Tired of the usual inner west café scene and want to try something new? Of course you do! Well, you're in luck because we've been sussing out the best cafés in and around Sydney's west and have lined up some goodies for you.
CIRCA ESPRESSO | PARRAMATTA
If you're looking to find that caffeine hit, then head on down to Circa Espresso Parramatta for one of the best specialty brewed coffees west side of the CBD. This quirky café serves up a great blend of aromatic teas and freshly made eats that you will have your tastebuds dancing. We recommend grabbing the African Red Hot Chocolate with a hint of Trinitario Cocoa beans for something a little different.
ARMORY WHARF CAFÉ | NEWINGTON
Armory Wharf Café is a must do in Sydney. Located on the beautiful banks of the Parramatta River and in the historic site of Newington Armory, Armory Wharf Café offers the best selection of fresh produce dishes. Indulge in a traditional English breakfast with all the trimmings under Armory's outdoor Camouflage netting. While you're there, be sure to visit the Armory Gallery to get your arts and culture fix.
HENRI MARC | PENRITH
With vases of native flowers, mismatched china cutlery and an ever changing menu, this industrial chic café is a foodie's paradise. Indulge in Henri Marc's all-day menu with its classic brunch offerings and delicious lunches of confit duck salad and pork neck rolls. This is truly one of Penrith's hidden gems.
THE TUCKSHOP | GLENHAVEN
The Tuckshop in Glenhaven prides itself on providing fresh, local food and it definitely delivers. With a retro-style message painted above the counter saying 'where it's not the city and you couldn't care less', this café is a local favourite. Don't miss The Tuckshop's burgers (we're big fans of "The Cheesy"), they're delicious!
ABATTOIR BLUES | SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK
Soak up the sun in a hedge-lined courtyard at Abattoir Blues café. On a beautiful day, it's wonderful to sit back and relax in their courtyard with a cup of house roasted coffee and a slice of cherry pie. They have a fully licensed bar, and on Friday nights you can avoid the peak hour rush by staying out for a glass of wine and listening to some tunes. That's a win for us!
THREE ROPES ESPRESSO | PARRAMATTA
A trendy little café tucked away in the heart of Parramatta with a funky laneway vibe and friendly staff, Three Ropes Espresso should be the first port of call for those in need of a caffeine hit. On the food side of things, they like to keep it simple by sticking to the classics – breakfast wraps, avocado on toast and egg and bacon paninis. A must visit if you're in Parramatta.
THREE SPOONS | CONCORD
Three Spoons Concord is a great little spot that's delicious and great value for money (a combo we love at The Urban List!). Family friendly and adored by caffeine loving locals, the location is perfect to kick start a day of exploring Sydney's Olympic Park by foot or bike. For under $10 you can tuck into a homemade big breakfast that'll keep you full for hours.
COOKIE'S LOUNGE BAR | NORTH STRATHFIELD
There's nothing crummy about Cookie's! The guys here are known for making real, homemade food with much of the produce sourced locally. Located in the original site of Arnott's Biscuit Factory (hence the name), Cookie's Lounge Bar offers pub classics like beef and Guinness pie, traditional mains and delightful desserts. They also have live music every Saturday night and trivia on Tuesdays for those who want a bit of mental stimulation.
Image credit: The Tuckshop