Australia’s coffee culture is truly like no other. While we were once a sideliner in foreigners' thoughts for any title that brags ‘culture’, our humble home is now universally known for some of the best coffee, café and lifestyle scenes in the world.
To celebrate International Coffee Day, a glorious occasion dedicated to the humble bean while simultaneously uniting all coffee connoisseurs together (the closest we’ll get to world peace), we thought it was only fitting to list 10 of our favourite cafés in Australia that tick all the boxes. We’re talking mouth-watering coffee, glorious smashed avocado and eggs that hit the spot.
Melbourne - While the city may have been robbed of the coffee capital world title, there’s no doubt that it boasts the best and most innovative styles of coffee ever explored. And while you may not be able to dine-in right now, we recommend putting the below on your must-visit list for when Melbourne re-opens. In the meantime, snag some takeaways.
St ALi - South Melbourne
The pioneers who defined specialty coffee in Melbourne who are now on the path to world domination. The converted warehouse paves the way for expert coffee brewing and in-house roasting. Other cafés under the St ALi umbrella are Sensory Lab, Auction Room, Clement and Seven Seeds.
Three Bags Full - Abbotsford
An industrialized, exposed brick warehouse space (how very Melbourne), known for top-notch coffee, its all-day brunch service and arguably some of the best loaded smashed avocado toast in Australia.
Rustica - South Yarra, CBD, Maribyrnong & Hawthorn
Home to five locations across Melbourne, the Rustica empire is showing no signs of slowing down. The bakery-cafe comes with a cult following and is best known for its tasty carb creations, from organic white sourdough, and seedy whole wheat to olive with fresh basil and spicy fruit buns.
Top Paddock - Richmond
The café that never fails to grace your Instagram feeds every weekend. This stylish brunch spot welcomes all sorts of Melburnians from yogis to yuppies to families. Pumping out an assortment of savoury and sweet dishes from chilly scrambled eggs to the blueberry & ricotta hotcake with seasonal berries, toasted seeds and maple syrup (drool).
Sydney - Nothing screams Sydney culture like a quick dip in the ocean, Bronte to Coogee coastal walk, followed by a well-deserved brunch in some of the best designed café fit-outs in Australia.
Three Blue Ducks - Bronte & Rosebery
With a focus on simple and local produce, the menu is created with freshly grown ingredients straight from their back garden. The dishes are colourful, textured and truly iconic. You simply can’t go past the corn fritters, served with guacamole, fermented cabbage, jalapeno, herb salad, labneh and poached eggs… and a coffee, of course.
Bills - Darlinghurst, Surrey Hills and Bondi
A Sydney institution, Bills is not only known for its chic decor but its famous hotcakes, scrambled eggs and corn fritters (the Holy Trinity of Sydney Brekkie). Each weekend, queues snake around the corner as locals and tourists alike patiently wait for a spot at the central and widely popular communal table.
The Grounds of Alexandria - Alexandria
An instagrammable sanctuary set amongst the industrial heartland of Alexandria. An all-in-one produce market, florist, café, bar and bakery, perfect for weekend coffee dates. Bonus? It boasts an agglomeration of cute farm animals to set your eyes upon while you feast on some bircher muesli.
Brisbane - We’ve heard brekkie in Brisbane is almost a culture movement thanks to their love for sunshine, local produce and single origin. Almost every street corner is filled with a spot to grab a delicious coffee and feed.
Pawpaw - Woolloongabba
The widely popular café is known for its wide open floor plan, jungle-inspired interiors and floods of natural light. While there’s a bit of a wait, we’re told it's completely worth it once you snap yourself the croissant eggs benedict piled with bacon, hollandaise sauce and flaky pastry goodness.
Morning After - West End
A truly fitting name after a big Saturday night, if we do say so ourselves. Morning After is known for its fresh locally sourced eats, refreshing fruit elixirs and outstanding coffee. The cheesy carbonara with 63-degree eggs, field mushrooms, smoked pancetta and manchego will no doubt cure any and all hangovers.
Nodo - Newstead
The doughnuts and fit out are just as pretty as every influencer in Brisbane. Nodo uses seasonal, fresh and completely gluten-free ingredients across the dining and doughnut menu, which is all made in-house. Because there’s no such thing as too much, why not indulge in the blueberry cheesecake doughnut followed by a doughnut martini?