Northern Beaches coffee roaster Barrel One has jumped the harbour to open its first inner-city cafe. You’ll find it in a prime location – on a corner of Roslyn Street, Potts Point, just a couple of doors down from the Piccolo Bar and Teta’s Deli.

“We’d been wanting to open in the city for a while,” says founder Daniel Agapiou, who co-owns Barrel One with business partner Samuel Graham. “When this space came up, we knew it was right.”

As with Barrel One’s other cafes (in Brookvale, Cromer and Manly), the focus is squarely on three simple essentials: coffee, bagels and sandwiches.

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All beans are sourced from small independent fairtrade farmers around the world. The house blend brings together flavours from Colombia, West Java and Guatemala to create an attractive, cacao-apricot profile. Single origins rotate weekly – look out for rare finds.

The bagels – made by Marrickville’s Brooklyn Boy and packed with locally sourced ingredients – come in six New York-inspired varieties. The most popular, Agapiou says, is the pastrami bagel, filled with pastrami from LP Meats, pickles, cheddar and breakfast sauce. A new addition, the egg and cheese bagel, which comes lathered in house-made barbeque sauce, has been running a close second.

Meanwhile, the standout on the sanga menu is the chicken deli sandwich, crowded with smoked organic chicken, apple, mayo, oregano, iceberg lettuce, pickled guindilla chilli peppers and optional blue cheese.

The cafe’s design – created in collaboration with architectural designer Daniel Malik – also takes its cues from New York style. Burnt terracottas bathe the floor, walls and counter, complementing Barrel One’s signature red signage. Outdoor tables are perfect for people-watching. Inside, stools surround a cosy bar where you can watch the baristas and bagel-makers at work in the open kitchen.

“We wanted the staff and customers to feel as though they’re in the same space,” Agapiou says.

Barrel One Potts Point
4 Roslyn Street, Potts Point

7am–3pm daily