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Good Food names its Top 50 Cafes in Sydney and Melbourne

Good Food names its Top 50 Cafes in Sydney and Melbourne

One of Australia’s most respected culinary lift-outs, Fairfax’s Good Food has released its 2016 Top 50 Cafes lists for both Sydney and Melbourne and we’re thrilled that a number of our amazing clients made the cut.

According to Good Food’s Georgia Waters, 2016 has seen some interesting trends come to the forefront in Sydney’s cafes; namely the contrast between exceptionally healthy dishes and Instagram-worthy decadent treats.

We’ve seen breakfast salads pushed into the mainstream alongside waffles, French toast and pancakes that have been drowned in a sea of salted caramel, ice cream and whatever other sweet topping your tastebuds can conjure up. In terms of pastries, croissant-doughnut hybrids are becoming increasingly more popular together with cakes that attract queues that only highly dedicated sweet-tooths would dare join.

In Melbourne, everything from breakfast ramen to lobster doughnut burgers (yep, you read that right) have taken the café scene by storm. When it comes to the sweet stuff, s’more chocolate waffles topped with torched marshmallows, cookie parfait, salted caramel and chocolate fudge were making headlines, contrasting to the healthier options of apple and kale salad with black pearl barely and other plant-based dishes.

When it comes to the quality of the coffee, caffeine addicts have never had it better across both cities. From carbonated cold brews to espresso tonics, the depth and breadth of the coffee offering across Sydney and Melbourne has never been greater. So without further ado, let us share with you our fantastic clients that made the list and the kind words that the lovely folk at Fairfax attributed to them.


Little Jean

This sun-filled cafe and bistro has been enthusiastically embraced by locals for its creative and inviting breakfast offering, from a kale, quinoa, avocado and kimchi bowl to soft rolls filled with Pialligo bacon, egg and chipotle relish. Pastries are all baked in-house and the excellent Single Origin coffee is made with care, plus there’s Tea Craft tea, Callebaut hot chocolate and house-made soda.”


Undoubtedly one of Sydney’s most beloved neighbourhood cafes, Cornersmith continues to set the standard for locally-sourced, seasonal, sustainable food with hospitality to match. The menu changes constantly but breakfast might be poached eggs on a crusty rye roll with smoky onion relish and a fennel salad, or soft-boiled egg on toast with miso mayo, pickled celery and lentil sprouts. And the Mecca coffee is unfailingly excellent.”

Ritual Coffee Traders

“Two Sydney obsessions – wellness and specialty coffee – collide at this hole-in-the-wall of a Northbridge cafe, where post-yoga groups dig into acai bowls or chia pudding and green smoothies. After something more substantial? Try the quinoa-falafel tortilla wrap with grilled eggplant and hummus and ask for the filter coffee of the week or a smooth piccolo latte. The treats in the cabinet are mostly raw, vegan and paleo – go on, then.”

Bay Ten Espresso

“Turns out the spacious bays underneath the north approach to the Harbour Bridge are an ideal space for a cafe. It’s hugely popular with cyclists – the space is shared with a bike fit and physio business – but the tiny kitchen turns out a deli plate of boiled egg, avocado, ricotta and prosciutto and substantial sandwiches (spiced lamb meatball and tzatziki) and very good coffee.”

The Grounds of Alexandria

Busier than the SCG on day one of a Test, the Grounds continues its reign as Sydney’s most diversified venue (cafe/restaurant/bakery/coffee roastery/garden). There’s an extensive, crowd-pleasing menu (we love the brekkie board) and exceptional coffee – try the deconstructed iced coffee or pour over filter. Can’t get a table? Choose from the takeaway menu or pastry counter and head for a picnic in Sydney Park.”


Wide Open Road

Probably Melbourne’s coolest, hippest or grooviest coffeehouse (you choose). Co-owner Hootan Heydari labours out back roasting the signature Bathysphere blend and a bunch of single origins for filter and espresso brews, while the kitchen lays it down with an inner-north take on cafe classics – and a fish-finger sandwich with smashed peas and seaweed tartare.”

Brother Nancy

Among the surprises when this gem opened was an aniseed-tangy dish of beef tartare and a Guatemalan breakfast of sauteed black beans and fried plantain. With French chef Jordi Boyer still on the pans, the surprises continue: eggs florentine with ham soldiers and parmesan foam, say, or sardines in a vinegary escabeche with a salad of avocado and grapefruit.”