Sydney’s cafe scene continues to surge in 2022. However because it evolves, we’re noticing some new venues don’t match right into a traditional “cafe” mould – so, this yr we’re bringing bakeries and informal eateries into our spherical up of the very best cafe openings of the yr to this point.
There are little holes within the wall devoted merely to providing nice espresso, a restaurant with banging focaccia that’ll transport you to Italy and a bakery from an Iggy’s alumnus that’s altering the sport on the decrease north shore. Listed below are our picks for the very best cafes, bakeries and informal eateries which have opened in Sydney to this point this yr.
AP Bakery, Surry Hills
We’re simply going to come back out and say it: AP Bakery is excellent. We adore it. The bakery and cafe resides on the rooftop of Paramount House Hotel, and the plush house is not only an city oasis amid the town hustle, it’s additionally a hotbed of deliciousness. Standouts embody nearly all the things, however we return for the bread (the bread!), the buttery croissants, the Aleppo pepper-and-asiago-cheese scroll, toasties and pies. It’s run by an all-star line-up: – Russell Beard (proprietor and founding father of Reuben Hills and Paramount Espresso Mission), Mat Lindsay (proprietor and chef at Poly and Ester; and co-owner of Shwarmama), Ping Jin Ng (proprietor and founding father of Golden Age Cinema & Bar and Paramount Home Lodge) and head baker Dougal Muffet (ex-Ester) – they usually’ve simply opened a Newtown venue too, which we wholeheartedly endorse. Reality: Sydney is a greater place with AP Bakery.
Coffee Supreme, Brookvale
Kiwi roaster Espresso Supreme was one of many earliest specialty roasters in Melbourne, and its Brisbane facility has been round since 2014. However its Brookvale cafe and roastery is the corporate’s first bricks-and-mortar house in New South Wales – and it was effectively definitely worth the 20-year wait. Set inside a dream warehouse conversion, it’s the place you’ll discover all of Supreme’s blends and single origin coffees brewing below one huge roof. Plus, a menu of brunch classics (assume bagels and BAE rolls) and selection toasties full of bolognaise and three cheeses, or rooster and taragon. This place can also be a one-stop store promoting each little bit of equipment required to take your home-brew recreation from common to supreme.
Fiore Bread, McMahons Level
Fiore co-owner and lone baker Alberto Dal Bosco has some severe flour energy on his palms. Earlier than this, he was making cracking croissants at Penny Fours, very good sourdough at Iggy’s and primo pizza at Love Supreme, the place he met Fiore co-owner (and companion) Samantha Dean. All that have comes collectively at this tiny McMahons Level bakery, which has the spirit of an Italian alimentari, a little bit grocer the place you’ll be able to seize house-baked sourdough, pantry staples and even a couple of hundred grams of salumi – recent off the slicer – to remove. Additionally, Mecca espresso and elemental sandwiches beginning at $6, with fillings like mortadella and Italian cheese; tomato, bocconcini and basil; or eggplant roasted within the bread oven.
Genovese Coffee House, Alexandria
Alexandria would possibly look like an odd first-cafe location for a 50-year-old Melbourne roasting firm, however when you step contained in the ethereal warehouse on Lawrence Road you’ll see that house is what proprietor Adam Genovese actually wanted to share his household’s love of Italian cafe tradition. At one finish there’s an espresso bar, like these you’d discover in Rome, the place you’ll be able to learn the paper and sip on $2 espressos and be out of the door in a splash. On the different, there’s ’70s-style picket tables and chairs such as you’d discover in an old-school trattoria, however as a substitute right here you’re snacking on a house-roasted porchetta roll that’s like devouring a roast sandwiched in a bun. What actually hits on a wet Sunday morning is a pillow-soft bombolone delivered to your desk on a doily-topped silver platter. It could be a busy industrial suburb outdoors, however in right here it’s a Roman vacation.
Honey & Walnut Patisserie, Dulwich Hill
Slicing into the thick-crusted spanakopita – a swirl of potato, spinach and feta – at Honey & Walnut in Dulwich Hill is satisfying stuff. It’s one of many new patisserie’s secret weapons – scorching lunches lovingly made by the homeowners’ mums which are filling, comforting and constructed from household recipes. That features their beef and lamb sausage rolls, moussaka and pastitsio (Greek beef pasta bake). However to saunter out of a bakery with simply savoury objects is an enormous mistake, enormous. As a result of the European-style patisserie has glass cupboards filled with a rainbow of truffles, from strawberry-topped black forest gateau to delicate, creamy mille-feuille and dense fig, honey and walnut cheesecake. Our recommendation? Ask for a range and sit at one of many marble tables indoors to savour each one.
Ickle Coffee, Kinsgrove
Ickle Espresso is a pleasant burst of color on Kingsgrove’s reasonably drab excessive road. Step contained in the pastel house for among the best cups of espresso you’ll discover this facet of the Princes Freeway. Ickle began out a espresso roaster (it roasts all its personal beans in Alexandria), and proprietor Rowena Chansiri’s wrestle to seek out good espresso within the space in the course of the pandemic led her to open a restaurant to serve the wants of locals. And low is totally entrance and centre right here. Chansiri is an knowledgeable. She’ll fortunately information you thru what beans will go greatest together with your favorite espresso, flavour profiles and what’s going to work greatest with your private home espresso gear. Or, simply let the in-house baristas do the laborious yards and accept some quiet time within the quirky house. Whereas Ickle is so coffee-centric it didn’t even apply to council to serve its personal meals, you may get pastries from Tuga and gluten-free fare from Little Secrets and techniques Bakehouse. Whereas Chansiri might have craved the cafes of Surry Hills and the inside west throughout lockdown, we will wager punters in these areas will now make return visits to her personal creation.
Junior Specialty Coffee, Crows Nest
Ask Parramatta locals their favorite espresso joint and one title is more likely to come up time and time once more: Circa Espresso. Now, the great individuals of Crows Nest can get a style of Circa by way of Junior Specialty Espresso, a small-but-mighty espresso bar opened by the identical crew. It’s serving Circa’s excellent house-roasted espresso, in espresso, filter, cold-brew and pour-over codecs. And in addition to fuelling up on caffeine, there’s a good menu of meals that proprietor Aykut Sayan says you’ll be able to “get pleasure from on daily basis”, by Reko Styman, the chef who helped open Circa greater than a decade in the past. Whilst you can load up on three-cheese and ham toasties and bagels with Wagyu, Junior is one other cafe placing espresso above all else, in an approachable approach – and positively warrants return visits.
Only Coffee Project, Crows Nest
No chai lattes, and positively no decaf. Samuel Lee and Quinton Ng are so dedicated to their schtick, they’ve given their new specialty espresso nook a reputation that claims all of it. However they didn’t cease there – the espresso machine sits on the entrance to the store like a shrine to the bean. You possibly can sit beside it and ponder your glorious brew with a easy soundtrack emanating from the cafe’s in-built Transparent Speaker. Together with Primary and Market Lane, that is presently the one place in Australia you’ll discover Sey Coffee, a Brooklyn, New York-based roastery thought-about one of many US’s greatest. Strive it in filter format or seize a bag of complete beans to take dwelling. Simply be warned – these things comes with a hefty price ticket.
Two Good Co Cafe, Darlinghurst
We have been already enamoured by the superb work Two Good Co does to help ladies prone to home violence and homelessness, most notably its buy-one-give-one meal mannequin. Now the social enterprise has opened its first cafe – a hanging bronze-trimmed magnificence inside a sandstone heritage-listed former church on Liverpool Road – now Yirranma Place, a brand new hub based by the Paul Ramsay Basis, which works to interrupt cycles of drawback. The kitchen is run by Heather Cook dinner, who continues Two Good’s legacy of working with a few of the world’s most famed cooks, and the employees are made up of graduates of Two Good Co’s Work Work program. Alongside cafe staples, the cooks will create month-to-month specials, and it kicked off with Three Blue Ducks’ Darren Robertson. Come for the oozie cauliflower-cheese toastie, keep for the stunning surrounds, and go away feeling such as you’re serving to Two Good Co do its fantastic work.
Honourable point out
Sandy’s opened in the direction of the tip of 2021, simply lacking the cut-off for our end-of-year best-ofs. But it surely deserves a look-in for its recent and attractive sandwiches by two hospo weapons – Andy Emerson, who co-founded beloved Rushcutters Bay diner Acme, and Jesse McTavish, who opened (and has since offered) massively common Melbourne cafe Kettle Black and was head chef at North Bondi Fish. The 2 are additionally behind Bar Elvina, which sits simply upstairs, and has turn into a favorite hang-out for northern seashores locals. Wet days name for ham and cheese toasties with a zingy pickle, whereas huge appetites would do effectively to order the Schnitty Sandy, which heaves with rooster schnitzel, chipotle onion jam and Caesar dressing. It’s a more-than-welcome addition to the neighbourhood, and one more signifier of Sydney’s sandwich renaissance.