To celebrate cafés, coffee and conversation, in this week’s Journal we have decided to share some of our favourite hidden, not-so-hidden, and soon to be gems that we love to spend our time at on the weekends or for quick a take away during the week. Whether you’re on the North or East side we’ve got you covered, well, these places do… One long black and a custard doughnut to take away, please and thank you!
BACK & FORTH
Vibrant, full of banter and carefully, crafted coffee – Back & forth is the hot spot on the North if you’re grabbing a take away or wanting to sit down and stay for a while. Enjoy the atmosphere and the friendly staff. Located in Castlecrag, it is one of the more hidden gems we love. Pleasure your taste buds with mouth-watering vegan treats or decedent pastries possibly with Nutella. You really have to visit if you haven’t already!
Shop 20-22/100 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag, Sydney NSW, 2068
THE FLYING BEAR
Sitting humbly majestic above the water, The Flying Bear café comes as a pleasant surprise to those who haven’t been and remains a locals favourite time and time again. Rug up with a provided blanket and bask in the sun while enjoying breakfast and coffee or a fresh coconut. The site welcomes fury friends and has a stunning view for you and your company to enjoy together.
76 McDougall Street, Kirribilli, Sydney Nsw, 2061 | PH: (02) 9955 8350
BREAD & CIRCUS
Bread and Circus in Sydney’s Alexandria just speaks all it needs too without having to say anything at all. With a continual pink theme throughout the place from the coffee cups to the napkins and the plants on the table, it is everything and more from charming to romantic in that unapologetically cute way. The dish names on the menu are imaginative and the menu has a no-fuss vibe about it. Encouraging shared tables and always speedy in terms of service, Bread and Circus know how to do it and they aren’t afraid to flaunt it.
21 Fountain St, Alexandria, Sydney NSW, 2015 | PH: 0418 214 425
This is the closest you will get to Italy without actually hopping on a plane. In Potts Point nestled into the lavish brick walls, lives Fratelli. There’s so much happening at once; patissier’s making fresh croissants, plates and cups being served every which way and fashionable conversations and meetings huddle in the corner spots, yet it all works and you really feel the love for Italian cuisine and life. I strongly recommend trying the custard doughnut, but be sure to get in there pronto as they are quick to vanish!
12-16 Challis Avenue, Potts Point, Sydney NSW, 2011 | PH: (02) 9357 1744
BAY TEN ESPRESSO
Situated in bay number ten, one of many that scale the bike path that leads south to the Harbour Bridge, Bay Ten Espresso has made itself at home in the building that has been there since the bridge itself was built. Perfect for cyclists and civilians to perch themselves before work or on the weekend. With emphasis on fresh produce from Ingleside and black coffee for the North-side coffee drinkers, it’s a lively space with design featured and city life cultivated.
10 Middlemiss St, Lavender Bay, Sydney NSW, 2060 | PH: (02) 9929 4441
THE GROUNDS OF THE CITY
The Grounds of Alexandria are duplicating and will soon be at our service in the heart of the CBD in Sydney. Bring old-school dining and coffee culture back into everyday city life, they are claiming it will be the spots of all spots for lunch break chat, heart-to-hearts and the attraction for the stylish, to snap their brunch.
“ …She has the style of a 1020’s silver-screen siren, the soul of the consummate hostess and the sass of the metropolis she’s at the heart of…”
- The Grounds of The City
The Galeries, RG 12, 500 George St, Sydney NSW, 2000