Rose Bay Diner
When the sun’s smiling on Sydney, there are few better places to be than in a park by the water, coffee in hand. Rose Bay Diner makes this scenario achievable by supplying excellent beans and smart cafe fare to visitors of Lyne Park in Rose Bay, right near Catalina.
The cafe is a compact, open-air kiosk with windows instead of walls and a couple of tables outside so dogs can come to breakfast. Plants in cream-coloured pots wrap around the cafe, and dark grey tables elevate the space from a typical park-side coffee stand into something a little more elegant.
There is also some serious cred behind the burners; Daniele Trimarchi was sous chef at Iceberg’s and head chef at Fratelli Paradiso before this. With Single Origin Roasters coffee and dishes such as the Johnny Tightlips, with heirloom tomatoes, avocado and shanklish, a homemade lebanese cheese dried out and rolled in herbs, it’s a spot made for lazy sunny Sunday mornings. Picnic hampers are available for the park, or if you’re on a boat, a fisherman’s lunchbox.