Image credit: Alessandro Squadrito at Wieczorkowski
ICYMI, it’s been a tad cold/plain rotten outside of late. We don’t blame you if you want to take refuge inside some of these cosy cafés in Sydney. (BYO blanket fort).
These Sydney cafés are best enjoyed with a warm drink, warm food and a good friend (friend is optional, warm drink is not). So what are you waiting for? Let’s get snuggly!
Potts Point’s café, Marcelle, is the kind of place where you can opt for healthy or indulgent fare, and locally sourced ingredients feed your sense of sustainability, as well as your stomach. When it comes to warming winter breakfasts, Marcelle offers free-range baked eggs with bacon from Bronte's Lucas Meats, fresh tomatoes and marinated mushrooms, so it gives you the warm an fuzzies all around. Alternatively, simply order a salted caramel milkshake, fold yourself into a corner and enjoy.
Gertrude and Alice
A chai so perfect it demands the handle ‘famous’ and more books than even the most dedicated bibliophile could handle? Where do we sign up? More importantly, are lifetime memberships an option? Gertrude and Alice, Bondi Beach’s answer to inner-city bookseller hybrids, is named after Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Tolkas, two straight up radical sisters who were high up in the world of art and literature. Tuck up with Alice’s famous chai recipe or hot chocolate, and bask in the comfort that only a bookstore can bring.
Family-owned Wieczorkowski in Sydney’s Woollahra offer what can only be described as a damn decent spread – if it’s sweet, it’s there – plus Polish specialties like pączki (similar to a donut) to woo even the most anti-sweet palate. Crowd favourites like the pierogi and cabbage rolls and barszcz (beetroot soup) have also just been approved for the new winter menu but if you’re a little shy, we suggest a Polish Tasting Plate. Pop on down to try something new or, sweets and soup just like Babcia used to make.
The Book Kitchen
A large share table fills most of the space at this Devonshire street café just begs to be filled with caffeine addicts and readers alike. Before hitting the books, try the trio of corn fritters with smoked salmon, poached egg and smashed avo and/or if you’re around for dinner, the seared scallops with crispy gnocchi won’t disappoint. Did we mention the deconstructed white choc cheesecake? There’s few things in this world quite so marvelous (aside from a certain TBK barista’s moustache that is).
Lauded as one of the best café’s in Sydney’s inner west, and with some of the freshest ingredients this side of an actual farm, Revolver is the former 1800’s corner store that could. We’re sold thanks to a big breakfast which has to be seen to be believed, a creation dubbed The Ultimate Cheeseburger, and warm and fuzzy vibes that ensure a steady stream of regulars. There’re also plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options, plus word on the street gives customer service a shining 10/10.
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Porch and Parlour
Proof that the world is indeed a beautiful place can be found at Porch and Parlour; these blessed humans serve brekkie from 7am until 3pm! You’ll find more than occasional mun (man bun) and slightly overwhelming beard, but the emphasis is on food, rather than hitting the hipster vibes hard (it is Bondi after all). The smashed eggs are glorious, the raw cosmic salad a freaking revelation, and the steak sandwich could easily fill its own Instagram account.
If you’re one of those hungry diners who find themselves nose first into the patisserie display, you might want to peruse Post Café’s menu ahead of time – you’re going to struggle to nail down a choice otherwise. Post Café do both staples and the fancier plate but sitting squarely in the middle is the glorious Post brekkie of eggs, bacon, chipolatas, organic sourdough and tomato chutney. They’ve had a refurb of late but you’ll still be able to spot it. Look for the high-arch windows and Marrickville charm.
Ampersand is the epitome of cosy with new and second-hand books tucked around eclectic furniture but just in case that wasn’t enough, they also serve a mean breakfast all day long. Croque Monsieur/Madame available at any time? We’ll take one of each thanks. An adjoining library holds 5000 books in case a full purchase is off the cards and beer and wine are available later in the day. Ampersand is perfect for the gal or guy in search of their next security book (to carry around in case of a lull) or caffeine aficionado in search of a cosy corner.