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15 of the best Aussie Cafes

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Australian’s excel at brunch – our café culture is our very own cuisine we have exported to the world. Read on to find out some of our wide brown land’s best cafes, in no particular order. This list is definitely not exhaustive.

 


1. Room 10, Potts Point

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Tucked away down a side street in Sydney’s Potts Point, this café is loved by dedicated regulars. Serving up a simple menu of toasties, egg dishes and muesli, the interior might be squishy but the coffee and the cosiness certainly doesn’t disappoint.

2. Porch and Parlour, Bondi

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Porch and Parlour is Bondi perfection. Pop in for a pre-swim coffee and swing back through for lunch or a cool drink after soaking up the sun. This is a great place to see all the beautiful people of Bondi and maybe be seen yourself!

3. Top Paddock, Richmond

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Coming from a long line of Melbourne café legends, Top Paddock serves up modern meals with an interesting twist. Get here early, it’s normal to wait up to 40 mins for a table on the weekends. Totally worth it though!

4. Reuben Hills, Surry Hills

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Reuben Hills is a boutique micro roastery based in Surry Hills which takes coffee seriously, but not themselves. If you’ve ever been too intimidated by coffee snobs to ask what a double ristretto is or how an Aeropress works, this is the place to do it. Reuben Hills also serves a great range of food that matches the places the coffee beans come from.

5. Plenty, West End

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Snuggled between warehouses and office buildings, Plenty isn't exactly at the exciting end of West End but what they serve up is. Plenty is a café and grocer on a mission to bridge the gap between farm and table. They focus on locally grown produce and a seasonal menu which keeps customers coming back to try the newest offerings.

6. Morning After, West End

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Morning After is an apt name for the softly furnished café in Brisbane’s West End. Soothing greens and whites greet you as you sit down to a MAMuffin – Morning After’s version of the popular drive through dish. The rest of the menu takes in flavours from all over the world, even serving up a breakfast “carbonara”.

7. Fourth Chapter, Prahran

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A health conscious café that’s light and airy with plenty of indoor plants and a banging Insta? Sounds perfect! Fourth Chapter features a couple of indulgences too, including their amazing hot chocolate which includes a gold-flecked, marshmallow-packed chocolate sphere that spins and melts when milk is poured over it. There’s also takeaway picnic baskets filled with treats to purchase and go soak up the sun.

8. Gordon Street Garage, Perth

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Gordon Street Garage wants to take you on a delicious journey from morning to night. Starting with breakfast and moving all the way through to dinner, this restaurant serves up seasonal produce, WA sunshine and smiles. The Industrial-chic interior gives way to a terrace herb garden, providing plenty of seasoning for the kitchen.

9. Gusto Food, South Perthgusto south perth

If you’re heading to Gusto, come with an empty stomach! This café is generous with its servings and has Perth locals lining up for a table on weekends. Favs include homemade crumpets with berry compote and peanut gravel, and the French Cinnamon Toast.

10. Monday’s Coffee, Adelaide

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White, bright and minimalist – this Adelaide café wouldn’t look out of place in Scandinavia. Keeping it Aussie is the expertly poured coffee and simple menu focusing on eggs and toast. Head here on Mondays…or everyday of the week.

11. Sad Café, Adelaide

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Don’t let the name fool you – this place is just as great when you’re peppy as it is when you’re down. Keeping it simple, fresh and local is what this café is all about. The indie fit out complete with vinyl, city guides and communal tables makes it feel more like your cool mates place than a commercial eatery.

12. Patissez, Canberrapatissez

This is the place to go if you visit Canberra! Native Canberrans are probably sick of it, but Patissez can’t be missed. Original creators of the FreakShakes, Patissez also serves a range of cakes and pastries, in case you haven’t had enough sugar. Make sure you bring your camera because these creations are truly one of a kind!

13. Caffiend, Cairns

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If you’re in Cairns you may be tempted to live solely on tropical fruit and local seafood, but the cravings for a good coffee are undeniable. Caffiend is the place to go in Cairns for your caffeine hit as well as for delicious seasonal eats supplied by local farmers in the region.

14. Bread in Common, Fremantle

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Bread in Common is basically the dream – both a full, open kitchen serving meals and coffee, and a serious bakery with two inbuilt brick ovens. The huge eating area is lit by beautiful hanging lights and pumps out meals from breakfast to late at night.

15. Sir Charles, Fitzroysir charles 1

Sir Charles Café in Fitzroy is bit deceptive. From the front, it looks like any other old building in the area, but once you step inside it’s a huge modern minimalist space, with plenty of natural light and a large coffee roasting operation at the back of the restaurant. The menu is Asian inspired but serves up all the breakfast favourites.

16. Higher Ground, Melbournehigher ground 2

From the same stable as Top Paddock and a slew of other incred Melbourne cafes, comes Higher Ground. Situated in a converted power station in the CBD, Higher Ground is impressive in every regard. Food is adventurous and the décor is super hip. Expect a wait here, but also expect to be blown away!

17. The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney

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The Grounds is an incredible café that combines science and gardening into one space in the inner city suburb of Alexandria. The food and coffee are pretty spectacular, but it’s the actual grounds themselves that pull the patrons and the Insta likes. The enormous courtyard and garden are a flower lover’s dream and also home to Kevin Bacon, the café’s pet pig.

18. Paddock Bakery, Miami, Gold Coast

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Paddock Bakery is everything you’d expect from a Gold Coast café – casual, outdoorsy and popular for post-beach refuel. But Paddock also has a couple of things you might not. Its focus is on environmentally friendly whole food and good coffee. Try one of their delicious sandwiches or go for the Dippy Eggs and a fresh juice. Make sure you pick up a pastry on the way out too!

19. Harvest Café, Byron Bay

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Harvest Cafe is a foodie haven tucked away in the Byron Bay hinterland. The beautiful old weatherboard house is home to a bakery, a deli, a private dining space and a café. The menu draws on regional produce and organic goods, set in the beautiful lush surrounds of Byron Bay.

20. The Farm, Byron Baythe farm 1

The Farm Byron Bay is just that – a farm. But among the pigs, cattle and chickens there is an on-site restaurant and produce store. Wander through the paddocks and check out the flowers, lettuce and sweet potato, then head inside and sample the fresh eggs and farm grown tomatoes.

21. Bottle of Milk, Lorne and Torquay

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This beachside eatery is famous for its bright yellow espresso machine and its stripy umbrellas. But maybe even more so for its great range of breakfast and burger options for the salty and sundrenched. With locations in both Lorne and Torquay, this place has summer stitched up.

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