Potts Point foodies have countless cafes to choose from, but Gypsy Espresso's snug outfitting, consistent coffee and first-name service are why locals continue to return, daily.
Owners Will Smallbone and Mario Szucs refurbished the former Toby's Estate cafe with industrial-style fittings in 2012. They decided on the name because both of them have a nomadic past. Szucs is from a small Hungarian village. UK-born Smallbone lived in NZ before moving to Sydney with his hospitality-industry family.
Beans are roasted at Gypsy’s headquarters and coffee school in Alexandria. The house blend consists of South American beans and features notes of chocolate, caramel and berry tartness. Single origins rotate weekly. Gypsy also supplies to a number of popular Sydney cafes.
Many of the seasonal menu's ingredients are sourced through Kings Cross markets. Organic muesli with orange blossom and rhubarb compote is the go-to at breakfast. For lunch, the Gypsy Burger with beetroot relish, provolone and pickled zucchini is popular. Salads also feature prominently: the poached chicken, orzo, hazelnut and cranberry salad is a must-try.