Sydney’s Best Cafés: Healthy Food & A Perfect Flat White

Some of our absolute favorite cafés in Sydney that you won’t be able to resist revisiting over and over!

Did you know that avocado toast (or avo toast as they call it) and the flat white was invented in Australia? And did you know that Aussies are actually the biggest coffee snobs in the whole world? Before the rest of the world caught on to slathering toast with avocado and other delicious toppings, Australia was indulging in their on-point café culture for decades.

If you’re a sucker for fresh healthy café food accompanied by a perfect flat white every time, Sydney will be your paradise! There are honestly too many cafés with delicious food and cute décor to count in the city. But here are some of our absolute favorite cafés in Sydney that you won’t be able to resist revisiting over and over!

Room 10 – Kings Cross

10 Llankelly Pl, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia

Room 10
Room 10. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Words cannot describe how much I love Room 10. It’s my absolute favorite café in Sydney, and it consists of nothing but a cozy hole-in-the-wall with some outside tables and chairs. Located on Llankelly Place in Potts Point, Room 10 has no sign and very limited seating. The only indication that you’re in the right place will be the hordes of people spilling out of the closet-sized establishment and crowding the tables outside. It doesn’t look like much but rain-or-shine there are crowds of locals waiting for a table, which let’s you know that the place is legit.

Every item on the menu is on point, fresh AF and mouthwatering. There’s a steady Mediterranean influence throughout menu and classic lunch items elevated with delicious herbs and accoutrements. Ever since I tried the Ziad chickpea salad with avocado, dukkah and sumac dressing, it has never left my mind. There are open sandwiches with salmon, fennel and soft-boiled egg or prosciutto, ricotta and arugula. You’ll find plenty of other gems like rice bowls, toasties topped with healthy goodness like yogurt, quinoa, honey, nuts and lots of avocado. Deciding on what to order is an existential struggle at Room 10, so you’ll definitely be resolved to come back as many times as you can to try everything on the menu.

Room 10 is a beloved local favorite by those who know it. So do as the locals do and wait outside for a table at this little hole-in-the-wall because we promise it will be worth it!

Boon Café – Haymarket

1/425 Pitt St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia

Sydney cafes Boon Cafe
Boon Cafe. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Boon Café is another place I would happily eat at every single day. Imagine a café that has a menu that’s as long as The Cheesecake Factory binder, but filled with modern Thai lunch plates instead. And that’s Boon Café.

The café is actually an extension of a hip Thai supermarket near Haymarket, so it’s a little tricky to find. It’s not a place you go to for a quiet study date, as both the café and the supermarket are always bustling with people and noise. But it’s the best place for a power breakfast, lunch and dinner any day, because the saints who run it decided to keep it open from 8 AM to midnight. They serve the classics like pad thai, pad see yew and crab fried rice, and of course they do it quite well. But the kitchen’s original creations is where it really gets exciting. A Big Boon Breakfast is a marvelous combination of congee with baked eggs, bacon, skewered pork, avocado and sourdough. There’s an entire section of Thai entrees like larpb, nahm prik ong and naam todt which you can order in the form of a rice bowl or a sandwich! They have items you’ve never seem before like the chicken, squid and holy basil sandwich and padt cha bacon pasta. The drinks aren’t bad either with a large offering of artisan coffees, teas, juices and house-made tisanes.

Boon is another one you won’t be able to forget once you’ve tried it. Skip the stereotypical Thai eateries, and go to Boon Café instead.

Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore – Paddington

78 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia

Sydney cafes Ampersand
Ampersand. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Ampersand is a hidden gem that’s mostly a secret among the residents of Paddington, so try not to tell anyone about it. But of course, as soon as you see how adorable it is, you’re going to tell everyone about it. Ampersand is the coziest, storybook library nook of your dreams.

Ampersand is a glorious sanctuary consisting of three floors of used books filling floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, colorful Persian rugs and plush armchairs in every corner. There are also rustic wooden tables where you can take your coffee and get down to work if you need to. The selection of used books is also delightful with lots of retro art books, romantic travel narratives and many of your favorite novels, old and new. Just when you think you couldn’t love this place more, Ampersand also offers a breakfast/lunch menu of yummy comfort food. You can get Turkish-inspired labna eggs with caramelized paprika butter or pear, passionfruit and ricotta French toast to eat amongst your favorite books.

It’s impossible not to fall in love with Ampersand as soon as you walk through its charming doors, especially for hardcore bibliophiles. Enjoy the books and the magical ambience, but try not to tell anyone. We like keeping it our little secret.

Rising Sun Workshop – Newtown

1C Whateley St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

Sydney cafes Rising Sun Workshop
Rising Sun Workshop. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Rising Sun Workshop is a dope little joint hidden away in Newtown that’s part motorbike workshop, part Japanese izakaya and part hipster café.

The only reason I ever found this gem is that I heard of a place that served Breakfast Ramen with buttered toast infused bone broth and my curiosity had to be quenched. As soon as the flavorful buttery, fatty broth touched my lips, I was hooked on everything about this place. Yep, the Breakfast Ramen is just as unique and delicious as it sounds. It’s topped with strips of bacon, soft-boiled egg and tomato and it’ll make you wonder why you haven’t been eating ramen for breakfast all this time. The café also serves ramen with more regular flavors and toppings for lunch and fun fusion plates for dinner.

The best part is that the café itself is a highly functional industrial space where you can study, take lunch dates, have business meetings or chill on a couch with your homies. Come for the coffee and stay for the ramen at this truly one-of-a-kind café in Newtown.

Nadia Cho

Communications Associate

Nadia reps Team JST traveling the world in search of exclusive features and online via JST's social media platforms. You can find her exploring metropolitan cities or lounging on tropical beaches.

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