Set on the lower North Shore of Sydney is Neutral Bay, a picturesque harbourside suburb with stunning views of Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD). Here it is apparent that Sydney’s coffee scene is not exclusive to the on-trend city suburbs, so too do those North of the Harbour Bridge know the difference between good and great coffee. In fact, here are the top spots you where can bag on good beans.
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Tonic Lane is a Neutral Bay cafe and ginoteria (yes, that’s a gin palace), that is effortlessly cool in a serious about good coffee kind of way. Celebrating prime roasted beans, freshly baked breads, and of course, gin, the concept behind Tonic Lane is to provide ‘a smooth transition from day to night dining’. The vibe is vintage, rustic and retro with an ever-so-slightly decadent panache that has earned itself a gold star from locals and tourists alike.
This busy little brunch spot in Neutral Bay boasts an eclectic living room vibe with splashes of colour, vintage decor and mismatched furniture. Find a spot inside or out and dive into colourful plates of creative breakfast dishes, all holding the same homemade feel. When the coffee is exceptional and the ingredients organic and locally grown and produced, its plain to see why Thelma and Louise is a solid favourite about town.
Grind & Dose is a speciality coffee shop in Neutral Bay which prides itself on passion and knowledge in equal measure. A love letter to coffee, Grind & Dose apply creativity and care to cup of Joe, making this a haven for Sydney’s burgeoning coffee-loving culture. Add in some boutique brunch dishes, and this trendy little coffee shop becomes one of the hottest place to hang in Neutral Bay.
Essence Coffee is a straight forward, no messing about, hole in the wall sort of coffee joint that consistently serves up gold star speciality coffee and freshly baked goods to a steady string of loyal, local followers. Not much to look at, the mission of Essence Coffee lies in the beans primarily, as well as the hot from the oven baked muffins, freshly toasted sandwiches and devilishly delicious desserts.
For those in need of some soul food and a cup of coffee, morning, noon and night, Maisy’s Cafe is the place to be. Open 24 hours a day, this laid-back diner isn’t just a spot for wayward wanderers to grab a table and hang no matter the hour, but also one of Neutral Bay’s best coffee houses with fresh brews steaming around the clock.
57 Coffee Bar in Neutral Bay has firmly earned itself a place on the local coffee circuit for its passionate approach to quality coffee. Impressively, 57 roast their own beans in store each week, meaning ‘fresh’ takes on a whole new level here. More so, the beans chosen have scored over 85 in quality, which is extremely high for single origin blends. To top that, 57 is all about being sustainable, so they not only encourage customers to use reusable cups (which they also sell) but also use only biodegradable take away cups.
Locals love Gian’s Cafe. It could be its modern and airy decor which is relaxed and accessible or the effortlessly delicious Italian fare that works its way around the bustling venue, or maybe – and most possibly – the freshly brewed speciality Italian coffee that sees each cup come with just as much passion and punch as the last. Home to locals who love the quality brews and a good brunch accompaniment, this is a Neutral Bay coffee staple.