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Sydney’s Cafés; Where Coffee and Brunch Go Hand in Hand

We all have our favourite local that we proclaim to have the best brew in Sydney. But in a city, whose caffeine addiction is well-catered for, good coffee is a pretty big deal, so we thought we would stick our neck out there with our top picks for some seriously good coffee in Sydney.


With its loyal army of supporters, Mecca is synonymous with good coffee and it’s booming success goes to show that the brand is well and truly safe atop the list of fine brew. With locations in Alexandria, King Street and Ultimo, and plenty of cafes stocking their signature blends across Sydney, you can take comfort in the fact that where you see the Mecca stamp, there you shall receive flawless coffee.

The Mecca roastery sits in safe java territory in Alexandria, where you can drop in, get high on the addictive scent of roasting coffee, sip on a piccolo and pretend the rest of the world doesn’t exist for a while.

Alexandria, Ultimo and Sydney

Reuben Hills

This boutique micro roastery is renowned for their incredible coffee sourced directly (or from the origin) around the globe. The industrial chic café in Surry Hills is perennially packed with java enthusiasts, and their worldly café menu includes both café classics (think smashed avo toast) as well as more exotic numbers. Try out one of their filter coffees ($5.50) or pour overs ($7) for a new approach to reaching your necessary caffeine level.

61 Albion Street, Surry Hills

Paramount Coffee Project

Another micro roaster with serious chops is the Paramount Coffee Project; with inherent coffee knowledge behind the machine, you’ll never have to suffer through a burnt latte or bitter long black again. Education and exploration of roasting styles, brew methods and a coffee/café approach is the main game, and with high ceilings, polished concrete and timber benches filling their Art Deco home, you’ll be persuaded to go freelance and make PCP your new workplace.

80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

The Steam Engine Coffee

Using a bespoke roast by Toby’s Estate and a rotating selection of single origins, the guys behind The Steam Engine are delivering top shelf brews from their compact shop in the Chatswood Interchange. The self-proclaimed coffee geeks are always up for a chat, and despite the small space you’ll be immediately welcomed into the fold, ushered to a seat and instantly a part of their (very handsome) coffee obsessed family. Try out a refreshing cold brew or get familiar with their siphon range to shake up your daily routine.

Chatswood Interchange, 25/436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

Edition Coffee Roasters

A blend of Scandinavian and Japanese cultures, Edition Coffee Roasters is adored by every visitor that crosses the threshold. A carefully crafted menu that is influenced greatly by the owners’ experiences with the aforementioned cultures, Edition Coffee Roasters offers a curious array of café breakfast/brunch/lunches … think lychee yoghurt with apple mint oil, berries and stone fruit or the Pumpernickel with sunflower seed puree, beans and assorted confit beets. With hand selected single origin beans, your standard machine espressos are (naturally) executed with perfection while the cold brews, Japanese drip, pour over, batch brew or aero press methods are all available and all delicious.

265 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Single O

Formerly the Single Origin Roaster, the Single O café and brew bar is the first of this coffee obsessed brand, now with two other cafés open in Botany and the CBD you can find one of their caffeinated havens close-by. An affection for fruit driven blends and obviously, several single origins to choose from at any one time, let the coffee obsessives behind the counter guide you through a perfect ristretto or two. With a mind to sourcing ethically and environmentally sound beans, products and produce, these guys are just the ones in which to place your trust for a daily fix or for a bag of beans.

60-64 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills

White Horse Coffee

Roasting specially selected batches of green beans from estates they’ve visited personally, the boys behind White Horse have been delighting folk from the Sutherland Shire since 2008. A few years (and an excellent product) has seen their success skyrocket, with three cafés and a swathe of partners serving White Horse Coffee across Sydney. If you’re particularly particular about your brew, order a bag of beans for your place and grind/pour/froth at will. They also stock fun coffee accoutrements like Aeropress and Dosing Scales.

2/137 Flora Street, Sutherland

Cavalier Specialty Coffee

This tidy little production in Sydney’s St Leonard’s packs a serious (but completely unpretentious) punch. Nursing an infatuation with coffee in any way you can fathom, the two guys behind Cavalier are anything but cavalier when it comes to the cup and saucer situation. Using only Jersey milk, every latte that arrives is more perfect than the last and every cappuccino smoother than you think possible. For those who prefer skipping the dairy, single origin options are forever at the ready, and when paired with one of their light, fresh and seasonal plates a brunch shaped paradise materialises.

34 Oxley Street, St Leonards

Cabrito Coffee Traders

The micro roastery on Sydney’s charming Bulletin Place is a diamond amongst the rough of what is the coffee famished Circular Quay. With a signature house blend taking flavours from Guatemala and Nicaragua (and a host of other blends available) you’re palate will be pleased regardless of whether you opt for a macchiato or a cold drip. A curated selection of sandwiches and sweets make for the perfect excuse to take a mid afternoon break – weather permitting, take your coffee to the curb and bask for a heavenly pause.

10-14 Bulletin Place, Sydney

Dachshund Coffee

A welcome addition to the enclave of Hunters Hill, Dachshund is offering single origins and blends alongside light, seasonal dishes. Fat Poppy Roasters are the beans of choice and their cold brew has proven itself a locals’ favourite during those sweltering days. Be sure to sample the Reformed Avocado, with a heavenly blend of the green stuff and kale, quinoa, tomato, poached egg and crisped sage you won’t even feel like you’re making the healthy decision!

64-68 Gladesville Road, Hunters Hill


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