Sydney’s café scene is multi-layered and multi-cultural, and if there’s one suburb that highlights this – it's Marrickville. A microcosm of cool that reflects the city's depth and diversity, with plenty of trendy eateries to explore.
Serving up cuisines from all corners of the globe – foodies can go from late-morning coffee to Middle Eastern mezze quicker than you can slice a sourdough – Marrickville's food and drink hub is the epitome of café cool, with a strong focus on local produce, suppliers and a cherished sense of community. From the café-cum-picklery powered by resident veggie donations, to the bakery-coffee shop with a 100% ‘from-scratch’ philosophy – sustainability and locality is at the heart of the best cafés in Marrickville.
Matinee is a retro-styled cafe that balances cool and approachable perfectly. The plush interiors provide a nostalgic backdrop and the all-day and lunch menu’s deliver contemporary Middle Eastern cuisine. The perfect spot for catch ups and hangs, come 12 pm the coffee changes over to wine and beer.
23-29 Addison Road, Marrickville
The family-owned eatery excels in its simplicity. The coffee and home-style menu are a hit, particularly their selection of homemade baked goods and tasty sandwiches, for under $10. Try their pastrami Rueben filled with swiss cheese, beef pastrami, pickles and house-pickled cabbage or open toast with avocado, ricotta and house-roasted capsicum, with your morning coffee.
54-56 Smith Street, Marrickville
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.
30 Llewellyn Street, Marrickville
For organic food and beverages in a sleek Marrickville setting you won’t find better than Warren & Holt. You also won’t find a more accommodating bunch, dedicated to their allergen friendly, vegan friendly, ethically sourced mantra which is reflected in every dish on the nutritious menu.
415 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
Tucked away in Marrickville, Coffee Alchemy continues to win over coffee connoisseurs. It started as a wholesale coffee roaster before opening up to serve its range of roasts to the public. This popular cafe with its exposed brickwork and spartan decor, consistently delivers quality coffee and friendly service.
24 Addison Road, Marrickville
With four cafes in Canberra and supplying over 100 cafes with their coffee, ONA Marrickville is the roaster’s first Sydney outpost. Fitting right in to the industrial surrounds, the minimal interiors speak to the notion that less is more. ONA is open everyday and not just for coffee, you can get a delicious pastry or toastie to satisfy your foodie cravings.
140 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
Hidden away in a garage, Two Chaps offers excellent coffee and Mediterranean vegetarian menu. At this Marrickville hotspot, almost everything on the menu is made from scratch, and if it isn’t, it’s sourced from local growers. The eatery is also opened for dinner with a set menu for $60 per person - starting with local handmade Buffalo ricotta, grilled asparagus, emu apples, watercress & hazelnut pesto served alongside house baked focaccia of zucchini & peppermint gum w/ caramelised balsamic, how could you resist?
122 Chapel Street, Marrickville
This Sydney institution always finds its way to the top of every curated list of Sydney’s best bakeries. The much-loved Bourke Street Bakery is a provincial style café teeming with bready decadence and sweet treats. Having gained Sydney institution status, you can enjoy their signature dishes at 12 different locations.
2 Mitchell Street, Marrickville