Cafe culture is at the heart of Sydney’s fast-paced lifestyle. From Cronulla to Palm Beach, and everywhere in between, the specialty coffee scene is buzzing. Highlights of Sydney’s barista creme-de-la-creme include the Coffee Alchemy outpost Gumption in the city centre, Surry Hills' Artificer, Reuben Hills and Single Origin Roasters, veteran roasters Campos Coffee in Newtown, just to name a few. Over the bridge, try Salvage Specialty Coffee in Artarmon or Barefoot Coffee Traders in Manly.
Some noteable cafes double as sought-after bakeries, such as Sydney institution Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills, where lining up for the morning loaf has become a cherished local ritual. Black Star Pastry in Newtown and Rosebery is famous for its strawberry and watermelon cake, or feast your eyes on Adriano Zumbo's avant-garde creations at his patisserie in Balmain. For a cafe experience that takes care of every level of production, from roasting beans to baking bread (and even raising chickens) visit the lively and sustainable garden cafe that is Grounds of Alexandria.
Settle in for the morning at a Sydney cafe by the beach or 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. Indulge in some homemade scones and jam on the heritage verandah of Burnt Orange, an elegant 1920s cafe and tearoom in Mosman. The award-winning Three Blue Ducks near Bronte Beach is another local favourite. Or enjoy a coffee with breakfast or lunch by the beautiful blue waters of Pittwater at The Boathouse Palm Beach. For stunning views of the harbour, head to the rooftop MCA Cafe for a coffee or a glass of vino.