Booth St Bistro
Booth Street Bistro brings modern European cuisine to the streets of Annandale. This local eatery is not only known for its beautifully plated dishes but its chic interiors. Serving all-day breakfast and lunch 6 days-a-week, at dinner be sure to upgrade your experience with wine and dessert.
Cornersmith is a foodie favourite with a culture of kindness. Like its sister site in Marrickville, the vegetarian spot serves up fresh, sustainable eats and stocks cookbooks, groceries and the best pickles in Sydney. You can either sit in their Scandi-styled digs or order one of their picnic packages and take your meal across the road to Hinsbey Park.
Café on Johnston
Family-run and community-minded, Cafe on Johnston is passionate about providing Annandale with an ethical, health-conscious eatery. The cafe resides in an old converted brick house providing diners with a cosy and eclectic space to dine in. Serving up breakfast and lunch dishes influenced by Middle Eastern cuisine, family recipes and traditional cooking methods underpin the seasonal menu.
Black Toast Cafe
Taking pride of place on Annandale's main street, Black Toast is a popular local hangout. Set within a converted factory and split over two levels, this trendy, urban-styled cafe delivers delicious brunch fare all-day. For coffee aficionados, the beans are Campos and for in-house diners, the sun-drenched courtyard at the back is the place to be.
After the success of their sister stores in Hunters Hill and the Sydney Fish Markets, Stoneground Bakery opened up a cosy store in Annandale, and locals have been fans ever since. On those days when you’re craving freshly baked bread, or a needing your daily hit of caffeine (beans courtesy of Will & Co), head straight to Stoneground Bakery. For sugar lovers, their delectable pastry offering is enough to give you sweet, sweet dreams.
The Drop Espresso & Juice Bar
For your morning dose of caffeine, head to The Drop, where the coffee is single origin and no order is too fancy. Allow the fresh, locally supplied menu of modern Australian classics tickle your taste buds, from the all-day brunch offering to the dedicated jaffle menu. Consistently delivering quality bites and beverages, the friendly, warm service keeps the locals coming back.
Located in a restored 1890s corner store, the café has a relaxed, hipster feel and a menu that’s made to be mulled over. This local favourite focuses on free-range, organic and locally sourced (where possible) produce, and the results are as delicious as they are ideal for anyone with dietary requirements.
Brew Ha Ha Coffee Roasters
Lilyfield's Brew Ha Ha Coffee Roasters are well-known for their coffee roasting and cafe fare. Amongst the central transport hub, Brew Ha Ha is a popular takeaway coffee spot for morning commuters, boasting modern yet non-hipster interiors (just the way the locals like it). The breakfast, brunch and lunch offering is modern Australian inspired and each week the changing specials board is an interesting read.
When meal time rolls around, locals pay Lemonia a visit. This bright and homely cafe is set in a humble homestead with exposed-brick walls and alfresco seating. Boasting a Mediterranean-inspired menu and cocktail specials on Sundays, this family-run gem is a favourite among locals for its quality food and friendly service.
Trafalgar St Espresso
The locals know that The Little Marionette's sister cafe, Trafalgar Street Espresso is one of Annandale's best spots for a caffeine hit. The cafe is kitschy with leather sofas, checkerboard floors and a rotating bookshelf that reveals a second seating area. On a warm day, the outdoor seating area proves to be a perfect people-watching spot while enjoying a moorish Black Star Pastry pie or quiche.
For doughnut lovers, Grumpy's has your doughy, sweet confectionary needs covered. At the Camperdown headquarters from Wednesday to Sunday or through their online store, you can order their delicious handcrafted treats. The minimalist white tiled store is equal parts chic and functional, and the fun doughnut creations bring the pop of colour.
Bion Societe Cafe
Set on quiet Layton Street, Camperdown's Bion Societe is a happening where caffeine addict meet foodies. The interior of the cafe is sleek and minimalist; think white walls, pendant lighting, wood tables with a touch of greenery. From the menu, expect all the classic brunch dishes (done well) and the coffee to be single origin and delicious!
Natty's Cafe is a Stanmore institution. Deeply connected with the local community, is a drop-off point for locally-based charity Sydney Food Share. The cafe has an industrial vibe with exposed brick walls and also has outdoor seating. Open every day for breakfast and lunch, the diverse menu features modern Australian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes with new specials on the board every Thursday.
A hidden gem on Bart Street, Camperdown's Runcible Spoon is a local favourite for delicious modern Australian fare. This hip cafe is open from breakfast to lunch every day, serving up consistently good coffee and scrumptious treats. Bright and fun, the cafe provides a lush, greenery-filled oasis to uni students and hospital workers based nearby.
As soon as you step inside this converted motorbike warehouse, you’re in for a treat. Deus Bar & Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves up Middle Eastern-Mediterranean fusion dishes all day. The industrial space has a relaxed, laidback vibe, and an impressive wine list.
Penny Four's Leichhardt
A suitable stop off for the sweet tooth, Penny Fours is an eclectic cafe that could be easily missed if it weren’t for its bright aqua tiles. Run by pastry chef Penelope Ransley - who once baked at Iggy’s - the bakery is filled with masterful and traditional treats all designed to share among friends. From spicy lemon meringues and almond croissants to quiche, there’s something to put a smile on everyone’s face. Petite portions with big flavours, Penny Fours’ ...
Little Lord Cafe
In Camperdown, Little Lord wins the award for cosiest café. It’s like walking into a time warp. There are couches and chairs just begging to be sunk into, as well as dining tables set with old-school china. The food is simple and delicious (with plenty of options for vegetarians).
With a location in two of the inner-west’s most bustling suburbs, Store Espresso keeps locals well-fed and caffeinated wherever they may be. Both spaces are bright, airy and welcoming, and serve up Mediterranean dishes featuring lots of organic produce. The house coffee blend hits the spot, and goes well with any of the baked treats in the display window.
Gather On The Green
Camperdown's Gather on the Green is a popular foodie hub for locavore's (those who primarily eat locally sourced foods). Dedicated to ethical and eco-friendly practices, everything from the fairtrade coffee to the Brasserie bread is designed to not only taste good but make you feel good to. The cafe is quaint and boasts an eclectic mix of vintage furniture, adding to the homely vibe.
Kaldibaah is a local cafe and coffee roaster in the heart of Stanmore. Open every day for breakfast and lunch, the cosy cafe boasts a seasonally driven menu that features all the classics, with dietary requirement friendly options available as well. As you can expect, the coffee is brewed to perfection. Partner this with friendly service, the locals can't get enough.
This Glebe Point Road cafe with its glass-fronted exterior and curbside seating is a hidden gem. Astor Espresso has garnered much local attention for its speciality coffee, modern Australian brunch fare and upbeat vibe. The friendly service provides diners with a pleasant experience that has them coming back in droves.
Sonoma Bakery Café
Baking some of the best sourdough loaves around. Sonoma is a family-run empire and they have been baking and delivering delicious, crusty breads to cafes and restaurants across Sydney since 2001. Branching out to pastries, biscuits, tarts and mueslis, you can enjoy all their signature treats at their French-feel cafe on Glebe Point Road.
Descanso is a popular Glebe cafe that brings modern Australian brunch classics together with hearty Filipino cuisine. Regularly changing up their featured single origin brew, from various countries around the globe, coffee aficionados know to make a stop each week to sample the latest beans on offer. With friendly service and consistently good food, Descanso is a reliable inner-city eatery.