Top 5 Cafes in Annandale

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.

Coffee in a Cone is Coming to Australia

Worried about your coffee cups filling up the landfill? An eco-friendly – and indulgent – alternative has arrived in Australia.

Barista Dayne Levinrad has brought Coffee in a Cone to Australia, after launching it in South Africa, Europe, Canada and Hong Kong. The cone looks like a regular waffle ice-cream cone, but the inside is coated in layers of dark chocolate to prevent any leaking.

“Picture having a coffee and a cookie – this is the same thing, just better,” Levinrad said.

“The coffee melts into the chocolate creating a creamy, chocolatey flavour explosion in your mouth. At first it is a subtle chocolate sweetness, which gets stronger as you sip further and you end with a crunchy, biscuity waffle cone with beautiful melted chocolate inside.”

Currently the cone concept is under patenting process. More stocks will soon be rolled out to selected NSW and Victorian venues for $6-6.50 each, before releasing it across the country.

For more information on stockists, visit Coffee in a Cone’s Instagram page.

The Grounds of Alexandria to Open A New Sydney CBD Branch

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.

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 |


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 |

Source: Single Origin Roasters Facebook page

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 |

Source: Anna Kucera/TimeOut

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

Source: coffee&tea/Beanhunter

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 |

Source: Brewtown Newtown Facebook page

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?

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)
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)
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)
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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