Baby Coffee Co
Baby Coffee Co are the new kids on the block, and they’re making a splash. The plush pink chairs, neon signs and hip-hop music playing from the speakers set the scene for a fun experience, and the menu keeps it going. Each plate is as pretty as the next, and the brunch is a winner.
The Freedom Hub
For a feel-good meal, it’s hard to go past The Freedom Hub. Tucked in a cool warehouse space in Waterloo, the charity-slash-café serves specialty coffee, naturopath-blended teas, and gourmet eats using ingredients from local Aussie growers. And 100% of the profits go towards supporting human trafficking victims.
Already dubbed Sydney’s prettiest café (and it's only been open a matter of weeks), The Social Hideout is an Instagrammer's dream. Whimsical interiors dominate, with walls adorned with over 17,000 flowers and a totally ‘grammable “Hello Gorgeous” neon sign that’s just begging to be snapped. Aesthetics aside, it's the deliciously playful menu (some dishes are even served in little golden bathtubs) that foodies are flocking back for. Taking influence from Japanese and Mediterranean cuisines, look forward to a moreish selection ...
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.
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.
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.
First Drop Cafe
Tucked away on a leafy street in Redfern, First Drop Café is a true locals haunt. Surrounded by beautifully restored terrace houses, First Drop has ample seating inside, but it’s the streetside seating that is highly prized. The menu is brimming with hearty brunch dishes that have a Mediterranean twist.
This funky all-day eatery in Redfern has the locals lining up. Taking style cues from the vibrant streets of Miami, Southside Charmers is exactly that: charming. From the beautifully designed bar and touches of pink, to the footpath dining and friendly service, this casual café-restaurant-bar also has the menu to back it up. Hispanic-fusion cuisine reigns supreme with the breakfast tacos, complete with scrambled eggs, smokey black beans and charred corn, a popular brunch choice.
Redfern Surf Club
The neighbourhood’s new favourite stomping ground, Redfern Surf Club has officially opened its doors at the intersection of Botany Road and Henderson Road. This laid-back Australian pub brings a hint of nostalgia and retro surf-style to the streets of Redfern. In this welcoming space, an old-school TV set plays cult surf flicks, a taxidermied ibis watches over the bar, and a shrine to the likes of Prince and Phil Collins. Keeping the drinks list as laid-back as its name suggests, ...
Pitt St Diner
Halfway between Redfern Park and the train station, Pitt Street Diner is the kind of laidback local you’ll keep returning to. The French bistro serves hearty classics – think croque madames, steak frites and fish – and brings the European tradition of an aperitif to Redfern. In true French style, there’s a dedicated cheese menu and a 150-strong wine list.
Ciccone & Sons
A gelato bar where everything is made on-site, Ciccone and Sons has taken Redfern by storm with handmade gelato in a home-style coffee shop. They focus on making everything from scratch and they use original machines imported from Bologna - so you know you're in for an authentic dessert experience.
The Bearded Tit
A small bar that is every little bit Redfern, and then some. A vibrant bar-slash-art space, The Bearded Tit likes to keep things interesting - live music, quirky décor and an impressive drinks menu. They have a selection of in-house snacks, but they also allow you to order in from their favourite local eateries. Get in early to secure a table when a live event is on.
A firm neighbourhood favourite, Scout’s Honour serves up excellent coffee, salads, sweets and stacked sandwiches made with Brickfields bread. The space itself is lush, with baskets of greenery, hanging light bulbs, and a long communal table. If you’re hoping to hide or tap away on your laptop, there are high-top tables, too.
The Noble Hops
If beer is your beverage of choice, you’ll discover some new favourites at The Noble Hops. The small bar specialises in craft beer, and boasts over 100 brews from around the world. It has a ‘try before you buy’ policy, so you can sample beers before settling on one. Peckish? You can order pizzas in from La Coppola.
Located next to a kebab shop in Redfern, behind an unassuming glass door is Ron's Upstairs. You might get the feeling you've stumbled into somewhere you're not supposed to, but rest assured - if the bright red and green neon sign says OPEN, then you're good to go. The Mediterranean eatery is decked out in nostalgic kitsch reminiscent of a 70's diner (think fairy-lit plastic grape vines strung from wall to wall, lacquered tables and red carpet.) Order the rotisserie ...
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, kids will be entertained by the latest batch of brownies being whipped up while you enjoy a coffee and zingy lemon tart.This Easter, Bake Bar has created deliciously moreish hot cross buns filled with organic currants, sultanas and raisins, then lightly spiced ...
Hustle & Flow Bar
Sitting across from Redfern Train Station, Hustle & Flow Bar is a funky Hip Hop style bar that knows how to mix the old with the new. Set in a revamped 1920s building, they have restored the original tiles of the building but have infused some serious urban culture into the place. Think graffitied walls, retro speakers, Hip Hop/RnB and Live Music. Beat the crowds and get in early to take advantage of their daily Happy Hour (5pm-7pm) and grab ...
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.