Just metres from the late-night dive bars and debauchery of Kings Cross lies The White Wall, a quiet escape for the Rushcutters Bay locals among an ever-growing cluster of good cafes and restaurants.

The cosy space has been fitted-out with up-cycled furniture and the cafe’s signature, namesake white wall along one side is reserved for local artists to showcase their work on. On another, the crew’s motto is sketched in chalk: “Drink coffee, make art, be happy”.

Coffee by The Golden Cobra is the standout here. Patrons compliment head barista Willie Wu (previously of Pablo & Rusty’s, Toby’s Estate and Klink Handmade Espresso) at his post behind the La Marzocco espresso machine.

The brunch menu is modest, featuring just seven simple dishes alongside house-made pastries. Try the Light and Bright with Sonoma granola, fresh seasonal fruit and Ruby & Roy’s yoghurt, or Something Fishy; smoked salmon on sourdough with capers and ricotta.

An affogato with Serendipity espresso ice cream is an excuse for a second caffeine hit, but if coffee is not your scene, there’s also freshly infused mint tea, or a traditional vanilla-bean milkshake.

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Updated: July 12th, 2017

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