UNSW new cafe alert – XS Espresso

XS Espresso is a chain of cafes that can be found all around Sydney, in locations such as Wetherill Park, North Parramatta, Prestons, Bondi and Gregory Hills and now at UNSW Kensington.

We’ve visited a few of the venues now and find the cafes to have a good vibe and it’s a good space to hangout with a group of friends and even your kids for the menu is pretty approachable. The menus differ somewhat amongst the stores but are similar in their offerings. They have brekkie and lunch options like muesli, burgers, salads and plenty of desserts to pick from, you’ll certainly find something tasty. Their desserts are pretty decadent; waffles, pancakes, crepes and filled donuts.

Serving campos coffee, juices and tea, XS Espresso are also notorious for their loaded shakes.

We were excited to find a new store has just opened at UNSW campus and it’s even open on the weekend. It’s a large space and room to dine in and out. Visiting over consecutive weeks, we’ve tried an bacon and egg roll as well as their omelette, where you can select your toppings.

We loved the Happy Bowl – served with chicken and quinoa, a pumpkin wedge, kale, grilled halloumi, cucumber and topped with a poached egg. The plate is dressed with beetroot hummus and the salad is flavoured with lemon and chilli. It’s a generous serve and super flavoursome.

Their halloumi and pumpkin salad is quite similar to the happy bowl, but with rocket snd pomegranate. You can add chicken or prawns to it.

Don’t forget to finish off with a desert! Here’s the Nutella filled donut bomb.

An enjoyable casual cafe with a fun ambience.

XS Espresso


Chancellery Walk, Biological Sciences Building, UNSW, Kensington Campus, College Road, Kensington, Sydney

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