About Life Cammeray
A wholefood store and café that stocks it shelves with natural, organic, ethical and sustainable food, as well as eco-friendly household products. Their indoor-outdoor café offers guilt-free breakfast and lunch options, with a huge selection of fresh juices, smoothies and quenchers. Before running off, grab a healthy snack from inside.
The authority on culinary good taste, Simmone Logue’s Cammeray deli-café is an homage to impeccable food. Good luck prying your eyes away from the glass cabinet lined with treats, let alone departing the store without armfuls of edible souvenirs. But there is no need to rush, stay awhile because their café offering is seriously good.
Ellie May's Nook
Ellie May’s Nook is a quaint café serving a wide variety of juices, smoothies and brunch favourites. The best part - it’s nestled on the (outside) corner of the Stockland Centre in Cammeray which means you can bring your furry friends. Ellie May, the vivacious character behind this eatery will even whip up some puppycinos for your pooch.
Maker's Loft Craft Cafe
More than a place to get your daily caffeine fix, here you can schedule your caffeine ingestion with the workshop classes at Makers Loft, with sewing, knitting, felting, soap and candle making tutorials on offer. An all day brekkie menu and craft, seriously there is no reason to leave.
Gin lovers will find their spiritual home at this café come gin sanctuary. The coffee by day, gin bar by night concept means that the menu turns from poached eggs to pulled pork sliders come 5pm. The atmosphere is that of a retro milkbar, with vintage collectibles and tasteful op-shop finds.
The Greens North Sydney
A bowls club with a twist. The refurbished bowling club is perfect for brunching as well as drinking. A café-slash-bar-slash-bowling club, with a garden party like feel. A sunset bowl is possible, and the Screen on The Green nights every Thursday make for a perfect date night.
Sotto On West
Nestled on North Sydney’s leafy West Street, Sotto does laidback café fare impeccably, and you can be sure that your weekend pace won’t be interrupted by lingering waiters keen for you to free up a table. Lap up the sun as you graze on seasonal fare washed down with a Single Origin brew.
The Owls Cafe
Listen very carefully at The Owls café, because the food speaks for itself. Creative and innovative dishes are served in picture-perfect style alongside quirky owl-themed décor. Menu items are playful such as the Get F.A.T, a sourdough number with fetta, avocado and tomato.
Fresh Crows Nest Cafe
This café’s motto is “Eat well, Be well” and we think they make it pretty easy to do both at Fresh Crows Nest. Located just off the main strip of Willoughby Road, we think this cosy café is one of Crows Nest’s best-kept secrets. With a strong focus on organic and biodynamic food, they serve up breakfasts and lunch that will help with your healthy eating game.
Grind & Dose
Devoted to serving the best coffee this side of the bridge, Grind & Dose shows North Shore locals that Sydney’s coffee-loving scene is not only for the trendy city suburbs. This specialty coffee shop brews a full-bodied roast and their all-day breakfast makes for an irresistible pit stop on Military Road.
Small Bar Crows Nest
A slick yet cosy bar that specialises in Australian and New Zealand drops, with a few European wines thrown in for good measure. The fairy-lit terrace is a popular hangout and the Small Bar’s tapas share plates always pair nicely with their wine selection. If you can’t wait until evening, they’re also open for breakfast and lunch.
St Malo Bakery
Situated amongst bustling Willoughby Road in Crows Nest, the Parisian bakery inspired, St Malo, has shelves piled high with glazed pastries and deliciously sweet gourmet delights. Everything is gluten-free and organic, and the alfresco area out back is the perfect setting on a sunny afternoon.
For award-winning espressos with a side of barista banter, start your morning at Bean Drinking. The cafe roasts its beans on-site and offers a range of brewing methods, like cold-drip, pour over and syphon, but its pride and joy is the Slayer Espresso Machine – one of only 40 in the world.
Ritual Coffee Traders
A perfect spot for dropping by for your acai fix in your athleisure, Ritual Coffee Traders serves the good people of Northbridge their daily dose of health in the form of Instagrammable brunches. Great for the weekenders looking for a relaxing spot to stay a while, or the weekdayers looking for a trendy place for a catch up over a couple of ‘cinos.
Xenos is a popular Greek café and restaurant just off the main strip of Crows Nest. It’s a destination in itself though, serving up brekkie, lunch and dinner to 'Crows Nesters' for nearly 50 years. Here you’ll find anyone from office workers getting their daily dose of Vittoria to long-lunchers, seated outdoors, diving into their souvlaki.