Penny Coffee Co feels like it’s run by your ultracool best friend, you know, the one that’s always ten steps ahead when it comes to trends. While the cafe serves up standard brekkies, like toast with “two yolky boys” (eggs, if you were wondering), its strength lies in its ability to create wholly original dishes. Tuck into piña colada panna cotta with coconut-cashew granola, minted pineapple and a piña colada pour ($17) or okonomiyaki with sriracha aioli, edamame, radish, crispy lotus roots and nori dusted yolky ($19). As we said, ultracool. Coffee is served both espresso-style and filter — V60 and Aeropress — and the beans come from a variety of roasters. If you’re not a coffee person, there are some tasty Assembly teas available, as well as 9 Spices chai and Kali hot chocolate. In addition to the top-notch food and drink, Penny Coffee Co promises to provide “awesome service, cozy vibes and dank tunes”. A promise which it most definitely keeps, with its friendly staff and buzzy atmosphere. Situated in Dutton Park, the cafe boasts large bi-fold windows — perfect for people watching — subway tiles and a colourful mural. The space is at once neat and inviting, the handiwork of Clui Design, and is the perfect place to hit up on your next brunch date.
Words: Stephanie Monteith.