This is our edit of Sydney’s best new cafes from the past 12 months, updated monthly.

Some are following the latest coffee trends – continuing the push away from espresso and towards batch-brew – while others are just trying to become great neighbourhood catch-up spots.

Here’s where we’re going for coffee right now.

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Good Ways Deli

A formidable sandwich shop meets-deli-and-bakery. And this isn’t your average sanga store – think kangaroo mortadella with fermented chilli, and chicken sandwiches with plenty of crunch, thanks to walnuts and apple, plus lamingtons, fancy Vegemite scrolls and house-made jams and pickles to take home.

20 Cooper Street, Redfern

Mensch Bagels

This Surry Hills bagelry is inspired by the bagels of New York icon Russ & Daughters. Owner Mike Samaha spent three years perfecting his recipe. The result? A small-but-mighty bagel that's crusty on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Go for a classic filled with gravlax and cream cheese, or try one of the heftier steak or schnitty numbers.

475 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Sammy Junior

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.

66 King Street, Sydney

Three Seagulls

This corner store and cafe is in a space that once housed a classic general store. Now, it serves coffees, fat double-bacon-and-egg toasties and Snickers slices out of its takeaway window.

87 Harbord Road, Freshwater

Happyfield

Haberfield’s new sunshine-yellow-hued cafe feels a little like an American diner, with its vinyl booths, filter coffee and stacks of pancakes served with real Canadian maple syrup. And a lot of thought has gone into those pancakes – its owner tells us that the perfect pancake can be folded twice and is no more than a half-pinky thick. But the real standout is the atmosphere – it's just a pleasant place to spend a morning.

96 Ramsay Street, Haberfield

Small Talk Glebe

Small Talk Glebe is the second outpost for the Dulwich Hill favourite. This light filled, dough-smelling space is great for everything bagels, tomato focaccia and cinnamon doughnuts. Plus suburb-specific sandwich specials, and ferments and pickles to take home.

Shop 13/131-145 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Soulmate

An unpretentious, laidback and delightful cafe serving crowd-pleasing all day breakfasts and Single O Coffee. Batch brew topped with whipped cream is about as fancy as it gets at this airy corner spot. For food, you might try a black-sausage sanga, a comfort bacon and egg roll, or a vegan tofu scramble.

39 Phillip Street, Newtown

Staple Bread & Necessities Manly

Come to this hole-in-the-wall Manly bakery for sourdough loaves and wholewheat pastries. Once you've grabbed your goods, order a coffee and stroll over to enjoy it by the beach. If you're down to try baking your own bread, Staple's hand-ground flour is available here, too.

1a/40 East Esplanade, Manly

Super Okay

Don't pay attention to the name – Super Okay far exceeds the expectations set for it by its moniker. Come for spectacular jaffles and coffee in a vast warehouse. The jaffs are filled with the likes of smoked ham and cheddar, truffled mushroom and ricotta, and bolognaise.

11 Mitchell Road, Brookvale

Deluca Marrickville

Deluca Marrickville take coffee seriously- so seriously that they serve coffee and only coffee. Choose from full cream, oat or black. For milk-based coffees, there’s Sweet Spot, Deluca’s core blend that uses beans from Colombia and Indonesia.

5-7 Denby Street, Marrickville