CafeSmart 2023 Cafes

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For 12 years CafeSmart has supported local not-for-profit organisations with its annual fundraising initiative for Australians in need. To date, the initiative has raised close to $2 million for over 1000 local projects.

If you buy a coffee on Friday August 4, participating cafes will donate $1 to support homeless charities and services close to your neighbourhood. As for you – you legend – you can donate the price of another coffee via a QR code that will appear on the cafe’s coffee cup stickers, posters and whatnot. In fact, that’s something you can do any time that week, between August 1 and 7. Find a cafe close to you here.

Funds raised are kept local, meaning roasters and cafes are directly supporting vital services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness around Sydney.

To join this fight against homelessness, find your local participating cafe or donate the cost of a coffee online, visit CafeSmart.

  • Expect consistently great coffee at the roaster's headquarters.

  • A petite espresso bar by one of Melbourne's biggest coffee roasters. A small-scale roasting operation is viewable from the street, so you can watch the entire bean-to-cup process in action.

  • Like sitting in the living room of a rather pleasant and interesting coffee fanatic.

  • From the owner of the bakery known for making some of Sydney’s best pasteis de nata. Expect heavy Portuguese influence in the breads and pastries, and dishes such as açorda (a bread-based stew) and peri peri chicken.

  • A specialty-coffee-focused cafe from a team of hospitality veterans.

  • A beach nook tucked up off the main Bondi drag.

  • Creative Italian food (rice-pudding arancini with Nutella) served in an old-school cafe.

  • Refined cafe food at a reasonable price.

  • A low-key cafe with pool and ocean views and a small menu, where standard coffees are double-shot.

  • One of Melbourne’s favourite cafes has a Byron Bay outpost. This beach-adjacent space has large umbrellas at the entrance, terrazzo tabletops inside and large wooden windows to keep things bright. Come here for strong coffee and great bagels.

  • A part-cafe and part-workshop for experts and budding barista amateurs.

  • Killer coffee from a pioneer in the city’s third wave coffee movement. The main event is where you can get a seasonal feed and all the details about your brew in one sitting. Hit the sideshow for a theatrical display of coffee gadgetry.

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

  • A tiny Lebanese-inspired cafe packing jaffles and milos with a twist.

  • A wine and cheese store celebrating small scale producers.

  • A coffee experience bar, with premium-reserve coffees to try and barista training out back.

  • Ultra-fresh sashimi since 1993.