Top Cafes To Visit In Sydney

Surry Hills

Before we start I would like to introduce you to Surry Hills, the location where you would find a lot of the coffee shops featured on this list. The artistic cultural neighbourhood of Sydney and features a laid-back atmosphere and is famous for its galleries, restaurants, cafes, small bars and unique shops. Although we are here to talk about the best coffee shops around this area. There are a range of activities to do in this area that is worth trying.


Reuben Hills

Reuben Hills makes the effort to meet the farmers in the countries in which the beans are sourced, where they sample and pick small lots. There are a range of options available for drinkers, but it is recommended to try their black, white, filtered, cold brew and latte coffee. There is a tasting session open to visitors on Saturdays at 10AM for those who want to learn more about the process of making coffee.

Address:  61 Albion Street, Surry Hills

Artificer Specialty Coffee Bar and Roastery

Artificer don’t purchase pre shipment samples as they are experts in coffee, they always keep the coffee fresh and always stocked up. The founders Dan Yee and Shoji Sasa are artists of their craft and take their coffee very seriously. This café solely focuses on the coffee as you won’t find any food served here. There are many seasonal blends to choose from ranging from Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda and the shop has been known to attract a loyal following of coffee lovers.

Address: 547 Bourke Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Single O

Single O is a coffee shop with an emphasis on sustainability and caring for the environment. All of their selection of beans is ethically sourced and roasted. They have implemented the use of the juggler in their shop having their milk flowing from tap to reduce waste and the whole roastery is run on solar energy. Sit back and relax where you can appreciate the installation by artist Renuka Fernando situated on the ceiling. The beans in single O have been sourced from Ethiopia, Brazil and Kenya, but to try their reservoir blend if you have the chance.

Address: 60-64 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

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Mecca Coffee

This coffee house is located in a slick industrial warehouse in Alexandria with stylish black and white tiled floors, a spacious environment, a garden out back and a training/cupping room, seminars are held at 10AM on Saturdays. This is coincidently the time where the places license starts, there is a selection of wines, beers and cocktails served at Mecca. The brews made here are very consistent, matching the brews made at another branch as well as its sister café Soma. The place is visited by coffee enthusiasts who come to refill their beans at home sourced from Bolivia, Rwanda, Colombia, Peru and Ethiopia.

Address: 26 Bourke Road, Alexandria NSW 2015

Address: 67 King Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Coffee Alchemy

Coffee Alchemy frequently has a long queue which really speaks for itself. The owner of Coffee Alchemy Hazel de Los Reyes is very reputable within the Australian coffee community and has won many championships from top notch barista titles and cup taster titles. Coffee Alchemy believes in the experimentation to improve and hone their craft and also the little adjustments one has to make in order to make a great cup of coffee. The shop offers a special house blend, cold drip and ice coffee just to name a few, they also ensure the best quality coffee is served as they only roast when it is ordered and workers taste the coffee multiple occasions during the day to make sure the coffee is up to snuff.

Address: 24 Addison Road, Marrickville NSW 2204

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ONA coffee

Like Coffee Alchemy, ONA Coffee is also owned by a barista champion. Sasa Sestic had won the 2015 world barista championships with a special blend known as Raspberry Candy. You can try the aforementioned famous blend at the shop. Serious coffee drinkers can opt for the premium reserve coffees. Where they have been aged, roasted and frozen into a vacuum seal.

Address: 140 Marrickville Road, Marrickville NSW 2204

Brewtown Coffee Roasters

Brewtown offers specialty coffees which are sourced directly, roasted at the location and served with white, black, milk, strong, soy or decaf. The coffee really goes well with the bistro style breakfast and lunch made from the freshest ingredients that it’s a match made in heaven.

Address: 6-8 O’Connell Street, Newtown NSW 2042

Paramount Coffee Project

Paramount Coffee showcases a selection of roasters on a 4-6 week basis, so you will always get a fresh range to keep you from being bored. The interior of this place is styled in a trendy/modern way and although their coffee is excellent, their lunch and brunch is considered to be one of the best in Sydney. It is recommended that you try their seasonal salads and waffles that are on the menu.

Address: 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

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Edition Coffee Roasters

Edition Coffee is unique as the shop fuses Japanese and Scandinavian cultures together. The food menu serves Japanese bento boxes to fine dining for its customers. Now you may think that’s a weird combination, but they actually go together seamlessly. As for the coffee, the experts select from origin or estate green beans, to roast, pour, press, Japanese drip and cold brew. All sorts of customers come to enjoy what Edition has to offer, university students and nearby workers alike.

Address: 60 Darling Drive Haymarket 2000

Dutch Smuggler

Located behind an office block concealed under an architectural article is the Dutch Smuggler. This place uses high quality beans and extraordinary served cold brew coffee mocktails with the likes of the C&T with tonic, coffee roots with ginger beer and lemon. Not only the drinks are special, so are the food on the menu. It’s definitely worth trying out.

Address: 200 George Street Sydney 2000

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