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.