Charlies Cafe Woolloomooloo
An enduring no-frills café along Cowper Wharf Road, Charlies Café may be a non-descript little joint, but they are a reliable local go-to for homestyle burgers and breakfast classics. Compared to its high-end neighbours, Charlies likes to keep things simple, a philosophy that is serving this local favourite well.
Smoking Gun Bagels
Located on Cathedral Street, this is Sydney’s first Montreal-style bagelry. If you’re wondering what that means, the bagels are smaller, sweeter and woodfired so they’re crispy on the outside. The shopfront is tiny, but it’s fine – with bagels this good, you won’t need a table for too long, anyway!
For a touch of something different, Petrel is a welcome addition to Potts Point foodie scene. A tapas style eatery with a Moroccan and Southern Spanish menu – the dishes are incredibly flavourful. Settle into the light-filled terrace and pair your meal with some Australian wine.
The Farm Café
Take your shopping bags with you when you pay The Farm in Potts Point a visit, as we’ve little doubt that following your coffee, you’ll be unable to resist wandering around the wholefood section before you head home with your arms brimming with deliciously nutritious pantry-fillers.
Coffee Tea & Me Potts Point
From its humble beginnings in Redfern, Coffee Tea & Me has expanded into other neighbourhoods, and lucky for Potts Point, they’re one of them. As the name suggests, this small café is focused largely on coffee and tea, but it does perfectly with its cosy communal feel.
For a caffeine fix, go to Room 10– a cosy café with a warehouse-chic vibe and plenty of regulars. It really is tiny, so keep your eyes peeled as you walk down the side street so you don’t miss it. When you get there, sip on a single-origin coffee. Before long, the barista will know your name. It’s that kind of place.
Vizio Caffè e Cucina
A café by day and a restaurant by night, Vizio Caffe e Cucina is all about indulging in the sensual Italian flavours. Sitting behind Cook + Phillip Park along bustling William Street, Vizio is a venue that will see you from breakfast and well into the evening.
Perched above Tatler (the speakeasy), 169 Darlinghurst is a café by day, and wine bar by night. The sleek fitout is all timber and brass, and the wine list is just as sophisticated, thanks to ACME sommelier, Gavin Wright. Breakfast focuses on crowd favourites, while dinner is creative, and touches on a few cuisines.
An eatery that went 100% vegetarian about a year ago, Yellow has a vegan focus, and every plate features produce grown by local suppliers. The restaurant is a la carte during the week, and offers three- and five-course tasting menus on Saturdays. Set inside a converted 1950s art gallery, Yellow is as achingly hip as it is healthy.
Infinity Bakery Darlinghurst
Starting out as Sydney’s first organic sourdough bakery, Infinity quickly expanded to other baked breads and pastries. Now this bakery-slash-café is set in a fresh, rusty chic place with a menu that changes with the season, but the one thing that remains the same is their bread.
Black Velvet Sydney
If we had to give an award to the Sydney cake shop with the best window display, it’d be Black Velvet. After travelling the world learning to master the cake-making craft, owner Orlando Sanpo opened the luxe shop in Darlinghurst. The store whips up gorgeous cakes, chocolates and over 100 flavours of cupcakes.
Stop Valve Espresso & Bar
A giant, graffiti-style mural greets you at Stop Valve, an excellent espresso shop and bar tucked away in the unlikeliest of spaces: an abandoned car park. The interiors are as industrial-chic and the setting – think exposed red pipes, low-hanging bulbs and concrete ceilings. The café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is licensed from midday.
An enduring café that has become the stuff of local legend, Bar Coluzzi is hard to miss with their bright red exterior and on-fuss interiors. These guys have been pouring coffee and whipping up café classics for over 60 years – and they’re still busy every day of the week.
Café Hernandez has been around since the 70s, and they still know how to make a gloriously thick hot chocolate. A 24-hour café in Kings Cross, this café is a go-to for the hospitality crowd and late-night keyboard warriors. The coffee (which is roasted on-site) hits the spot every time.
This restaurant-slash-bar are the masters of the bloody mary. Set in a fresh, chic place with a cute courtyard, Bloody Mary’s is situated in the Kings Cross end of Darlinghurst. They blend their own tomato juice in-house which they turn into their signature drink – ideal for whether you’re trying to cure a hangover or kickstart a night out.
Hidden away in a laneway in Darlinghurst, Salvador Coffee is a compact café that roasts their own coffee beans on-site, in full view on the mezzanine level. Downstairs they turn the beans into delicious cups of coffee that pair beautifully with their breakfast staples.
Wilde & Co
A greenery-laden oasis in the heart of Darlinghurst, Wilde & Co injects a touch of Mother Nature into the local café scene. With white walls, natural furnishings and hanging plants, this health-focussed eatery lets the food do the talking –think raw, ethical and colourful. All your fave dishes are given a healthy-twist. Stop in on the morning commute for a quick coffee and bite or make the pilgrimage on the weekend for a brunch that won’t leave you feeling guilty.