Queens Park Shed
New is out, converted is in. A disused sports shed in Centennial Park is the latest ‘found café’ to emerge in the fields of Queens Park. The space is modern and airy, while maintaining the integrity of its past through rustic finishes, quirky light fittings, and a gorgeous water station that employs the original pipes.
TopHat Coffee Merchants
The young couple who made waves down South with Swallow Coffee Traders have gone and done the same thing for the East. Co-owners, Jess Hol and Angus Nicol sold their Rockdale café and set sail for Clovelly, bringing their art of coffee making and their own roaster which rotates single-origin beans (soon to be wholesale).
As luck would have it, I chose to try the Opera Bar’s new weekend breakfast menu on one of the only rainy days we’ve had this season. Though even in the rain, the panoramic view stretching from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge is nothing to be shrugged at.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if the generic nature of Sydney's café menus is anything to go by, it can be a bit, well - boring. Breakfast at the original New Shanghai outlet in Lemon Grove Plaza should ease any tedium. We’re all down with yum cha, so the breakfast dumpling isn’t a stranger.
“Violet Crumble should just stop,” I mutter through an earth-shattering mouthful of Leatherwood Honeycomb ($3). I’ve just visited Penelope Ransley’s Norton Street bakery and I’m hooked. So is her Mum, who when pressed for her favourite declares: “Whatever I have in my hand! Okay, peanut butter jelly cups but I'm turning to the salted caramel."
Nielsen Park Cafe
It was during Sydney's (two week) winter of discontent that I discovered a corner of the city I didn't know existed. The Nielsen Park Cafe overlooks the ominously named Shark Bay, but there is nothing sinister to see here, even on a grey day the heritage building is luminous and warm, with ocean views from every table.