Once upon a time the Hills district of Sydney was known for …. well…er…..not much, I think. But now them thar Hills are singing to the tune of hissing espresso machines. Watch out Surry Hills, your cousin out in the North West is providing some stiff competition when it comes to a great café culture.
So for all of you caffeine addicts out there, here's where you need to go:
This was one of the first hipster joints to open in the area. Australian Independent Roasters aka AIR coffee, is a café that is serious about their coffee and also their food. The limited menu changes regularly and is worth the trek to its suburban industrial location.
The owner of the very popular eatery in Surry Hills is originally a Hill's boy. He decided to open up another store in Castle Hill as he obviously realised that there was a growing population of caffeine deprived residents that needed good coffee and good food and that they needed it now.
With such a sophisticated name one would be forgiven for thinking that they may be going to some posh joint, but no this is a funky little cafe run by some very hip lads and ladettes indeed. The coffee is gold. Who is the Baron I hear you ask? Well he was some dude who knew that the Hills were going to be one day "the" place to be and planted some vines – you know the ones you get wine from, way back when life began in this great country of ours.
Just recently opened, this delicious café is owned by two passionate foodies. The food is a fusion of their heritage – South American and Middle Eastern – and it is seriously good. Oh, and if you need a coffee, it's one of the best I've tasted in the area.
The original Hills café, Little Rock never fails to deliver excellent coffee and even better service. Situated right next to the playscape of Stockland Mall in Baulkham Hills, this is one family friendly café, where parents can enjoy their coffee in peace whilst their little ones are "locked up" in the secure playground.
Another new arrival on the Hill's café scene, Arthur's Café, is getting a name for itself as the most child friendly café in Sydney. Upstairs is the café with open kitchen and a Thomas the Tank Engine play table. Downstairs is a dedicated kids play area where parents can sit back, relax and finally enjoy their hard earned caffeine fix.
Situated almost in the middle of nowhere, Mezze Rouse Hill serves delicious Middle Eastern inspired food and darn good coffee. Definitely worth the effort to travel that bit further into them thar Hills.