This trendy inner west locale has become a great social and cultural hub of Sydney near Balmain. Rozelle has taken a world of it's own, and what is also cool about Rozelle is that it only takes 10 minutes by bus to and from the city to get there.
Talk about cafe society, and many coffee outings with friends later: here are the best three establishments to enjoy a latte or flat white - whatever type of espresso coffee takes your fancy.
Rosebud at 654 Darling Street serves coffee (although not the best coffee one has had to date) that will want you coming back for more with a great ambience to match. It is a pity (new owners) that full table service is not provided. You need to order at the counter, and then your coffee is brought out to you. Great, friendly staff and baristas. The aroma is just inviting and the coffee is of a high quality standard without reaching for the sugar. And while I am there, I also go for their eggs benedict or their organic eggs with sourdough bread. If I am not in the mood for a cafe latte, I go for a chai latte instead, and it is just delicious and milky with the spice factor being not too spicy.
Nearby, another cafe worthy of your consideration is Bar Lazio right across the road from Rosebud as you are heading away from Balmain at 656 Darling Street. A much more laid back atmosphere than Rosebud, and their coffee has a strong aroma and flavour to it. This establishment definitely uses quality arabica coffee beans. A latte is worth it, although the problem is this establishment closes quite early.
And finally, Zest Patisserie at 569 Darling Street is an emerging contender giving all the other coffee establishments in iconic and popular Darling Street a good run for their money. Strong and milky. Their occasional $5 coffee and cake deals make the experience worth it, and the seating area is cute and cozy.