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.
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.
The Pig & Pastry
The Pig and Pastry boasts some of the funkiest cafe interiors; think exposed brick, mix and match decor and vintage furnishings. The modern Australian breakfast and lunch menu at this Petersham eatery is a highlights reel of local produce. As an added bonus to the in-house baked good, diners can enjoy a vino or two as the Pig and Pastry is licensed.
Open 7 days a week for breakfast, brunch and lunch, District is one of the coolest spots on Marrickville's foodie scene. With trendy Euro-style interiors, this cafe is an Insta-worthy brunch spot. The menu has been curated to highlight the most creative of brunch dishes with a Middle Eastern twist.
The Hunter Works
Located just off Darling Street, this charming courtyard café is impressive in more ways than one. Firstly, they source all ingredients from The Cook’s Co-Op, meaning the food is local and the menu changes with each visit. Secondly, The Hunter Works aims for zero waste – and any waste goes to a community garden for compost.
Hungry Grasshopper Café
The beautiful wooden and teal exterior filters throughout this Haberfield cafe. The Hungry Grasshopper is known for its consistently good coffee and creative brunch fare. This hidden gem serves up a modern Australian menu and offers streetside tables so you can enjoy your meal in the sunshine.
The Wedge Espresso
The Wedge espresso is a local gem serving up specialty coffee, signature sandwiches and friendly service. Just off the main drag on Cowper Street, the cafe space is light-filled and boasts beautiful oversized windows. With funky seating and corrugated walls, be sure to peruse the daily specials for some great dishes.
Foodcraft Espresso & Bakery
Foodcraft Espresso & Bakery are just as known for their hearty, all-day breakfast and lunch menus, as they are for the donut topped milkshakes and nutella treats. The offering is varied, with plenty of options for those who want to ‘eat cleanly’, and for those who are in ‘treat yourself’ mode.
Black Market Roasters
Starting out as a cafe, Black Market Roasters is now a cafe-slash-roastery-slash-training facility. Their speciality coffee is roasted in-house and is available for retail and wholesale purchase. The coffee and modern Australian brunch-inspired menu are equal parts delicious and well-priced. The cafe interior is light and bright, with a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Campos Coffee Dulwich Hill
Considered Australia’s favourite roaster, Campos has a scandi-industrial cafe in the heart of Dulwich Hill's foodie hub, on Marrickville Road. Serving up their house blends and single-origin coffee, diners can enjoy a hearty breakfast or afternoon sweet treat.
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.
In Ashfield, this corner café attracts foodies from all over with locals and visitors alike happy to line up for brunch at Excelsior Jones. ‘Excelsior’ means ‘ever upward’ in Latin, and every breakfast here is better than the last.The modern Australian menu also attracts attention for its malted milkshakes, which come in a range of flavours. The buzzing, light-filled neighbourhood eatery boasts beautifully curated interiors; think copper pendant lighting, wooden floors and scattered greenery.
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.
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.
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.
From the cool old-school vibe to the mix and match cutlery, Double Roasters is more than just coffee. Roasting some of the best beans for retail and wholesale, this Marrickville-based roastery serves up quality modern Australian brunch fare from the cafe. Open during the week and closed on weekends, this cafe is popular with the 9 to 5 set.
Frappe Cafe Bar
Located in Earlwood and Concord, Frappe Cafe Bar is a happening eatery that has built a local following. The Earlwood outpost boasts hip interiors; think fashion-forward lighting, exposed-brick walls and wood fittings. Serving up Mediterranean-inspired bites, Campos coffee and International beers and wine, the menu from breakfast to dinner does not disappoint.
Caffettiera Kitchen & Espresso
A popular local hangout, Caffettiera Kitchen & Espresso Bar delivers quality coffee and delicious Mediterranean-inspired fare. Set on Georges River Road, this eatery serves up an all-day breakfast menu along with hearty lunch options. Diners can either settle into the dark-wood interiors, take their lunch to go or order for the office through the catering menu.
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).
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!