The Best Coffee Shops and Cafes in Kirribilli, Sydney

Brunch | Courtesy of Celsius
Paris Donnatella Callan

Coffee culture has been newly defined way over the past couple of years. Where once it was the drug of choice for over-exerted business people and those with a brood too big, it is now synonymous with a younger generation of coffee connoisseurs who value bean quality just as much as the joint they’re drinking it in. Kirribilli, a Lower North Shore suburb of Sydney, hosts countless cafes to covet when quality coffee is in need; here are the best brews north of the Harbour Bridge.

1. Celsius Coffee Co.

Cafe, European, Australian, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Room with a view
Courtesy of Celsius

Set in the scenic surroundings of Kirribilli wharf is Celsius Coffee Co., a speciality coffee shop and cafe — a place where brunch is taken just as seriously as the fresh brews which it punches out. This intimate place is cosy and rustic in design with aged wooden furniture and the most waterside of waterside settings imaginable. Check out its Instagram account to be beguiled.

2. Ricky’s Cafe under the Bridge

Cafe, European, Australian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

This traditional cafe and coffee shop located in Kirribilli is loved by locals as the no fuss choice for a good cup of coffee and breakfast or brunch. Set quite literally under the bridge, it’s a terrific place to start to the day in Kirribilli before exploring the suburb or heading on foot, by ferry or train into the city. From freshly squeezed juices and proper sandwiches to bakery treats and brunch favourites, Ricky’s does ‘traditional’ at its best.

3. BTB Kirribilli  

Cafe, European, Australian, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Courtesy of BTB

Coffee, brunch, burgers and booze is what this little Kirribilli hangout is about. A true representation of modern day cafe culture, BTB Kirribilli is on-trend and upmarket, taking its coffee and food seriously, in a fun and fresh sort of way. Everything on the menu is delicious, too, from the daily lunch specials to the premium roasted coffee beans.

4. Billi Raw Espresso & Superfoods

Cafe, Australian, European, Healthy, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian

It’s all in the name when it comes to Billi Raw Espresso & Superfoods. Here, it’s all about the power of super foods, mother nature and kick ass coffee. There are heaps of options for gluten free, dairy free and Paleo diets, too. For a real kick start to the day, grab one of the exotic blend drinks such as the turmeric and beetroot latte.

5. The Flying Bear

Cafe, Australian, European, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Courtesy of The Flying Bear

The Flying Bear is an extension of the Sydney Flying Squadron — Australia’s oldest open boat sailing club in Australia. Just like the neighbouring club, The Flying Bear has stunning waterside views overlooking Sydney Harbour. Its mission is to bring city quality coffee and brunch to the Lower North Shore and that it does, from fresh juices and hot from the oven treats to classic brunch dishes and brilliant brews.

6. Bacino Espresso

Cafe, Italian, European, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Serving up the finest Italian coffee in Kirribilli is Bacino Espresso. A favourite of locals who love the fresh brews and brunch dishes, Bacino is always bursting with crowds waiting to grab a cappuccino (with fresh chocolate shavings on top). Those who are lucky — and fast enough — sit on the outdoor terrace people watching over a plate of Italian eggs.

7. Coco Chocolate

Cafe, Dessert, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Courtesy of Coco Chocolate

With quality and attention in each and everything it does, it is easy to see why Coco Chocolate has become the neighbourhood haunt. All of the chocolate is Australian and graded using only organic ingredients, not to mention the coffee which trumps most cafe standards. For those who really have a cacao-craving, slip by its waterside chocolaterie at Middle Head, which opens to the public by appointment as The Sydney Chocolate School, Friday to Sunday.

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