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Cafes in Sydney


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Coffee lovers rejoice – Sydney's thriving cafes serve some of the best coffee in the world. Check out these coffee hotspots sprinkled around the city: Bell Jar Coffee in Newtown, Sample Coffee Bar in Surry Hills, Barefoot Coffee Traders in Manly and Coffee Alchemy in Marrickville.

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Sydney cafes

Dining at the Opera Kitchen below the Sydney Opera House. Image James Pipino

Sydneysiders love to relax and meet at their favourite cafes. What better way to relax in winter than with a cup of coffee, watching the world go by? You'll find cafes that are holistic coffee temples, such as The Grounds of Alexandria, and cafes that double as sought-after bakeries, such as Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills and BlackStar Pastry in Newtown. Reuben Hills in Surry Hills is a coffee lover's haven.

There are mouth-watering cafes by the harbour, by the beach and even near outdoor swimming pools. One of the best spots to mix and mingle is right by the harbour. Soak up some of the city's most spectacular views from Fort Denison Cafe and Restaurant – right in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Or satisfy your chocolate craving and sit with a view of the harbour at Guylian Cafe in Circular Quay.  

For those preferring a sip in the city, head to one of our local's favourites. Tucked away in the CBD is the tiny but much-loved Cabrito Coffee Traders, while Bills Darlinghurst is perfect for celebrity spotting over a delicious brunch.

North of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the harbourside atmosphere at Ripples at Chowder Bay or indulge in some homemade scones and jam on the heritage verandah of Burnt Orange, an elegant 1920s cafe in Mosman. If you're serious about your espresso, pop over to Barefoot Coffee Traders in Manly or continue along the peninsula to Clareville Kiosk, an airy cottage cafe located on a wharf overlooking Pittwater.

Cafes in the eastern suburbs offer plenty of choice – favourites include The Crabbe Hole at Bondi Beach, fish and chips at Nielsen Park's kiosk, and Three Blue Ducks near Bronte Beach. In the inner west, discover the talented baristas at Campos Coffee in Newtown, enjoy brunch with motorbikes at Deus Cafe in Camperdown, or give in to temptation at Adriano Zumbo's patisserie in Balmain.

Street food in Sydney

Harry's Cafe de Wheels is a Sydney icon that's been serving tasty pies and peas from a caravan in Woolloomooloo since 1938. A favourite among local late-night revellers and celebrities alike, Harry's is now classified by the National Trust of Australia. 

Eating a tiger pie at Harry's Café de Wheels, Woolloomooloo. Image Pierre Toussaint
Café on Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour. Image Hamilton Lund

Museum cafes

Grab a bit of culture with your coffee at one of Sydney's museum cafes. The Museum of Sydney (MoS) Cafe is perfect for those long, lazy breakfasts in the sunny forecourt. Or explore the Hyde Park Barracks, then discuss its convict and immigration heritage over a cuppa in the courtyard cafe.

Bondi beach. Image James Pipino

Best of Bondi cafes

Work up an appetite in the surf, on a run along the beachfront promenade or by following the clifftop walk from Bondi to Coogee. Then linger over a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch at one of the many cafes near Bondi Beach, such as Lox Stock & Barrel or Bondi Picnic

Fish and Chips at Bondi Beach, Image Pierre Toussaint

Cafes by the beach

Sydney beaches have as many great cafes as they do great waves, and dining by the sparkling ocean is a treat anytime of the year. Popular cafes include The Crabbe Hole at Bondi Beach, Jellyfish Cafe at the North Steyne end of Manly Beach, Bacino Bar at Dee Why, Pilu at Harbord and Ham at Cronulla.