The owners’ penchant for puns is just the beginning of Fleetwood Macchiato’s appeal. This small cafe is built around a passion for creating food from scratch. The cakes, yoghurts, preserves, pickles and sodas are all made in-house.
Owners Tara Byrne and Jai Pyne met working at former Darlinghurst cafe Forbes & Burton. They joined forces in 2012, to create one of the neighbourhood’s most popular spots. Inside, there’s plenty of character – wooden panelling, water glasses made from old bottles and a striking mural in green and peach hues.
Dishes on the all-day menu are beautifully presented, with bold flavours and creative textural elements. Crunchy pieces of nori and spicy chipotle oil add a point of difference to the avocado, herbs and lemon on sourdough. For something more substantial, try the braised free-range pork sandwich with white beans, pickled carrot, smoked onion and a poached egg.
True to its name the cafe provides a quality, seasonal coffee menu with offerings from Sample Coffee and Reuben Hills, prepared black, white or batch-brewed. The chai is housemade, and Tea Craft blends are also available.