Image credit: Nicola Sevitt at Small Bar Crows Nest
With winter just around the corner, we’ve scouted our fair city to arm you with a list of Sydney cafes to help you through those gloomy rainy days. Shake off those umbrellas, pack away the ponchos and settle down with a tea or coffee guaranteed to warm you up from the inside out.
Marcelle in Potts Point is a favourite among Sydneysiders and we sure know why. Tuck into a warming bowl of white polenta porridge with a pear, rhubarb and ginger compote and sprinkle of roasted almond praline or enjoy a maple-roasted pumpkin salad with rocket, puffed quinoa, marinated feta with an orange and pomegranate dressing from their all day menu. They also brew smooth Allpress coffee and serve Ovvio organic teas to provide that caffeine fix needed to turn your rainy day around.
The Book Kitchen
One of the many early morning struggles is leaving the comfort of your house on a cold and rainy day. Luckily, The Book Kitchen in Surry Hills is here to provide a home-like haven right on Devonshire Street. Their menu features fresh seasonal foods delivered with love and care for breakfast and lunch everyday, and dinner on Wednesdays to Saturdays.
Gertrude & Alice
Even though Bondi Beach is known for its sunny blue skies and is a top destination to escape the Australian heat, rain is inevitable everywhere. When the water is coming from the skies and not the ocean, head into Gertrude and Alice to browse their range of second-hand books and indulge in their wholesome range of dishes. Don’t forget to try out their famous spiced chai tea!
The Pigeonhole Cafe
The Pigeonhole Café is an industrial themed Sydney café located in the heart of Ultimo. This small hideaway not only serves breakfast and lunch from their set menu, but also offers a unique range of dishes from their daily specials board. They like to keep it fresh and use quality ingredients throughout their menu of breakfast items, fresh salads and filling sandwiches. If you’re still a student, don’t forget to get your caffeine fix for less and ask about the student discount.
When the rain is falling hard and you simply can’t stay in the house any longer, this super cosy café in Randwick is the ideal place to rug up and watch the world go by. A dreary day is the perfect excuse for a big bowl of Rell's Kitchen's creamy porridge, with fresh banana, brown sugar and warm milk. It’s that kind of soul-satisfying dish that makes you look forward to a miserable day in this otherwise stunning city of ours.
We all know that rain makes plants thrive and grow, so The Botanist in Kirribilli is an obvious lunch or dinner option for those grey-skied days. Inspired by the well-travelled pioneer Gerard Fothergill and his love of plants and spices, their menu includes a range of tasty sliders, tacos, pizzas and share plates. Complement your meal with a cocktail, wine, beer or cider, all designed to have your insides flourishing.
Small Bar in Crows Nest really proves that good things do come in small packages. Without the fancy décor of a Michelin star restaurant or the hustle bustle of a bar, they offer a welcoming, homely and intimate environment. A selection of simple home cooked meals such as thin and crispy pizzas with a unique salad centre can be enjoyed with their range of wines and boutique beers, making it perfect for any occasion. Want to step it up a notch? Go nuts and order their deliciously warming mulled wine.
Dachshund Coffee Roasters
Dachshund dogs are one of the cutest canine breeds around, and this café in Hunters Hill surely reflects that. Their Come. Sit. Stay. motto invites diners to relax and enjoy a nourishing meal in rain or shine. Their signature Spanish dog luckily features no actual dogs, but is instead a deliciously messy plate of chickpeas and corn with smoky grilled chorizo, crushed avocado, herbs, crumbed corn chips and a poached egg.
Something for Jess
Something for Jess in Chippendale can surely add a pop of colour to those gloomy grey-skied days. Don’t be disheartened by their small menu because it changes weekly to ensure that fresh, seasonal ingredients are used. This cute and eclectic café right next to Central Park offers Instagram worthy dishes that will definitely brighten your day.
Many of us opt for shopping centres when trying to escape the rain, but when food-court dining doesn’t seem so appealing, Circa Espresso is here to help. Located right next to Westfield Parramatta, Circa brings Surry Hills to Western Sydney with its rustic décor and home-style layout. Their coffee is a favourite amongst locals and baked eggs are a winner for breakfast or lunch.