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.
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.
Fish Market Cafe
Sydney’s beloved fish markets is naturally home to a wide offering of seafood that has come straight from the boat to the table. The Fish Market Café sits just inside the markets, and they more than live up to the markets reputation for fresh seafood, and the eager crowds that hover around are a testament to that.
This old-school, bohemian cafe serves up creative vegetarian cuisine. Drawing on a wide range of multicultural influences, the menu at Badde Manors has been refined over the years and has been curated to reflect the best of the best. In accommodating dietary requirements, the team are great and the service is always friendly.
A 1920s-themed cafe on the corner of Wattle Street, The Local Mbassy has mastered the art of quirkiness – think exposed pipe lighting, antique bike pedal stools and impressive graffiti murals. While the interior is something to ogle at, The Local Mbassy’s most talked about dish, its red velvet pancakes, is something to drool over.
Culture Society - La Banette Patisserie
A slice of downtown Paris in downtown Glebe, La Banette will transport you to Paris with one bite of their sweet treats. The teeny-tiny shopfront exudes French provincial charm with its distressed wooden shelves, chic striped awning and smorgasbord of sweet desserts and pastries.
In operation over 10 years, Clipper Cafe is all about a local focus: both produce and customers. At this hipster-esque cafe, the service is friendly, the Wi-Fi is free and the coffee is consistently good. If you are either dining in from their Mediterranean-inspired menu or doing the morning coffee run, Clipper Cafe delivers quality.
Three Beans Coffee Vanilla Mung
A gem inside the Broadway Shopping Centre, Three Beans is the picture of health. Like the other cafes in the franchise, the menu features all-day breakfast and lunch dishes, and each plate is as colourful and nourishing as the next. The cafe caters to all sorts of dietary requirements.
A vintage speakeasy come espresso bar, 80 Bay is a shrine to all things coffee. Booth seating, gold lighting, a sprawling central bar, and impressive glass syphons set the scene for an all-day caffeine indulgence. Toby’s Estate is the bean of choice, order their coffee degustation – three bean varieties served in a syphon.
Merchants of Ultimo
Tucked inside the Broadway Shopping Centre, The Merchants of Ultimo is a European food collective that works like a mini food court. It’s made up of five artisanal ‘stalls’: a coffee roaster, bakery, salad bar, pizzeria and rotisserie, and roving waiters offer table service and a menu of all the offerings.
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.
The Pigeonhole Cafe
With a mix of upcycled and modern décor, and a menu of artisan coffees, breakfast rolls, Korean-inspired lunches, wines and beers, The Pigeonhole Cafe is a pleasant contradiction that locals flock to. If you’re dining in, their menu is a delight: think breakfast milk buns, spiced ginger muesli and brown rice and mixed grains bowls.
The Black Groodle
Toted as serving some of the best breakfast in Ultimo, this industrial-chic cafe is all about distinct Middle Eastern flavours. Get your fill of the daily salads, marinated meats, couscous, and savoury pastries, but if you’re stopping by on a Thursday or Friday, look out for their end-of-week special, Knafeh (cheese pastry with sugar syrup).
Set inside a stunning heritage building is Sydney’s newest plant-based eatery and vegan cheese deli. Gardener’s Lodge combines their plant-based ethos with local producers to serve up delicious, healthy and sustainable eats. From the zucchini fritters, topped with dairy-free feta, to the vegan-friendly lasagne, there are plenty of dishes to satisfy even the most discerning carnivore. Better still, once you finish your meal, you can pick up some take-home treats at their vegan deli counter. We have our eye on ...
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.
Gourmandise de Paris
Starting out as a food truck that frequented festivals and markets, the folks behind Gourmandise de Paris decided to set up shop permanently on the city outskirts in Pyrmont. They cook traditional French cuisine, but it’s the crepes that have really put these guys on every foodie’s map.
A perfect addition to Pyrmont’s village-like vibe, Pioik Bakery – meaning ‘bread’ in Ancient Egyptian – have earned themselves a reputation for their delicious bread. Set up as a bakery-slash-café, you can watch the baking unfold while sipping on coffee and munching on one of their baked goods or sandwiches.
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.
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!