Shop and Wine Bar
Long loved by locals, this hole-in-the-wall café is tucked into a backstreet of Bondi, well away from the frenetic main drag. Seating only 10 inside and 10 outside, Shop does simple, well. Wash down a sandwich or salad with a strong coffee, and if you really like what you see, come back later for a glass of wine. 78 Curlewis St, Bondi.
Tourist watch outside the Shop & Wine Bar. Photo from Shop & Wine Bar
Black Star Pastry
Bike riding is a winning idea in Rosebery - so hyped is this spot that you’d be hard pressed to find a bike park nearby. You’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs in line at the charming and often crowded Black Star, a favourite of pastry and coffee fans alike. If you’re after something lighter, the DIY toast station will have you feeling at home, as will the house-made iced tea in summer. 85-113 Dunning Ave, Rosebery.
Enjoy one Black Star's top pastries. Photo from: Black Star Pastry
Tattooed Thai hipsters rule the roast here, and make killer coffee. Named after a former bike repair shop down the road, Robocog is about as bike-friendly as its gets. You’ll find fixie-owners lounging out the front, most likely tucking into a wood-roasted granola and a Green Beans long macchiato. 249 Riley St, Surry Hills.
Gertrude and Alice
After a long ride to Bondi, this café/bookstore provides a weekend warrior with all the tools he or she needs for relaxation: coffee and paperbacks. At this bohemian hideout, take your pick here from a great cup of coffee, a bowl of winter porridge, or one of the 25,000 paperbacks stacked floor to ceiling in enchanting disarray. 46 Hill St, Bondi Beach.
Indulge in some light reading and a cup of espresso after a long ride. Photo from: Gertrude & Alice
Among a surplus of cafes in Surry Hills, the new project from owners of The Source in Mosman has proved itself a stand out. Opening its two-storey, garage-vibe digs last year, Reuben Hills manages to be as unpretentious as it is serious about coffee. And don’t forget about the Latino-inspired menu – there is not a piece of toast in sight, although you will find tortillas and brioche to accompany your pimenton-spiced pulled pork and soft-baked eggs. 61 Albion St, Surry Hills.
Bit of Architecture? Photo by: Reuben Hills
Gather on the Green
Sister duo Amanda and Kim run this meat-lover, coffee-drinker and vegetarian-friendly spot overlooking Camperdown park. No need to lock up your bike here in the warmer months, simply grab a rug and take it down to the park (along with a Ruben sandwich and a cup of Mecca coffee). 15 Fowler St, Camperdown.
Basically Sydney’s coffee headquarters, it would be remiss not to mention this Reservoir Street stalwart, supplying beans to some of the city’s best cafes whilst doing not a bad job of brewing itself. For a quick ride-by, utilize the additional coffee bar next door, and be back on the road in no time. 60-64 Reservoir St, Surry Hills.
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The Grounds of Alexandria
This ambitious venture has seen an industrial warehouse transformed into something far more homey, with accompanying garden and an abundance of coffee toys, including a one-of-a-kind, retrofitted GS2 espresso machine. Add to that an on-site bakery and playground, it’s hard to quell the excitement and simply sit down for a cup of coffee. 7A/2 Huntley St, Alexandria.