The coffee is good, as you would expect at a specialty coffee shop run by Sample (you may know their St Peter’s or Surry Hills store), but for us what stood out was the cool vibe and architectural space. In the back streets of Chippendale is the cafe inside an old confectionary store which once housed MacRobertsons confectionary. These were the makers of Australia’s oldest chocolate bar, the Cherry Ripe and the cafes namesake, Old Gold.
The cafe appears a haunt for architects, hipsters, cyclists, and anyone in the know for good coffee. Head into the converted factory space and you’ll notice exposed brick walls, dark interiors and exposed pipes in an industrial styled space. As you enter, you’re met with some trendy and fun guys with loud shirts behind the counter pouring out some coffees from the La Marzocco KB90 espresso machine, which dominates the counter (and the little block of old gold chocolate on the bench is a nice touch).
Whether you’re after a single origin espresso, these are on rotation, a batch brew or ‘Sweet Tooth’ for a milk based coffee, they pour a good drop. There’s also tea by Teacraft, hot chocolate and sofas for the non coffee drinkers.
Food wise, the menu is short but all you need for a quick bite with your coffee. Bruschetta with avocado or baked beans, three cheese toasties or rice pudding porridge to give an idea. Kurt gets their brekkie roll with poached egg, oozing with the egg yolk, this burger made all the better with the soft potato hash inside, fermented Chili aioli, salsa verde kale and cheddar on a milk bun. It’s a great burger a recommended choice.
We really like Old Gold, but it’s hard for us to visit since it’s only open weekdays. We will be back next time we get a a day off.
1 Dangar St Chippendale