From niche coffee makers, to well-known meccas, here are our top spots to get your brew north side of the bridge.
The Roots | North Sydney
Brett Conway (ex Three Blue Ducks) is "seriously serious about serious coffee", so it's no wonder that his recently opened café The Roots, instantly garnered a cult-like following. At this North Sydney coffee lab you can choose from an excellent Single Origin coffee selection, as well as siphons and pour-overs—but we can't go past the affogato with Messina gelato for our afternoon buzz!
Belaroma Coffee Roasting Company | Balgowlah
Boutique coffee roasters, Belaroma develop specialty coffee blends infused with rich, fresh flavour. At their coffee centre on the Northern Beaches, you will receive an expertly crafted cup, while the whip-smart menu is inspired by the key coffee growing regions—think ingredients from Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil and Indonesia combined with locally sourced produce from the Hunter Valley.
Fuel Espresso | Brookvale
For your pre-swim caffeine hit, head to Fuel Espresso—the corner café serving up high quality coffee and flavour-bursting food. The coffee boasts great depth of flavour, and is perfect with one of their delicious bagels.
Bay Coffee | Neutral Bay
One of Sydney's most recognised coffee roasters, Bay prides itself on fair trade and directly farm-sourced coffee. Located in Neutral Bay, the focus is on coffee, but they also offer a selection of handmade tarts, and large staple of breakfast and lunch fare. Whilst at Bay, you can select from eight rare coffee blends or single origins to sample as a pour-over.
Bean Drinking | Crows Nest
Sourcing, roasting and brewing delicious coffee, Bean Drinking has become a favourite among the Crows Nest crowd. Their variety of blends and single origins has garnered the coffee lab three cups in the SMH Good Café Guide Awards. Try Bean Drinking's coffee degustation for a real buzz.
Barefoot Coffee Traders | Manly
This cosy Manly café serves up smooth, rich espresso brews via Toby's Estate and Single Origin, with a number of specialty brewing methods also on offer. As for the food, homemade waffles are the order of the day topped with melted chocolate or ice-cream—yum!
Epi d'Or | Kirribilli
What could be better than a freshly baked pastry with your morning brew? Head to Epi d'Or for a smooth, well-crafted coffee, and a beautifully filled baguette—now that's how to hit the spot!
Image credit: Bay Coffee