The Hunter Works has larger ambitions than most cafes. It aims for zero waste, and takes what little it does create – a bag a week, usually – to the local community garden as compost.

Friends Tobias Aubrey-Poiner and Mic Wernej opened the site in late 2014. One of its biggest drawcards is the lush, plant-filled courtyard. It’s covered and remains a pleasant spot for a coffee, all year round. The relaxed kitchen and timber-clad counter are visible through large windows.

The menu changes every week or two, with all ingredients sourced from The Cooks Co-op. Past favourites include soft-boiled eggs, with chipotle salsa, rocket and lime; and heirloom tomatoes with goat’s feta, bresaola and green apple. For lunch, give one of the salads a go, such as fig and Wagyu salami, or farro and lentils.

The house coffee blend is from Sample Coffee, with a rolling espresso/black coffee menu that changes frequently, with three or four different single origins to try a week. Filter coffee and iced pour–over coffees aren’t prevalent in Balmain, making them a popular order here.

The Hunter Works also has you covered for homemade cakes and pastries to go with your coffee. Teas from T Totaler and fresh fruit granita feature on the drinks list.

Updated: February 1st, 2019

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