Cafes in Sydney
Casual, hip or elegant, cafe culture is Sydney’s aromatic heart. You’ll find your favourite cup, from the ubiquitous flat white to the traditional cappuccino, from the short black to cold-brewed coffee. For tea lovers, savour traditional and high tea in a grand arcade, colonial mansions and a World Heritage area.
In the hip inner Sydney neighbourhoods, the specialty coffee scene is buzzing. In Marrickville is Coffee Alchemy. The veteran roaster Campos Coffee is in Newtown. Another hotspot is Surry Hills, where you can try Artificer, Reuben Hills and Single Origin Roasters, to name just few of the cafes.
A Sydney institution in Surry Hills for coffee and pastry is the Bourke Street Bakery, which has outlets in other areas in the harbour city, including Barangaroo and Parramatta. The Grounds of Alexandria is in a rustic warehouse in Alexandria, and there is a lovely outdoor area and organic kitchen garden.
In the bustling city centre are many options such as the grand colonial shopping arcades, the Queen Victoria Building and The Strand Arcade. There is a cafe in lovely Hyde Park near the giant chess board. For gorgeous vistas of Hyde Park and Sydney Harbour, try the rooftop cafe at the Australian Museum.
In prestigious art galleries are cafes with superb vistas. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s cafe has an outdoor area with views of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. At the Art Gallery of NSW’s cafe you can see the Royal Australian Navy’s ships moored at Garden Island.
Sydney is blessed with beautiful beaches, from Cronulla in Sydney’s south to Coogee, Bronte and Bondi in Sydney’s east and Manly in Sydney’s north. There are casual beachside cafes with enticing menus and great views. The charming Boathouse Palm Beach looks over the sparkling Pittwater.
Tea drinkers will love Sydney, with flavours from around the world available in cafes and specialty tea rooms. High tea is deliciously popular as well in Sydney. You can enjoy high tea as well as traditional morning and afternoon tea at various locations, including the following heritage sites: