We’ve been back for a month and I have finally got my head around the many amazing coffee shops in Australia. From Sydney to Perth and back to Brisbane, here is a list of coffee shops I recommend you visit when you go to Australia.
Our coffee adventures began in Sydney. A busy city, bustling with commuters, workmen, and tourists… all in search of a good coffee. Coffee is not a luxury in Australia, it is a daily lifestyle, a necessity that is easily accessible on most streets.
We spent a lot of our time in an area called Surry Hills. I fell in love with the quaint streets and architecture of this city suburb. The coffee shops were also just incredible so you will notice a few listed below from the area. When you visit Sydney don’t be afraid to extend your range outside of the inner city vibes. We found incredible coffee roasters and cafes all over the Sydney landscape. So here are a few you MUST get to when you visit Australia.
Artificer | 547 Bourke Street, Surry Hills | Facebook
Neighbourhood by Sean McManus | 16 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills | Instagram
Reuben Hills | 61 Albion Street, Surry Hills | Instagram
Mecca Coffee Roasters | 26 Bourke Road, Alexandria | Facebook
Single Origin Roasters | 28B Cranbrook Street, Botany | Facebook
Paramount Coffee Project | 80 Commonwealth Street | Facebook
The Copper Mill | 338 – 356 Mitchell Road, Alexandria | Facebook
The next stop on our trip was to visit family in Perth. Obviously I had scouted some places out before hand but with a bit of help from a few locals we ventured upon some absolutely incredible coffee shops.
Just down the road from where we were staying was our first coffee stop and from Nedlands, we found some winners in Subiaco and then a whole bunch in the city. We also spent two days in Freemantle, where we spent many hours huddled in the warm cafes of this Uni and Harbour town.
Elixir | 145 Stirling Highway, Nedlands | Facebook
Felix & Co | 160 Hampden Road, Nedlands | Facebook
Architects & Heroes | 25 Rokeby Road, Subiaco | Facebook
Small Print Baker & Coffee Maker | 125 St Georges Terrace, CBD | Facebook
DuoTone | 313 Hay Street, East Perth | Facebook
Max & Sons | 140 Perth | Facebook
Willie Wagtail |131 William Street | Facebook
Tiisch | 9B 938 Hay Street | Facebook
The Attic | 16 Bannister Street, Freemantle | Facebook
After a brilliant week in Perth we jet set back to the East Coast, this time up to Brisbane. Our time in Brisbane was not all our own, as Paul was working for a lot of it but we managed to get in some good coffee between meetings and on the road in the morning. Brisbane’s coffee scene made me very excited. Again with the coffee lifestyle, there is an evident grab and go culture.
Coffee shops are smaller, not your regular spot to sit and get work done, but rather grab a quick coffee and a snack before heading back to the office. There certainly are those coffee shops on the outskirts of town, towards the suburbs, that you’ll find more moms with prams taking it easy in for the morning. Some of my favourite coffee shops around Brisbane are listed below.
John Mills Himself | 40 Charlotte Street, CBD | Instagram
Bunker Coffee | 21 Railway Terrace | Facebook
Morning After | 57 Vulture Street, West End | Facebook
The Single Guys | 2/2051 Moggill Road, Kenmore | Facebook
Blacksmith Specialty Coffee | 8 Bothwell Street, Mount Gravatt | Facebook
Dovetail On Overend | 85 Overend Street, Norman Park | Facebook
Dandelion & Driftwood | 45 Gerler Road, Hendra | Facebook
We also spent a few days North on the Sunshine Coast in Noosa, and we then went down to the Gold Coast for a long weekend with family to end our 4 weeks. Here are some spots not to miss in those areas of Australia.
Padre | 10 Eenie Creek Road, Noosaville | Facebook
Clandestino Roasters | 59 Rene Street, Noosaville | Facebook
Espl. Coffee Brewers | 4 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise | Facebook
All in all we had a phenomenal, coffee fuelled trip. Pregnancy did not stop this coffee blogger from getting around to as many great Australian coffee shops as possible. Paul and I shared coffee, bonded over delicate flavours, and marvelled on a new part of the world. All the above coffee shops welcomed us in with friendly faces and delicious coffee. Thank you to all the baristas, managers, owners, and coffee friends we spent time with in Australia, you made our trip so worthwhile.
I hope this list sends some more traffic to your coffee shops, from around the world!