First, the location. Sydney CBD. Closest train station: Wynyard. As a City worker, my universe is bordered by George Street in the East, Margaret Street in the North, Sussex in the West and King Street in the South.
If I were a character on Game of Thrones, this is my King’s Landing.
Around here, coffee is the cup of life. The day can’t start without it and the day ends because we can’t have anymore. If we are not talking about coffee, we are thinking about coffee. The earth is round and at the centre of it is good coffee 😀
So, tea drinkers, look away. There’s nothing here for you. Nada. Not a leaf. At best, some of these places do a decent peppermint. But this post is mainly for coffee snobs. 😀 Here are my Top Five:
83 Clarence Street
Want your coffee strong and heavy? Nook is your spot. This cafe is as hipster as it gets. It has won awards and stuff. Even has its own coffee pilgrims. Sometimes I think it’s a tad overrated but maybe I’m just spoilt for choice. It is included here because, for first-timers, Nook delivers a good range of beans and sometimes, I just want to be walking around with a coffee cup that comes with Nook’s oh-so-cool packaging. 😀
Pavel & Co
222 Kent Street
Another good café and with the best crispy pork belly and brown rice lunchbox in town. I come to this place ALL the time. Hmmm, crispy pork belly. Sorry, I’m easily distracted by crispy pork belly. But I would go as far to say that Pavel’s is even better than roast pork from BBQ King in Chinatown (there, I said it). That’s a big statement coming from me. Pavel does a range of salads (kale, beetroot, etc.) and they are on point. In my eyes, Pavel can do no wrong. Lunch, coffee, cronuts. Hmmmmm, cronuts.
Enter via Erskine Street
Then there’s this cafe you wouldn’t know exists unless you’re a true local. It’s called Yola (short for “York Lane”). This is probably the most Melbourne-esque of the bunch. The coffee is average but you come here to be away from the hustle and bustle. It’s like a lovers hideaway or a secret drop-off point.
Highly recommend: Sit at the front and pretend you’re a secret agent about to receive classified documents. Fantasy comes complete with expensive French trench coat and dark Gucci sunglasses.
60 Margaret Street
But my two favourite cafes at the moment are on opposite sides of my coffee zone. Panzerotti on Margaret Street and Micro at Barangaroo.
Panzerotti just changed baristas two months ago so I’m grieving. The new guy is okay but a good barista is like an ex. It’s very hard to let go. I’m getting coffee from him but I’m keeping my options open.
23 Barangaroo Avenue
Micro, on the other hand, is the new café on the block. I’m supporting it because it is owned by Hazel de los Reyes, the same person who started the award-winning cafe in Marrickville called Coffee Alchemy. Also, she’s a Filipina. A Filipina barista who won Barista of the Year several years ago. Her coffee philosophy is not an art or science. It’s a religion.
At home and in the office
But my coffee obsession knows no bounds. I have a nifty Nespresso in my office and a coffee machine from Aldi at home. It’s not about having the most expensive stuff. Aldi’s homebrand does the job and Nespresso equals George Clooney (Damn you, clever marketing!).
Sometimes I wonder whether I should quit. Then I see people having coffee and think … nehhhh. That’s just silly talk.
What about you? Yes, you. What’s your favourite coffee spot?
Photo credit: Google images
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