Sydney’s cafe scene never takes a day off. These new openings put specialty coffee and convenience at the forefront.

In the heart of Chippendale, Chippenburg is designed to serve the neighborhood’s growing number of creatives, entrepreneurs and startups. The cafe’s focus is on cold-drip coffee and takeaway lunch. There are soups in winter, salads in summer and sandwiches all year round. Naturally, there are plenty of power sockets to make the most of the cafe’s free wi-fi. The cafe space can also be booked for meetings out of cafe hours.

South by Dukes
One of Melbourne’s top cafes, Dukes, has opened in Barrangaroo. South by Dukes fills a void in the CBD coffee market with its specialty, sustainably minded roasts. The coffee beans change seasonally, but filter, AeroPress and batch brew are always offered. The menu is simple with a couple of sandwiches, toasties and breakfast items.

Calibrate Coffee
In prime position beside Roseville Station, Calibrate is focused on micro-lot and high-end green beans. It goes as far as developing different bean blends for white and black coffees. The cafe’s design matches its focus: the centerpiece is a custom-made, white Slayer espresso machine.

Hugh John Manors
Husband-and-wife Blake Rix and Mel Kendrick have taken over three shopfronts in Engadine to open a cafe, coffee roaster and creative studio. The coffee is sourced from Rix’s own Drumroll Coffee Roasters next door, where he experiments with sourcing, roasting and different techniques. Try the New Original Toasted Sandwich with smoked ham, tomato, mozzarella, colby cheese and house mayo.

Roomie Café
Just a few blocks from Bondi Junction Station, Roomie has a street-facing takeaway window. Co-owner and furniture designer Alexander Kashin helped build the cafe’s décor. The owner’s Siberian heritage is front and center on the menu. Syrniki, Siberian hot cakes, sit beside avocado on rye toast.