtown
The family-run eatery is legendary for its sustainable menu, which not only features ethical and homemade ingredients, but locally sourced ones. Marrickville residents who grow their own veggies can trade in their produce for homemade jam or relish. How awesome is that? The service and coffee are consistently good, and the menu changes each week depending on seasonality.
Annandale and Marrickville
Located just off Darling Street, this charming courtyard café is impressive in more ways than one. Firstly, they source all ingredients from The Cook’s Co-Op, meaning the food is local and the menu changes with each visit. Secondly, The Hunter Works aims for zero waste – and any waste goes to a community garden for compost.
7/332 Darling Street, Balmain
Located in a restored 1890s corner store, the café has a relaxed, hipster feel and a menu that’s made to be mulled over. This local favourite focuses on free-range, organic and locally sourced (where possible) produce, and the results are as delicious as they are ideal for anyone with dietary requirements.
291 Annandale Street, Annandale