Good Meals Information 2022: Prime 50 Sydney cafes

Good Food Guide 2022 Top 50 Sydney cafes

The perfect Sydney’s cafe tradition, introduced by Vittoria Espresso, from Italian-style espresso pit stops and Thai brunch to Japanese sandwich bars and beachside bagel homes.

Ashfield Apothecary


Proprietor Mandeep Bhusal says the whole lot on the quick menu of this neighbourhood cafe is made with “heaps of affection”, from the pastrami, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut sambos to the Persian love cake. Even the specialty espresso, that includes rotating worldwide roasters on espresso, and Single O Paradox for milk coffees.

19 Charlotte St, Ashfield, 0423 495 012

At Impartial


From the coffee-smart group behind north Willoughby’s SML Cafe and Roseville’s Calibrate, this smooth, ridge-timbered cafe brings specialty espresso, house-cured salmon on toast and a 16-hour slow-cooked brisket burger to Impartial Bay.

9 Rangers Rd, Impartial Bay

Bar Lucio pastries

Pastries on the counter at Bar Lucio. Photograph: Equipped

Bar Lucio


What a charmer. This little nook espresso bar in Kensington belongs to Lucio de Falco of Lucio Pizzeria, which suggests the croissant and panini are baked within the pizzeria’s wood-fired ovens. Caffe DM espresso is nice and nutty, finest taken on the terrace with a Nutella-filled bomboloni.

12 Lenthall St, Kensington, 02 9663 0693



Joe, Anthony and Carmelo Cipri opened this molto Italiano cafe and pasta workshop proper subsequent door to the Cipri mothership in 2018, bringing Paddington that bit nearer to Italy. Come for recent pastries, artisan gelato, Toby’s Property Broadway Mix espresso – and that carbonara Australiano.

2-8 Elizabeth St, Paddington, 02 9331 0088, barbetta.com.au

Barrel One Roasters


After beginning life in a Brookvale storage, they’ve now rolled out the barrel to Manly and Cromer, with Single O beans within the grinder. New York-style bagels are the go, making the pastrami, pickle and cheddar Breakfast Bagel now formally A Factor.

40 East Esp, Manly, 02 8386 5669, barrelonecoffee.com



Tom Eadie’s authentic bakery cafe (there are actually 4 throughout Sydney’s north shore and northern seashores), places on an off-the-cuff sandwich and Single O espresso entrance. However behind the whole lot lies a bustling bakery run on sustainable ideas, proper all the way down to the domestically grown wheat floor into flour on the in-house stone mill.

8 William St, Brookvale, 02 9905 3455, berkelo.com.au

Blackwood Pantry 
Smashed avo
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Blackwood’s smashed avo. Photograph: Equipped

Blackwood Pantry


Come for the makings of a seaside picnic and Reformatory’s caffeine. The pastel tones of this laneway cafe are oh-so-summery, and the nourish bowls and large egg and bacon rolls will set you up for the day.

Store 5, 33 Surf Ln, Cronulla, 02 9544 4857, blackwoodpantry.com.au

Boathouse Kiosk


Perched out over the water at Rose Bay, the Kiosk is so busy, you will have to attend for a desk, then queue to order. However what worth sitting amid luxurious yacht moorings, seagulls and the Boaties’ famously good fish and chips with a spritz?

594 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay, 02 9189 5259, theboathouserosebay.com.au/rose-bay-kiosk

52 Best Brunches Boon Cafe, Haymarket
Dish : Bacon and egg congee
Photograph by Jennifer Soo (photographer on contract, no restrictions)

Bacon and egg congee at Boon. Photograph: Jennifer Soo

Boon Cafe


Boon pioneered the right fusion of Asia and Australia in cafe kind, stuffing croissants with pandan cream, and piling fiery Issan curries on sourdough toast. It is set inside a bustling Thai grocery store and recent produce retailer. Magic.

1/425 Pitt St, Haymarket, 02 9281 2114

The Bower


You’d come to Hartmut and Lidia Schacker’s sunny little diner for the beautiful water views throughout to Shelly Seaside alone. However the massive brekkie burger, inexperienced goddess bowl, breakfast mimosa cocktails and Single O chilly brew espresso are simply as massive a draw.

7 Marine Pde, Manly, 0451 343 339, thebowermanly.com.au

Bread & Circus - ham sandwich

An open ham sandwich from Bread & Circus. Photograph: Megan Johnston

Bread & Circus


Amanda Bechara’s full of life communal canteen brings a brand new stage of deliciousness to recent, wholesome consuming. The tea checklist is phenomenal, and Marvel St’s Every day Grind espresso is simply the ticket with an natural salad, sambo or parmesan not-so-scrambled eggs.

21 Fountain St, Alexandria, 0418 214 425, breadandcircus.com.au



Taiyo Shima’s tiny cafe and bar tucked inside Regent Arcade presents only a few issues, achieved very nicely. Which means rooster and mushroom udon with deliciously chewy noodles, richly flavoured Sew espresso and vibrant, matcha-green cheesecake.

Regent Place, 501 George St, Sydney, 02 9286 3383

Cherry Moon Normal Retailer


Meet Apollonia, the mighty wood-fired baker’s oven on the coronary heart of Kimmy Gastmeier and Aimee Graham’s cottage-core Annandale cafe. Come for the Loggerhead Espresso and the sugary doughnuts full of rose and pistachio custard, and go away with fig leaf sourdough and feather-light focaccia.

77 Nelson St, Annandale, cherrymoongeneralstore.com.au

Circa Espresso


Circa has been Parramatta’s go-to espresso cease since 2010, however no laurels have been rested upon. Little Marionette beans nonetheless ship a potent macchiato and full-bodied caffe latte seven days every week, and the meals runs from buttery brioche French toast to the signature baked eggs.

21 Wentworth St, Parramatta, circaespresso.com.au

52 Best Brunches - Circa Espresso, Parramatta
Dish : Coconut agave nectar and granola.
(handout photo, no credit, no syndication)

Coconut agave nectar and granola at Circa. Photograph: Equipped

Espresso Alchemy


“Inform David we’re transferring,” mentioned the poster on the outdated Addison Highway web site of the much-loved and much-awarded Espresso Alchemy. Don’t fret, Mr Beckham, you will get extra of your favorite Goodness Galileo mix at Clare Lim and Hazel de los Reyes’ new cafe and roastery (it is teal blue – you’ll be able to’t miss it).

87 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville, 02 9516 1997, coffeealchemy.com.au

Edition Coffee Roasters at Steam Mill Lane.

Sunken seating at Version Espresso Roasters. Photograph: Louise Kennerley

Version Espresso Roasters


With its all-black partitions and sunken seating, Version’s dramatic inside is styled on an outdated Japanese farmhouse. Espresso is constantly best-in-class and the meals is cliche-free, from pork katsu curry burger to Japanese souffle pancakes.

60 Darling Dr, Haymarket, editionroasters.com



Little sister to Aggy’s Nook in Balgowlah, Effie’s runs Skittle Lane espresso, croissants and lunch rolls seven days every week. The sunshine, minimal inside is all set to segue right into a lo-fi wine bar with good meals within the evenings, so watch this house.

81 Sydney Rd, Balgowlah

The Fold


For those who’ve not had clove-spiced Sri Lankan love cake, here is your probability. Chef Augustine de Hoedt’s neighbourhood cafe presents an adventurous mixture of avo-on-toast, coconut roti with crisp hoppers and curry, and pastries.

403 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill, 02 8068 2226, thefoldsrilankan.com.au



As a lot a French bistro as a restaurant, Garcon spills outdoors from beneath The Cover right into a grassy park, with the whole lot from crepes and Little Marionette espresso for breakfast, to cassoulet for dinner. Additionally situated at Tramsheds in Forest Lodge.

2 Rosenthal Ave, Lane Cove, 0414 444 551, garcon.com.au

Genovese Coffee House


In Melbourne since 1970, Genovese Espresso has moved into Sydney with usually Italian gusto – observe the retro-modern warehouse setting, on-site roaster and racy Kees Van Der Westen espresso machine. Notice additionally the prosciutto-filled panini and ricotta cannoli.

1-3 Lawrence St, Alexandria, 02 9211 2211, genovesecoffeehouse.com.au

Good Fella Espresso


The group behind The Baron and Tuckshop noticed the necessity for good espresso on this Hills District enterprise park (Single O to the rescue). Meals is “low upkeep” and ranges from a smoked salmon and avocado bagel to miso pumpkin soup with coconut yoghurt.

Unit 7, 5 Celebration Dr, Bella Vista, 0411 928 192, goodfella.co



Father and son group George and Anthony Karnasiotis are the drive behind this snug, up to date cafe/eatery. The Insta-friendly meals all the time comes with a twist – and, in season, recent truffles – and 5 Senses’ Darkish Horse mix is an appropriate match for the cafe’s fudgy chocolate cookies.

23-41 Lindfield Ave, Lindfield, 02 9415 6716, goodfields.com.au

Sweet Stack Pancakes at Happyfield cafe in Haberfield for S Magazine. 9th Decemebr 2020 Photo: Janie Barrett

A candy pancake stack at Happyfield. Photograph: Janie Barrett



If the sunny banana-yellow signage would not offer you a way of happiness and optimism, then get a tray of sentimental, fluffy pancakes with Pepe Saya butter and Canadian maple syrup, stacked with crisp bacon, or a gen-u-ine American burger. Espresso is 5 Senses, even within the chilly brew martini.

96 Ramsay St, Haberfield, 02 9716 5168, happyfield.com.au

Haven Specialty Espresso


Equipment Tran’s little cafe is a haven certainly, with its tranquil light-filled room dedicated to the laboratory-like precision of manufacturing batch brew, pour-over, cold-drip and espresso espresso. Linger even longer for the stylish prawn sandwich with char siu mayo, or attempt the French toast with Earl Gray custard and rose petals.

5 Crewe Pl, Rosebery, havenspecialtycoffee.com.au

Hazelhurst Cafe


What a setting. James Watson’s in style, family-friendly cafe opens to the plush gardens of the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, and comes with well-made Allpress espresso, candy potato waffles, fish and chips and crisp duck salad.

782 Kingsway, Gymea, 02 8536 5755, hazelhurstcafe.com.au

Humble Bakery


Freshly baked from the identical tight-knit group as Argentinean grill-house Porteno (subsequent door), Bastardo (the opposite aspect) and Bodega (behind), this industrial working bakery and gelateria has a everlasting queue for its pig’s head croissant roll and sweetly nostalgic pink-iced finger bun (pictured).

50 Holt St, Surry Hills, 02 8399 1440, humblesydney.com

Business Beans


It is as if it landed from a while sooner or later, and never simply from Melbourne. Espresso comes from faucets linked to hidden La Marzocco Modbar machines, the meals is molecular, and the bubble espresso – cold-brew, condensed milk, soy milk and coffee-soaked tapioca pearls – is wonderful.

38-40 York St, Sydney, 02 9188 8501, industrybeans.com

La Bomba


The espresso is Allpress, the beer is Estrella and chef-owner Nick Stone seems very tasty tapas and jamon-and-eggs on toast, all beneath umbrellas on the road. At evening, it is Potts Level’s very personal tapas crawl as diners transfer subsequent door to sister wine bar, Sopra, for cocktails.

35 Challis Ave, Potts Level, 02 8063 0134, cafelabomba.com.au

Lox, Inventory & Barrel


You’ll be able to nonetheless get your New York deli corned beef Reuben on rye, Gypsy espresso and OG rooster noodle soup at this Bondi brekkie and lunch favorite, however Lox additionally goes international with Balinese rooster and Yemeni beef quick ribs.

140 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Seaside, 02 9300 0368, loxstockandbarrel.com.au



With its retro theatre-lobby inside and breakfast burgers, flathead and chips, and vegan banoffee pancakes, Marrickville was all the time going to like Matinee. Proprietor Charles Cameron is aware of his espresso beans, and the beer is native hero, Grifter.

23 Addison Rd, Marrickville, 02 9519 7591, matineecoffee.com

Moon and Again


It could seem like a Japanese artwork gallery, however Elvan Fan and Carol Yu’s ceramics retailer can be a working cafe with a splendidly handmade high quality. Park your self on a bench with an Artificer espresso or hojicha tea, croffle (croissant turned waffle) or ethereal Mount Fuji chiffon cake.

Store 7, 2 Crewe Pl, Rosebery

Moore Espresso


Wedged between two buildings on the station finish of Moore Avenue, Liverpool, Angelo Nasso’s laneway espresso cart has its personal out of doors seating tucked in behind. Saint Dreux’s Shepherd mix works nicely throughout spana(kopita) rolls, Portuguese tarts and ham and cheese jaffles.

1 Moore St, Liverpool, 0410 341 488

Navy Bear


This Bear is simply as kid-friendly, pooch-friendly and idyllically located as its siblings in Mosman, Clontarf and Kirribilli. Sit out by the water or contained in the Royal Australian Naval Affiliation boatshed, with a fantastic rooster sandwich, sashimi salad, rooster rice, congee and Vittoria espresso.

1C New Seaside Rd, Darling Level, birdandbear.com.au

Ona Espresso


Half cafe and half austere espresso laboratory, that is the way forward for espresso as seen by Canberra’s award-winning Sasa Sestic. Extremely targeted baristas conjure up temperature-controlled, precision-measured pictures of black, white and filter, with premium reserve coffees for the cognoscenti.

140 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville, onacoffee.com.au

Outfield, Yeo Park, Ashfield.  Egg and bacon roll. 11th October 2019 Photo: Louise Kennerley SMH GOOD FOOD

Outfield’s egg and bacon roll. Photograph: Louise Kennerley



This place comes with a park, a cricket pitch and a bandstand. It additionally has velvety Sew espresso, Moroccan spiced tea, and bagels, boreks and egg and bacon rolls. Picnic packs, full with rugs and tray tables, will be organized.

Yeo Park, 230 Victoria St, Ashfield, outfield.com.au

Paramount Espresso Venture


Situated within the cool, collaborative house of Paramount Home, PCP is your go-to for a formidable rotation of visitor coffees, in-and-out seating and a so-not-boring cafe menu. Look out for weekend drops of morning buns and cheese croissants from A.P. Breads.

80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills, 0410 311 494, paramountcoffeeproject.com.au



A Milanese-style cafe connected to Restaurant Leo, this Italian charmer is from LuMi’s Federico Zannellato and Oscillate Wildly’s Karl Firla. Anticipate spuntini (snacks), pasticcini (pastries), Roman-style pizza, Little Marionette espresso, and batch-made, seasonally altering cocktails.

2 Angel Pl, Sydney, piccoleo.com.au



In Could 2020, Andrew Hardjasudarma and Yuvi Thu opened a pop-up throughout the lane from their tiny Room 10. As occurs, the pop-up went everlasting, with a menu that straddles breakfast and lunch with tuna salads, tacky wagyu pastrami bagels, peanut butter cookies and nice Mecca espresso.

4/29 Orwell St, Potts Level, 0432 445 342

Porch and Parlour


The inexperienced pea pancake is a neighborhood legend, however P&P preserve constructing within the element, growing an aesthetic uncommon within the cafe world (observe the brand new huggable, holdable espresso cups from Porch Ceramics). Days segue into leisurely evenings of cocktails and snacks by the ocean.

17-18/110 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi, 02 9300 0111, porchandparlour.com

Sammy Junior opens opposite the CBD Hotel in Sydney
Tomato and basil panini
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Cocktails and panini at Sammy Junior. Photograph: Equipped

Sammy Junior


This is a dilemma for our occasions – an espresso, or an espresso martini? Sammy Junior’s espresso cocktail champion barista and barman Martin Hudak presents double the caffeine enjoyable on this swellegant, high-detail, metropolis bar/cafe. We are saying each. No judgment right here.

66 King St, Sydney, maybesammyjunior.com



This little sandwich bar places collectively exactly engineered Japanese sandwiches (pictured) made with smooth, ethereal, milk bread, full of crumbed pork, or strawberries and cream. It is too tiny to do little greater than takeaway, however add a smoothie or Single O espresso to go.

Store 3, 113-115 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, 0491 092 958, sandoitchi.com.au

Single O


The Single O story began proper right here in 2003 with an on-site roastery and a much-loved bare-bones cafe. Lately, it is grown into an enormous, buzzy nook cafe with a full of life menu and its personal laneway brew bar, showcasing management on all issues sustainable and moral.

60-64 Reservoir St, Surry Hills, 02 9211 0665, singleo.com.au

Skittle Lane


The identify comes from the laneway adjoining the unique CBD cafe, as soon as used as a bowling alley by troopers and sailors. This newer Bondi outlet shares the identical gentle, minimalist Scandi really feel, full-bodied Skittle Lane espresso, and easy toasties and tartines.

135 Curlewis St, Bondi Seaside, skittlelane.com

Soul Deli Shop, Surry Hills. 7th April 2021 Photo Louise Kennerley SUN HERALD

A number of Korean-inspied breakfasts at Soul Deli. Photograph: Louise Kennerley

Soul Deli


This brunch-centric white-walled cafe and deli can be a showcase for Korean meals, tradition and ingenuity. Daero Lee and Illa Kim have curated house-made kimchi, Korean groceries and a menu of rice bowls and smashed avo and kimchi toasties, with espresso from Dan Kim of Major Espresso Roasters.

Store 1, 185 Campbell St, Surry Hills, souldeli.com.au

Soulmate Espresso


This curvy nook web site attracts crowds for its sunny road consuming, Philadelphia-style deli hoagies and chilly brews of oat milk and maple. Inside is gentle and vivid, with gleaming free-pour faucets of batch brews from visitor roasters, curated by Single O.

39 Phillip St, Newtown, soulmatecoffee.com.au



David Allison used to run a enterprise catering for Qantas first-class passengers. Now he is redefining the inner-city cafe behind a roller-door and feeding Marrickville with first-class produce from his personal natural farm, from oyster mushrooms with truffle butter to creme brulee brioche.

20 Chapel St, Marrickville, stix.com.au



With its out of doors tables overlooking the park, Substation is sort of a little nation cafe within the coronary heart of Rosebery. Espresso is Single O made with care, and the meals is vivid and recent, from the wholesome falafel salad to the lemon sponge cake.

128 Rothschild Ave, Rosebery, 0451 142 513, substation.cafe

S Cafe - Redfern. Mango cheese cake Tin Humpy Cafe 24th October 2018 Photo by Louise Kennerley SUN HERALD 

Mango cheesecake on the Tin Humpy Cafe. Photograph: Louise Kennerley

The Tin Humpy Cafe


Bundjalung girl Yvette Lever’s informal eatery in Redfern offers out freshly baked pastries and no-nonsense cafe fare (avo-on-toast), with added curiosity from Indigenous components (kangaroo and wattleseed salad).

137 Redfern St, Redfern, 02 8119 6581

Tokyo Lamington


House owners Min Chai (N2 Excessive Gelato) and Eddie Stewart (Black Star Pastry) had been all set to take Tokyo Lamington to Tokyo. Now, for apparent causes, they’re preserving issues native (yay!) with show-time lammos in fairy bread and Neapolitan themes, and even bacon and egg onigiri.

277 Australia St, Newtown, tokyolamington.com

Went To See The Gypsy


Set in a smooth, fashionable semi-industrial house that is approach completely different to the tiny authentic in Potts Level, this Gypsy is all about twenty first century espresso tradition, with its state-of-the-art Modbar AV espresso faucet system, chilly “flash” brews, vivid lunch bowls and rooster burgers.

76 Mitchell Rd, Alexandria, 02 9319 2826, gypsyespresso.com.au

This text options within the Good Meals Information 2022 journal, revealed on November 30 with presenting companions Citi and Vittoria Espresso, and free with The Sydney Morning Herald. Additionally on sale from December 7 in newsagents and supermarkets.

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