As a writer I am also inherently a procrastinator. I find that I am always writing in notebooks in obscure places like on the bus or as soon as I put my head on my pillow to go to sleep, yet when I sit down to write at my desk I can find a million other things I want to do. When I write at home there are too many distractions, my books that beckon me to do more research, my fridge that doesn't seem to have change its contents no matter how many times I open it and the ultimate culprit of distraction is the Internet. It is because of all these reasons (and more) that I find myself venturing out of the house to write.
As pretentious as it looks, writing in cafes is perfect, providing you don't ask for their wifi password. Cafes give writers their lifeblood (caffeine) and as little distraction as possible. I've scoured the cafes in Sydney to find the perfect ones for writers and any one who needs to put their head down and get some work done. I've found that Surry Hills and The Rocks have the best little hide aways where you can can get trigger happy on inspiration.
Le Monde has won countless awards for having the best coffee in Sydney and it really does have amazing coffee and delicious food but it's also cosy and quiet. It does tend to get busy in the mornings before 9am with everyone getting their pre-work coffee fix but after the morning rush dies down you'll have the perfect writing café until it gets busy again at lunch time but hopefully by then you're well into you're writing trance so you don't even notice.
If you want somewhere that has the best French Toast I've tasted as well as a wonderful place to write, then Kawa fits the bill. Sitting on Crown Street in the early morning watching people go about their business makes this french inspired cafe one of my favourites. Although it gets busy on weekends I find the best time to come is midweek early mornings.
If a room with a view is more your cup of tea then the MCA Café is perfect. Situated on level four of this iconic building, you'll be graced with epic views of Sydney Harbour. I love this café in afternoons and often I switch coffee for a glass of wine. The only thing is, make sure you don't get too distracted by the beautiful view.
The Tea Cosy: The Rocks If you're like me and think tea trumps coffee any day, then this sweet little café should be your next writing destination. I can't explain how much I love this place, especially when there aren't many people about. With a beautiful little courtyard, this café is great in good weather but I've found that when it's pouring outside, this is just the place I want to be with my laptop, a cup of delicious earl grey and incredible home-made scones. Just keep in mind, it can get rather busy on weekends.