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Black Star Pastry Rosebery Sydney Cafes on TLC Interiors

The Top 5 Sydney Cafes you need to Visit Immediately

Sydney is like no other destination in the world, and it’s eateries are just as unique as the city itself. The best quality about Sydney cafes, to generalise, is that no two venues are the same.

The reason for this is that no two suburbs are the same. The kind of experience you’ll have at a cafe in Bondi is worlds apart from a bite in Newtown. In fact, I’ve come to learn that Sydneysiders (and I was one for 32 years), tend not to venture outside of your their own hub very much, which is what makes the pockets so incredibly diverse.

My new book, Sydney Precincts, is set to change all that, inspiring locals to check out new players in the Sydney cafe scene as well as the ol’ reliables. If you’re travelling interstate anytime soon, this excerpt from the book will act as your tour guide. Enjoy!

The Top 5 Sydney Cafes you need to Visit Immediately

Excerpt from Sydney Precincts, available here.

Black Star Pastry Rosebery Sydney Cafes on TLC Interiors

Blackstar Pastry

C1/85-113 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW 2018

at Black Star’s Newtown venue go out the door and up the street some days, so it made perfect sense when the bakery opened up a Rosebery branch in 2014 to spread its magic beyond the flagship store.

Strawberry watermelon cake with rose-scented cream, amedei chocolate and hazelnut torte … The stand-out treats at this industrial little bakerycum- cafe will inspire awe (and gluttony!) Pop in for a cino and a cheeky treat or stay for a full meal. The lamb shank pie is highly recommended.

West Juliett Cafe Marrickville Sydney Cafes on TLC Interiors

West Juliett

30 Llewellyn St, Marrickville NSW 2204

It’s a good sign when a cafe’s always busy. Even better when it has its own merchandise. With both of those things going for it, West Juliett still has a modest, unpretentious and friendly vibe. Its menu is traditional with a twist (expect your eggs to come with braised lentils), while the decor is sleek and simple so as to not overpower the food: concrete floors and white walls make the space feel clean and uncluttered.

The crowd is a mix of cool kids and actual kids (you’ll find plenty of mums and bubs here and there’s space for prams), and, with a range of homemade spreads you can take home with you, it’s like this café can do no wrong.

Edition Roasters Surry Hills Sydney Cafes on TLC Interiors

Edition Roasters

265 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

With concrete floors and blonde wood furniture, Edition Coffee Roasters is a bright and sunny spot at which to start your morning. And it just might be the only place in Sydney where you can get Japanese–Nordic fusion for breakfast.

Started by two brothers with an obvious intent on delivering something unique, their international travels have inspired dishes like black rice with coconut yoghurt, fruit and seeds, broth of tofu and pear with crushed walnuts and seaweed. But don’t worry, the flavours work perfectly together and will definitely get you out of your comfort zone – in the most delicious way possible.

Brewtown Newtown Sydney Cafes on TLC Interiors

Brewtown Newtown

6-8 O’Connell St, Newtown NSW 2042

The one exception to the ‘sticking to King Street rule’ is Brewtown, tucked down O’Connell Street and home to the legendary cronut (a delicious combination of a croissant and a donut). It’s not all sweet treats in this cafe, though; the menu is packed with paddock-to-plate dishes for breakfast and lunch.

The added bonus: head up the stairs and land in O’Connell Street Merchants – a retail store full of fashion, art and quirky lifestyle products. You should never visit one without seeing the other.

The Boathouse Palm Beach Sydney Cafes on TLC Interiors

The Boathouse at Palm Beach

Governor Phillip Park, Barrenjoey Beach, Palm Beach NSW 2108

You’ll gasp in a gulp of that fresh Pittwater air upon entering The Boathouse at Palm Beach, where the rich and famous holiday and the iconic Australian television series, Home and Away, is filmed. Everything about the Boathouse is picturesque, and feels like you’re in a scene from a movie (the decor is casual and rustic but super, super charming).

There’s seating both inside and out, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn’t want to enjoy an alfresco breakfast and take in the view over Pittwater out to Ku-ringgai Chase. The Boathouse also serves up a delectable lunch, which is predominantly seafood inspired. But food aside, the views alone are worth the drive up to Palm Beach. Make sure you take a camera (and your appetite).


What are some of your fave Sydney cafes to visit? Drop a comment below and share which haunts you can’t get enough of!

Image Credits: Brewtown | Edition | Boathouse


Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here


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