Last year we brought you Best Coffee in Sydney's CBD, and a couple of months ago we widened the spectrum to give you Sydney's Best Coffee. But if you love coffee as much as we do, you'd know we couldn't just stop there! If coffee is 50% responsible for your life force when you have early morning wakeups, fret not; it's our pleasure to bring to you our best brews for those who rise with the sun.
Behold, our picks for Sydney's best coffee shops that open early!
Bootsdarling | Darlinghurst
Bootsdarling not only does a rousing cup of coffee, but their food is worth being late to work for (please don't quote us on this). On weekdays they open their doors at 6:30am to bring you coffee sourced and roasted by Melbourne's Josh Bailey, from Bailey Coffee, and also offer cold drips, filters, and single-origin options.
Pablo & Rusty's | CBD
No one takes their work as seriously as Pablo & Rusty's. Like Bootsdarling, P&R start the day at 6:30am and have done extensive research in order to source their beans from Villa Galicia from El Salvador, El Copo (also from El Salvador), and Kinunu from Rwanda. Pick up a coffee to go from Pablo & Rusty's or take it home with you—you can grab a bag of their specialty blend in-store, or peruse their website.
Sensory Lab | Bondi
Sensory Lab is originally a Melbourne-based coffee joint that has, luckily for us, found a little nest in Sydney town. They describe their brew as 'coffee nirvana' and we're inclined to agree. Ready to go from 7am every day of the week, Sensory Lab is always ready to serve up the perfect brew with a smile. It's also just as much a retail store as it is a café, and they operate in a beautiful space that blends slate walls, wooden floors, and fresh pastries with green shrubs growing from glass beakers.
Mecca Espresso | CBD
Mecca Espresso wakes the earliest of them all: 6am starts are nothing to them, but weekends are closed (presumably for all day sleep-ins). Don't be dismayed by the lines of people in suits you'll see more often than not; they usually move quickly as the baristas and staff pump out caffeine and work with polished efficiency to produce some of the best coffee in Sydney. Among the beans sourced from El Salvador, Columbia, and Ethiopia, Mecca has perfected a blend called Darkhorse, which is simply spectactular.
Reuben Hills | Surry Hills
Reuben Hills is not an unfamiliar name for those who flock to Surry Hills for a good cup and a good feed. Actually, their feed is so good that we want to momentarily stray away from the subject of coffee… who else feels strongly drawn to menu options with excellent names such as, 'Really fucking great fried chicken'? We love it! The coffee is also superb and the fact that you can get it (or one of their famour Nutella hot chocolates, if you're so inclined) from 7am is even better.
Workshop Espresso | CBD
Workshop Espresso is part of the The Galeries Victoria, which means it's blissfully located right by Town Hall station and a no-brainer for those who work within the vicinity and are on the hunt for the best coffee in Sydney. This is precisely one of those hole-in-the-wall types that you can barely walk past without confronting a crowd of 20 or so waiting for their takeaway coffees (and perhaps a toasted bocconcini sandwich or warm pastry). Get your caffeine hit from 6am on weekdays and 8am on Saturdays.
Coffee Alchemy | Marrickville
Marrickville enjoys the curious reputation for being an equally good place to visit for pho, Vietnamese pork rolls, and for coffee. At Coffee Alchemy, the focus really is all about the coffee—it's all they offer and it's some of the best coffee in Sydney. Coffee Alchemy wakes at 7am on weekdays and 8am on Saturdays.
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