Freelance writer, food blogger and Etsy store owner.
Published January 10th 2011
We are lucky in Sydney, in that there are so many places to get a coffee, and so many of these places offer good coffee. So many in fact that it is almost impossible to narrow it down to a few "best" places. Nevertheless, here are a few that stand out for one reason or another.
First of all, Bean Drinking. This cosy joint in Crows Nest is home to a very expensive slayer machine (the rumours are around $30,000). At Bean Drinking you can try coffee in various ways including this slayer-style espresso. Step into their coffee lab for Syphon, Pour Over and Drip Dry coffee. You could also just order your coffee the regular way. Even the regular coffee here is anything but regular. Furthermore, Bean Drinking coffee is proudly environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Another place worth checking out is Toby's Estate in Woolloomooloo. Toby's Estate also has its own cafes at its head office in Chippendale as well as at Potts Point. Numerous establishments across Sydney use Toby's estate coffee and, depending on the barista, usually their coffee will be good.
A boutique coffee roaster worthy of mention is Single Origin Roasters. Single Origin is made up of a creative, but passionate, team who also offer chai, tea and even beer. They have their own cafe in Surry Hills, which serves breakfast and lunch as well as a few assorted sweet treats. Single Origin coffee (and tea) can also be found at select establishments including Burnt Orange, a cafe I highly recommended in a previous article.
The incessant queue at The Source in Mosman gives weight to the argument that the boys at the Source make good coffee. Early this year The Source purchased a Clover machine, another expensive piece of machinery for a different type of coffee (in addition to normal coffee). The Source also have serve food, but seating is pretty limited.
The coffee at Bourke St Bakery is also very good. While you're there perhaps you could pick up a danish, a pie or some bread. You'll find Bourke St Bakery on Bourke Street in Surry Hills and also in Alexandria and Marrickville. Keep in mind however, that Bourke Street Bakery (at least on Bourke St) is infamous for its long lines.
As you can probably tell, this article could continue endlessly. The bottom line is that good coffee is found far and wide across Sydney and it is no surprise that the act of drinking coffee is so engrained in our culture.
Skinny Dip Cafe at Bondi make a great cappuccino with grated good quality chocolate shavings on top of the coffee froth, rather than the standard powder. If your peckish they also make a great all day breakfast and light lunches.
At Charing Cross Bronte Bellagio Cafe make a good professional coffee complete with designs on top of the flat whites and lattes.
By Emma Brown - senior reviewer Tuesday, 30th of November @ 08:10 pm
the sourdough bakery in bondi also do a great coffee with organic options. really rich and smooth!
By julie133 - reader Tuesday, 11th of January @ 08:58 pm
Fabrik in Crows Nest, on Willoughby Rd is always consistently delicious!
By ellef - reader Wednesday, 12th of January @ 04:34 am
Talking about coffee, we shouldn't forget hot chocolate. I believe Lindt chocolate bar serve the best hot chocolate in town. And being located in Darling harbour, they are easy to reach.
I also love the iced coffee there!
By Priyanka - senior writer Wednesday, 12th of January @ 05:21 am
Belgian Hot Chocolate at Matchbox Cafe on Victoria St near Kings Cross is yummy :)
By puspa - reader Friday, 14th of January @ 04:44 am
Bourke St Bakery is one of the worst coffee's in sydney, they are good for pasteries but thats about it. Everyone should try "Pidgeon" on Bourke street at St.Margarets... Fantastic and welcoming warm staff.
By susan163 - reader Sunday, 16th of January @ 10:08 pm
Bill and Tony's in Darlinghurst is a long time favourite since 1964. Always consistent and always tastes the same and with some seating on the footpath to people watch is always relaxing.
By wdonl - reader Monday, 17th of January @ 09:55 pm
'Cafe Negro' on Darling St Rozelle and 'Uno Expresso Cafe' on cnr Park and Elizabeth St in the city have the best and most reliable coffee around with friendly staff and relaxed vibe too; they're both coffee purists and perfectionists!
By TrisSyd - reader Wednesday, 19th of January @ 03:40 am
Centennial Park Cafe is great for coffees and always have cute baristas too!
By tiffa22 - reader Thursday, 17th of February @ 12:03 am
Hopping over the bridge to Manly, you'll find scrumptious coffee at Belgrave Cartel, as well as at Saltmotion which doubles as an amazing surf photography gallery.
By jessi207 - reader Tuesday, 1st of March @ 09:51 pm
The Zinc Macleay Street Potts Point cannot be equalled.
By suem4 - reader Monday, 14th of March @ 10:02 pm