Pottery Green Bakers, Gordon

Excellent North Sydney breakfast to be had at Pottery Green and a nice cool escape from the humidity in Gordon. Fantastic coffee, single origin Toby's Estate; the only cafe I have come across that has extracted the most robust flavour from Toby's roast, even Toby's Estate cafe itself.

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Metro St James, Sydney CBD

Metro St James is delightfully embedded in Hyde Park and enjoys a roaring trade through it's ability to channel a city dweller's need for green spaces and provide them with cool drinks and tasty Mediterranean fare at the same time. Mobile workers, this is the spot to plonk your laptop, work for the afternoon and refuel with a few rounds of iced coffee.

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The Fine Food Store, The Rocks

This gem is in a small shopping complex in The Rocks surrounded by Australiana tourist traps, so any hipster worthy of the name could be forgiven for walking on by. But stop at The Fine Food Store and pick up a latte because it. is. good. Their coffee gets an 8.0 on Beanhunter and the comments are an indication of how seriously TFFS take their coffee.

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Pablo and Rusty’s, Sydney CBD

I struggled through my hotel butchering Di Bella before I found this espresso haven. Reminiscent of Mister Mister and De Clieu, if you weren’t taking advantage of the people watching opportunities you could be forgiven for thinking Pablo and Rusty’s was an inner urban coffee paradise instead of right in the centre of it all on Castlereagh Street. Settle in for a couple of coffees and some eggs before work.

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Surry Hills

I’m not sure if I can review a whole suburb… let’s say ‘yes’. Surry Hills is a little suburb on the fringes of the CBD that made me feel like I was on High St Northcote, with the bonus of the Fitzroy backstreets that hide little bars and cafés amongst the flats and houses. We made a stop at Gelato Messina, and then travelled on up to Crown Street’s brilliant book/film/music store TITLE (think Readings), stopping off at boutique Vivid for that retro, Gormon feel; then to the gardens so our young charge could run around. It is a high street that has all your favourite places to play!

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Angel Place, Sydney CBD

A location rather than a single restaurant, Angel Place is home to several Merivale venues. I loved it because it’s a Melbourne-style laneway with a beautiful street art installation called Forgotten Songs. I have had lots of fun at Felix (fancy French) and Palings (beer garden with cocktail jugs and Thai street food), and adore Lorraine’s Patisserie.

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