Coffee aficionados will be familiar with the block of specialty coffee bars positioned in the otherwise empty outskirts of eastern Marrickville. One they might have overlooked is 2204.

A stone throw from the likes of Coffee Alchemy and Double Roasters, 2204 might seem like an unnecessary alternative to two of Sydney’s finest espresso bars. But there are several elements to this unassuming cafe that add considerable repute to the postcode for which it is named.

Firstly, as one of a few locations in Sydney serving Five Senses coffee, 2204 is in very reliable company (Le Monde, Joe Black, Kitchen by Mike and Wedge Espresso). Offering some remarkable single origins alongside one of Sydney’s best chai lattes, 2204 presents some stiff competition to its esteemed neighbours.

Secondly, and perhaps most significantly, 2204 backs up its third wave espresso with a well-crafted menu. Choices include handmade pastas, pan-baked breakfasts, bread by Sonoma and a very popular Wagyu burger.

Amid the black tiles glistening beneath dim lights, melted candles, heavy timber and exposed brick, the interior feels a little like the wine cellar of a gothic castle. A jumble of games, cameras and various other thought provoking ornaments scatter about the cafe, leaving you to ponder the symbolic significance of a birdcage filled with paper cups as you enjoy your coffee.

106 Addison Road, Marrickville
(02) 9569 2214

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