Sydney-siders have a true love affair with coffee. For many of us, coffee is the first thing on our minds when we wake up in the morning, so we want to make sure that we start the day with the best cup of coffee we can get our hands on.
The price of a coffee has gone up dramatically in recent years. It’s not unusual nowadays to pay 5 dollars for a large coffee. Sadly though, the average quality of coffee in Sydney hasn’t gone up as fast as the price has, which can be frustrating because we want that perfect texture, strength and flavour when we invest in our caffeine fix.
Luckily though, there are still quite some cafes in and around Sydney that take pride in preparing coffee the way it should be prepared. They have the right equipment and, more importantly, they have well trained baristas that understand the importance of a perfectly brewed cup of coffee.
Where to Find the Best Coffee in Sydney?
We have been scouring the streets of Sydney for months, hunting for awesome cafes to put on our list of favourite coffee spots.
We must admit that we are a bit demanding when it comes to satisfying our caffeine cravings, but we have in fact found some really nice cafes that have consistently served us quality coffee.
Here are our 10 favorite cafes that serve the best coffee in Sydney.
1. Chapter One Coffee & Wine Room in Bondi
Located on the south end of Bondi Beach, Chapter One is a small and friendly cafe with a cozy interior that serves excellent coffee. With its authentic atmosphere and relatively quiet location, Chapter One is the perfect spot for a caffeine fix before or after a swim.
Simply grab a chair outside and enjoy your coffee while watching the world go by.
2. Kürtősh Bakery Randwick
Kürtősh Bakery not only serves delicious coffee, they also surprise you with their traditional Hungarian pastry. The name of the cafe is derived from the word kurtoskalacs, a spit cake specific to Hungarian-speaking regions in Romania.
With friendly service, great coffee, delicious food and a warm interior, Kürtősh offers a truly unique experience. Kürtősh also has branches in Surry Hills, Crows Nest, Darlinghurst and Wollongong.
3. Watsons Bay Milk Bar and General Store
Located just around the corner of Robertson Park, the Watsons Bay Milk Bar and General Store (aka Con’s General Store) is a small, 1950s-inspired shop that prides itself in delivering good old fashioned service.
Who wouldn’t like to be served coffee made with a bright red Ferrari coffee machine?
4. Barista & Cook in Waterloo
Opened in 2016, Barista and Cook is one of Waterloo’s newest coffee brewers and eateries. Conveniently located on the corner of Bourke Street and Archibald Avenue, this vibrant cafe with super high ceilings and lots of natural light serves you fresh salads, burgers, juice, breakfast and, of course, great coffee.
Their philosophy is simple: good food + coffee, done well, consistently. We like it.
Barista & Cook
834 Bourke Street
Waterloo NSW 2017
Monday to Friday: 6am–3pm
Weekends & Public Holidays: 8am–3pm
5. Coogee Bite Cafe
Perfectly located at the north end of Coogee Beach, Coogee Bite Cafe is a great spot for coffee and breakfast, overlooking one of Sydney’s most popular beaches.
The all-day breakfast and specials menu at Coogee Bite Cafe offers a lot to choose from at reasonable prices with friendly service.
6. Sugarbaby Cafe Mascot
Conveniently located right next to the Mascot train station, Sugarbaby Cafe is a popular breakfast, lunch and coffee destination for both locals as well as office workers.
Their pleasant indoor and outdoor seating combined with friendly service make this cafe a winner in the booming Mascot station precinct for those looking for the best coffee in Sydney.
7. The Grumpy Baker Vaucluse
Created in 2002, The Grumpy Baker is a cafe and retail bakery that specialises in freshly baked sourdough breads, delicious pastries and muffins, and excellent coffee. Just across the road from dramatic ocean cliffs, The Grumpy Baker in Vaucluse is a lovely spot to enjoy a coffee in the morning, with the irresistible smell of bread baking as a welcome bonus.
You can also find a Grumpy Baker in Castle Cove, Marrickville, Paddington and Maroubra.
8. Campos Coffee Alexandria
Specialty brews served in an industrial-chic cafe with exposed-brick walls and high ceilings, the perfect setting to enjoy a top quality cup of coffee. That’s exactly what you can expect at Campos Coffee in Alexandria.
Not only is the coffee outstanding, Campos also offers an attractive breakfast and lunch menu that incorporates locally sourced and ethical produce.
9. L’eclair Patisserie in Mosman
L’eclair is a little cafe in Mosman that combines the quality of traditional French and Japanese patisseries with a refreshing twist and attention to detail. The coffee here is outstanding and their specialty cakes don’t just look amazing, they also taste delicious.
With friendly service, excellent coffee and delicious cakes, L’eclair Patisserie is definitely worth your visit if you’re on the hunt for the best coffee in sydney.
10. Abattoir Blues in Olympic Park
Hidden away in a historic 1900’s abattoir building, Abattoir Blues is a great addition to the business district of Sydney Olympic Park.
Abattoir Blues offers a great variety of breakfast and lunch meals, served with authentic friendliness in a very relaxing atmosphere. If you’re working in the area, Friday afternoons here are a great way to end the week, with a live band and cold beer and wine.
Note to awesome Sydney baristas and cafe owners:
If you would like to be featured in our list of best coffee in Sydney, please reach out to us. We will put on our ninja suits and come over to try your coffee, not once but twice! If it blows us away, we’ll be happy to include you.