Coffee is never a bad idea. Coffee in the morning. Coffee in the evening. Coffee any, and every, god damn time you want. We get it. There’s no judgement here and we wholeheartedly agree so we’ve sipped our way through Sydney’s East to find you the best of the best when it comes to beans and brews this side of Central.
Here are 15 of the best places to get caffeinated in Sydney’s East.
Darlinghurst & Surry Hills
If you like your coffee strong with a side of pastry, you’d be silly not to make Infinity Bakery your new go-to. Serving Sydney’s own Gabriel coffee beans, these bakers know how to brew. The coffee is hot (as it should be) and tastes best with an almond croissant.
Ruby’s Diner is an organic, health-conscious cafe with street side tables and generous meals. But let’s talk about the coffee. These guys are seriously the real deal. They weigh their shots and wait for it… they even write a daily journal to check for inconsistencies. To them it’s just part of their daily routine, to us it’s coffee worth travelling for.
The Nine dishes up some of the best-looking food in Sydney but any true local knows it’s the coffee that will keep you coming back. Using beans from local neighbourhood roaster, Coffee Bondi Beach, they offer all the right kinds of milks and mylks (including handmade almond/macadamia), in the most divine Marloe Morgan Ceramic cups so you can sip away in style.
Lox Stock and Barrel
Smack bang in the middle of wholefood heaven (aka Bondi), Lox Stock and Barrel serves up the tastiest, healthiest, purest of treats and an abundance of black magic (coffee) with the perfect amount of milk for every dairy lover (or non-lover) out there . Put it on your list people.
Paramount Coffee Project
Paramount Coffee Project sure does know their brews. From espresso to cold drip, served black or with alllllll of the milk/mylk, these guys will fix any kind of caffeine craving. With a special menu just for coffee, you know you’re in for a real treat.
Nelson Road Tuckshop
For an old-school tuckshop, there’s nothing old about it. Nelson Road does coffee and it does coffee damn well! Rich and strong using Campos beans, if you like your coffee with a cheeky chocolate covered coffee bean, you now know where to go.
Bellagio is a Waverley institution. If you live in the East and you haven’t coffee-d here, do you even coffee? This buzzing cafe serves its poison hot, strong and smooth. If that doesn’t tempt you, we won’t know what will.
We’re big believers that coffee is good for you (duh) and if Henley’s Wholefoods sells it, it 100% must be good for your health. We’re pretty sure the brew here soothes the soul and calms the mind.
If you’re after a little bit of liquid gold, everything Speedo’s touches turns into what should be described as pure perfection. The cronuts are good, the Coco Whip is great and the coffee is goddamn delicious. Grab your fix on the way to the beach or after your morning run (you healthy thing, you).
The Grumpy Baker
The baker might be grumpy but you certainly won’t be. Coffee-ing here involves all the best things like fresh flowers, baked bread and aromatic coffee beans.
Three Blue Ducks
Three Blue Ducks pride themselves on being a place for lovers of real food. We totally agree but it’s definitely for coffee lovers too! Using fair trade and forest friendly Single Origin Roasters, these guys dish out delicious wholesome coffee with an adorable latte art touch.
Porch and Parlour
Porch and Parlour is the ultimate Bondi cafe. It may be tough to get a table, but trust us, it’s well worth the wait. The coffee is so good here that no matter the milk or ‘mylk’ you choose, the flavour stays the same. A formula so simple, yet oh so effective.
Those that want a full-bodied coffee experience, look no further than Bondi Massive. When it comes to coffee, these guys don’t mess around. Dishing out only the highest quality Toby’s Estate beans, no matter your order (double soy mocha, no sugar, extra hot, thanks) you’re in good hands here.
Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore
What do you get when you combine coffee, books and food? Ampersand, that’s what. Cancel your plans and spend the day here because nothing is better than getting lost in a good book with a coffee.
Roasting a custom blend of Five Senses Coffee Roasters, Harry’s in Bondi is never a bad idea. The baristas here specialise in cold drip and it’s total beach bliss on a sunny summer’s day.
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Image credit: Federica Portentoso at Speedos