Caffeine makes the world go round; at least at 8am it does. There are few better places in the world for coffee than taking a Sydney tour for coffee. A number of people I speak to from the Northern Hemisphere are astounded by the coffee in both Australia and New Zealand. We take the morning wake up call very seriously. You won’t find a watered down cup of joe served from a glass pot here. You’ll find long blacks, flat whites and a latte that will make you cry when you think about it during those long commuting hours after returning home.
Sydney has a number of places to get great coffee. This article will set out some of the great ones but the focus is on local’s coffee spots. The atmosphere, view and coffee make these places the best to put on your list for a Sydney tour for coffee. I’ll make that disclaimer now before getting told there are a thousand better places to drink coffee. Let me know in the comments where you drink coffee in Sydney so I can check them out.
Tamarama Beach Cafe
Sandwiched between Bondi and Bronte beaches. The coastal walkway between Bondi and Bronte is one of the most famous walks in Sydney. Taking in clifftops and windswept coastline it has some of the best ocean views in the city. Tamarama Beach is a cliff note on the way. A sliver of sand no more than a couple of dozen metres wide it’s a quiet hideaway in the middle of the barrage of tourists. There’s always people swimming and playing volleyball along the beach, it’s a great place to people watch.
Tamarama Beach Cafe sits right on the edge of the beach. The outdoors seating takes in the view of the beach and does great snacks and coffee. The coffee is not world famous but the view makes it all worthwhile.
Although you can park somewhere near Tamarama (if you’re lucky to find a parking spot) the walk from Bondi to Bronte is not be to missed. So make the hike and take Tamarama as your halfway break to relax and enjoy the sea breeze.
Manly is the quintessential Australian beach. Long white sand lapped by surf and populated by bronzed bodies. The foreshore walkway is a beautiful place to stroll and catch some sun. Situated forty five minutes from the CBD via ferry Manly is a great place for a half or full day trip. There’s plenty of things to do and see as well as a number of great cafes and bars.
Hemingway’s is a great little cafe on the main street along the beach front. The cafe doubles as a bar and you can grab a coffee or a craft beer. The cafe itself is lined with books and has a great view of Manly beach.
BarCycle Walsh Bay
Hidden away between the apartments and piers of Walsh Bay BarCycle is a bike friendly cafe with a great view. Walsh Bay sits between the Harbour Bridge and Barangaroo park; a short walk from both Circular Quay and the Rocks precinct. The bay features high end apartments, theatres and expensive boats but most importantly is very quiet during the day. Although these cafes get some foot traffic they are a great place to unwind away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
BarCycle sits on the waters edge and has a great menu as well as great coffee. We often stop by here for a coffee and a snack while walking from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay.
Metro St James
The Metro St James is a slightly over priced little cafe but is a great place to grab coffee next to Hyde Park. It’s a view is perfect to people watch and take a rest after wandering through Hyde Park or David Jones department store.
While you’re having coffee you can watch a game of chess on the giant board next to the cafe. There is a bunch of regular guys who play there, they can be quite entertaining at times.
The cafe is also right next to the St. James train station and a short walk to a lot of the central parts of the city.
Gumption by Coffee Alchemy
Gumption sits in the Strand Arcade that connects George and Pitt Streets in the centre of the city. The Strand Arcade was built in 1891 and has maintained its traditional design and has a lot of speciality stores. It’s a great place to stop if you can find a place to sit.
Over the years the Arcade has been the setting for 1920’s drunkenness at the Ambassador’s Cafe, and the Chequers Night Club in the 1950’s, infamously run by a fierce six foot tall Chinese manageress. These day’s things are a bit more relaxed and the most risky thing to do is pick up a nice cigar. Stop by Gumption to take in some of the culture and enjoy the single origin coffee.
Sanders Kiosk – Cabarita Park
Sanders Kiosk is just that, a small Kiosk that isn’t anything exceptional. Cabarita Park is the draw for this locals pick. Sitting forty minutes up harbour from the CBD on the ferry Cabarita is a spot that is not known by many in the city, it is very much a locals spot. The park is beautifully set against the harbour and is very quiet in the weekends. It’s a great place to take a stroll and take in the view of the marina, kayaks and the ferry floating by.
Sanders Kiosk sits on the point next to the marina and is just a perfect place for coffee on a Sunday afternoon. Sit back and relax.
The Grounds of Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria are a very popular weekend spot for Sydneysiders. Sitting in the middle of suburbia the Grounds are a beautifully landscaped group of cafes, restaurants and niche markets set on the grounds of an old pie factory. I know, a pie factory. But the brick and the organic gardens make for a great background. Stick around a bit later in the day and you’ll be in time for the cocktails to start flowing. Make a day of it.
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