Annandale is the inner west treasure in Sydney, filling wide streets with history showcasing heritage homes and old vintage mansions. But for coffee lovers, and those in need of a foodie fix, here are the top five cafes you can find in Annandale.
Revolver, Annandale St
Breakfast classics like sourdough toast, eggs Benedict, brioche French toasts and Bircher mueslis can be found in this refurbished 1890s corner store. Not only is the coffee remarkable but they are known for their excellent service.
Vinery Foods, Johnson St
No one is a fan of Mondays at the Vinery, but they are known to be a classic breakfast hot spot from Tuesday onwards. If you’re into Jazz, they play live Jazz music on Sundays. The Vinery Foods is great for any standard brunch date with a seasonal Modern European menu. Wine lovers will also enjoy their extensive wine selection.
Black Toast Cafe, Booth St
Located inside a split-level converted factory, Black Toast Cafe is an industrial emporium of trendy produce-driven cafe meals. Unconventional in nature, they pride themselves for having a great selection of food and soy coffee.
Fat Fish, Johnson St
The name says it all at the Fat Fish Cafe with their usual servings of locally sourced seafood with salad and chips. Sit streetside as this fish takeaway shop exterior offers a fantastic selection of salads and large portions fit for a fishy feast.
The Cafe Sienna, Annandale St
All-day breakfasts are a luxury that we all deserve, and Sienna does it best serving hearty sandwiches and high tea in a modern style cafe. With its slick and stylish interior, Cafe Sienna is best known for its great coffee and good seating.
The team behind The Grounds of Alexandria is set to open a new Sydney CBD outpost soon in The Galeries.
The new place, named The Grounds of the City, will diverge from Alexandria’s style, inspired by the 1920s hospitality.
“The Grounds of Alexandria is all about bringing families and the local community together, so we started off thinking about who it is that we want to bring together and connect in the city,” said The Grounds co-founder and creative director, Ramzey Choker. “We really got inspired by the 1920s, a time when the inner city was a place for real social gathering and connection between professionals.”
The open-plan kitchen will be serving brasserie-style food from breakfast to dinner, with an option to takeaway. Alongside this, there will also be a barista’s bar with “coffee sommeliers” to guide patrons in their individual coffee experiences.
The new venue will also feature old-fashioned gimmicks such as shoe-shining stations and custom-made cake trolley.
Design studio Acme & Co. is again in charge of the interiors, after working on both The Grounds of Alexandria and Potting Shed. Decors include cast iron doors, pendant lighting, up-cycled timber floors, stained glass windows and marble details.
“We want to create a place that becomes like a city home away from the office and somewhere you want to go that is just really comfortable,” said Choker. “It’s going to be really different, really unique and really special.”
The Grounds of the City is set to open in late May/early June.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. Mum’s Table, Elizabeth St (http://www.mumstablesh.com/):For a cheekyVietnamese 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.