The Best Cafes in Sydney's CBD

Updated 1 week ago


Most people look to the eastern suburbs and the inner west for the best cafes around. But if your crew comes from all over, there’s no better middle ground for a weekend brunch than the city centre.

You’ll find outposts by some of the country’s top coffee roasters, not to mention a swag of innovative morning menus to dial up the special occasion vibes. From Circular Quay to Haymarket, these are our favourites in town.

  • At the back of an unassuming food court near Wynyard Station, this buzzing spot is making specialty coffee great again – with warm service and rare single-estate geishas you won't find elsewhere. It hosts regular cupping sessions, and will bust your hunger with toasties, pastries and the occasional pop-up.

  • Enjoy a coffee in the light of dramatic bay windows.

  • Traditional Japanese mountain houses were the inspiration behind Edition’s flagship cafe. Enter this astounding space for fine-dining level breakfasts fusing Scandi and Japanese flavours, and some of the best coffee in Sydney.

  • Coffee Alchemy has opened Gumption, a new cafe in the historic surrounds of The Strand Arcade.

  • Imagine yourself on the Orient Express eating oysters and drinking deconstructed mochas.

  • One of Sydney’s favourite names in coffee.

  • As far as small corner cafes go, this is about as good as it gets.

  • A coffee nook that rejuvenates Sydney's laneways.

  • This is the younger sibling of Maybe Sammy (arguably Sydney’s most acclaimed cocktail bar). It’s an all-day cafe and bar, where you can have cocktails at 10am and coffee ‘till 10pm. Come for half-serve cocktails on tap, strong coffee and a tight menu of versatile snacks.

  • Devon ditches eggs on toast in favour of restaurant-level breakfasts that draw on the city’s diverse cultures and cuisines, with big nods to Asia. Few places have had a bigger impact on our cafe scene than this flash spot.

  • Go here for coffee, “toppers” and sunshine.

  • A “no bullshit” sandwich deli doing cold-cut layered paninis, cracking chicken-schnitty rolls and spectacular salad sangas. Served from a canteen-style window next to a smash-repairs workshop in Rockdale.

  • One of Melbourne’s most celebrated coffee roasters' first Sydney outpost is in the CBD.

  • Where it all began.

  • Espresso Martinis on tap and mee-goreng toasties.

  • At the cutting edge of coffee in Sydney.

  • Hit this “good time sandwich bunker” at the Museum of Sydney for focaccia sandos, doughnuts and choose-your-own-adventure salads.