Slowly but surely Redfern is becoming a hip little inner city suburb that's worth exploring. From its cute cafes to decent bars and restaurants, there's something for everyone. Coffeeholics should visit Coffee Tea & Me as a starting point.
I know that it includes 'tea' in the title, but who drinks tea anymore nowadays? I kid. I like drinking tea just as much as I like coffee, but on certain days you just really crave that caffeine fix that an English Breakfast just won't live up to.
At any rate, on a lovely Saturday morning (and 'morning' is quite loosely defined here) I met a friend at Coffee Tea & Me for a hit of caffeine and bagel scrumptiousness.
This friend had asked to be referred to as Captain Adventure in these reviews, but I'm not convinced. So we'll stick with 'my friend' for the time being. 'My friend' and I ordered our coffees and bagels and found a seat outside.
Let us first discuss how tiny this place is. It's like a hole in the wall with barely enough space to fit the coffee machine, cash register and the capacity for maybe five standing human beings.
Random and mismatched furniture line the walkway. The only available spot for us is the table with bike saddles for stools. Yes, you heard me right. Here's a picture so that you believe me.
Though it's not the most comfortable seat in the world, I'm impressed by the creativity and quirk factor. Various dogs roamed the streets as we sat high up on our bike saddles. I highly recommend dog watching in Redfern as a fun, free thing to do on the weekend (if you like dogs, that is).
Bagels are plopped on our table soon after. Captain Adventure (okay, I give in - having a superhero for a friend seems kind of fun) has the ham, cheese and tomato bagel. I go with the simplest option of cheese, tomato and basil.
The slightly sweet taste is reminiscent of Asian bread (think Bread Top or Barby's), but I like it. Some might not be as partial to the sweetness of it, but it's just a matter of personal preference.
The coffee and bagel deals here are pretty good. A coffee plus bagel will cost you from $5.90. It's no surprise that it's always packed and a large crowd of people waiting for takeaway coffees assembles on the street.
Love the woodwork and the food, not big on the ashtray. Hope that those who need to exist beyond the urban fringe dwelling existence have not been pushed out to make room for the urban climbers.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Thursday, 18th of August @ 12:56 am
Those bagels look quite tasty, I love bread when it is slightly sweet so I reckon they'd be right up my alley. The whole cafe seems like an interesting idea, although I'm not sure I'd be too keen on the bike seat! It does look pretty cool though.