With crowds moving West of Sydney’s Central Business District to the up-and-coming suburb of Marrickville, so too is the vast selection of casual dive bars, trendy restaurants, and of course, chic coffee shops and cafes. Here are the top spots to grab a bite and catch that much needed caffeine fix.
Interior, Coffee Alchemy | Courtesy of Coffee Alchemy
Set on Addison Road in the soon-to-be very stylish suburb of Marrickville is Coffee Alchemy. Approaching the art of coffee with a touch of creativity and adventure, this little independent brew-bar boasts that ‘even great coffee can be better’. Holding an abundance of brewing titles, Coffee Alchemy (also creators of Gumption) takes coffee seriously yet in a totally unpretentious and accessible way, making it a steady favourite for locals and tourists alike.
Set a stone’s throw away from the Marrickville train station, The Burrow is family-run neighbourhood gem serving up freshly brewed Italian coffee and modern Australian brunch dishes at their best. If the stellar service from the father-son duo isn’t going to keep you coming back for more, we’re sure as hell the mouth-watering Middle Eastern breakfast will.
Seducing a steady stream of customers with the most tempting selection of sweet and savoury desserts, cakes and freshly brewed coffee is what Michel’s Patisserie is all about. Founded in Australia, this cafe and dessert parlour is most-coveted by those in need of a treat, courtesy of French pastry chef Michel Cattoen.
Marrickville’s artisan cafe Two Chaps has wooed bean and brunch enthusiasts since its arrival on the Sydney coffee scene back in 2014. Its ‘from-scratch’ mission means everything is handmade with love, each and every day. From freshly roasted coffee beans to homemade breads, and everything in between. Being organic, local and sustainable is an advantageous business model these days, and it seems Two Chaps wrote the book on it.
The perfect little place to indulge in well-deserved treats comes in the fine form of Bourke Street Bakery. A staple of any Sydneysider, this bakery takes artisanal delights to a whole new level. Pair that up with coffee brewed to perfection, and say hello to your new biggest obsession: Bourke Street Bakery. With a selection of freshly made tarts, sandwiches and rolls to truly put hunger to bed, it’s plain to see why this coffee shop in Marrickville is well-loved by locals.
Wicks Park Cafe is the ultimate haunt to head to when in the area and looking to do things like a local. Think of an open-plan, on-trend, industrial-chic atmosphere where couples sip steaming cups of coffee, while plates of organic brunch dishes cloud rustic tables. Top must-try dishes include the avocado bruschetta and the vegan black bean and sweet potato hash breakfast.
This little family-run cafe in Marrickville most certainly takes the concept of a local coffee shop to the next level. Not only does it serve up some sensational brews and brunch dishes, but Cornersmith is also a cookery school hosting workshops, a Picklery, and has two cookbooks. The business model is one to get behind too: it’s based around community engagement, sustainable practices and the use of local produce.
Established in 2013, this Marrickville coffee shop and brunch spot is a fine favourite of any local on a mission for brunch bliss. Laden with land-loving staff who strive for freshness and transparency in everything they do, loyal followers arrive daily at West Juliett Café to indulge in speciality coffee, freshly baked breads, and gourmet dishes.
Coffee Tea & Me is a fine little neighbourhood joint serving up hot coffee, freshly baked morning bagels, and sweet treats for those with a sweet tooth. Set just across from Wicks Park in Marrickville, Coffee Tea & Me has received critical acclaim for their unpretentious approach to killing it at the coffee game in Sydney.