Get your caffeine fix at six of Sydney’s finest coffee shops.
Tucked away in the lower end of Surry Hills, Reuben Hills roast their beans on site and offer an espresso of the day, filter coffee and carbonated cold brew. To eat, dishes such as French toast with candied bacon, charred banana, bacon custard, basil black pepper gel and berries should do the trick.
61 Albion Street, Surry Hills
Occupying the former home of Sensory Lab, Bondi Hall serves Reuben Hills coffee and a smart all-day menu with staples such as poached eggs with goat’s chèvre and jamon. Nab a curbside table, and when the weather’s hot, order a cup of the cold brew.
75-79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Soma Sydney (formerly Mecca Ultimo)
University students head here in droves, thirsty for their morning cup of Joe. But, rather than ordering takeaway, sit awhile and sample its diverse range of coffee (pour-over, AeroPress and espresso) with a pick from its health-conscious menu.
2/646 Harris Street, Ultimo
Coffee Alchemy sets the bar for specialty coffee in Sydney. Tucked away in the industrial streets of Marrickville, the friendly and knowledgeable staff will happily talk you through its single estates, house blend, pour-over coffees and cold-drip. You won’t find anything to snack on though; here it’s all about the bean.
24 Addison Road, Marrickville
Single Origin Roasters
This hole-in-the-wall takeaway shop on York Street caters to the business set. Get in line for its espresso, batch brew and cold filter coffee. Hungry? Order a “next-level toastie” with smoked ham, cheddar béchamel and pickled veg.
89 York Street, Sydney
Paramount Coffee Project
A joint venture between Reuben Hills’ Russell Beard and Mark Dundon of Melbourne’s Seven Seeds, PCP offers a rotating selection of beans and roasters from around the world. Their “Guest Brewers” series showcases top talent in the coffee business.
80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Image: Single Origin Roasters