The expression “hole in the wall” is often over used – but in the case of the pint-sized June’s Shoppe, it’s the perfect description. With just a couple of tables and chairs, which jut out of the wall, and a small space where coffee, pastries, toast and “toppers”, or open sandwiches, are made, it’s the epitome of an order-and-go joint.

It’s the latest project by the Applejack Hospitality group (The Botanist, Della Hyde, SoCal, The Butler), and is below its recently opened Bopp & Tone on the (almost car free) Wynyard Lane in the CBD.

And while the upstairs restaurant and bar was a nod to the grandfathers of Applejack co-founders Ben Carroll and Hamish Watts, June’s Shoppe pays tribute to June, Tone’s always-smiling wife.

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“She has unfortunately passed away, but her memory lives on,” says Watts. “She was bright, bubbly and caring, and loved bringing people together at the beach, or at a barbeque, and providing delicious, simple meals for them to enjoy. She and Tone were madly in love, and they lived a very happy life together in Sydney.”

The space, designed by Luchetti Krelle (Bopp & Tone, The Butler, ACME, Sake), is brilliantly cheerful, with pops of bright yellow and white to emulate June’s personality and, as Watts says, to provide a constant source of “sunshine” in the city.

Because there’s limited space they’ve kept the menu tight. For breakfast there’s the Avo Buffalo Topper (avocado, buffalo mozzarella, a smoked tomato dressing, pepitas and basil) the Vegan Topper (tahini dressing, spiced mixed seeds, kale, fermented cabbage) and the Top of the B&E (fried egg, maple bacon, barbeque sauce). The Banana Bread Topper is spread with Nutella and served with banana, spiced strawberry sauce and salted-caramel popcorn.

For lunch there’s a pork belly banh mi (coriander, mint, chilli, cucumber, pickled carrot and mayonnaise) and a topper with poached chicken, slaw and turmeric mayo.

Coffee is by Gabriel Coffee, which is roasted in Sydney's lower North Shore. There’s a rotating single origin for those who like theirs black, and The Easy Tiger blend for milk coffee. Kombucha, cold-pressed juices, sodas and coconut water are also available.

June’s Shoppe
60 Carrington Street, Sydney

Mon to Fri 7am–4pm

This article first appeared on Broadsheet on January 7, 2019. Menu items may have changed since publication.