Although it’s renowned for its picturesque harbour, signature sunny days, and many nature outings, Sydney city also serves up a mean coffee. Home to a thriving café culture, Sydney boasts an almost seemingly endless abundance of coffee shops and casual eateries each with their own stylish interiors, signature dishes and a handful of individual quirks.
Start planning where you’ll enjoy your next coffee in the harbour city with our picks of Sydney’s best cafés.
Tucked away in Redfern, Three Williams is local favourite that offers a menu packed with all day dishes including hearty breakfasts, delightful salads and mouth-watering mains. Decorated in a semi-industrial warehouse style, the café features a vibrant atmosphere, a stroller ramp and a kids corner, making it a prime pick for families. Be sure to ask the café’s friendly staff if there are any daily specials available, as you might have the chance to sample the kitchen’s latest creations.
Soak up stunning views of Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach while treating yourself to Trio’s extensive menu of breakfasts, salads, gourmet sandwiches, hot mains, freshly squeezed juices and more. Positioned on Bondi’s popular Campbell Parade, a visit to Trio presents the perfect opportunity to watch the waves roll in while savouring flavour-packed Middle Eastern and Mediterranean inspired dishes.
Decorated in a classically Scandinavian fashion, complete with sunny splashes of yellow, this north shore favourite, found only a short walk from Manly Wharf, will be sure to tantalise your tastebuds. Sink your teeth into a menu packed with Swedish favourites, including meatballs, cured salmon and elderflower cordial, or treat yourself to the café’s delectable house-made desserts.
Get your fix of contemporary art, good food and panoramic views from the comfort of the MCA Café. Located within the Museum of Contemporary Art, the café offers a varied menu filled with sweet treats, fresh salads and hearty mains, all served against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Sit and enjoy views of the Sydney Opera House or watch the ferries come and go while enjoying a tipple from the café’s extensive drinks list.
Whether you’re after a light brunch and coffee, or a Sunday morning pick-me-up, Cronulla’s INC Café offers a haven for those wanting to unwind in a kooky and eclectic spot. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this Cronulla staple is open late most nights of the week, making it a perfect destination for a coffee after an evening sampling some of the The Shire’s great dining fares.
Housed beneath the pale green domes of the historic Queen Victoria Building, The Palace Tea Room exudes the sophistication and elegance of the Victorian era. Settle in for a traditional afternoon tea served with fine bone china or treat your tastebuds to a selection of delectable breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Stocked with a range of aromatic teas, a visit to the tea rooms is made complete with the venue’s luxe furnishings and moreish flavours.
Helmed by bean wizard Joaquin Hernandez, this spot is open 24 hours, seven days a week throughout the year, making it a tried and tested staple of Potts Point’s dining scene. Well suited to the bustling, all-hours lifestyle of Kings Cross and its neighbouring suburbs of Potts Point and Darlinghurst, this spot on Kings Cross Road has been serving up quality coffees since the 70s.
Found close to Central Station, Sydney’s major transport hub, Surry Hills boasts a thriving and eclectic café scene. Serving dishes inspired by Central and South America, Reuben Hills is one of the suburb’s popular go-to destinations for flavoursome all day breakfasts and internationally sourced specialty coffees. Home to a menu unlike anywhere else, after a meal here you’ll be sure to realise how this café has become a Surry Hills essential pick.
Open daily from 7am to 12am, this Inner West eatery is an ideal place to sip a coffee and watch the world, and some of Newtown’s eccentric residents, go by. Positioned on the suburb’s popular King Street, you’ll find a selection of well priced dishes served in generous portions and hearty varieties. Only a short walk from Newtown Station, the café also acts as a great starting point for discovering all that inner city suburb has to offer.
What this Surry Hills institution lacks in size, it sure does make up for in flavour. Serving all manner of artisan breads, pastries and sweet treats, the bakery, found on Surry Hills’ shady Bourke Street, is a great location for soaking up the early morning sun or catching up with friends over coffee. If you’re stopping by the bakery, be sure to keep an eye out for delicious daily specials.
Whether you’re a local looking for a new spot for Sunday brunch, or a staying in the harbour city, Sydney’s café culture is worth travelling for! Take a look at Webjet’s flights to Sydney and find the cheapest time to travel to the bustling capital of NSW.