8 Beautiful Cafes of the Eastern Suburbs
Our café culture is thriving, and along with serving up grade-A coffee, cafes are taking it up a notch in the style stakes. They’re setting the scene for a great experience before you even take a sip. The Eastern Suburbs is catering to Sydneysiders’ demand for beautiful design, with a string of spaces that are both practical and visually pleasing. At these cafes, the interiors are just as fabulous as the food.
Occupying an industrial chic space in Surry Hills, Reuben Hills does so many things right – from the head-turning spacious interiors to the boutique micro roastery on the upper level. They showcase the coffee in their café on the lower level but if you want the complete experience turn up on a Saturday at 10am for their public cupping/tasting.
61 Albion Street, Surry Hills
Vaucluse House’s Art Deco-style Tearooms are straight out of the 1930s, and look out over perfectly manicured gardens that stretch to Sydney Harbour. Ask for a table on the terrace, and set aside a couple of hours to work your way through sandwiches, sweets and scones – be sure to layer on a thick spread of the three-berry jam and vanilla clotted cream.
Wentworth Road, Vaucluse
Celebrity chef Bill Granger studied interior design and fine art before becoming a restauranteur, so it’s no surprise that his eateries are stunning spaces. Bills Bondi matches its seaside setting. With vintage tiles, wooden ceilings, rattan dining chairs, raw concrete pillars, brass accents and soft lighting, it has a chic yet comfortable beach-house feel.
79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
After strolling through Parterre’s homewares haven, head out back to the café, where you can dine in a glasshouse (complete with a glass chandelier), or sit in the Parisian courtyard. The space is seriously lush: plants, olive and citrus trees in terracotta pots sit next to wrought iron mirrors, sandstone stairs, rustic gates and 1900s French garden chairs.
33 Ocean Street, Woollahra
Quirky and downright delicious, Cuckoo Callay is a local haunt that’s oh-so-Surry Hills. The café has a weird and wonderful Alice in Wonderland theme – timber and concrete with pink and teal accents – sounds odd? It’s not because it all comes down to the detail here, including the arty to-go coffee cups complete with pink lids.
413 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Over in Double Bay, this sun-drenched café and bistro pulls in crowds for its creative menu, and modern yet beautifully subtle design. The props go to interior designer Cameron Krone (from Smith and Carmody), who made the small space feel bright, airy and intimate at the same time. If it’s warm, nab a seat by the window.
Shop K1, 1 Kiaora Lane, Double Bay
Raw concrete, timber and exposed brick in a light-filled space – beautiful interiors aside, the folks behind Paramount Coffee Project take their love for coffee to a new level. The coffee experience is designed to caffeinate as well as educate. so pull up a seat at one of the long communal tables and be ready to taste some seriously good brew.
80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
At Edition, Japan meets Scandinavia in the most seamless way. It’s an unlikely pair, but it works. The Nordic-Japanese fusion can be tasted in the food and seen in the minimalistic design – think white tiles, concrete floors, and ceramic plates. There are matcha hotcakes with passionfruit, a smorrebrod of seaweed and sake-cured beef, and Danishes stuffed with umeboshi plums.
265 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst