Life is too short for bad coffee, and Sydney is home to some of the finest blends out there.
However, if you’ve never visited Sydney, you might be curious to know where the best places to grab a flat white or a macchiato are.
In this article, I’ve compiled a list of the 15 best coffee shops in Sydney. So armed with this guide, the next time you’re needing a pick-me-up you’ll know exactly where to go.
Let’s get into it.
Location: 193 Missenden Rd, Newtown, NSW 2042 Ph: (02) 9516 3361 See Website For Further Locations
There is no way you can talk about the best coffee shops on Sydney and not mention Campos Coffee. I remember the first time I visited this cafe and how wonderful my flat white was. Thankfully, they are still matching great coffee with exemplary service.
So if you’re in the area, don’t miss a pitstop at Campos Coffee.
Campos prides itself on high quality coffee, and for coffee lovers, it doesn’t get much better than receiving Campos coffee beans as a gift. Campos coffee beans are everywhere in Sydney, and for good reason.
In addition to their coffee, Campos also serves a variety of breakfast foods, including granola and pastries that are perfect to pair with the star of the show.
Location: 60-64 Reservoir St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Ph: (02) 9211 0665
Single O has been a popular hotspot in Surry Hills for years, and is definitely worth checking out if you’re into your coffee. Established in 2003, Single O serves coffee, along with breakfast and lunch from their seasonal menu.
Whether you prefer a flat white, latte, or simply take your coffee black, you’re sure to find a coffee here that suits your preference.
For those individuals who can’t get enough of the stuff, Single O even offers a coffee subscription on their website.
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Location: 15 Kensington Street, Chippendale, NSW 2008 Ph: 0455 852 528
If you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy coffee shop in the Chippendale area, then Concrete Jungle Cafe should be your first choice. This aesthetically pleasing cafe boasts modern decor with a splash of green plants and foliage.
Concrete Jungle Cafe’s coffee packs plenty of flavour, with a smooth mouthfeel and creamy taste. This is seriously addictive stuff!
In addition to their delicious coffee, they also serve a variety of colourful dishes, from pancakes, to smoothie bowls, and fresh salads.
Location: 1/54-56 Darley St, Mona Vale, NSW 2103 Ph: (02) 8411 2190
We head to the Northern Beaches for the next of our best coffee shops in Sydney. Up at Pittwater, Coffee Brothers is a must-visit cafe.
The family owned and run business have been making a name for themselves since their inception in 2010. They offer four varieties of coffee: A seasonal house blend, a specialty volcanic bloom blend, a single origin of the week and single origin decaf.
Coffee Brothers also serve up a mean breakfast menu with sweet and savoury dishes like African eggs, bacon and egg rolls, and pancakes.
Location: 6-8 O’Connell St, Newtown, NSW 2042 Ph: (02) 9557 4908
Brewtown is a benchmark of quality in Sydney’s best-known hipster district.
Brewtown cafe offers a variety of different coffees, and you can choose to dine-in, takeaway, or pick up to get your caffeine fix. Their blends include Raging Bull, Metropolis, Casablanca, Columbia el Cedan Caldas and decaffeinated coffee.
If you’re looking to visit for breakfast or brunch, they also serve a variety of food. We recommend you try the apple and cocoa bercher, eggs on toast, or veggie breakfast roll.
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Location: 40 King St, Sydney, NSW 2000 Ph: 0448 887 728
Skittle Lane Coffee is committed to serving specialty coffee that never compromises on quality or taste.
From house espresso to filter, you can enjoy several different types of coffees made from Skittle Lane’s own roasted blends. And of course, all are truly delicious.
If that’s not enough, you can even enjoy their coffee on a regular basis by signing up to their subscription service.
Skittle Lane also offers a variety of homeware, so you can enjoy your coffee in beautifully crafted mugs or buy a whole set for your kitchen.
Location: Shop 2, 137 Flora St , Sutherland, NSW 2232 See Website For Further Locations
If you’re looking for a coffee fix and you’re in Sutherland, White Horse Coffee is always a winner. Established in 2008, White Horse Coffee has been voted among Sydney’s Best Speciality Coffee and has won a variety of awards.
Care is taken to ensure that drinking this coffee is a special experience, from plant to harvest, and roasting to serving. You can even get their coffee delivered and sign up to their subscription service.
However, you won’t want to swing by this place on a Sunday, as they’re not open then.
Location: 60 Darling Drive Haymarket, Sydney, NSW 2000
If you’re bored of visiting the same old coffee shops, then Edition Coffee Roasters is a unique experience for all coffee lovers.
Edition Coffee Roasters serves delicious blends out of their flagship cafe and roastery inspired by a Japanese farm house. The space is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and a wonderful place to enjoy your coffee.
They also sell a variety of coffee brew gear on their website. Therefore, you can recreate this delicious coffee drinking experience in the comfort of your own home.
Location: 61 Albion St, Sydney, NSW 2010 Ph: (02) 9211 5556
Reuben Hills is well worth a visit if you’re in the Surrey Hills area. From espresso, to cold brew and filter coffee, you’re bound to find a cup to satisfy your caffeine craving.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat, they also offer an all-day, seasonal breakfast menu inspired by Central & South America. They offer foods such as avocado on toast, tacos, and fried chicken.
Location: 26 Bourke Rd Alexandria, Sydney, NSW 2015 See Website For Further Locations
Established in 2005, Mecca Coffee is a roastery that has been committed to making a difference since their inception.
With a focus on transparency, Mecca coffee never compromises on the quality of its coffee.
When it comes to the coffee that they serve, Mecca has got a wide range to offer. From espresso to pour-over, all in a variety of different blends, you’re sure to find your perfect beverage.
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Location: World Square, 395 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW 2000 Ph: 0447 777 567 See Website For Further Locations
Cheap and cheerful, Kingswood Coffee is a great place to grab your coffee on the go.
Kingswood Coffee roast their own speciality coffee, making the taste of their coffee second to none. Along side this, they serve their signature hot chocolate, tea, and chai.
If you’re looking for a snack to take on the road, they also serve a variety of pastries and cronuts.
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Location: Shop 2/40 York St, Sydney, NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9188 8501
Industry Beans focuses on innovative approaches to coffee making. We predict that once you try their coffee, you’ll to see why it’s so popular amongst Sydney coffee lovers.
This company is unique in that they use under the counter machines, allowing customers the opportunity to view the careful process the coffee beans undergo to make the perfect cup of coffee.
Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on this experience!
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Location: Shop 11, The Strand Arcade, G 412-414 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9516 1997
Making great coffee takes great gumption, and Gumption by Coffee Alchemy has got coffee making down to a T.
Coffee Alchemy is the proud receiver of several coffee roaster awards, and it’s no surprise when you experience it for yourself. With a smooth mouthfeel and wonderful flavour, it will come as no surprise that many people consider this coffee to be their favourite.
If you want to enjoy the taste of their coffee at home, be sure to pick up a bag of their coffee beans.
This is definitely one of the best coffee shops in Sydney – and that it is located in the beautiful Strand Arcade is an added bonus.
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Location: 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Ph: 0481 148 439
The Paramount Coffee Project was established in 2013 and showcases high quality coffee with an unbiased approach.
This means that Paramount Coffee Project’s coffee menu features local and international roasters on a rotational basis, meaning that you get to experience a huge variety of coffee beans all in the same place.
You can also enjoy delicious breakfast or lunch options here, from granola bowls to fried chicken waffles depending on your mood. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Location: Shop 1A, 118 Devonshire St (corner Holt St), Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Last, but not least, on our look at the best coffee shops in Sydney, we have Sample Coffee. Established as a deliberately small business that makes a large impact, they have a focus on producing consistently high quality coffee for their loyal customers.
Offering a variety of different blends, Sample Coffee is known for making these blends from diverse coffee fruit species. From Americanos, to espressos, to filter coffee, there’s bound to be an option that is perfect for your morning fix.
Importantly, Sample Coffee has a huge commitment to sourcing new and exciting coffees without compromising on responsible and ethical means to provide them. They never cut corners, which means you can trust each cup of coffee is of good taste and quality.
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Pina Potts Point (Bonus)
Location: Dear Sainte Eloise, 4/9 Orwell St, Potts Point, NSW 2011 Ph: 0432 445 342
The good people of Potts Point are blessed with some great cafes and one of the finest is Pina Potts Point.
Originally opening to accommodate the extra bodies from sister cafe Room Ten across the road, Pina has developed a fan base all of its own. And if you pop by for brunch, you’ll soon see why.
The bacon and egg roll with house-made harissa is stellar. And so, of course, is the coffee. Yes, it’s from Alexandria’s own Mecca Coffee (see above), but it’s still a great cuppa.
Combine that a heady coffee with one of those breakfast rolls and you have a match made in heaven. It’s also why Pina makes our rundown of the best coffee shops in Sydney.
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