Fave 5 Cafés In Surry Hills

By Sophia Fukunishi
9th Jun 2015

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When we love something we really, truly LOVE something! And that’s exactly how we feel about our new relationship! Some things just go together. Like cookies and cream, Brandon and Brenda… The Urban List and MINI!

Our two families have collaborated to bring discerning readers and drivers a new fortnightly series – MINI Fave 5s. The must-try guide to Sydney, celebrating the launch of the new MINI 5-door hatch!

So, Urban Listers, clear the diary and get excited for our Fave 5s. There’s a whole year of eating, drinking and discovering to be done…

If there’s one thing that Surry Hills has plenty of (besides apartment inspections with 50 couples jostling to rent it) is its abundance of cafes. And while the not-so-great cafes are quickly discarded and closed (Sydney’s a tough town), it means that only the best survive. 

If you’re looking for a caffeine fix, the perfect poached egg, or a place to nurse your hangover, then check out our fave five cafés in Surry Hills. They’re our favourite for a reason!

Venus Whole Foods

A favourite of The Urban List team, Venus Whole Foods has our back when it comes to giving us our caffeine hit or filling our bellies, with the world’s coolest takeaway coffee cups, and an every changing array of healthy salads and sandwiches for lunch. On any given weekday, you can find us sipping or chomping on something at this Surry Hills café.

Suzie Q Coffee & Records

Come for the food, stay for the tunes. Suzie Q Coffee & Records is tucked away in a backstreet of Surry Hills and unsurprisingly serves up coffee and food with a side of music playing off their record player. Order the Breakfast at Epiphanie’s,  which is essentially a “best of “ of breakfast platters (poached eggs, avocado, haloumi or house smoked ocean trout, and labne). So if you’re after a bit of Led Zeppelin with your long black, or some Monkees with your macchiato, then you’ve come to the right place.

Four Ate Five

This Surry Hills café is a stalwart, and has been here long before beards became cool (they were just beards back then). You’ll probably notice the crowd of hungry/hungover people milling about before you see the café on any given weekend but it’s definitely worth the wait. The food is fresh and tasty with the likes of poached eggs with creamed corn and their ever-popular French toast gracing the menu. If you roll in after 11.30am, the meatball sandwich with three kinds of cheese will satisfy your soul and if you’re feeling particularly fruity, the fresh juices are certainly worth a squeeze.


It’s a scientific fact that all sandwiches taste better toasted. Sly on Devonshire Street agrees with this and offers a short, but sweet, menu of jaffles and toasties. But don’t go thinking this are your run-of-the-mill ham and cheese toasties (which are still awesome, by the way), here you can also find fillings which include duck and chestnut, baked mushroom, labne and onion jam, and chicken with avocado, spinach and truffle mayo. Oh, and the coffees are excellent too!

Le Monde

Meaning “the world” in French, Le Monde is serving up a world full of deliciousness from their Foveaux Street café. The brunch menu at this Surry Hills cafe is the stuff of our breakfasting dreams with seemingly no duds in the line up. Feeling like something savoury? The poached eggs with avocado and haloumi on toast is a winner (it’s like the Holy Trinity of toast toppings). If you’re after something a little on the sweet side, the French toast with lemon cream, chocolate Chantilly and fresh berries will sort you out.

We're thrilled to partner with MINI to bring you our Fave 5 series—our fortnightly guide to the best of the best in Sydney. From food to fashion, Campari to Crossfit, each Fave 5 edition is researched and recommended by The Urban List, and driven by the new MINI 5-Door Hatch—putting the city at your fingertips and giving you the freedom to explore it!

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