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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A local haunt, Ashfield Cafe is all about authentic Malaysian cuisine. So, whether you’re craving chicken satay, nasi goreng, curry or a laksa, it’s all here with an affordable price tag. Housed in a nondescript corner store, it’s easy to miss (or misjudge) but live like the locals do and pop in for a dish - or four.
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.
A firm favourite among the Inner-West crowd, Shenkin has set up shop in Balmain and locals are loving it. Hidden behind a dry cleaner on Darling Street, Shenkin's terrace with harbour views is the perfect spot to enjoy their signature blend coffee and Middle Eastern inspired eats.
Hungry Bull Co. Balmain
With a loyal following of local caffeine lovers, Hungry Bull Co Cafe delivers consistently good coffee and friendly service. This cafe has a relaxed atmosphere complemented by its rustic decor and jazz music soundtrack. For the morning coffee run, the service is quick but if you have time head to the small terrace out the back and enjoy your coffee in the sun.
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.
Set in a non-descript bakery, look out for the pink neon 'donuts' sign in the window to discover Nutie Donuts. Fun, colourful and gluten free, their baked doughnuts are equal parts delicious and healthy. Created using premium produce, Nutie Donuts also serve up dairy-free options.
A beloved local gem since opening in 2004, Balmain's Bertoni is always bustling. With retro fittings and milk-crate seats, this popular Italian eatery is the brainchild of brothers Bert and Tony (get it?). Inspired by their family heritage and Mamma Maria's cooking, the restaurant is known for delivering authentic cuisine and friendly service. On weekends diners enjoy all-day breakfast and the restaurant is perfect for group lunches or dinners.
C'est Bon Patisserie
Creating some of Rozelle's best pastries, C'est Bon Patisserie is all about indulgence. Set on bustling Darling Street with a Parisian cafe feel C'est Bon is quintessentially European, specialising in French and German delicacies. Open seven days a week, dine in or takeaway for breakfast and lunch.
Egg Of The Universe
Revered locally not just for their thriving yoga classes and retreats, Rozelle’s Egg of the Universe cafe is a ‘celebration of life’ centred on nutrient-dense wholefoods and principles of sustainability. You’ll find café classics alongside cleansing teas, kombucha and broth to extend your post-yoga glow.