They’ve been teasing us for a while with displays of bread in the windows, but finally Brickfields bakery and cafe has thrown open its doors on that unloved strip of Cleveland Street, making it the spot for bread, sweets and Mecca coffee in Chippendale.

Previously a coffee roastery, a late night chat sparked the idea to turn the space into a bakery and cafe, which opened on February 5.

“Paul Geshos [of Mecca coffee] was roasting coffee here for a number of years before Brickfields came about,” says chef Ben Abiad. “Simon Cancio [known for his work at Luxe Bakery], our head baker, and Paul got together one night and came up with the idea and then the whirlwind picked me up along the way.”

With wholesale baking in progress on the premises for a couple of months, the aromas of fresh bread baked for Cornersmith and Love Tilly Devine have been tempting locals.

“We had regulars popping in even before we opened, which I haven’t come across before,” laughs Abiad. “But we wanted to create a neighbourhood bakery, so that’s good.”

With warm and inviting interiors sporting hanging baskets of greenery, white cabinets reaching up to the roof, windows full of gorgeous, fresh loaves and a view through to the baking, it’s a grand edition to a sadly neglected area – with a name that nods to the local history.

206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale
(02) 9698 7880

Mon to Fri 7am–3pm
Sat & Sun 8am–4pm