Brunch & Co
Tucked away from Alexandria’s bustling industry, is Brunch & Co a mainstay on the local brunch scene. A cosy café with a bit of industrial edge to it with seating that spills out onto the footpath, the guys here offer all the staples you would expect and the servings are hearty and delicious.
Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie
When a Michelin-trained patissier and an expert baker joined forces to open Textbook in Alexandria, we knew we were in for a treat. And we were right – the pair play to their strengths with the result being an incredible line-up of desserts and bread that pare beautifully with one of their coffees.
Pairing organic ingredients and sustainable produce with their outstanding knack for savoury snacks. Bake Bar’s success in Randwick has been followed by the opening of two new stores in Double Bay and Alexandria. Designed as an open bakery, you will be entertained by the latest batch of brownies being whipped up.
After the success of its North Curl Curl location, Cooh expanded to Alexandria, and the space is lush. When you’re with your furry friend, head to the verandah (dedicated to dogs), and feast on the menu of organic, wholesome dishes. COOH sources organic produce, and makes almost everything else in-house, so their dishes are bursting with flavour and nutrition.
L’americano Espresso Bar
Set in Coco Republics Alexandria showroom, L’americano is the first cafe offering for this premium lifestyle brand. The café itself is a destination. It exudes old world charm of a 1950s Italian espresso bar on the Riviera. They craft artesian coffee and have a menu offering that celebrates the Italian Riviera heritage.
Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen
This utterly ‘grammable haunt in Alexandria is the ideal location to set up shop over a breakfast, lunch or stream of coffees. This vibey yet relaxed café gets busy over lunch, but their immaculately presented plates and always-impressive floral and fruit displays offer plenty of visual stimulation to get the creative juices flowing.
The Grounds of Alexandria
Sydney favourite, The Grounds, is a great place to spend the day with friends and family. With its signature laidback, organic vibe, this popular Alexandria oasis is an all in one produce market, florist, café, restaurant, bar and bakery. All linked by outdoor paths, it is the best place for weekend coffee dates with your pooch.
Grandma's at McEvoy
Set in a lush 70s style space complete with high ceilings in Alexandria, this cafe has a warmth just like, well, Grandma’s! The specialty here is home-style cooking and while patrons feast on one of the hearty meals the chefs are busily at work, baking and cooking the bountiful meals that are designed to be taken home.
Bourke Street Bakery
A Sydney institution, Bourke Street Bakery serves up the bready decadence and sweet treats we didn’t know we needed. The perfect corner cafe to indulge your sweet tooth or satisfy those carb cravings – it really is no wonder that they have stores all over Sydney (11 to be exact).
Sonoma Bakery Cafe
Sonoma is a family-run empire and they have been baking and delivering delicious, crusty breads to cafes and restaurants across Sydney since 2001. Producing a slew of baked goods plus a chain of cafes across Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and Inner West, the Sonoma name is synonymous with wholesome and delectable sweet and savoury treats.
La Cachette Cafe
Alexandria's La Cachette cafe is a French-style eatery specialising in authentic bites. With it's chic interiors, this cafe serves up an equally appealing all-day menu. Make the most of the outdoor seating and take a seat curbside for the best people watching and sun bathing.
Local institution Bitton is a French-Australian gourmet grocer and cafe. Open from breakfast to dinner, Bitton allows diners to indulge in delicious French-infused fare and pick up their gourmet groceries on the way out. Boasting an alfresco space and function room, Bitton is really the one-stop foodie destination.
Situated in the midst of Alexandria’s burgeoning creative scene, the folks behind Meet Gerard have created a small, light-filled sanctuary. The brainchild of two friends – a chef and a barista – this corner café is all about good wholesome breakfast, lunch and everything in-between.
The Copper Mill
An industrial-chic café in Alexandria, The Copper Mill was created by the founder of Chippendale favourite, The Shortlist. A brunch time destination, the interiors play on the timber, exposed brick and copper pipes, which all add intrigue to a space that is all about hearty and delicious meals.
Tucked away in an old electrical substation, this light-filled café serves Single Origin coffee, freshly-baked treats, and a menu of breakfast classics, like gourmet bacon and egg rolls, granola and avocado toast. Sub Station Cafe's main attraction is its lush, green courtyard; a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of Alexandra's business hub.
Kepos Street Kitchen
A bright, airy space that serves the most Instagram-worthy hummus and shakshuka in Redfern – we must be talking Kepos St Kitchen. Tucked away in Redfern, Kepos St Kitchen has mastered Mediterranean dining with a Middle Eastern twist, and its loyal following is a testament to that.
Crystal Cafe & Restaurant
Just like its inner-city location, Crystal Café & Grill is eclectic, dishing up a variety of Australian and Asian plates. The relaxed eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and its beautiful bar is well-stocked with liquors and wines from around the world.
TWO Baristas Espresso
When a cafe’s motto is “life’s too short to have bad coffee,” we’re already a fan. And when the coffee is this delicious, we’re sold. Located at Danks Street Plaza, Café Two Baristas is warm, inviting, and serious about coffee. It also has a small but satisfying menu of pastries, sandwiches and waffles.
John Smith Specialty Coffee
Sitting pretty in-between Waterloo and Alexandria, John Smith is a trendy corner café in a warehouse-like space. With colourful booth-style seating and bench seats by the window on the inside and curb side seating outdoors, this café serves up typical café fare in a not so typical way.
Sonoma Cafe Waterloo
In the 90s, Sonoma’s co-founder cheekily smuggled a starter from North California. Now, the baking giant is synonymous with sourdough, known for its delicious, crusty breads. With locations studded around Sydney, over the years the family-run empire has branched out to pastries, biscuits, tarts and mueslis.
Coffee Tea & Me
On the blurry border between Waterloo and Redfern, you’ll stumble across Coffee, Tea & Me. The trusty café pours Campos coffee and T2 teas, and offers a tight menu of baked goods and bagels – here, they’re thin, toasted to perfection and stuffed with savoury fillings. The space is teeny-tiny, so grab a seat in the sun outside.