Carved into a small alcove space on the lower side of Surry Hills’ Foster Street is a hole-in-the-wall cafe. This is the space that once housed the Naked Indiana pop-up, but is now home to Kwila. Co-owner Vic Lynch is from PNG, raised in the highlands coffee region of Goroka. The timber used in the space is recycled Kwila. A mural featuring earthy orange and teal tones complements the rich, apricot-hued wood of the café’s bar, which has been etched away in parts to expose the original brickwork beneath.
Food at Kwila focuses on fresh, seasonal and organic produce – try cold-pressed juices made in house, or the mauve-coloured banana, blueberry, raw cacao and honey smoothie. Kwila-style eggs (smashed eggs layered with house-made chimichurri and tomato), and bread and pastries from Luxe Bakery will be available for breakfast. Hearty salads and seasonal plates are offered at lunch. Coffee at Kwila is especially good, sourced from new Marrickville players Two Chaps – its Blind Man roast representing the inner west from within this condensed coffee sector in Surry Hills.
7/46 Foster Street, Surry Hills
(02) 9212 7842
Mon to Fri 7am–4pm