Sydneysiders love to relax and meet at their favourite cafés. What better way to relax than with a cup of coffee, watching the world go by? You'll find cafés that are holistic coffee temples, such as The Grounds of Alexandria and Reuben Hills in Surry Hills. Other cafés double as sought-after bakeries, such as Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills, BlackStar Pastry in Newtown, or Adriano Zumbo's patisserie in Balmain. Bills Darlinghurst is a Sydney brunch stalwart.
There are mouth-watering cafés 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 Café in Circular Quay.
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.
Cafés in the eastern suburbs offer plenty of choice – popular favourites include the award-winning Three Blue Ducks near Bronte Beach, and fish and chips at Nielsen Park's kiosk. In the inner west, discover the talented baristas at Campos Coffee in Newtown, or Double Roasters and Coffee Alchemy in Marrickville.