The Tiny Giant Petersham
If you’re a keen follower of foodie Instagrams, you would have come across the brioche toast at this Petersham hotspot. Piled high with berries, flowers, and pashmak, a Persian, rosewater-flavoured fairy floss, it’s a sweet sensation. The brioche is served like French toast, complete with crumbled pistachio, mascarpone and salted caramel for a balanced blend of sweetness and nuttiness.
The Pig & Pastry
Exposed brick walls, vintage décor, mismatched chairs and communal tables – this Petersham cafe is a homely haven without even trying. When you’re perusing the menu, expect comforting classics and the cakes, tarts and cookies are also baked in-house, along with the bread. And if you’re craving a glass of red, you’re in luck – the Pig and Pastry is licensed.
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.
It may be tiny, but Paper Cup has made its mark on the inner-west café scene. It’s cosy by nature, and the wall murals, people-watching perches and menu of warm and spicy Middle Eastern dishes only add to that. The staff is warm and welcoming, and it’s the kind of place where the barista greets you by name.
Flood Street Carousel
A breakfast pitstop for children of all ages, Flood Street Carousel is an eatery full of laughter and chatter. The all-day brunch menu with a Middle Eastern influence features dishes with haloumi and dukkah while the fruit and vegetables are sourced fresh from local markets. Meals can be made to takeaway, but the colourful fit out and warm customer service will have you fighting for a table.
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.
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.
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 staple coffee spot and the go-to destination for breakfast and lunch, Illi Hill offers a menu catering to vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. All produce is locally and ethically sourced, and the menu is wholesome while exotic. With minimalist interiors and plenty of seating, Illi Hill is the perfect spot to catch up with friends over a meal.
Hidden away in a garage, Two Chaps offers excellent coffee and a Mediterranean vegetarian menu. At this Marrickville hotspot, almost everything on the menu is made from scratch, and if it isn’t, it’s sourced from local growers. Bikes are mounted on the exposed brick walls as one of the owners, once built bikes for Deus Ex Machina. Two nights a week the eatery opens for a rotating dinner menu, and with gluten-free or vegan incarnations available on most dishes.
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’ ...
A member of Marrickville’s burgeoning coffee scene, Matinee is a retro-styled cafe that balances cool and approachable perfectly. The plush interiors provide a nostalgic backdrop and the all-day and lunch menu’s deliver contemporary Middle Eastern cuisine. The perfect spot for catch ups and hangs, come 12 pm the coffee changes over to wine and beer.
Tucked away in Marrickville, Coffee Alchemy continues to win over coffee connoisseurs. It started as a wholesale coffee roaster before opening up to serve its range of roasts to the public. This popular cafe with its exposed brickwork and spartan decor, consistently delivers quality coffee and friendly service.
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.
The offering at Roastville is loved as much for its all-day menu as it is for its industrial-chic vibe – it’s all but quintessential Inner West styling. Bottle green subway tiles and hanging ferns soften the Marrickville space. With the single origin beans rotating weekly, a dedicated kids menu and dietary requirements accommodated, Roastville is a suitable for the morning coffee run as it is for a Sunday brunch.
Bourke Street Bakery Marrickville
This Sydney institution always finds its way to the top of every curated list of Sydney’s best bakeries. The much-loved Bourke Street Bakery is a provincial style café teeming with bready decadence and sweet treats. Having gained Sydney institution status, you can enjoy their signature dishes at 11 different locations.
Situated within the charming heritage surrounds of the Marrickville Post Office, this converted cafe boasts beautiful interiors with wooden floors and grand arched windows that fill the space with light. Post Café does all-day brekkie so the sleepyheads needn’t rush, while the lunchtime menu boasts a wealth of hearty options.
Sideways Deli Cafe
In the quiet streets of Dulwich Hill locals have tried hard to keep this local gem quiet. An impossible feat when Sideways Cafes is consistently serving up great coffee with amazing comfort-style food. The space is casual and laid back with streetside seating, and if you are in a rush, that's ok because they are known for their quick and friendly service.
The family-run eatery is legendary for its sustainable menu, which not only features ethical and homemade ingredients, but locally sourced ones. Marrickville residents who grow their own veggies can trade in their produce for homemade jam or relish. How awesome is that? The service and coffee are consistently good, and the menu changes each week depending on seasonality.
Sitting pretty in a prime corner location, this café is a local go-to thanks to its organic dishes, locally roasted coffee, veggie patch and outdoor area that catches the sunshine. The vibe at Dear Delicious is relaxed and welcoming – furry friends are allowed, and there are colouring books, crayons and a special menu for the kids.
Warren & Holt
For organic food and beverages in a sleek Marrickville setting you won’t find better than Warren & Holt. You also won’t find a more accommodating bunch, dedicated to their allergen friendly, vegan friendly, ethically sourced mantra which is reflected in every dish on the nutritious menu.
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.