Where Store Meets Café

By Lucy Cook
2nd Feb 2015

Best Sydney Cafe

We know you are busy, in-demand folk whose time is precious and, as a result of said busyness, that precious time should be full of coffee. There are plenty of Sydney cafes combining coffee with other services—from bikes to lampshades—and we’ve compiled a list of the best, so you can make the most of your coffee run.

Armchair Collective

Mona Vale
Armchair Collective offers onsite interior design consultations as well as being home to a delicious café for the perfect one-stop shop on the Northern Beaches. They sell one-of-a-kind restored designer armchairs, colourful cushions, custom lampshades, and other interior dream items.  Have a wander through this delightful Sydney homewares store, then grab a seat at the café and enjoy the brown rice congee with minced pork, ginger, and poached egg while you decide how many lampshades and armchairs you can afford.

Bay Ten Espresso

Lavender Bay
We’re all familiar with the MAMILs (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) who swoop on our favourite Sydney cafés every Sunday morning, but we think they need to know about Bay Ten Espresso. Located just over the Harbour Bridge, in Lavender Bay, the warehouse is a combination of super cool espresso bar and fitness mecca, with The Body Mechanic, a specialist bike fit, gait, analysis, and physio outfit run by a bunch of elite athletes taking up shared residency. A lovely, sunny coffee spot for the sports-minded and their not-so-sports-minded friends.

Gertrude & Alice

Bondi Beach
If your idea of a perfect day is snuggled up somewhere comfy surrounded by books and tea, then you probably already know about gorgeous Sydney café, Gertrude & Alice. Now a Bondi institution, this is the perfect rainy day hideout to immerse yourself in their massive collection of varied literature and enjoy some tea and cake. BYO Snuggie.

Atelier de Velo

Sydney CBD
One for the city-based cyclists, Atelier de Velo is conveniently situated on Clarence Street and offers all bike-related services your two wheels will need. For workshop rates, they can sort out any kind of bike, offering a $99 service package to get everything in working order as well as offering to assemble any bike whose frame and parts you bought online. And since you’re getting stuff done, treat yourself to a coffee and cake when you drop off your bike.

Ampersand Café & Bookstore

Sprawling over two levels on Crown Street in the heart of Surry Hills, Ampersand Ampersand is a light and breezy café providing great coffee, knockout breakfasts, and some cool books to browse. A perfect spot for a lazy morning after the night before—they have a ‘Morning-After Breakfast’ option with the option of adding Berocca!

Deus Ex Machina

Dare Jennings, the Godfather of Fun and the Mastermind of Mambo, has a new project, Deus Ex Machina, and it’s unsurprisingly excellent. A beacon for those looking for an interesting way to spend some time and even less money, Deus Ex Machina offers food, art, music, surfboards, motorbikes, inappropriate movies, swap meets, and hip clothing—all under one roof. The vibe is relaxed and fun, the food is delicious and no nonsense. So whip out your leather jacket and enjoy the coolest place to eat, shop, and hang out in Camperdown.

Town Bike Pitstop

Biking is having a moment in Sydney, and Town Bike Pitstop in Redfern takes inspiration from Dutch cycling culture to encourage Sydneysiders to experience a robust, charming, and relaxed ride, offering a range of European town bikes and matching accessories. Once you’re suitably kitted out to be the most attractive, hipster, and Eurocentric biker on the streets, enjoy a coffee and some of the delicious ethically produced food TBP has to offer.

Image credit: Tanya Lee

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