Best of 2019 foodie experiences 1: coffee and cafes

2019 has been a busy year and we have been fortunate enough to visit plenty of great cafes and restaurants, bars and also travel out of town and internationally.

We’ve written over 200 blogs, as well as reviews on multiple platforms. Whilst it is time consuming and hard work, we love venturing out and trying new places. We are appreciative of all venues for having us and the hospitality provided, as well as the support provided from our friends and loyal followers.

Whilst there have been a bunch of new comers on the Sydney restaurant scene, a few of which have hit our list, it is the established restaurants that have dominated our 2019 list. It is quite common to hear that Sydney diners are always looking for that new restaurant, but we have enjoyed returning to support some of old favourites too.

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We have compiled our ‘best of’ list again this year, reflecting a wide range of cuisines. In particular, we love anything that uses fresh produce, and quality proteins. We have organised this into sections, showcasing our love of coffee, cafes, cheap eats, casual restaurants, fine dining and a few out of town eats.

We hope this list will provide some guidance when you are sitting at home in the new year, procrastinating about where to go for breakfast, a coffee, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or something sweet.

Whether looking for a coffee on the run or somewhere to catch up with friends, Sydney certainly delivers, with most of Sydney’s suburbs having quality offerings.

Coffee

Our favourite way to start the day is with a good cup of coffee and there are plenty of places that come to mind. We love places that roast their own beans and produce interesting blends.

We are really fortunate to have plenty of great coffee in our home suburb of Botany and Deluca has been a favourite this year, roasting onsite and serving quality all round, whether it be a batch brew, cold brew, espresso or milk based. Deluca have well and truly delivered, plus they also have a great cafe menu.

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We have also thoroughly enjoyed the coffee Mecca in Alexandria, who also roast on site. Their food is also healthy and creative. We are lucky that we have Panivore in Pagewood who use Mecca beans, allowing us to get our Mecca fix close to home. They always make a great coffee, with Tash on the machine and with Tri filling in where needed.

Artificer on Bourke St Surry Hills maintains a spot on our list. This specialist coffee roaster only does coffee and they deliver the goods each and every time. Around the corner from Artificer is a new addition to our list, Royale Specialty Coffee. This joint impressed us with their own coffee roasts and also a lovely breakfast menu that is of great value. Surry Hills is also the home of Single O, who are another stalwart producing great coffee.

Primary coffee Roasters only opened up this year, but has become one of our favourites. We were so grateful to be able to even get our cup of coffee there on Christmas and Boxing Day. Not only do they do great coffee, but it comes in beautiful ceramic cups. Service is so fast, even in the morning rush.

Other coffee shops of note include Brighter in Stanmore, Ona and Coffee Alchemy in Marrickville.

Sydney City also hosts a few offerings including Industry Beans and Skittle Lane, who have also just opened a specialty coffee shop at Bondi Beach.

There’s so many great coffee places around and whilst they can’t all make our list, these are those we continue to return to.

Cafes

For good cafes in Sydney, there are so many to choose from and you pretty much see a new one open up every other week. The cafes we like are not those with the over instagrammed pictures or piled high pancakes, rather those that have interesting and creative menus or simple food prepared well. We love anything using fresh and healthy produce. Cafes also only hit our list of quality service matched the food. Some of our favourite cafes are listed above because of their excellent coffee on offer.

Wilde and Co is a new addition to this years’ list and we love it so much, we’ve returned plenty of times. The menu has a Korean influence and every menu item shows care and well balanced flavours, in particular, their pickling of vegetables. It has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options on offer.

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Goodfields is a beautiful light filled venue on the North Shore offering luxe menu items that show creative flair. Their most talked about dish, the lobster tail, served atop thick grain bread, topped with mushy peas and two perfectly poached eggs and lashings of a creamy crustacean hollandaise is certainly worth a trip to Lindfield for.

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West End Espresso in Jannali and Gypsy Espresso in Alexandria would also make the list for coffee but they have a great range of food too. We loved the cacao granola at West End and Gypsy’s seasonal menu change meant we tried quite a number of dishes this year including a lovely porridge and a pink scrambled eggs.

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Gypsy Espresso 

Welcome Dose in Rosebery are another reliable roaster but they’re also a great cafe and we love their food menu, for the options change regularly. The eggplant hummus and poached eggs is a winner.

Some other favourites, the ever popular and very instagrammable venue, that is matched by quality taste is Kusuka. Their Indonesian inspired dishes and colourful drinks kept us interested.

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Kusuka

We also loved the food at West Juliett, the bagels and amazing porridge at Lox Stock and Barrel, and Single O do quality food too.

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Single O

It’s been another great year of coffee and cafe’s, hopefully our list will have you visit some of our favorites and hopefully you will enjoy them as much as we have. Keep an eye out for part 2