This graffiti- and stencil-adorned, signless Brunswick institution is famous for being the first cafe opened by Mark Dundon, since responsible for Brother Baba Budan and Seven Seeds. The place has since changed owners but it has lost none of its charm. Much like Sydney Road itself, Ray’s is buzzing at all times of the day, and is a melting pot of local hipsters, young mothers with prams and the culturally diverse inhabitants of Brunswick.
Wherever you choose to sit – crammed in with the cool kids at the communal table with the paper jammed in between two elbows, or hidden away in the back for a private conversation – the coffee at Ray’s, a special Atomica blend, is a must. Their three group La Marzocco Linea machine busts out a steady stream of goodness. The food menu is heavy on Middle Eastern influences, with the labneh and haloumi highlights.