Room Ten

A Melbourne-style laneway espresso bar featuring an ever-changing mural.
Sarah Lux-Lee
June 02, 2023


Sydney's Room Ten has achieved the zeitgeist of the Melbourne-style laneway espresso bar: excellent coffee served with unpretentious chic in an impossibly trendy Potts Point back alley. 

Weekday or weekend, two- and four-legged traffic flows through the alley and congregates around the coffee machine. Artistic tattoos and ironic haircuts make regular appearances among the crowd, along with a selection of the area's most Instagrammable canines. Locals are welcomed by name; their orders have been committed to memory and are already grinding by the time they take a seat.

The outside seating area at Room Ten.

The resourceful Room Ten team have made good use of the limited space behind and in front of their tiny hole-in-the-wall shopfront. The shoebox kitchen pumps out clever breakfast options like Farmer Joe's organic muesli with stewed rhubarb, yoghurt, fresh fruit and honey, as well as "Room 10 Breakfast Rice" with red rice, black quinoa, toasted nuts and seeds, fresh fruit, yoghurt and stewed rhubarb. On the wall is a mural that changes with the seasons and features the work of talented local designers.

There is a strong sense of local community at Room Ten. You get the sense that if you smile nicely enough at the barista, you'll get a text when your favourite roast is in and an extra scoop of ice cream in your affogato just when you need it the most. This friendly and personable service never goes out of style. And we're always glad to experience it when we visit.

Images: Destination NSW


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