Sydney’s Top 5 Cosiest Cafes

With autumn upon us and the days getting steadily cooler, we’ve tracked down the snuggest, most whimsically lovely cafes in all of Sydney.

Image credit: Shenkin
Image credit: Shenkin



An ever-popular local haunt, Shenkin expertly mixes modern Aussie cuisine with the traditional culinary delights of Israel. It’s a warmly inviting spot, and the cottagey décor makes it feel like stepping back through time into the home of some distant, fondly remembered relative. It offers fresh artisan coffee and gourmet pastries, and the chorizo shakshuka is an absolute delight. Just imagine baked eggs (with lovely runny yokes), nestled in a thick stew of tomatoes and spicy chorizo, just waiting to be eaten. Find out more

“Best Shakshuka in town! Have never been disappointed with anything I’ve ever ordered there. Great coffee too” – emmatheoddity

Image credit: Gertrude and Alice
Image credit: Gertrude and Alice

Gertrude and Alice


Tea and books! Is there a finer combination? Head for Gertrude and Alice, grab an armchair and settle in amidst the stacks of tomes and kooky antiques for a wonderfully relaxing morning in the Hemingway Room. The house-made chai tea is a marvellous concoction, somehow managing to perk you up and calm you down at the same time. It’s pure magic and the perfect accompaniment to a good book. Find out more

“A dear friend of mine brought me here ages ago, and I just happened to stumble by the place yesterday. This place not only brought back wonderful memories of sipping my coffee whilst perusing their numerous books, but also of my time with my friend! One of Bondi’s best hidden gems.” – Ophelia

Image credit: The Book Kitchen
Image credit: The Book Kitchen

The Book Kitchen

Surry Hills

What’s better than good food? Good food and good books. Cookbooks, specifically. Just imagine a glorious range of them, piled up in shelves all around a plush, foodie-centric cafe. The Book Kitchen is a converted garage, but feels more like an actual suburban kitchen that just kept growing until it suddenly opened for business. Make sure you try the Greek-style roast lamb! It’s deliciously tender and meaty, yet perfectly offset with a gloriously minty aroma. Find out more

“This converted garage just off leafy Burke St, Surry Hills is one cute cafe. I love coming here for brunch. This airy, welcoming space contains floor to ceiling book shelves stocked full of cook books and pre-loved novels for sale.” – C Sandiego

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Cafe Giulia


Pleasantly green and rocking a casual, artsy-bohemian sort of style, Cafe Giulia is a bustling hotspot of great coffee and large portions. The Moroccan-infused ‘Fava Soup’ is a wonderful choice for a quick, light lunch (especially if you add chorizo – just $3!), and the friendly staff never fail to make you feel welcome. This place has a lovely atmosphere, and it’s well worth experiencing for yourself. Currently closed for essential kitchen upgrade work – Reopening late May. Find out more

“Cafe Guilia is the sweetness in my Chippendale mornings! Being super close to my uni, I had enjoyed a massive breakfast or lunch at this place a few times and been blown away with the food each and every time. When I think about this cafe, I think “home” food, I think quality AND quantity and I think happiness.” – Nnyy

Image credit: Clipper Cafe
Image credit: Clipper Cafe

Clipper Cafe


A real Glebe institution, Clipper Cafe is like a rickety little country home in the middle of the big city. With its nooks, crannies and beautifully rustic stylings, it gives you the impression that you’ve escaped the hustle and bustle of every day life, and snuggled up into your own little corner of history, quite content to let the outside world fade softly away. Add a big bowl of their homemade chai porridge, and you’ve got the perfect place to watch the world go by. Find out more

“One of my favourite places in Glebe. The space is so nice and cosy. When it’s not too busy, this is a great place to grab the free WiFi and get some work done. The smoothies here are incredible and a great precursor to the fresh, delicious brunch food on offer. It’s a great valued menu – and highly recommend the amazing French toast.” – anytiffng

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