Surry Hills has long been a bastion of Sydney’s cafe culture, but in recent years that scene has steadily been migrating southward, towards Redfern. And it’s turned the traditionally working class, residential suburb into one of Sydney’s newest – and most exciting – hubs for hospitality.

Whether the needle’s been moved too far here is up for debate – many say that Redfern’s recent explosion in popularity hasn’t necessarily been the best thing for locals. What is inarguable though, is that Redfern’s assorted cafes are continually knitting together new communities and cultures in the suburb, and redefining it in the process.

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Best Restaurants in Redfern

Everyday Espresso

A cafe that veers far from the usual script – like serving a croissant stuffed with fried chicken.

6 159 Redfern Street, Redfern

Baffi & Mo

A busy Redfern fixture with an exhaustive breakfast menu.

94 Redfern Street, Redfern

Hunter’s Corner

How many cafes run free personal training sessions for their customers?

89 Pitt Street, Redfern

Cafe Oratnek

Visit for innovative, Japanese-tinged breakfasts by former bills head chef Kenny Takayama.

4 Pitt Street, Redfern

Three Williams Cafe

Naan sandwiches and brioche French toast in an underground bunker.

613a Elizabeth St, Redfern

Henry Lee’s

A slice of the Central Coast in the city.

16 Eveleigh Street, Redfern

Breadfern

Sourdough, croissants, pies and more.

308 Chalmers Street, Redfern

Scout's Honour

Simple and honest sandwiches, just like the name implies.

118 George St, Redfern

St Jude

This breezy cafe is best enjoyed on a warm, sunny afternoon.

728 Bourke Sreet, Redfern

Kepos Street Kitchen

Combines the best of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, from breakfast through to dinner.

96 Kepos Street, Redfern

Yellow Fever

Half classic cafe, half Vietnamese restaurant, with a tongue wedged firmly in cheek.

133 Regent Street, Redfern

Zensation Tea House

A temple of tea, with yum cha to match.

656 Bourke Street, Redfern

Chapter Five Espresso

A compact cafe next to Redfern Station that's perfect for coffee and a bite before you hop on the train.

Shop 2 Little Eveleigh Street (corner of Lawson Street), Redfern

Fernside Coffee Shoppe

A pleasant spot to while away an hour or two with a Campos coffee.

401b Cleveland Street, Redfern

Coffee Tea & Me Redfern

For coffee and a simple lunch, this closet-sized cafe hits the spot. You may want to look elsewhere if you're after something more involved.

93b Redfern Street, Redfern