April 12, 2023
Where to find the best coffee in Sydney: 10 must-visit specialty coffee spots we love right now.
Sydney’s coffee game is serious business, and this bayside city hosts a plethora of fantastic cafes to rival Melbourne. Here are just a few of many amazing coffee and brunch spots that Sydney has to offer.
Our top spots for coffee in Sydney:
In Australia coffee rules all day, every day, and in Sydney, coffee is elevated from a daily essential to an art form. We’ve dove into the deep end and come up with a list of where to enjoy some of the best brews and brunch this city has to offer.
Stitch Coffee (Broadway):
Stitch Coffee is born from the idea that coffee is much like a tapestry - a weaving of origins and flavours to create the ultimate cup of joe. Our mates over at Stitch Coffee are all about creating unique, delicious coffee from around the world, and you can instantly tell after just one sip at their trendy, moody cafe in Ultimo. Opt for their beloved blends, Higgs Fields and Hobnob, or settle on a flight of their rotating selection of single origins. Finish off a spectacular experience with a flaky pastry or hefty sandwich to satisfy those cravings.
© Stitch Coffee Roasters
Located in trendsetting Darling Square, award-winning Japanese and Scandinavian fusion cafe, Edition Coffee Roasters brings a refreshing flair to the Sydney coffee scene. Stone and sunken floors makes this serene eatery one of a kind. We’re all for their impressive line-up of premium single origins brewed to perfect. Make sure not to leave without sampling their meticulously crafted Japanese-style brekkie dishes, such as the miso banana bread with yuzu curd or the Parmesan crumbled cauliflower katsu with Japanese curry.
© Edition Roasters
There is no mucking around at this Surry Hills institution. You’re lucky to get a table at this wildly popular specialty coffee hotspot, but it is absolutely worth the wait! If you’re short on time, give their world-first self-serve batch brew bar a go, but we highly recommend sticking around for a bite to eat. Think glossy coconut lamb curry, vibrant casarecce pasta, blackened corn fritters with yuzu avo smash, the best fish sandwich you’ll ever get your hands on, plus more!
Paramount Coffee Project:
Decked out in the foyer of Paramount House is Paramount Coffee Project, run by building owner Jin Ng, Reuben Hills’ Russel Beard, and Melbourne coffee guru Mark Dundon of Seven Seeds. In this moody Art Deco building is a space that oozes sophistication, delicious food, and some of the best coffee in the area. A maple iced coffee with almond milk is a must have, and you may as well wash everything down with a decadent butterbing affogato, because you can’t get ‘em anywhere else!
Japanese-inspired brunch is how the menu looks at Kurumac, and we’re here for it! This all-day eatery dishes up authentic family-style Japanese dishes such as hearty onigiri (or rice balls), spicy cod roe melt, wagyu beef udon, prawn katsu burgers, and ox tongue curry. Brews are courtesy of Campos Coffee and done to perfection. End things on a sweet note with a dreamy creamy hojicha gelato milkshake sourced from Newtown-based ice cream connoisseurs, Mapo Gelato.
© Kurumac Cafe
Coffee Supreme takes the crown for the best coffee in Brookvale. This Kiwi roaster is a top contender for making some of the yummiest specialty coffee blends around, and we’re absolutely in love with their fruity, balanced Five Star Day espresso blend. To eat, mighty breakfast burritos with home-made barbeque sauce, bolognese toasties, salmon bagels, buffalo mozzarella/roasted peach/prosciutto salad, and more!
© Coffee Supreme
This Surry Hills micro-roastery is a fan-favourite for Sydneysiders. A focus on unique, delicious food and exceptional customer service makes this cafe a real winner in the Sydney specialty coffee scene. There is quality in every cup served at this established joint, but it is the food that topples the scale. The menu is curated to reflect the various regions where the coffee beans are grown. Think Central South American flavours with a seasonal Aussie twist.
© Reuben Hills
The space is clean and simple, but it’s the coffee that really ties in this CBD spot together. This brew bar punches out great tunes, great vibes, and even better coffee. Whether you’re an espresso or filter drinker, the baristas at Skittle Lane know what they’re doing and it’s evident from the masses of office workers that routinely venture into this minimal laneway cafe. Treat yourself to a New York-inspired toastie, a decadent baked good and, of course, a killer coffee.
© Skittle Lane
At the forefront of this specialty coffee hub is Raf Bartkowski and Ernest Igual, ex-Campos employees and coffee-slinging pros. You’re right to assume the coffee is absolutely spectacular here. After all, it’s in the name itself - St Dreux was a 12th-century French shepard and patron saint of coffee and coffee houses! You’ll find an ample selection of amazing coffee at St Dreux, with three signature blends in various roast styles, plus a curation of micro-lot single-origin beans sourced directly from farm to cup. This is the place to learn about and experience what good, sustainably sourced coffee really tastes like.
© St Dreux Roasters
Every Industry Beans venus is nothing short of stunning. This is the first Sydney venue by Melbourne specialty coffee superstars, and the experience never falls short of fantastic. Take a seat in this subliminal white-walled sanctuary and sip on a cold-brew bubble cup - a delicious combination of cold-brew coffee, coffee-soaked tapioca pearls, and homemade condensed soy milk.
© Industry Beans