Directly opposite the sunshiny space of the Prince Alfred Park swimming pool, the dim and theatrical interiors of Blacksmith cafe make the most of the name. Business partners Young Jin Cho and Nami Park opened the doors late last year and have been thrilled with the immediate local interest. The duo has included a huge amount of detail in keeping with the cafe’s name, from mallets swinging from the ceiling to metal studwork on the tables and chairs. It’s a fun theme which sets this cafe apart from the current cafe mould.
Blacksmith is the inner-city arm of the popular Mona Vale cafe of the same name, and here it does everything in house, from the sourdough bread to the pomegranate and black forest cakes. There are plans to fire up the Giesen roaster in the coming months to roast coffee in house, too.
In the meantime the coffee comes via Toby’s Estate, offering cold drip and pour-over options with notes on origins and processing, including varieties such as La Cabana Gesha from Panama or Yemen Mukha Matari. A liquor license is still pending, but a custom metalwork sign promises a bar aspect to the venue in the near future, along with dinner hours.
116 Chalmers Street (Corner Rutland Street)
(02) 9690 0103
Mon to Fri 7am–4pm
Sat & Sun 8am–4pm