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Best New Cafés in Sydney: 2022's Hottest New Openings So Far

Brunch addicts and coffee fanatic, unite! Here are the best new cafés of 2022.

Sweet Chick (Photography by Hannah Blackmore & Styling by Olivia Blackmore)
Sweet Chick (Photography by Hannah Blackmore & Styling by Olivia Blackmore)

Much to the delight of coffee fiends and brunch-loving Instagram addicts, Sydney's foodie scene is offering up a whole host of new cafés, each with its own unique twist to make it stand out from the crowd.

From trendy newcomers to long-standing local haunts spreading their wings across the city, here's our handpicked edit of the best new cafés in Sydney. Trust us, these brunch spots are so worth queuing up for!

The Brothers Café

Opening in the new Darling Square foodie precinct, The Brothers Café is serving up a delightful Asian-fusion menu. Travel to Japan, Thailand and Myanmar with Japanese soufflé pancakes, Thai carbonara with prawns and a spicy cream sauce and the nutto burger where fried chicken is served with a signature nutty sauce. Plus they’re fully licenced so you’re welcome to treat yourself to a little tipple!

Shop 3, 1 Little Pier Street, Darling Square, Haymarket

Industry Beans Double Bay

A coffee shop inside a fancy Woolworths Metro… it’s all very Double Bay! Pick up a takeaway coffee to sip while you shop to enjoy their signature espresso and filter coffee or pick up their famous coffee beans to enjoy at home!

Inside Woolworths, Kiaora Road & Kiaora Lane, Double Bay

Best New Cafés in Sydney: April

Genovese Coffee House

Ciao, Bella! For a little slice of Italy in Alexandria you absolutely can’t look past Genovese Coffee House. In true Italian fashion, you can stand at the bar and down a freshly roasted espresso or macchiato for $2. Though the atmosphere at Genovese is so soul-warming that you’ll likely be tempted to stay for as long as possible. The warehouse space is furnished with leather banquettes, corduroy couches and a gleaming coffee roaster. Their menu runs the gamut from breakfast to lunch paninis, pressed focaccia and weekend deli plates. A perfectly roasted coffee with a nduja, smoked mozzarella, tomato and basil focaccia? What could possibly be better?

13 Lawrence St, Alexandria

Wilburs.

This quaint deli in the northern beaches has a carefully curated menu. After you’ve stopped by Wilburs you’ll find there’s no better way to start your day than with a piece of perfectly sliced bread stopped with San Dan procuitto, stracciatella and Quinby’s hot honey. Or win your lunch hour with deli sandwiches packed with roasted pumpkin, ricotta and jalapeno served with a side of crisps.

89 Pittwater Road, Manly

Best New Cafés in Sydney: March

Sweet Chick

The home of Australia’s best babka has recently moved into bigger and better digs in the ever-trendy Surry Hills. Helmed by Rebecca Balkin, Sweet Chick is one of our favourite bakeries in Sydney. Stop by for a coffee and a dose of nostalgia with homemade honey jumbles, jam drops, melting moments and chocolate chip cookies. With cakes, scones and, of course, the aforementioned babka all proudly displayed in their new sun-soaked café, you’ll end up walking out with arm loads of goodies and, if you’re anything like us, you’ll have already tucked into half of it by the time you get home. 

75 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills 

Odd Culture

A watering hole for the weird and wonderful Odd Culture is a genius invention from the minds of head chef, Jesse Warkentin (ex-Continental Deli), and exec chef, James MacDonald (ex-Hubert). European at its core with an Asian flare, a restaurant and bar initially, Odd Culture is now opening for breakfast from 7am everyday. Forget about smashed avo and eggs benedict, and say hello to a concise breakfast menu that heroes house made elements, that provide an inventive spin on classic dishes. The sumptuous double decker bacon butty is the ultimate hangover buster, lathered in sweet and smoky tonkatsu sauce. The buttermilk pancakes are topped with banana ice cream and lashings of housemade miso caramel are the perfect sweet treat. Feeling a bit adventurous? The blood pancake with smoked pork jowl, fried egg, and chilli maple is worth a try, and the steak and eggs with tomato salad and fermented red pepper butter is the perfect dish for those looking for a hearty meal. Wash it all down with a seasonal mimosa!

266 King Street, Newtown

Humble Bakery
Humble Bakery
Humble Bakery CBD

Lovers of finger buns unite! Humble Bakery has opened a second location in the uber-cool Quay Quarters precinct. The Surry Hills icon is known for their classic treats, sourdough loaves, Basque cheesecakes and, of course, their iconic pink piped finger buns. Cookies, croissants, coffee – this new café has everything Sydneysiders could possibly want.

Quay Quarter Lanes, Shop 19, 16 Loftus Street, Sydney CBD

Zini Gelato

Growing up in Bologna, the capital of artisanal gelato, Matteo Zini had always dreamed of opening his own gelateria. Having run one of the best gelato shops in Brisbane, Matteo Zini has brought his expertise to the Emerald City. Zini Contemporary Gelateria churns premium nature gelato with unique signature flavours. Sweet toothed visitors will also be delighted by waffle baskets, pancakes and cannoli, as well as exclusive gelato degustations. Their next degustation is Aussie-themed! So get excited about salted dark chocolate and wattleseed gelato as well as Davidson Plum sorbet with finger lime. 

6 Loftus Street, Sydney

Best New Cafés in Sydney: February

Bar Mammoni

Finally, a venue that will take you from your first cappuccino to your final cocktail. This cheeky little venue in Sydney’s Quay Quarter, draws on the pastry prowess of Grana Bakery and the luscious libations from Apollonia. Opening their doors at 7am on the 2nd of March, Bar Mammoni will serve up Allpress coffee, sugar lips croissant cannoli, croissant cubes, and gelato millefoglie. At lunchtime, you can expect pizza by the slice topped with nduja and caramelised onion or prosciutto with blue cheese and boozy fig. Pair lunch with a cheeky spritz, you deserve it!

Shop3, Loftus Lane, Sydney

Best New Cafés in Sydney: January

Sandy's Avalon
Sandy's Avalon
Sandy’s

From the Bar Elvina team, Sandy’s is the Northern Beaches best new sandwich shop. With sandwiches and salads, this limited menu delivers on just two things – sandwiches and salads – and they deliver incredibly well. Our top picks are the schnitty sandy with chicken schnitzel, bacon jam mayo and Caesar dressing or the pastrami sandy with wagyu pastrami, slaw, grilled pineapple and smoked butter – all of our favourite things between two bits of bread!

2/50 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach

Loulou Boulangerie & Traiteur

Attached to Loulou, one of our favourite new restaurants, is a brand new boulangerie and traiteur – a deliciously French combination. Expect pain au levain, viennoiseries from pain au chocolat and pain au raisin to pastries from the famously perfect Paris brest, to madeleines and black forest choux. Loulou means darling and, we think that this spot is set to be the darling of the lower north shore.

61 Lavender Street, Milsons Point

Super Nash

Spicing up the Sydney foodie scene with Nashville hot chicken, Super Nash has brought succulent spicey chicken sandwiches to the people of Australia. The first ever Super Nash location was born in 2020 in a small canteen at a Tennis Centre in Hornsby, they quickly built a loyal following and in just over 12 months they’ve got a food truck and two permanent locations to show for their efforts. Check out their Waterloo location, have a go on their original Bandai Namco Mario Kart arcade games and try the world’s hottest sando, using Carolina Reapers and packing a heat of over two million Scoville, you’ll have to sign a waiver to give it a go. Try it if you dare!

Super Nash Waterloo, 29 Amelia Street, Waterloo & Super Nash Waitara, 22 Waitara Avenue, Waitara

Has this list of the best new cafés in Sydney inspired you to explore the coffee scene? Don't stop at this round-up. You can check out our favourite cafés across Sydney, from Alexandria and Manly, to Surry Hills and Ultimo. Looking for a productive café? We have discovered Sydney's best café offices that offer delectable breakfast eats with a side of wifi. Design lovers, we haven't forgotten you! Sydney is also home to a plethora of cafés with beautiful interiors that will spark your Insta-dreams.