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The best coffee in Sydney

Time Out's top spots for getting buzzed

Photograph: Anna Kucera

We are a city in love with coffee. And we’re damn good at it too. Here’s our list of where to go and what you’ll get.

Coffee Alchemy

Every coffee type is tasted fresh daily before the doors swing open at seven, and the vigilance doesn't cease until the doors are closed. That’s dedication.

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The Copper Mill

What was once an old printing is now a high-ceilinged sanctum filled with the heady scent of Golden Cobra’s Human Cannonball blend and some cruisy tunes.

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Don Campos - Specialty Brewing Bar

The second store in the Campos fleet resides in a beautifully restored warehouse space. Drink your fill of the Campos espresso or think outside the coffee pot and try a different single origin brew, a cold drip or filter coffee at the pour over station.

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Grind Espresso

Hugely popular with locals, expect to sidestep parked surfboards when you step in for a quick ristretto, macchiato, cappuccino, flat white, doppio or Bean of the Day before hitting the waves revived.

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This coffee haven in the Strand Arcade is brought to you by Coffee Alchemy, which means you get all the nerdery behind the counter, plus the benefit of sniffing the Aesop shop rather than Addison Road.

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Le Monde

These guys care more about coffee than your average Joe. So much, in fact, that they taste their wares all through the day to make sure what lands on the table is A-grade.

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Surry Hills

Ruby's Diner

The coffee here really is something. They use Single Origin beans for when you need the firepower of an espresso shot, but with all the extra space they’ve been able to add a slow brew bar for floral cold drips, pourovers and filter coffee.

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Queens Park

Sample Coffee Pro Shop

This Surry Hills coffee nook serves up excellent espresso care of the Pacemaker house blend that they punch out on two coffee machines – your standard café workhorse plus a lever press machine that produces a softer, more delicately flavoured shot.

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St Peters

Sensory Lab

Here at this Melbourne import they punch a dark, glossy, fragrant shot that might have you knee-slapping and hollering ‘yeehah’ if this place wasn’t so chilled.

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Bondi Beach

Need a side of brekky with that cup o'Joe?

The best breakfasts in Sydney

Aussie breakfasts are legendary the world over, and we damn well know how to do them right here in Sydney. From the best cheese toastie around to that liquorice bread, here's our list of where to go and what to order at the best cafés in Sydney.

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By: Time Out editors