11 of the Best Specialty Coffee Spots in Sydney
Coffee lovers are spoiled for choice in Sydney, with speciality coffee cafés, roasteries, and single origin beans available at every corner in every suburb. We are in the third wave of coffee popularity. What better way to celebrate than with a delicious brew at any of these phenomenal cafés in the city surrounds? Grab your KeepCup and discover all the speciality coffee that Syndey has to offer!
1. Collective Roasting Solutions Pop-Up, St. Peters
Perfect for coffee snobs and newbies alike. CRS provides smaller coffee roasters with the facilities they need to roast their beans for distribution. They have just opened a pop-up café next door to St Peter’s train station. Every week they showcase one of their Roasters coffee beans’ blend for milk coffees and speciality single origin coffee for filters.
2. Campos Coffee, Newtown & Alexandria
Campos is one of the major names in coffee in Australia, not just Sydney. Their main location is just off King Street in Newtown. Ideal for single-origin coffees, signature blends, or for stocking up on beans for you to brew at home. They are committed to providing quality coffee that is made ethically, and with care. Their Newtown café is often very busy, so I’d also recommend their spot in Alexandria. Serving speciality brews and blends in an industrial-chic location on Fountain St with high ceilings and exposed-brick walls.
3. Gumption by Coffee Alchemy, Strand Arcade
Have you ever found yourself drained from all your browsing at the shops on Pitt St Arcade and busting for a shot of premium caffeine? Stumble into the Strand Arcade and refuel at Gumption. A speciality coffee spot by Coffee Alchemy roastery and café in Marrickville. The history and heritage of The Strand complement the artisan focus of the Coffee Alchemy brand.
4. Mecca, Alexandria
Mecca Expresso lives up to its name as hordes of coffee lovers flock to their establishment to indulge in their delicious brews or stock up on their seasonal house blends or single origin beans sourced from Colombia, Ethiopia, Bolivia and more. Mecca started in the CBD, with its café on King Street; but their ex-brothel turned roastery in Alexandria is their main location.
5. Skittle Lane, CBD
If you are looking for a good pick-me-up to jumpstart your afternoon at work in the CBD, you could do a lot worse than Skittle Lane – frequently featured on recommended lists for Sydney coffee. Not just a pretty face, they roast their own seasonal blend of coffee beans (using CRS). Nab a strong long black on your way to the office or a perfect flat white to wake up in the afternoon.
6. Paramount Coffee Project, Surry Hills
Paramount Coffee Project is a powerhouse when it comes to exceptional Australian and international roasters. Alongside espresso blends to espresso of the day, filter, and iced batch brew, you’ll find tea, herbal tea, milkshakes (I recommend the PCP coffee shake), and more. Plus, their seasonally changing brunch menu is phenomenal. Not around the Hills? Then head to Bondi Hall by PCP. Just mind how you bring it up in conversation. Not everyone is going to understand why you’re gushing about PCP…
7. Reuben Hills, Surry Hills
Featuring a roastery upstairs and a buzzing café downstairs, this booming establishment in Surry Hills is not one to be missed. Offering bespoke filters, traditional long and short blacks, milk coffees, iced lattes and much more. For something a little different go for a house-made iced horchata. Quirky Instagram-worthy milkshakes can also be found here.
8. Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst
Nordic influences and Japanese style marry perfectly in this sleek spot in Darlinghurst. It’s the innovative coffee and experimental eats that are Edition Coffee Roasters’ recipe for success. Their menu features items like wild boar meatballs with lingonberry, sake-cured beef, and matcha hotcakes. They select single origin or estate green (re: unroasted) beans and roast them for their batch brew, pour-over, aero-press, Japanese drip, and cold brew coffees.
9. Single O, Surry Hills
Formerly Single Origin Roasters, but that name proved to be too much of a mouthful for Aussies, thus Single O was born. Single O source their coffee from a single estate or area from as far afield as Ethiopia, Kenya, and Brazil and roast it themselves. They also do a killer house blend that you should not pass on. Whatever way you like your coffee, their baristas have you covered.
10. Brewtown Coffee Roasters, Newtown
Brewtown Coffee Roasters’s home is a late-19th-century brick warehouse. Featuring a bustling café on the ground floor and a renovated roastery and bakery upstairs. Speciality coffee and signature house cronuts are an essential order for newbies to this excellent example of Inner West’s premium café culture. Coffee beans are sourced directly from coffee farms, then roasted on-site, and served how you like it.
11. Ona Coffee, Marrickville
The latest addition to the speciality coffee scene in the Inner West is Ona Coffee. Hailing originally from Canberra, Ona Coffee is all about the beauty of the bean. Whether you enjoy your coffee white, black or filtered, Ona has the perfect brew for you. With various coffee blends on offer, with tasting notes and highly experienced baristas ready to talk them through with you. Plus, you can wash down your coffee with any of the Short Stop doughnuts they have on offer for the ultimate traditional coffee combo!
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