The Best Cafes in Sydney's CBD

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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.