Top 5 cafés to visit in May

Time Out tells you the hottest places for breakfast, lunch and coffee this month

Sample Coffee Bar

Surry Hills

This Surry Hills newbie is pumping out espressi like nobody’s business. Try their ‘pacemaker’ blend from the good guys at Mecca or go simple with a cold drip filter coffee. You’ll be bouncing all the way down Devonshire Street. 

Four Ate Five

Surry Hills

We heart the sambos and the coffee at this Surry Hills stalwart. Be prepared to queue and don’t be surprised if hungry breakfasters give you the evil eye while you’ve got a seat and they don’t. It’s survival of the fittest, the quick and the dead, and any other half-baked metaphor you’d like to insert around here. 

Barefoot Coffee Traders


It's definitely a case of everyone lumping in together for the love of good coffee at this cosy, open-plan café. Barefoot Coffee Traders can get pretty busy so if you have trouble finding a stool to perch on, there is a second location opening just around the corner on East Esplanade. 

Bell Jar Coffee


Go hard on nanna chic at this Newtown favourite. The crowning glory is the turntable mounted in pride-of-place with a wooden crate of records on the floor nearby. The baked bean toastie is a thermonuclear hot pocket that doesn’t skimp on the melted cheese, or you can opt for the simple pleasure of a really good sandwich. 

Coffee Alchemy


There’s no food, and about two seats at this corner coffee spot. But for good reason – it’s all about the beans. This is where Sydney’s baristarati come for a dose on their day off. Check out the fizzy cold drip number or go for a straight espresso. It’s all good.


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First published on 10 Apr 2012. Updated on 24 May 2012.

By Myffy Rigby   |  

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