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10 Cafes You Should Visit for the Best Coffee in Sydney

In August 2018, Yardstick Coffee held the 2018 Philippine AeroPress Championship from which the winner was recently sent to Sydney, Australia to compete in the World AeroPress Championship.

Philippine representative Aldrin Lumaban competed against 80 others from around the world and skilfully worked alongside 2018 World AeroPress Championship Carolina Ibarra Garay from United States.

While in Sydney, Aldrin had time to go around and tried some of the best coffee Sydney had to offer. If you love coffee as much as we hope you do, then check out Aldrin’s top picks of coffee shops:


1. Reuben Hills

Reuben Hills

One of the many things admirable about Reuben Hills is that their cafeteria and roasting areas are separated. The former is on the ground floor, while the latter is on the second.

Their freshly roasted coffee is paired best with their appetizing food inspired by the owner’s coffee-buying trips in Central and South America.

  • Must-Orders: Black Coffee ($4), White Coffee ($4.50), Filter Coffee ($5.50)
  • Location: 61 Albion Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia


2. Fire Station Cafe

Fire Station Cafe

Australians have a fast-paced lifestyle. This is reflected in the offerings of Fire Station. Their menu is straightforward, making the shop ideal for those who are always on the go. They have vegetarian-friendly food options, too.

  • Must-Orders: Single Origin Coffee ($4), House Blend Coffee ($4), Filter Coffee ($5)
  • Location: 465 Pitt Street, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia


3. The Choc Pot

Choc Pot
Image Credit: @thechocpot

Coffee and chocolates together? Why not? The Choc Pot is the go-to place for those with a sweet tooth. Aside from their selection of exotic and pungent coffee, they have delectable chocolate desserts that are so tempting, you can easily give in.

  • Must-Orders: Black Coffee ($3.50), Cappuccino ($3.80), TCP Mocha ($5)
  • Location: 7/1 Railway Parade, Burwood NSW 2134, Australia


4. The Reformatory Caffeine Lab

Reformatory Caffeine Lab

Visit this cafe if you’re looking for an intense coffee experience. Reformatory serves high-grade coffee with more than 15 variants to choose from. Pair your aromatic cup with their delicious pastries and your morning is complete.

  • Must-Orders: Mario Natural San Jose, Colombia Curzao, Ethiopia Anderacha (approximately $25 for two people)
  • Location: 17-51 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia


5. The Crabbe Hole

Crabbe Hole
Image Credit: @thecrabbehole

Sipping coffee by the sea is always a good idea. At The Crabbe Hole, you can enjoy your freshly roasted coffee as you watch surfers ride waves at the Bondi Beach. Whether your tummy longs for an espresso, latte, or cappuccino, this cafe has you covered.

  • Must-Orders: Long Black ($3), Piccolo ($3.50), Flat White Coffee ($4)
  • Location: Poolside @ Bondi Icebergs, 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi NSW 2026, Australia


6. Social Hideout

Social Hideout
Image Credit: @socialhideout

An open cafe with a garden, Social Hideout is an easy choice for family and friends wanting to catch up over brunch. They serve breakfast meals until 2:30 PM.

Even better, Social Hideout is pet-friendly, so you can bring your fur babies along while you enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or two.

  • Must-Orders: Macchiato ($3), Hot Chocolate ($3.80), Taro Latte ($4.50)
  • Location: 2a/20 Victoria Road, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia


7. Celsius Coffee Co.

Celsius Coffee
Image Credit: @socialcoffeeco

Celsius is a wooden-cabin cafe beside the Kirribilli Wharf. Take a peek outside the window and you’ll see the blue waters. It is also close to the Circular Quay, a hub of ferry transport in Sydney—making it a popular choice among commuters.

  • Must-Orders: Macchiato ($3), Hot Chocolate ($3.80), Taro Latte ($4.50)
  • Location: Commuter Wharf, Holbrook Avenue, Kirribilli NSW 2061, Australia


8. Mecca


You know a coffee shop is a must-try if its customers are patient to line up. Mecca serves energy-boosting coffee in a quaint space with limited seats, making your coffee experience intimate. With their short menu, you can easily decide what to have.

  • Must-Orders: Black Coffee ($4), White Coffee ($4), Nitro Cold Brew ($6.)
  • Location: 67 King Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia


9. Single O

Single O

Singe O is perfect for coffee lovers who like dwelling inside coffee shops to simply relax and enjoy their cup. This popular shop in Surry Hills is known for their high-grade and seasonal coffee that will keep you coming back for more.

  • Must-Orders: Black Espresso ($4), Pour-Over ($7), Aeropress ($7)
  • Location: 60-64 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia


10. Lab Kitchen

Lab Kitchen
Image Credit: @labkitchenwestryde

Satisfy your coffee cravings by trying any of Lab Kitchen’s 18 caffeinated options. While you’re at it, order their brunch sets that are prepared using only locally sourced ingredients. They use a special homemade sauce to make their dishes more mouthwatering.

  • Must-Orders: Piccolo Latte ($3.30), Chai Latte ($4), Melted Hot Chocolate ($5)
  • Location: 14 Anthony Road, West Ryde NSW 2114, Australia


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