Craving the best coffee in New South Wales? You’ve come to the right place.
Australia’s coffee scene is known to be pretty much the best in the world – home to the flat white, trendy cafes and micro roasters, Australian coffee is a standard all on its own.
The attention to detail found in most of Australia’s coffee shops and their championing of independent roasters makes it a coffee-lover’s dream. While Melbourne might be the trendsetter, there’s countless places in NSW for a great caffeine hit.
From espresso bars in Sydney to beach views in Bondi, here’s the best coffee shops across New South Wales…
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Hyper Hyper Coffee Roasters choose to roast and distribute solely from their roastery in Nowra. They’re mad about all things coffee; from using the world best practice 1959 Probat UG22 roaster to expert baristas making the sweet, high roasted espresso.
A laid-back place where you’ll want to become a regular for life.
Reuben Hills is a boutique micro roastery based in Surry Hills that’s been serving up outstanding coffee since 2012. They travel around the world to producing countries (origin), meeting the farmers, cupping their coffees and selecting beans so you can taste only the very best.
Plus, every Saturday at 10am you can join in for coffee cupping and tasting sessions at their Coffee Lab!
Main Coffee Co. is a slick drive-thru coffee joint where they serve the highest of quality beans from Crema Coffee, locally roasted in Newcastle. There’s a few seats inside but your best bet is to just txt them in advance and they’ll have your coffee ready for you when you pull up. They also open at 5am for early risers.
Amazing brews and good vibes only are what this beautiful coffee store/homeware market is all about. Coffee is brewed with Single O coffee beans, they sell stunning ceramic keep cups and the interior is an Instagram dream. In short, Moore Street General is the local cafe every neighbourhood needs.
Sip seasonal blends from Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Kenya made by truly expert baristas at this Surry Hills hotspot. Whether you go for a simple espresso, filter or refreshing cold brew, one visit here will turn you into a regular customer.
Brewtown combines the best of tradition with the best of modern roasting and brewing science to give you the perfect cup of coffee time and time again. Their beautiful industrial space is a haven for coffee lovers, and you can buy their house blends and rotating range of single origin coffees to take home.
Bucks has been a part of Thirroul for as long as anyone can remember – this cute cafe is an homage to the original Bucks’ shoe shop from the 1940s. Even the pastel pink and green shelves are a nod to the store’s design. The coffee is smooth yet strong – the perfect combination.
All the coffee at Alfresco Coffee is roasted on site and comes from coffee plantations from direct traders all across the world. A cosy hole-in-the-wall coffee shop, they have everything you could need caffeine-wise: espresso coffee, retail in-store roasted coffee and barista training,
Soak up the fresh seaside air at Newcastle Beach and then cross the road to Estabar, one of those must-visit coffee spots in New South Wales. With a seasonally changing menu, creamy gelato and coffee by Single Origin Roasters, the passion for coffee really shines through here.
Each week, they feature a different single origin bean. With different countries, environment, washing, drying and processing methods, you’ll always taste something new.
Sample Coffee is an award-winning store with two locations, the latest in St Peters. The stylish coffee shop has an original 1957 roaster, coffee-focused cafe with simple food, and their Pro Shop is stocked with a wide range of brew gear to help you make awesome coffee at home.
Nook Tea & Espresso Bar is a great local cafe that serves coffee from Gabriel Coffee roasters in Chatswood. It’s a little bit out of the way, but is well worth seeking out for its strong cups of joe and irresistible toasties. Best coffee in Bega Valley, hands down.
There’s always a queue at Coffee Alchemy’s original outpost in Marrickville, but the coffee is 100% worth the wait. The front counter features hoppers upon hoppers of freshly roasted beans of blends and single estates. Plenty of choice for serious coffee connoisseurs.
Peak Coffee is the first coffee roasting business to be located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, and smashes it out of the park with their quality blends. Beans come from all over the world – Ethiopia, Honduras and India. Whether you’re in the mood for a batch brew or bulletproof, you’ll be well looked after here.
All of the coffee here is roasted using vintage Probat roasters retrofitted with modern technology to ensure every batch is as consistent and delicious as the last. Their Alexandria Café & Roastery location is where the roasting magic happens and is a lovely bright space to hang out in.
Ask anyone where to get a good cup of coffee in Byron Bay and they will point you straight to this tucked away coffee bar, situated down a small laneway. They roast single origin beans and roast on a vintage 1982 Probat Roaster to get the very best out of the beans. It’s a classic spot in NSW.
From the owners of Islington’s Suspension Espresso comes another super coffee shop: Good Brother Espresso. They roast their beans and have a hearty menu of homemade treats and local produce. They’re all about the simple things done very, very well and the coffee is the perfect example of that.
A specialty espresso bar, the Sneaky Grind is a cute laneway coffee store serving the area’s best brews. The beans and blends change regularly so you can sample new beans from all across the globe. The menu is small but mighty, with solid flat whites and pour-overs.
Single O in Surry Hills is a super little place to hang curbside & enjoy a single origin pourover, cold brew or espresso of the week. The always try to source ethically & environmentally sound beans, products & produce, and even run their roastworks from solar power. Coffee you can really feel good about.
With five store locations now open in Bondi, Bronte, Coogee, Double Bay and Surry Hills, Calli Press is a Californian-inspired coffee and juice bar that never lets you down. Coffee comes from Allpress and is made on La Marzocco coffee machines, while milk based drinks use creamy Jersey dairy.
St. Dreux are experts in hand crafted and well balanced blends and single origin coffee. There’s three different roast styles: the Shepherd (light), the Silver Bullet (medium) and the Rainmaker (dark). Delicious coffee is the name of the game here, from nitro cold brews to creamy flat whites.
PCP is known the world over for its innovative approach to coffee and uber-cool Aussie vibes. They introduce new beans and new roasters from around the world every four to six weeks to keep things fresh and exciting. It’s a Surry Hills icon and shows no sign of slowing down.
Cardiff’s best coffee pit-stop, Door 34 is owned by a husband and wife team whose passion comes across with every cup brewed here. As well as the smooth yet bold coffee from local roaster Silverskin Coffee Roasters, they also have a different single origin on the each week. It’s a hip cafe that still feels just like home.
A coffee retailer and wholesaler – as well as a neighbourhood cafe, this place is one of the best cafes in the Sydney suburbs. Choose from their signature Gypsy Espresso blend or a rotation of single origins. Go wild and order their unique Iced Cascara, which is cold brewed coffee cherry skin or the Bob Dylan: espresso with salted pistachio and caramelised nuts.
This stylish coffee shop is the sort of place you would happily spend hours in – they even have a little book library so you can borrow something to read while you sip your brew. Specialising in single origins, they do everything from lattes to V60s.
This low-key coffee and all-day dining spot in the heart of Hall St comes from the same guys behind Paramount Coffee Project and Reuben Hills. So, instantly you know you’ll be drinking only the very best coffee here. Beans come Reuben Hills are roasted to perfection. Plus, the food menu is dee-lish.