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Staying Warm in the Inner-West: The Cosy Café Scene

Winter’s not coming; it’s officially here. When it’s dreary and drizzly outside, there’s nothing better than curling up in a cosy café, with a steaming cup of coffee, a plate of comfort food, and a friend and/or book for company. Chin up, Sydneysiders – rainy days aren’t so bad! Here’s where to stay warm in the inner-west.


An inner-west institution, Cornersmith is the perfect place to while away a winter afternoon. The space is stylish yet homely, and the café is legendary for its menu, which features sustainable, seasonal and locally-sourced produce. And they mean that: there’s a beehive on the roof, and locals can trade in their homegrown veggies for a jar of jam.

314 Illawarra Road, Marrickville

Flood St Carousel

With a reading nook, comfy couches, a play area, and – naturally – a carousel horse, this corner café will keep the whole family warm and happy. The menu features Middle-Eastern comfort food with kitschy descriptions: “brioche toast with toppings for kids of all ages” and “salads you can be friends with” are two that are guaranteed to make you giggle.

1 Lords Road, Leichhardt


Located in a restored 1890s corner store, Revolver is laidback and a little bit hipster. Its vintage-chic feel is instantly welcoming, and the menu boasts comforting classics, like bacon and egg rolls and cinnamon chia porridge with stewed rhubarb and honey. When lunchtime rolls around, the lamb shwarma, warm salad, and – if you’re feeling indulgent – cheeseburger really hit the spot.

291 Annandale Street, Annandale

Little Lord

In Camperdown, Little Lord wins the award for cosiest café. It’s like walking into a time warp. There are couches and chairs just begging to be sunk into, as well as dining tables set with old-school china. The food is simple and delicious (with plenty of options for vegetarians) – if you’re stuck, go for the crowd favourite, the three-cheese toastie.

102 Salisbury Road, Camperdown

The Pig and Pastry

Exposed brick walls, vintage décor, mismatched chairs and communal tables – this Petersham cafe is a homely haven without even trying. When you’re perusing the menu, expect comforting classics and the cakes, tarts and cookies are also baked in-house, along with the bread. And if you’re craving a glass of red, you’re in luck – the Pig and Pastry is licensed.

1 Station Street, Petersham

Fleetwood Macchiato

When the temperatures drop, life is all about those simple, homely pleasures – and Fleetwood Macchiato delivers. The team makes everything from the cakes and baked goodies to yoghurts, preserves and condiments in-house, and menu features fresh yet moreish dishes. Bonus: it runs all day, so no need to rush in. The café is cute and compact, and its friendly vibe makes it even warmer.

43 Erskineville Road, Erskineville

Paper Cup

It may be tiny, but Paper Cup has made its mark on the inner-west café scene. It’s cosy by nature, and the wall murals, people-watching perches and menu of warm and spicy Middle Eastern dishes only add to that. The staff is warm and welcoming, and it’s the kind of place where the barista greets you by name.

157/161 Cambridge Street, Stanmore

Cuckoo Callay

Quirky and downright delicious, Cuckoo Callay is a local haunt that’s oh-so-Newtown. The café has a weird and wonderful Alice in Wonderland theme, and its menu is seasonal and creative. Try the Cinderella Breakfast or the Bacon McDaddy – a feat for even the hungriest diner!

324A King Street, Newtown