Unlike the string of accessible cafes around Asia that offer high-speed internet, Sydney’s cafe scene is yet to embrace a widespread WIFI revolution so whenever a space offers good coffee, quality food and a cosy space to work or study, the excitement is uncontainable.
Sydney by day:
Orto Trading Co, Surry Hills
Sunshine and donuts. What more is there to say?
Orto Trading Co is spacious, brightly lit and decorated with fresh florals. The sweet spot in Surry Hills is sure to revive your routine and motivate you for another day. Opt for an outdoor seat in the warm sun for good vibes but, Saturday mornings can get quite busy so Orto isn’t quite the ideal location if you need a quiet spot to work on weekends.
Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore, Paddington
Surrounded by paperbacks and a cosy, communal atmosphere, be prepared to share your table with other coffee drinkers and book enthusiasts – the large wooden table upstairs is a definite favourite for some peace and quiet when concentration doesn’t come naturally.
Elbow Room Espresso, Chatswood
With an appetising seasonal menu and tasty batch brews and cold drips galore, it’s no surprise that Elbow Room is always buzzing amidst Chatswood’s dry coffee scene. Elbow Room is a tight squeeze but the welcoming, casual space is a favourite for writers and freelancers to get set on a high stool or a spot on the big wooden table for big ideas.
Mrs P’s, Burwood
A local gem run by friendly locals – drop by mid-morning to share a conversation, take a seat by the surrounding windows and enjoy a spot of serenity behind Burwood’s busy precinct. The coffee is noteworthy, the wifi is steady and the food at Mrs P’s is hearty to keep you going and going.
The Vogue Cafe, Macquarie Centre
Consider yourself the trendy type? Macquarie shopping centre has established itself as a leading shopping hub and with decent WIFI to last 2-3 hours, drop by in the afternoon for a sugar kick at Vogue Cafe or a cup of brewed energy upstairs at sister cafe, The Missing Piece. Both locations attract waves of traffic especially on the weekends so aim for an afternoon slot.
Clipper Cafe, Glebe
The wide, wooden tables at Clipper’s cafe is alluring. With a rustic, cosy vibe on Glebe’s central street, Clipper’s is not only accessible but offers a range of affordable noms – the coffee is mediocre at best and unlikely to satiate your morning caffeine craving so make it an afternoon gem instead. This local spot in Glebe is mostly filled with University students so it’s the perfect location to get motivated to finish that essay.
Daschund Coffee, Hunters Hill
Daschund Coffee is mostly frequented for its coffee and brunch menu but with free WIFI, it’s another prime suburban location to hydrate your creative veins with coffee as you type away. The dogs that frequent this cafe are also a great distraction whenever you need to take your mind off the task in front of you.
Piccolo’s Cafe, Rozelle
Piccolo’s is loved for its versatility – doubling as a cosy midweek cafe and also a casual catch up spot on the weekends. The menu at Piccolo’s is simple and mouthwatering – don’t miss out on the dukkah and avo smash or the range of fritters. Spend your late mornings reading, working or checking your emails.
Sydney by night:
Chambers Fine Coffee, Rhodes
Open till 10:30 on most evenings and located close to Rhodes Station, take advantage of this local spot with a sweet treat after work. For warmer evenings, work on an outdoor table.
Once Upon a Time, West Ryde
As the first late night spot at West Ryde, Once Upon a Time is the go-to cafe in the area to study or work. Walk towards the warm lights that flood onto West Parade and indulge in an Earl Grey Latte or a Green Tea Latte for a milky twist to the usual.
Well Co. Cafe, Glebe
Open till late on weekends, Well Co is just the space you need for a low key writing sesh. The upstairs is furnished to look like a cosy living room so order a warm tea, a brownie and take a seat upstairs to make the most of your Saturday evening. The plethora of food options in Glebe means you can also drop by after a dinner date or stay for the occasional live jazz gigs downstairs.