Australia is a land of coffee obsessives. From the early 1950s, when we put down our tea bags in favour of a morning cup of coffee, we’ve been tragically enamoured of those magical beans. From long blacks to flat whites, cold drip to single origin, no one takes its coffee as seriously as we do. And the Inner West is one of the most evangelically dedicated parts of Australia. It’s no wonder, with the amount of choice available. Here are our top picks for the best coffee houses in the Inner West.
The Little Marionette
This pint-sized café in Annandale is exactly what a coffee house should be, and nothing more. It has seriously good coffee, roasted in house, simple, fresh food and friendly staff who treat coffee as a religion. Its focus on sustainability is an added bonus. Special feature – the enchanting room hidden behind the library door.
18a Trafalgar Street, Annandale ~ 02 9557 8337 ~ www.thelittlemarionette.com
Campos Coffee Newtown
At Campos, the coffee is crafted using part science, part artistry and part magic. This café draws crowds from all over Sydney because of its dedication to sourcing the ultimate beans, upgrading to the newest machines and guaranteeing the training and abilities of every barista on the floor. Special feature – the toasty aroma of just-ground beans.
193 Missenden Road, Newtown ~ 02 9516 3361 ~ www.camposcoffee.com
An uber-popular, boutique micro-roastery located in Surry Hills, Reuben Hills is a coffee shop worth waiting for. The coffee is sourced in small lots, roasted in the upstairs roastery and brewed by excellent baristas downstairs. The food, inspired by coffee sourcing trips, has a strong South American bent, and the milkshakes are superb. Special feature – the glorious blue tiled tables.
61 Albion Street, Surry Hills ~ 02 9211 5556 ~ www.reubenhillscom.au
Single O (formerly known as Single Origin Roasters) is considered by some to be the cornerstone of the Sydney coffee scene. Their coffee, all of which is roasted in-house, is in high demand by cafes and restaurants both locally and internationally. Single O’s extreme passion for coffee is only tempered by its focus on ethical and sustainable consumption. Grab a seat and a single origin pourover. Or grab a takeaway from the Brew Bar next door. Special feature – known to source Geisha beans, the most highly coveted coffee beans in the world.
60-64 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills ~ 02 9211 0665 ~ www.singleo.com.au/surryhills
For exceptional coffee, you can’t go past Mecca Espresso. As you’d expect from Mecca owner, Paul Geshos, this coffee house delivers a consistently great coffee experience, from the usual flat whites, to the unusual feature coffees. The food is simple but delicious, as befits a coffee house with a true focus on the beans. Special feature – the garden room out back.
26 Bourke Road, Alexandria ~ 02 9698 8448 ~ www.mecca.coffee
Double Roasters, aka Wicks Park Cafe
Double Roasters, who threw open its doors to Marrickville in 2011, is a true Inner West local. Though this small roasting business has become an award-winning, bustling café, it retains this local focus. The house blend is still Flight Path, to commemorate the planes that shake the coffee house’s roof as they come into land, and the food is sourced from local Marrickville producers wherever possible. Special feature – the vintage, retrofitted Probat roaster.
199 Victoria Road, Marrickville ~ 02 9572 7711 ~ www.doubleroasters.com