Searching for the perfect brew? Look no further than our guide to the best coffee in Sydney.
Sydneysiders are a competitive bunch. In fact, we’re constantly battling it out with Melbournians for the title of Australia’s coffee capital. We might be a tad biased, but we believe Sydney has some of the best spots to nab a delicious cup of coffee. From specialty coffee brew bars to bustling inner-city cafes, discover where to find the best coffee in Sydney.
Nestled in the heart of Alexandria’s slowly evolving light-industrial streets you’ll find Mecca Coffee Alexandria. Housed in a converted warehouse space, this unassuming spot is one of the most welcoming neighbourhood cafes in the area (and also one of Sydney’s best spots to score a delicious coffee). Out the back, you’ll hear the roastery team working away at roasting beans while the front of the space boasts a spacious cafe. Swing by for delicious seasonal eats, perfectly brewed coffee and even nab a bag of retail beans to take home.
Psst… are you working in the CBD? Stop by Mecca Coffee’s CBD outpost at 67 King Street, Sydney (open weekdays from 6am to 4:30pm) for all your coffee needs.
Find Mecca Coffee’s Alexandria cafe and roastery at 26 Bourke Road, Alexandria. Open Mon to Fri 7am to 3pm and weekends 8am to 3pm.
Speaking of big coffee players, caffeine connoisseurs will likely be well-acquainted with Surry Hills’ iconic Paramount Coffee Project. Located in the bustling Paramount House building (home to a luxe new boutique hotel and even a premium rooftop gym), PCP Sydney is a destination for coffee lovers. On the bar, you’ll find a rotating selection of beans from roasteries locally and abroad. Plus, the floor staff and baristas are always on-hand to help you find the perfect coffee for your palette.
Find the Paramount Coffee Project at 80 Commonwealth Street, Sydney. Open daily from 7am to 4pm.
A list of Sydney’s best coffee spots wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Single O’s landmark Surry Hills outpost. Since swinging open its doors back in 2003, this Reservoir Street spot was home to Single O’s first roastery. Fast forward to 2020, and the cafe has just been kitted out with a fresh new look. The expanded cafe is a hot-spot for scoring a delicious brekkie or lunch feed, while the takeaway window now boasts Sydney’s first self-serve batch brew bar (which lets punters pour and pay for their own batch brew filter coffee in under a minute).
Find Single O Surry Hills at 60-64 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills. Open Mon to Fri 6:30am to 4pm, Sat 7:30am to 3pm and Sun 8am to 3pm (food served until 2:30pm daily).
Marrickville might be best known for its stellar selection of craft breweries, but the suburb is quickly solidifying its place as a must-see coffee destination. And one of our favourite spots to visit has to be ONA Coffee. Coming to Marrickville from the nation’s capital, this specialty coffee bar is first-and-foremost a coffee spot. With a bar menu of everything from milk-based cups to black and filtered brews, pull up a chair at the bar and get ready to sip something new and expand your palette at this coffee shop.
Find ONA Coffee at 140 Marrickville Road, Marrickville. Open weekdays from 7am to 3pm and weekends 8am to 3pm.
There’s nothing better than a coffee and croissant to start your day. And at Potts Point’s Primary Coffee Roasters, that’s exactly what you’ll find. This spot keeps its offering simple, with coffee and only a small selection of Penny Fours’ pastries available. But, this curated menu is executed with perfection. A favourite among Potts Point locals looking for a perfectly brewed coffee on their way to the office, Primary Coffee Roasters is a no-frills space that doesn’t complicate the brewing process.
Find Primary Coffee Roasters at 1/9 Ward Avenue, Potts Point. Open Tuesday to Fri 6am to 3pm and weekends 7am to 2pm.
Located just a stone’s throw from Martin Place, Regiment understands how to deliver a delicious CBD coffee experience. The service is swift without feeling rushed, the dishes familiar yet made with care and the coffee fast and perfectly brewed. With coffee courtesy of Veneziano, get ready to sip everything from batch brew filter to milk-based coffee (with your choice of soy or cold-pressed almond milk). Whether you pull up a stool to dine-in with a colleague or grab-and-go on your lunch break, you’re sure to be impressed by this inner-city joint.
Find Regiment CBD at 333 George Street, Sydney. Open weekdays from 7am to 4pm.
Speaking of keeping things simple, the crew from Skittle Lane have nailed the formula for a delicious coffee experience in the CBD. Tucked away on the lower end of King Street, this airy New-York inspired space is about as sleek as coffee shops come: expect a glossy black marble bar, minimalist light features and beautiful handmade ceramics. Grab a seat in the window, grab your favourite brew and a serve of avo toast and get your day off to a great start.
Psst.. if you find yourself in Bondi, make sure to swing by Skittle Lane’s newly opened Bondi outpost (now open at 135 Curlewis Street).
Find Skittle Lane at 40 King Street, Sydney. Open weekdays 7am to 4pm.
Unlike most coffee shops, you won’t find a food menu at Artificer. This Bourke Street favourite is proudly coffee only, but they won’t mind if you bring a bag of Bourke Street Bakery’s croissants inside (as long as you share the pastry goods with the baristas). These guys roast and brew all their own coffee, making sure each cup is as delicious as possible. Be warned, this coffee bar attracts serious crowds on the weekends so seats can be hard to come by. But we believe this spot is definitely worth the wait.
Find Artificer Coffee Bar and Roastery at 547 Bourke Street, Surry Hills. Open Tues to Fri 7am to 3pm and wekends 8am to 1pm.
Love brewing your own coffee at home? Make sure to swing by Sample Coffee’s Pro Shop in St Peters to stock up on all the tools and brew gear you need to make it happen. Located in the heart of St Peters’ Precinct 75, this cafe meets home brewing hotspot is designed with coffee lovers in mind. Pull up a chair at the bar, chat to the baristas and sip your way through Sample Coffee’s selection of rotating single-origin brews.
Plus, you can also find Sample Coffee’s delicious brews at their Coffee Bar in Surry Hills (Shop 1a, 118 Devonshire Street, open weekdays 6:30am to 4pm) and at their newly opened Chippendale Old Gold Cafe (1 Dangar Street, open weekdays 7am to 3:30pm).
Find Sample Coffee Pro Shop at Suite 1.03, 75 Mary Street, St Peters. Open weekdays 7am to 3pm and weekends 8am to 2pm.
From first glance, Coffee Alchemy’s Addison Road outpost isn’t much to talk about. But inside this small shop front, you’ll find a team of passionate baristas, roasters and coffee lovers brewing some of Sydney’s best coffee. In fact, the team from Coffee Alchemy has even scored a bunch of top-notch accolades including taking out the Australian Barista Champion title, NSW Championship titles and more. Clearly, this is one coffee shop that really knows what they are doing.
Find Coffee Alchemy at 24 Addison Road, Marrickville. Open weekdays 7am to 2pm, Saturdays 8am to 3pm and Sundays 9am to 1pm.