In a first for Sydney’s CBD, Caffeine Cartel is the only cafe to serve directly to customers on bustling Martin Place. It’s commandeered the lobby space of the United Overseas Bank (UOB) building, and can seat about 20 or so of you lucky souls inside, too.
To say it’s prime Sydney real estate is an understatement. Thousands of workers, walkers and tourists pass through the pedestrian mall on weekdays, and they’re making a beeline for a caffeine hub that’s not set in a soulless food court.
The espresso coffee at Caffeine Cartel is an exclusive blend from Marrickville’s Little Marionette roasters, and you can also score yourself a batch brew (it’s bottomless!), an espresso tonic spiked with yuzu, or a Greek-style iced coffee.
The glass counter has a promising array of sambos, muesli, juices and pastries for those on the go. But if you’ve got time on your hands, tuck into a “crushed” avo on toast with a soft-boiled egg and house-made dukkah sprinkled on top, or their uber-wholesome, uber-delicious lunchtime salad bowls.
Owner Daniel Drakopoulos comes from stellar Sydney dining pedigree. Pappa Bill Drakopoulos heads up the Sydney Restaurant Group, responsible for Ormeggio at the Spit, LuMi, Sotto Sopra...you get the drift. They know what’s good, and they’ve got the hats to prove it. At Caffeine Cartel, you’ll be sure that the family genes trickle down to make you a very happy and caffeinated bruncher.
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