The Best New Cafes in Sydney

Updated 4 weeks ago


This is our edit of Sydney’s best new cafes, updated monthly. Some are highly invested in serving excellent food and following the latest coffee trends, while others are just trying to become great neighbourhood catch-up spots. Here’s where we’re going for coffee, pastries and all-day eats right now.

  • The lord of handheld lunches is back in South Sydney – with items you won't find at its other shops. Get a whopping schnitzel sanga or a smashed beef burger, plus treats inspired by classic Vietnamese train station bakeries.

  • Two top chefs have joined forces to open a casual eatery in South Sydney. The red-brick one-stop shop has you covered with vibrant lunchtime salads, deli provisions and the city’s most Instagrammable desserts.

  • Sammy’s is a hole in the wall cafe perched right on the marina in Avalon’s Careel Bay. It’s family-run and community-focused, with bolognaise jaffles and New York bagels worth driving for.

  • This sun-soaked eatery at the Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool is here for the warmer months with a fresh menu, poolside dining and a bottomless brunch package – everything you need for a red-hot day out.

  • The Love, Tilly Devine team’s bakery has landed in the inner west with masala croissants and metre-long focaccias. You can grab the latter just like they do it in Rome: by the slice and loaded with cold-cuts.

  • The first dine-in venue from Bondi’s Lox in a Box is serving Sydney’s first bagel high tea. Head to the old old Cornersmith site to try it – or maybe some hot salt beef on rye, or a stellar brisket burrito.

  • Yet another location for the cult bakery, this time in the heart of town. Come for pizza sandwiches stuffed with porchetta; cheesy cauliflower toasties; and salt and vinegar hash browns with your Reuben Hills coffee.

  • A neighbourhood corner store where you can add organic soy sauce, fragrant Spanish garlic and Adelaide-grown apples to your basket. But not before you chill on the windowsill seat with a coffee and a slice of the cake of the day.