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The Best Cafes in Alexandria for Coffee and Brunch

Embark on the ultimate coffee crawl and start your day right with the best cafes in Alexandria.

The Grounds of Alexandria

Once an industrial powerhouse, Alexandria has transformed into a lively neighbourhood boasting a chic cafe culture that has captivated locals and tourists alike. Claiming its rightful spot in the ever-competitive Sydney brunch scene, Alexandria’s cafes run the gamut from lush garden hangouts to grungy warehouse conversions, and everything in between.

The best cafes in Alexandria are well spread out, and there’s no defined ‘strip’ as such – but all the more reason to take a walk through and discover for yourself. Set off on the ultimate café crawl with our pick of the best coffee and brunch hangouts, in one of Sydney's most intriguing suburbs.

Genovese Coffee House

Genovese Coffee House

At Genovese Coffee House in Alexandria, Adam Genovese carries on a legacy steeped in coffee history. The family business, rooted in Melbourne since the 1970s, now finds its first Sydney home in a meticulously converted warehouse, tucked away in the industrial heart of the suburb.

Inside, the atmosphere is intimate and comforting, with a subtle Italian touch that pays homage to the Genovese family heritage. Warm earthy tones, exposed brick, and wood accents fill the space, while '70s-inspired furniture adds to the charm.

The cafe's centrepiece is its espresso machines, ready to serve cuppas on the go, complemented by a rotating selection of delectable Italian treats baked in-house.

Genovese Coffee House isn't just a coffee haven; it's a place to savour Italian-inspired delights, from panini sandwiches to deli plates and sweets like cannoli and bombolones.

1-3 Lawrence Street, Alexandria 

Café 0.6

Cafe 0.6

Cafe 0.6 is easily Alexandria's best-kept secret, boasting an intriguing menu and an exquisite interior designed by Vie Studio.

This Instagram-worthy spot showcases an intricate design, with origami cranes hanging from the ceiling, dried flowers, and a fun range of merchandise.

Their mouth-watering menu offers a delightful fusion of Australian cafe classics and a seasonal brunch selection influenced by Japan, dessert cafe culture, and premium local ingredients.

The highlight is their unique coffee blend—a blend of tea flavour, espresso shot, and milk—a true game-changer for coffee aficionados. But fear not, tea lovers; there's a wide selection for you as well.

1a/11 Bowden Street, Alexandria 

Tuga Pastries

Tuga Pastries

Tuga Pastries in Alexandria is the ultimate destination for anyone craving authentic Portuguese pastries, especially the beloved pastel de nata.

These delightful custard tarts, dusted with cinnamon, are a staple in Portugal's snack culture, and Tuga has mastered them. 

The pastel de nata here boasts a flaky, buttery crust enveloping a custard with the texture of molten chocolate and a flavour reminiscent of caramelised custard and Christmas.

This secret recipe, known only to the cafés owner and his mother, yields around 50 litres of the coveted egg-custard filling daily.

10/112 McEvoy Street, Alexandria 

The Grounds

The Grounds Of Alexandria

A Sydney favourite, The Grounds, is a great place to spend the day with friends and family. With its signature laid-back, organic vibe, this popular Alexandria oasis is an all-in-one produce market, florist, cafe, restaurant, bar and bakery.

All linked by outdoor paths, it is also the best place for weekend coffee dates with your pooch, with furry friends always welcome.

7a/2 Huntley Street, Alexandria

Mecca Coffee

Mecca Coffee, an icon on Sydney's cafe scene,  takes its coffee seriously, and they’re just as passionate about teaching the public just how it’s done.

At their industrial chic Alexandria site, you can watch a roastery up close while sipping on your brew of choice (and there are plenty to choose from!). Think siphon, cold drip, filter or espresso. 

26 Bourke Road, Alexandria 


COOH Alexandria

After the success of its North Curl Curl location, Cooh expanded to Alexandria, and the space is lush. When you’re with your furry friend, head to the verandah (dedicated to dogs), and feast on the menu of organic, wholesome dishes.

COOH sources organic produce, and makes almost everything else in-house, so their dishes are bursting with flavour and nutrition. An excellent spot for a brunch that may well lead into a long lunch!

90-96 Bourke Road, Alexandria

Meet Gerard

Meet Gerard

Situated in the midst of Alexandria’s burgeoning creative scene, the folks behind Meet Gerard have created a small, light-filled sanctuary.

The brainchild of two friends – a chef and a barista – this corner cafe is all about good wholesome breakfast, lunch and everything in between.

54 Henderson Road, Alexandria 

The Copper Mill

The Copper Mill

An industrial-chic cafe in Alexandria, The Copper Mill was created by the founder of Chippendale favourite, The Shortlist.

A favourite brunchtime destination, the interiors play on the timber and exposed brick and copper pipes, which all add intrigue to a space that is all about hearty and delicious meals.

338-356 Mitchell Road, Alexandria 

Sub-Station Cafe

Sub-Station Cafe

Tucked away in an old electrical substation, this light-filled cafe serves Single Origin coffee, freshly-baked treats, and a menu of breakfast classics, like gourmet bacon and egg rolls, granola and avocado toast.

Sub-Station Cafe's main attraction is its lush, green courtyard; a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of Alexandria's business hub.

124 McEvoy Street, Alexandria 

Loved this edit of the best cafes in Alexandria and keen to explore the rest of Sydney's brunch scene? Be sure to check out our pick of the best cafés in Bondi and the best cafés in the Inner West

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