Sydney’s eastern suburbs is bustling with food, art, and culture. The cafes here are leading the way when it comes to delivering top-notch coffee in warm, trendy, and inviting coffee nooks. The eastern suburbs are catering to Sydneysiders and visitors alike with a range of beautifully designed and styled cafes with fresh, tasty menus and barista-made coffees to match.
Shop 5&6, 166-168 Belmore Rd, Randwick
A welcoming cafe and popular with locals, 22 Grams in Randwick knows how to do coffee. Named after the weight of a triple espresso shot, 22 Grams is all about the coffee bean. From the moment you walk in you’ll see the craft roasting machine and bags of single origin beans lined up; all ethically-sourced from farms in faraway countries including Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Guatemala, and Panama.
Coffee changes often at 22 Grams, depending on seasonal demand. You can find all your favourites here including the long black, latte, and iced coffee. The food is just as delicious, with a range of pastries made in-house, as well as fresh bread sourced from ‘The Bread & Butter Project’ who reinvest 100% of their profits back into communities in need.
126 Anzac Pde, Kensington
Located a short distance from Royal Randwick Racecourse, Stable Talk Cafe takes inspiration from the local horse racing culture and presents a cafe that is quirky yet sophisticated. The rustic interior is fitted out like a stable, with all types of horse paraphernalia (including artwork and photographs) of the majestic thoroughbreds, coloured racing saddles hanging up on the walls, and a gorgeous blend of timbers and brickwork.
The cafe specialises in hearty all-day breakfasts that comprise of classic pancakes, Spanish-style baked eggs, and an Irish breakfast consisting of two eggs done any way, pork sausage, bacon, potato, baked beans, and black or white pudding. Coffee is roasted fresh each week, with specialty single origin beans changing each month. Other menu items include a range of breakfast rolls, pasta, burgers, and meat and poultry dishes. The cafe also specialises in cocktail jugs of red passionfruit sangria and white peach sangria.
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30 Clovelly Rd, Randwick
For over 12 years, Tucker has been serving up wholesome food and delicious seasonal breakfast and lunches to the Randwick area. The menu changes with each season to ensure produce is fresh and tasty. The all-day breakfast menu includes all the favourites but with a zesty twist. There’s the cherry toast and honey whipped ricotta, buttermilk pancakes with mascarpone and berries, and the avocado, feta, poached eggs, and chilli oil on grain toast to name a few.
Lunches are hearty and include chicken and fish burgers, chicken and leek pies, and smoked trout. Tucker has a range of fresh-pressed juices as well as coffee and iced drinks. The cafe is designed to cater towards a ‘grab and go’ philosophy, where diners can choose to take away their fresh food. But if you wish to stay and dine in, the cafe provides a light and airy feel with minimalist decor and a fresh design.
19 Havelock Ave, Coogee
Situated close to the beach at Coogee, Cafe de France is a nice little spot to enjoy an all-day breakfast, lunch, dinner, or simply a coffee and a fresh flaky croissant. The menu is styled in a classic French layout with fresh mussels, crepes, and baguettes on offer.
The food is reasonably priced and comes with lovely service and a fresh, modern plating style. The specialty iced Nutella milk is a favourite along with the hot chocolate in a bowl. There’s a wide range of sweet and savoury options, as well as a wine list with wines sourced from France (including the famous Bordeaux region) and Australia.
98 Holdsworth St, Woollahra
Since 2004, Flat White has been a local favourite in the Woollahra suburb. It’s the perfect spot for your morning caffeine fix, as well as a relaxed venue to sit and enjoy your lunch while watching the world go by. Flat White provides an all-day breakfast menu and also caters for lunches.
Open 7 days a week, Flat White is a popular meeting place for brunch where diners can choose from a range of delectable pastries baked in-house, fresh salads, and creative sandwiches including the slow-cooked lamb, halloumi, and carrot slaw toasted sandwich. Flat White’s chosen brew is by Paradox Coffee Roasters, who specialise in ethically-sourced sustainable coffee beans from around the world. Try the specialty flat white, which lives up to the cafe’s name.
21 Fountain St, Alexandria
This healthy, fresh market-focused cafe in Alexandria’s foodie precinct is a popular spot for those searching for the freshest, healthiest produce. Situated in an old warehouse, Bread & Circus has an industrial feel mixed with the rustic charm of a village market, with crates of fresh fruits & vegetables and sturdy wooden tables. The menu changes daily, and often features free-range poultry and eggs, preservative-free meats, organic fruits and vegetables, and coffee beans from Padre in Melbourne.
2 Elizabeth St, Paddington
This Italian cafe mirrors a 1940s Milanese diner and has a longstanding history of serving up authentic Italian dishes to Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Founded by the Cipri family who bring their culinary secrets from the south of Italy, Barbetta brings traditional Italian dishes with a contemporary dining spin.
Barbetta has something for everyone, with the menu featuring classic pastas, as well as ‘The Best Ever Lasagne’. For sweets, Barbetta’s in-house pastry chef conjures up the tastiest pastries and desserts including the bombolini (Italian donut) and cannoli; all using ingredients sourced from Naples, Italy. For a real taste of Italy on your morning or afternoon break, you can’t go past the traditional Italian espresso or macchiato.
33 Ocean St, Woollahra
Cafe Parterre has been a Sydney icon for over 30 years. The whimsical coffee spot is as pretty as a picture, keeping in theme with the leafy suburb of Woollahra. The cafe features an idyllic walled courtyard with sandstone finishings, ornate vases, and plants and florals adorning throughout. The European atmosphere is largely influenced by owner Richard Haigh’s love for collecting antiques from his regular trips to France.
Diners can admire and even shop the collection of antiques and collectables sourced from all over the world while feeling like they’ve been transported to a courtyard cafe in Paris. Produce is sourced specifically from independent local producers, and includes fresh French-inspired seasonal dishes. Sip on an Allpress coffee while you enjoy a French tartine or pastry. Cafe Parterre is open for breakfast and lunch and is a suitable spot to have a quick bite or indulge in a delicious meal.
173-179 Bronte Rd, Queens Park
Ruby’s Diner is the place to escape the summer crowds and to retreat into your own oasis. The small cafe has a relaxed atmosphere with tones of blue and murals on the walls. Ruby’s offers a seasonal menu and award-winning gourmet coffee, making this a must stop for anyone serious about their daily brew. The coffee beans are sourced from Single Origin Roasters, and Ruby’s take their craft very seriously with special attention to latte art, as well as specialty coffee concoctions that include the ‘Dark and Stormy’ – a coffee with ginger beer, orange, and two shots of espresso.
The menu is fresh and healthy, with food options such as a paleo burger, pistachio and quinoa granola, green bibimbap, and house-made sweet potato fries. For those seeking a small bite to go with their coffee, Ruby’s has a selection of fresh treats displayed at the front counter.
1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery
Located in the former site of the Rosella factory, Three Blue Ducks does industrial charm with finesse. The cafe specialises in chargrill, fire smoking, and charcoal to add smokey elements to their dishes. The Argentinian grill in the garden gets fired up to cook whole lamb, chicken, pig, and beef.
If you aren’t a meat eater, don’t despair; Three Blue Ducks offers a seasonal menu of sustainable produce sourced from local markets and includes roasted sweet potato with adobo, burnt corn, and black rice or the roasted pumpkin salad with goats cheese cream. There’s a selection of sweet treats available too, such as the sea salt meringue. If you can’t decide between all the delicious dishes, bring a group together and choose from the Set Menu. Three Blue Ducks coffee is a single origin which is fair trade and forest friendly.