17 Cafes In Sydney You Can't Afford To Miss

Over the past ten or so years, cafe culture in Sydney has completely transformed and developed. In some areas of the city, a great transition is seen from drinking milky lattes and eating avocado on toast to savouring frothy nitro brews and breakfast foods that have flavours from some of the most fascinating far-flung corners of the globe. The refinement in espresso and scrambled eggs is somewhere to the point where we can confidently say that Sydney has one of the top cafe scenes in the entire globe.

We've put up a list of top Cafes in Sydney because there isn't a better way to start the day than with a stop at a cafe and also because pubs and cafes both enrich our daily lives in significant ways.

1. Mecca Coffee

If you haven't been to Mecca Coffee in Alexandria, you aren't a true coffee enthusiast. Mecca's staff members are skilled roasters, brewers, and café enthusiasts. On a delightfully straightforward menu, they also provide plenty of typical brunch favourites to satisfy the crowds' insatiable appetites for coffee. In addition, you'll never get bored because the coffee roasted on-site is constantly changing.

Timings: Monday- Friday: 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
                    Saturday- Sunday: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

2. Circa Espresso

Circa Espresso serves the greatest coffee and breakfast in Parramatta and offers seasonal cuisine and coffee menus. The staff at Circa will make you feel comfortable and at home, and the menu is full of creative Middle-Eastern flavours.

You can't resist the wild fermented whole wheat pancake served with a basil salad and drizzled with maple syrup, white chocolate crème fraiche, peach, and crushed pistachios. Additionally, keep your phone out of sight and refrain from bringing it with you, as this is a tech-free zone.

Timings - Monday- Friday 7:00 am to 2:30 pm               
                    Saturday- Sunday 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

3. Matinee Coffee

The Matinee Coffee in Marrickville has a touch of old-school charm and offers a delectable all-day menu, a tonne of house-made pastries, and a tonne of vegan and vegetarian options. It is a unique cafe with enough room and colour to last you the whole week.

The cafe's 80 seats are ideal for large groups and can also be used as a function space.

Timings: Monday- Sunday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

4. Jarern Chai Grocer and Boon Cafe

In the centre of Sydney's CBD, there is a speciality grocery store called Jarern Chai Grocer and Boon Cafe, which also functions as a charming café.

Thailand-imported fresh ingredients are employed in the cafe's unique cuisine. Western and Thai dishes are seamlessly incorporated into the menu. Open for breakfast and dinner, you can stop by any time of the day for a hearty Thai meal and a cup of authentic Thai red tea.

Timings: Monday - Sunday 8:00 am to 12:00 am

5. The Grounds of the City

The Grounds of Alexandria is a must-visit destination for Sydneysiders, but the team has now built another retreat for you to enjoy.

It is liked by many even though it is really different, with dark lighting, booth seating, and a Parisian vibe. There is no need to leave if you eat something from the all-day menu during the day and stay until sunset for drinks and bar snacks.

Timings - Monday- Wednesday 7:30 am to 3:30 pm               
                       Thursday- Friday 7:30 am to 9:00 pm                
                       Saturday 8:00 am to 9:00 pm                
                       Sunday  8:00 am to 3:45 pm

6. Old Culture Newtown 

Old Culture Newtown, which opened in November 2020, has been the group's largest initiative to date and has quickly established itself as one of Newtown's top wine bars and Cafés in Sydney.

Here you are given a view of the two-level hybrid area with a bar, restaurant, and now cafe as soon as you enter the venue's front door. It includes traditional items like the Bacon Butty and sweet and salty atomic bombs like buttermilk pancakes with banana and miso caramel sauce.

Timings - Monday - Wednesday 7:00 am to 12:00 am               
                       Thursday - Saturday 7:00 am to 2:00 am                 
                        Sunday - 7:00 am to 10:00 pm

7. Three Blue Ducks

This eco-friendly café is making a big difference with many sites throughout NSW. Three Blue Ducks takes a direct approach to dining and has a passion for ethical and real cuisine. The team prioritizes locally grown and sustainably farmed produce to achieve this.

On a Wednesday morning, this Bronte Cafes outside space will instantly take you to a north coast tropical vacation.

Timings - Sunday - Monday 6:30 am to 2:30 pm               
                       Wednesday - Saturday 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

8. Blackbird Cafe

The most recognisable restaurant in Darling Harbour is Blackbird, which serves some of the finest Australian cuisine. Enjoy Blackbird Cafe's modern Australian food with an expansive menu available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while having the best view of Darling Harbour, which is located in the famous Cockle Bay Wharf dining district.

You can also grab a seat at the bar, where an in-house expert serves up some of the most incredible drinks in Darling Harbour.

Timings - Monday - Thursday - 11:00 am to 8:30 pm              
                      Friday - 11:00 am to 10:30 pm               
                      Saturday - 9:00 am to 10:30 pm               
                      Sunday - 9:00 am to 10:30 pm

9. Good Chemistry

This cafe attracts the trendy, creative crowd that congregates daily at the Ace Hotel, and at night it also functions as a bar. The setting is industrial, with green tiles, a communal table, and smart magazines.

You can meet your friends over apple Danishes or toasties with spicy salami and cheese and superb Mecca coffee, then return at night for a native negroni.

Timings - Tuesday - Saturday 5:30 pm till late night

10. Regiment

Regiment is a crowded cafe with glass walls located directly on George Street's busiest stretch. When you walk in, you are met by two stylish white Synesso Hydras, cosy lighting, blond wood, and a wall stocked with everything you need to create a delicious cup of coffee.

Cold-pressed juices, kombucha on tap, and turmeric lattes are also available at this great Cafe in Sydney.

Timings - Monday to Friday 6:30 am to 3:30 pm

11. Fossix Coffee

Since its establishment in 2016, Fossix Coffee has been providing delicious meals and exceptional coffee on Pitt Street.

The cafe, owned by entrepreneur Jeremy Glass and chef Sean Kiely, features homemade pastries, cakes, and other sweet delicacies that stand apart from the typical food in CBD cafeterias. In addition, espressos and iced coffees are created in this foyer cafe using a variety of coffee, including single-origin blends from Sample Coffee.

When you are hungry, you can browse the takeout breakfast and lunch menu, which includes items like smoked salmon bagels, croissants, and BBQ pulled pork wraps, or you can select from a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives.

Timings - Monday - Friday - 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

12. The Bearded Baristaa

The Bearded Barista is Sydney Park's newest go-to place for coffee and brunch; it opened in late 2021. It's the ideal location for a park pit stop because it is integrated into a brand-new residential building on the park's western edge.

When you arrive at the cafe's front espresso bar for takeout, you will probably meet the co-owner, Khaled Alfas with his gigantic beard. If you want to hang around for a bit, go to the courtyard in the back and relax.

Cafe classics with a Middle Eastern touch may be found here, such as sujuk hummus on toast, loaded baklava toast, and a fiery basturma Reuben sandwich. Another highlight of this place is the best coffee served here.

Timings - Monday - Sunday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

13. Happyfield

Happyfield is a vibrant yellow corner cafe that Jesse Orleans and Chris Theodosi opened in 2020.

It offers fantastic food and, as the name implies, a genuinely joyful atmosphere. The "McLovin Muffin," a breakfast burger that will rival your weekend order from Maccas, and the "NYC Reuben," which is made with grilled New York-style pastrami, are just a few of the menu items that make Happyfield popular. However, its pancake stacks are its best-known work.

Take on the unofficial "pancake challenge" here if you consider yourself a big eater by devouring 15 pancakes or more in 45 minutes for a spot on the wall of pancake glory.

Timings - Friday - Saturday 7:30 am to 3:30 pm 

14. Cuppa Flower, Waterloo and Mascot

As Cuppa Flower is a floral and café hybrid, there are undoubtedly many photo opportunities there. This café consistently ranks among one of the most attractive Cafes in Sydney.

Try the fancy pancakes, acai bowls, and smoothies if you want to add some colour to your feed, or start taking pictures of their numerous stunning flowered walls.

Timings - Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm               
                       Saturday- Sunday 8:00 am to 3;00 pm

15. Cafe Monstera, Mosman

Café Monstera has left quite a lasting impression on Instagram addicts and brunch enthusiasts at the same time.

This café is a generous offering from the owners of Celcius Coffee Co. and is situated right at the edge of the ferry port, so you know the food and ambience will be excellent. The design is stunning, with lush green interiors and an antique, rustic row boat hanging overhead, in addition to the stunning blue oceans all around.

Timings- Monday - Friday 6:30 am to 1:00 pm               
                      Saturday- Sunday 8:00 am to 1:30 pm 

16. Skittle Lane, King Street

Skittle Lane is a coffee lover's haven among Cafes in Sydney. This is a popular hangout for coffee lovers because here, you will have your own special seasonal mix. However, the café itself is very excellent. The area offers stylish, contemporary decor and wonderful natural light that pours in from all sides. This is the place to go if you want tidy, well-lit areas free of unnecessary stuff..

Timings - Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm               
                      Saturday - Sunday are closed

17. Abattoir Blues

Visit the family-run Abattoir Blues Cafe in Sydney Olympic Park for a complete brunch that includes limitless antipasto, house-made Egyptian rose tea, and big meals.

Two house specialities include the green pea hummus toast with heirloom cherry tomatoes, powdered beetroot powder, and pumpkin seeds and Elevated Toastie with wood-smoked scamorza, prosciutto, and vincotto.

Timings - Sunday- Monday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm     
                       Tuesday- Saturday 8:00 am to 2:00pm, 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm


Having listed some of the best cafes in Sydney, we can say that it is a must for you to visit these cafes as they continue to push the boundaries with their incredibly inventive menu options, amusing twists on traditional foods, eye-popping décor, intricate neon and flower mash-ups, and coffee — lots of seriously fantastic coffee.

This post was published by Saba Fakhr

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