I go somewhere, I find coffee. It’s my pilgrimage, my life mission, my topmost priority in all my travels. But I am not a coffee snob as this CNN article claims of the people of Sydney. What I am is a coffee fan, an enthusiast who likes discovering different cafés. And if the café is pretty, even if it’s not well-known, you will most likely see me making my way there. I had no problem finding the best coffee when I went to Australia because of their coffee culture. In Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) alone there are a lot to choose from. Here are some of the best ones that I’ve tried so far.
Ampersand Café and Bookstore
First on the list is my most favorite, Ampersand. It’s a café and a bookstore along Oxford Street. They have over 30,000 books on their shelves that customers can either borrow or purchase. Aside from coffee they offer pasta dishes, salads, baked goods, and other drinks. The place is also big, goes up to the third floor.
Address: 78 Oxford Street
Paddington, Sydney NSW
Business Hours: Monday – Saturday | 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sunday | 9:00am – 5:00pm
I was walking my way back to the hostel when I passed by this café that was obviously named after the street where it’s located. Coffee Pitt is a small café manned by Asian baristas. Not sure if it’s just the timing of my visit but when I went there even the customers are mostly Asian (Koreans and Chinese based on what I overheard). It’s a cool place with dark-toned interiors and they are serving Toby’s Estate coffee. In short, their coffee doesn’t need any introduction. Their flat white was amazing.
Address: 365 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW
Business Hours: Monday – Friday | 6:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday – Sunday | 8:00am – 6:00pm
Boon Café offers Thai food inside an Asian grocery store; it’s exactly how I described it. The café space was small, just a few tables that could easily fill up with customers. I was very happy with the dish that I ordered, a noodle dish with seafood, it was bursting with flavors and the serving is generous. I find the coffee that I ordered too bitter for my taste, nevertheless, I liked the smooth and creamy texture.
Address: 425 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW
Business Hours: Monday – Sunday | 8:00am – 12:00am
Auvers is a café named after a village in the north-western suburbs of Paris. If you want delicious cake to pair with your coffee, this is where you should go. In fact, I remember it most for the cakes than the coffee, that’s how delicious they are. I liked the coffee art though, it’s cute.
These cakes have unique flavors, the cake roll is lychee, the crepe cake is English breakfast; that’s right, a tea-flavored cake. I was doubtful when the barista recommended it to us, but he sounded so confident that we would love it, my friend and I gave in. And he was right, the crepe cake does taste like tea but it was not overpowering and doesn’t leave an aftertaste. It was mildly sweet too, it was fantastic. Do order it when you get a chance to visit Auvers. Please forgive the not-so-pleasing photos as I took them in a hurry.
Address: Shop 4, 12 Nicolle Walk,
Darling Square, Darling Square
Business Hours: Monday – Friday | 7:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday | 8:00am – 11:00pm
Sunday | 8:00am – 10:00pm