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5 of the best coffee shops in Sydney

In a city of coffee lovers, Sydney’s baristas are bringing innovation and creativity to the caffeine fix

Isabella Redmond Styles

City Guide

by Isabella Redmond Styles


Sensory Lab
Originally from Melbourne, Sensory Lab recently brought its speciality coffee to Sydney. Located in the Bondi area, the café is wholly committed to coffee innovation and developing alternative processes, ensuring perfect results. Appropriately, Sensory Lab staff are kitted out in lab coats and offer individual taste profiling to help visitors discover their favourite brew. The space houses not only a café and seating for 35 but also an education section where coffee lovers can brush up their knowledge.

Sensory Lab, 75-79 Hall Street, Sydney, NSW 2026, +61 (0)3 9645 0065

Black Star Pastry
Coffee and cake is one of the ultimate combinations and Sydney’s Black Star Pastry has the pairing down to an art form. Run by chef Christopher Thé, the café has a cosy, home-from-home feel with a DIY toast station and excellent coffee made from Little Marionette beans. The sweet and savoury baked goods are outstanding and the best-selling strawberry watermelon cake with rose-scented cream is certainly worth the calories.

Black Star Pastry, 277 Australia Street, Sydney, NSW 2042, +61 (0)2 9557 8656

Single Origin Roasters
One for true coffee aficionados, Single Origin Roasters modestly describes itself as a café and brew bar. Expert staff produce painstakingly well-made coffee as well as tasty seasonal breakfast and lunch plates. The impressive speciality brew bar was the birthplace of the Juggler Café Milk Tap System and serves coffee to go made according to a staggering variety of brewing methods, from cold brew to aeropress.

Single Origin Roasters, 60-64 Reservoir Street, Sydney, NSW 2010, +61 (0)2 9211 0665

One of the city’s trendiest venues for a morning brew, Bootsdarling is a charming new addition to Darlinghurst’s South Dowling Street. The coffee comes from Melbourne roaster Joshua Bailey of Bailey Coffee and there are plenty of other delights to sample, such as the hibiscus and lemon myrtle iced tea, as well a hearty all-day breakfast menu which includes slow-cooked pork hash with poached egg.

Bootsdarling, 333 South Dowling Street, Sydney, NSW 2010, +61 (0)4 2118 1534

Cabrito Coffee Traders
Former barman Blake Head swapped cocktails for caffeine when he opened Cabrito Coffee Traders. Minimally furnished and with a limited menu, the focus here is very much on the coffee, which is roasted on site, and rightly so. Enjoy your cup with one of the café’s moreish lamingtons – flavours include salted caramel.

Cabrito Coffee Traders, 10-14 Bulletin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000, +61 (0)2 8065 8895


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