Coffee Cornucopias of Sydney

Not only does coffee keep you awake on Monday mornings, but it also is simply one of the world’s simple pleasures that some people just can’t live without. Sydney is home to some of Australia’s best coffee, and here I have some of the most recommended spots for your fix!

  • Coffee Alchemy

24 Addison Road, Marrickville | https://coffeealchemy.com.au

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There’s no cake or pastry sold to accompany your coffee – but it’s because you don’t need them. The people at Coffee Alchemy sourced their beans from the farmers directly and roasted them in-house – needless to say, they are all about the coffee. You can also buy the beans here – I recommend the Sibila’s Brew variant.

  • Single Origin Roasters

60-64 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills | http://singleo.com.au/

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As the name suggests, the café is proud to use fair trade beans. In the café’s brew bar, you can choose how you want the coffee to be prepared – poured over, aero pressed or through a cold filter. SOR also serves a range of breakfast dishes as well as cakes and pastries.

  • Ruby’s Diner

1/173-179 Bronte Road, Waverley | http://www.rubysdiner.com.au/

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Ruby’s use of quality Single Origin beans distinguishes their coffee from the rest. On top of this, the place also serves great food, ranging from healthy brunch menus (House-made Superfood Banana Loaf, Quinoa and Raw Beetroot Salad) to indulgent desserts (Brownie and Wellness by Tess Nutessa).

  • Grind

4/15 Surf Road, Cronulla

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As a popular spot for locals, Grind is not to be missed if you are visiting. Enjoy a wide variety of coffee drinks in the café, or take them away to the Cronulla Beach nearby.

  • Brewtown Newtown

6-8 O’Connell Street, Newtown | http://www.brewtownnewtown.com/

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The place is as famous for its cronut range as it is for the coffee. The beans are roasted on the site most days, and available for customers to buy. Match your coffee with their brunch menus – if you don’t mind something fatty, try out the Elvis burger that has cronut buns, bacon, and thick-cut chips.

These are my version of the top five coffee places in Sydney. What’s your favorite?

A Day Out In Surry Hills: For Beginners

As described by local residents, Surry Hills is ‘a melting pot of cultures’ located in the inner city eastern suburb of Sydney. Picture a second cousin of Newtown fused with a few industrial, commercial and residential areas. It’s also a creative hub where hipsters from all around the city gather to Instagram their visits. From the borders of Elizabeth and Chalmer’s Street to the outskirts of Crown, Surry Hills is a thriving destination for food with its many choices of restaurants and cafés and a fantastic place to go shopping. To kickstart your own visit, I’ve crafted a short list as a guide to help you explore the best of Surry Hills:

1. Firedoor, Mary Street (https://www.firedoor.com.au/): 
If a community of pyromaniacs were to come together and create a restaurant, that restaurant would be the Firedoor. A place dedicated to cooking premium Australian food in the purest form using, you guessed it, fire.

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2. Bishop Sessa, Crown St (http://bishopsessa.com.au/): 
For an affordable pseudo-fine dining experience, Bishop Sessa offers a delightful dinner with a choice of an a la carté menu or the degustation course (six dishes for only $77 pp), a recommended place for a romantic date.

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Source: https://enzovivo.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/257510.jpg

3. Porteno, Cleveland St (http://www.porteno.com.au/)
Porteno is a popular Argentinian restaurant in the heart of Cleveland St that only produces the finest culinary creations with variations that cater to meat lovers, vegetarians, and seafood lovers.

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4. Suzi Q Coffee & Records, Hutchinson St (http://www.suzieqcoffee.com.au/):
For the musos of Sydney, Suzi Q is your sanctuary for tune-age and great food. It’s not only an homage to musical artists and jazz players but also a fine place for a cup of coffee.

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5. Bills, Crown St (http://www.bills.com.au/):
Bills is the ideal place to take your friends for a great brunch on a Saturday morning. I would highly recommend trying their infamous Scrambled Eggs or Ricotta Hotcakes with Honeycomb Butter.

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6. Bodega Tapas, Commonwealth St (http://www.bodegatapas.com/):
Bodega is Porteno’s trendy little sister –  an experimental latino restaurant that is well known for its top-knotch plating and stylish variations of tapas.

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Source: https://www.timeout.com/sydney/restaurants/bodega-tapas-restaurant-bar#tab_panel_2


7.
 Blacksmith, Chalmers St (https://www.facebook.com/blacksmithsurryhills/):
Blacksmith is a local watering hole for Surry Hill residents – from the workers to the creatives. A great place for coffee, lunch with friends or even a place for a few beers after work.

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8. Beresford Hotel, Bourke St (http://merivale.com.au/theberesfordhotel): The Beresford Hotel is more than just your average pub on a Saturday night. It’s a gorgeous venue with a courtyard with food served at the front and a whole lot of partying in the back. A great place to bring your friends for a bite to eat, a few drinks and maybe a post-dinner dancing sesh.

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9. Mum’s Table, Elizabeth St (http://www.mumstablesh.com/): For a cheeky Vietnamese fix, Mum’s Table on Elizabeth gives you an authentic home-made style lunch filled with an array of Vietnamese staple dishes such as pho and vermicelli. Take your friends there, it’s almost un-PHO-gettable.
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10. Shakespeare Hotel, Devonshire St (http://shakespearehotel.com.au/): To eat or not to eat, that isn’t really a question at the Shakespeare Hotel. It’s a quaint little antique space offering a choice of reasonably-priced daily lunch specials and cheap drinks during happy hours.
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The Breakfast Club

Thanks to social media, breakfast has become more than just a basic plate full of bacon and eggs. Thanks to our smart phones, we have redefined what it really means to eat our first meal of the day. We find ourselves tediously poaching our eggs, peppering our smashed avocado, toasting our sourdough bread before documenting and posting our food on Instagram like some sort of weird scrapbook hashtagging our way to popularity. But whether we like it or not, we are all part of that food culture now.

From my own foodie adventures, I’ve gathered a list of examples which celebrate that Instagram culture:

The Grounds (Alexandria) http://thegrounds.com.au/
The Grounds Of Alexandria is a hipster paradise where everyone takes flatlays of their food. It’s a gorgeous place split into three unique districts: “The Cafe”, “The Potting Shed” and “The Garden” where you have a choice in where you want to eat. You can wonder around the garden, purchase a few (expensive) beautiful pastries and home-grown flowers at the market place and even stop by the petting zoo to pat some animals because why not.

Dr Faustus (Surry Hills)
Eating at Dr Faustus cafe is like eating at a vintage roadshow. The interior is filled with antique furniture and quaint baubles and you find yourself travelling back in time as you enjoy your morning coffee in what appears to be similar to grandpa’s basement.
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Devon Cafe (Surry Hills/Waterloo) http://www.devoncafe.com.au/
Tucked inside the heart of Devonshire street, Devon Cafe is an adorable spot to enjoy strong coffee and good food. Recommended for a quick feed with friends or a place to bring work colleagues for meetings.
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The Usual Cafe (Cabramatta) http://www.theusualcafe.com.au/
Cabramatta is the last place you’d expect to have an “aesthetic” brunch date with your friends. But The Usual Cafe does breakfast and coffee with style and for a very affordable price.  
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