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.
After having a long conversation this morning about cold drip coffee with my barista, Simon Dardick at Devon Café, I should probably accept I’ve taken coffee to the next level. I’m regularly using words like terroir, and have established a set of roasters I’m partial to - Proud Mary, Golden Cobra, Little Marionette and in recent months Marrickville’s Coffee Alchemy.
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).
It's pretty much the only place on Oxford Street where you can dine al fresco and not be in a gutter. At first it seemed to be a chain store fad, but it's actually still popular after all these years, so I thought I'd revisit. While the uniforms, rum and cigars are distinctly Cuban, the food only hints of Havana, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.