Best of Sydney 2015: Best New Cafe

Getting us out of bed in the morning and redefining our coffee breaks.
Concrete Playground
Published on December 23, 2015
  • Restaurant

    Gratia - CLOSED

    372 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

    Good food to feel good about.

  • Restaurant

    The Boathouse Shelly Beach

    1 Marine Parade, Manly

    The north shore's favourite restaurant venue group has a delightful accessible-only-by-foot spot at Shelly Beach.

  • Restaurant

    Mecca Alexandria

    2/26 Bourke Road, Alexandria

    Where Darkhorse blend is roasted out back, brewed out front and sometimes comes fizzy from a tap.

  • Restaurant

    Boon Cafe at Jarern Chai Grocer

    425 Pitt St, Haymarket

    Thai sandwiches are the cafe fusion we could get very used to.

  • Restaurant

    Edition Coffee Roasters - CLOSED

    265 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst

    Japanese meets Scandinavian, so don’t expect eggs and bacon here.

  • Restaurant

    Brewristas- CLOSED

    73 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

    One of Glebe's best cafes, for good reason.

  • Guide

    Must-Stream TV: All the Best Shows You Should Be Watching From 2024 So Far

    Don't spend hours scrolling through streaming platforms — here's 2024 standout shows that you need to see.

  • News

    Bloody Awesome: Four Pillars Is Bringing Back Its Bloody Shiraz Gin for 2024 for Its Ninth Vintage

    Made with Yarra Valley and Faraday shiraz grapes, and best served in a G&T, this cult-favourite tipple is a winter tradition.

  • Event

    Pinot Noir Australia Tasting Event by Moncur Cellars

    Monday, May 20, 2024

    Bistro Moncur, Woollahra

    This annual celebration of excellent vino returns to Woollahra with light and dry drops, medium-bodied wines and experimental tipples.

  • News

    Childish Gambino Has Added New Shows to His 2025 Australian Tour Ahead of General Ticket Sales Kicking Off

    Sydney and Melbourne have both scored second shows on the rapper and hip hop star's first trip Down Under since 2019.

  • News

    OUR HOUSE Is Back for 2024 with Two Huge Months of Luxe Dining, Art Installations and Live Music

    This year's massive program stars Sydney and Melbourne talent, from top musicians and artists, to hospitality giants and more.

  • Armorica

    490 Crown Street, Surry Hills

  • Bistro Moncur

    116A Queen Street, Woollahra

  • News

    Nicolas Cage Wants His Surfboard Back in the Tense First Clip From Australian Thriller 'The Surfer'

    The inimitable actor plays an Aussie expat returning home after years in the US, only to find himself in a battle with group of local surfers.

  • Event

    Sunset Boulevard

    Wednesday, August 28 - Friday, November 1, 2024

    Sydney Opera House, Sydney

    Starring Sarah Brightman as Norma Desmond, this Tony-winning musical based on the film of the same name is playing Sydney.

  • Event

    Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy

    Tuesday, August 6 - Sunday, October 6, 2024

    Capitol Theatre Sydney, Haymarket

    Your prayers have been answered: this smash-hit Broadway musical is finally bringing its screen-to-stage show to Sydney.

  • News

    Sydney Is Getting a Pop-Up Winter Wonderland with Private Igloos Serving Raclette and Mulled Wine

    Round up the crew, book an igloo and transport yourselves to the French Alps with one of these cheesy feasts.

  • The Emerald Room

    235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

  • News

    Here's Your First Look at 'The Last of Us' Season Two If You're Not Already Hanging Out for the HBO Hit's 2025 Return

    Joel and Ellie are back in these debut images from the game-to-TV smash's upcoming second season.

  • News

    'Dune' Prequel TV Series 'Prophecy' Will Hit Your Streaming Queue This Spring — and It Has a Trailer

    This six-episode series is set amid the Bene Gesserit 10,000 years before the birth of Paul Atreides.

  • News

    Get Ready for Matildas Mania, Again: Australia Is Hosting the 2026 Women's Asian Cup

    You'll be able to check out the football action in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia when 12 nations take to the field.

  • Guide

    The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Weekend

    Test your limits at a festival dedicated to chilli, sip your way through over 100 top tipples or hit up KFC's limited-time crispery pop-up for a double-breaded feast.

  • News

    Splash-Hit Céline Dion-Fuelled Musical-Comedy 'Titanique' Is Making Its Australian Debut in Sydney

    The laughs will go on at this off-Broadway award-winner, which is told through Dion's songs — and is finally making its maiden voyage Down Under.

  • News

    You're Off to See the Witches: The Full Gravity-Defying Trailer for the First 'Wicked' Movie Is Here

    Bringing the Broadway sensation to cinemas, Ariana Grande plays Glinda and Cynthia Erivo sports Elphaba's shades of green.

  • Event

    Change the Course

    Friday, May 31, 2024

    Darling Quarter, Sydney

    Darling Quarter and Two Good Co are teaming up for a long lunch for an excellent cause.

  • Guide

    Where to Find the Best Yum Cha in Sydney

    It's a truth universally acknowledged that it is impossible to leave yum cha feeling hungry.

  • News

    Prime Video Has Renewed 'The Boys' for a Fifth Season Before Season Four Even Starts Streaming

    This superhero satire isn't done telling its tale of "politics, capitalism, family and exploding genitalia" just yet.

  • News

    'WandaVision' Spinoff 'Agatha All Along' Will Get Witchy in Your Streaming Queue From September

    If you loved Agatha Harkness in 'WandaVision' — and Kathryn Hahn in the part — Marvel and Disney+ understand.

  • News

    Shake & Stir Theatre Co's Stage Production of 'Frankenstein' Is Coming Alive in Melbourne and Sydney in 2024

    Shake & Stir Theatre Co has already taken on 'Dracula', 'Jane Eyre' and 'A Christmas Carol' — now it's Mary Shelley's masterpiece's turn.

  • News

    Say Hola to the Spanish Film Festival's 2024 Lineup — Including a Celebration of Salvador Dalí in Cinema

    Australia's annual showcase of Spanish and Latin American cinema is back for another year with an Isabel Coixet retrospective, 'The Holy Mountain' on closing night and plenty more.

  • Event

    Spanish Film Festival

    Wednesday, June 19 - Wednesday, July 10, 2024

    Select cinemas in Sydney, Various locations

    Say hola to the Sydney's annual showcase of Spanish and Latin American movies — including a celebration of Salvador Dalí in cinema.

  • News

    Olivia Rodrigo Has Added Extra Sydney and Melbourne Shows to Her Australian Tour Before General Tickets Even Go on Sale

    On her first Australian tour, the former Disney star is now doing eight shows Down Under — four apiece in Melbourne and Sydney.

  • News

    Here's Your First Trailer for 'Only Murders in the Building' Season Four, Which Will Get Sleuthing Again in August

    Hollywood beckons New York's trio of podcasters this time around, with a film studio keen to turn their tale into a movie.

  • News

    The First Trailer for 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' Season Two Is Here — and So Is Sauron

    Prime Video has also locked in an August return for the Middle-earth series, which is set in the realm's Second Age.

  • News

    The Targaryen Civil War Is Coming in HBO's Fiery Full Trailer for 'House of the Dragon' Season Two

    Expect battles aplenty for the Iron Throne between Rhaenyra and Aegon II Targaryen when this 'Game of Thrones' prequel returns in June.

  • Event

    Mud Crab Special at Spice Temple

    Wednesday, May 1 - Friday, May 31, 2024

    Spice Temple, Sydney

    This coveted mud crab special is making its long-awaited seasonal return to the CBD restaurant's menu — but only for a limited time.

  • News

    Huge News: Tetsuya's Is Shutting Its Doors This Winter After Nearly Four Decades of Service on Kent Street

    Sydneysiders will have until July to indulge in the CBD institution's Japanese fine-dining experience before it shuts its doors.

  • News

    'Heartstopper' Will Return for Season Three in October — and Netflix Has Just Dropped the First Sneak Peek

    The page-to-screen favourite based on Alice Oseman's graphic novels will release its third season in three years this spring.

  • Guide

    Nail That Crucial Third Date with These Memorable Date Night Spots in the CBD

    Because there's nothing like a mariachi band to bring a couple closer.

  • Guide

    The Best Coffee Shops in Sydney's CBD

    Seek out these Sydney CBD coffee spots for a top-notch pre-work caffeine hit.

  • News

    Six Brands to Shop From If You're Looking to Add Eco-Consciousness to Your Home

    These businesses are looking to bring a new level of sustainability to homes all over Australia.

  • News

    Enrolling in a Revival of Australia's Most-Beloved Teen Series: Thomas Weatherall Talks 'Heartbreak High'

    Switching his dream of becoming a dancer to acting is turning out stunningly for the AACTA-winning star — and so is stepping into Malakai's shoes.

  • News

    Summertime Magic: Childish Gambino Has Announced a 2025 Australian and New Zealand Tour

    On the star's first trip Down Under since 2019, he's playing shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland.

  • News

    KFC Is Opening a Two-Day-Only Crispery Where Everything Is Double-Breaded and Fried — Including Cheesecake and PB&Js

    This Sydney pop-up will give desserts, sandwiches, broccolini and asparagus the KFC treatment — and it's slinging free burgers, too.

  • Event

    The Original Crispery

    Friday, May 17 - Saturday, May 18, 2024

    The Original Crispery, Darlinghurst

    Everything at this two-day-only KFC pop-up in Sydney is double-Breaded and fried, including cheesecake and PB&Js — and free, as are the burgers.

  • The Original Crispery

    118 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

  • News

    If a Magical Machine Could Tell You Your Life Potential: Chris O'Dowd and Josh Segarra Chat 'The Big Door Prize'

    Big questions sit at the heart of this dramedy, which feels perfectly timed for the pandemic era — and, two seasons in, two of its stars tell us about getting existential.

  • Event

    Sydney Writers Festival Livestreams 2024

    Thursday, May 23 - Saturday, May 25, 2024

    Various Central Coast Locations

    If you can't make it into the city for this literary festival, the biggest talks will be livestreamed to libraries across the Central Coast.

  • Event

    Highway of Lost Hearts

    Saturday, May 18, 2024

    Laycock Street Community Theatre, Wyoming

    A regionally produced one-woman show about lost hearts and adventures across the Australian outback.

  • Event

    Shana O'Brien — Inner Landscapes

    Saturday, May 25 - Monday, June 3, 2024

    Gosford Regional Gallery, East Gosford

    First Nations artist and dancer Shana O’Brien has created an exhibition that tells stories of the land and our connection to it.

  • Event

    Words on the Waves Writers Festival

    Wednesday, May 29 - Monday, June 3, 2024

    Various Central Coast Locations

    Get your literary fix with book signings, writing workshops, author panels and more all over the Central Coast.

  • Event

    Central Coast Chilli Festival

    Sunday, May 19, 2024

    Memorial Park, The Entrance

    Things are about to get spicy at this free-entry food festival.

  • Event

    Japanese Film Festival Online

    Wednesday, June 5 - Wednesday, July 3, 2024


    This virtual-only film festival is back for 2024 with 23 films, two TV dramas and four horror shorts, all of which you can watch for free.

  • News

    The Japanese Film Festival Online Is Returning for 2024 with a Packed Lineup of Free Movies and TV Shows

    Spend a month this winter getting your Japanese fix on-screen at home, with 23 films and two TV dramas on the program.

  • News

    Now Open: You Can Catch Waves in a Lagoon the Size of the SCG at Sydney's First Urbnsurf Surf Park

    In the works since 2017, and only the second Urbnsurf in Australia, the Sydney Olympic Park site is now open to surfers of all skill levels.

  • News

    Here Are Some of the Stunning Photos of the Aurora Australis If You Missed the Southern Lights Putting on a Show

    Whether you slept through the colourful skies, couldn't see them in your part of the country or are keen for another glimpse, this is what the heavens looked like.

  • Guide

    The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Week

    Get your hands on some free katsu sandos, hit up after-dark gigs at the MCA or knock back some cocktails that give back to the community.

  • Event

    Chardy Party at Reign

    Friday, May 24, 2024

    Queen Victoria Building (QVB), Sydney

    15 esteemed wine producers will be gathering at the QVB to celebrate World Chardonnay Day, along with an oyster station and grazing tables.

  • Event

    Into the Vines 2024

    Wednesday, May 15, 2024

    Freshwater Brewing Company, Brookvale

    A midweek wine festival celebrating innovative, lo-fi producers is coming to Freshwater Brewing Co.

  • News

    Now Open: Fior Is Gymea's New Modern Italian Restaurant from the Crew Behind Jane and Arthur

    Fior is the Sutherland Shire's new Italian-Australian restaurant with a share-focused menu, sophisticated fitout and roving gelato cart.

  • Guide

    The Best Mexican Restaurants in Sydney

    Head to Sydney's top Mexican restaurants for seriously good tacos and tamales, rare mezcals and many, many margaritas.

  • Event

    Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Machine

    Friday, August 2 - Sunday, October 27, 2024

    Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, The Rocks

    The largest-ever collection of 50 years of work by one of the most influential photographers of the 21st century.

  • Event

    Alphonse Mucha: Spirit of Art Nouveau

    Saturday, June 15 - Sunday, September 22, 2024

    Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

    This Sydney exclusive exhibition profiles the work of one of the world's greatest decorative artists.

  • Event

    Australian Fashion Week

    Monday, May 13 - Friday, May 17, 2024

    Carriageworks, Eveleigh

    The largest fashion and design show in the Southern Hemisphere returns to Sydney this May.

  • News

    'The Hunt for Gollum' Is the Next 'Lord of the Rings' Movie — and It's Set to Hit Cinemas in 2026

    Andy Serkis will both star and direct — but Peter Jackson “will be involved every step of the way".

  • News

    Postponed: Matt Whiley's Sustainability-Forward Cocktail Bar Re Won't Reopen Until Later in May

    This boundary-pushing cocktail bar will be reopening its doors later than expected, following last-minute delays ahead of moving to The Norfolk Hotel.

  • News

    Lego's New 'Mona Lisa' Kit Will Let You Display Leonardo da Vinci's Masterpiece on Your Own Wall

    After turning 'The Starry Night' and 'The Great Wave' into plastic bricks, Lego is now giving another iconic painting the same treatment.

  • Guide

    News You Can Use: Nine Things That Happened in Sydney This Week

    Here's all of the restaurant openings, tour announcements and city news that caught our attention over the last seven days.

  • Guide

    Spectacular Autumn Events For Culture Vultures Seeking Their Next Fix

    Make sure you add these must-do events to your Sydney culture calendar.

  • News

    'The Bear' Is Back: Carmy Returns to the Kitchen in the First Trailer for the Culinary Hit's Third Season

    Say "yes chef!" to your first sneak peek at the award-winning kitchen-set show's third helping, which arrives this winter.

  • News

    It's Time to Graduate: Netflix's 'Heartbreak High' Revival Will Return to Hartley for a Third and Final Season

    The OG 90s show ran for seven seasons, but Netflix's new take on the Australian favourite will say goodbye after three.

  • News

    When Bill Skarsgård Gets Ripped and Kills It in Your Wild Ode to Action Cinema: Moritz Mohr Talks 'Boy Kills World'

    From its mix of genres and tones to the voice of H Jon Benjamin, Moritz Mohr's debut feature is filled with things he loves.

  • News

    The ABC's New Season of 'Spicks and Specks' Will Get You Putting Hands on Buzzers From June

    Adam Hills, Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough are back, with the beloved game show returning after taking 2023 off — complete with new segments.

  • News

    Food, Fire and Floating Fun: Every Reason You Should Be Planning a Country Break in Greater Orange

    If the city is getting you down, it's time to escape to the country.

  • InterContinental Sydney

    117 Macquarie Street, Sydney

  • News

    A Spinoff Sitcom Set in the Same Universe as 'The Office' Is on Its Way to Your Streaming Queue

    This time, a dying newspaper office will provide the setting, with Domhnall Gleeson and 'The White Lotus' star Sabrina Impacciatore leading the cast.

  • News

    The Trailer for 'Colin From Accounts' Season Two Is Here with a Cute Dog, Couple Banter and Rom-Com Chaos

    Created by and starring Harriet Dyer and Patrick Brammall, the Australian series returns from the end of May.

  • Event

    Salumerie x Sammy Junior Pop-Up

    Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 31, 2024

    Sammy Junior, Sydney

    Two of Sydney's best food and drink outposts are teaming up on a sandwich-focused lunch special that'll run throughout the entire month of May.

  • News

    Coming Soon: The Bat and Ball Hotel Is Reopening This Winter with Five Hospitality Heavyweights at the Helm

    This Redfern stalwart is set to return in mid-2024, with talent ranging from Enmore Country Club and DOOM Juice to The Sunshine Inn breathing new life into the space.

  • Guide

    The 20 Best Pubs in Sydney

    Looking for a new local? This selection of classic boozers and more contemporary gastropubs will suit all beer and parma enthusiasts.

  • News

    Coming Soon: Acclaimed Chef Chase Kojima Is Opening Japanese-Brazilian Restaurant Tokyo Samba in Sydney's West

    Bankstown is set to score a new halal addition to West Terrace with the arrival of this Japanese steakhouse with a Brazilian spin.

  • News

    BIGSOUND's First 2024 Speakers Include Amyl and The Sniffers Frontwoman Amy Taylor Giving a Keynote Address

    When the music industry descends upon Brisbane this September, here's who'll be getting talking — and scouting for talent, too.

  • News

    Olivia Rodrigo Is Bringing Her 'GUTS' World Tour to Australia for Her First-Ever Down Under Shows

    With Benee in support, the singer and former Disney star will play two shows each in Melbourne and Sydney.

  • Event

    Champions of Change: Mackenzie Arnold and Tony Gustavsson

    Monday, June 10, 2024

    Sydney Town Hall, Sydney

    Mackenzie Arnold and Tony Gustavsson are hitting Vivid Sydney's 2024 stage to talk all things Matildas.

  • News

    Mackenzie Arnold and Tony Gustavsson Have Joined Vivid Sydney's 2024 Lineup to Talk All Things Matildas

    As well as hitting Sydney for a game on the way to the Paris Olympics, the Matildas goalkeeper and coach will take to the Vivid stage.

  • Event


    Thursday, May 9 - Wednesday, May 29, 2024

    Select cinemas in Sydney, Various locations

    Hirokazu Kore-eda's first Japanese film since 'Shoplifters' is yet another of the great director's deeply empathetic masterpieces.

  • Event

    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

    Thursday, May 9 - Wednesday, May 29, 2024

    Various cinemas in Sydney

    More than half a century after the first film, Hollywood's paws are still on this sci-fi franchise — and this is a thoughtful and engaging new instalment.

  • News

    RISING Has Expanded Its 2024 Program with Late-Night DJs, the Full Day Tripper Lineup and More

    More Dirty Three, more 'Hellraiser', Melbourne Symphony Orchestra doing a secret pop-up show: they're all on the bill now, too.

  • News

    Park Chan-wook, Several Robert Downey Jrs, Vietnam War-Set Spy Thrills: 'The Sympathizer' Has Them All

    This seven-part HBO adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen's Pulitzer Prize-winning book is one of 2024's must-sees.

  • Event

    Maker's Mark Gold Rush x Wheen Bee Foundation

    Monday, April 1 - Monday, June 3, 2024

    Various Sydney venues, Sydney

    Maker's Mark is cementing its status as a certified B Corp distillery by giving Sydney-siders something worth raising a glass to.

  • News

    Disney Is Cutting Back the Number of New Marvel Movies and TV Shows That Hit Screens Each Year

    The Mouse House's solution to superhero fatigue is to reduce its MCU entries to three films and two television shows annually.

  • News

    Secolo Balmain Is Shutting Its Doors This Month — But the Crew Will Open Two New CBD Spots This Year

    While the time has come to bid arrivederci to this Italian gem in Balmain, you'll soon be saying ciao to a retro trattoria and a sambo-slinging joint in the CBD.