You know that feeling where you’ve planned a wedding, planned a honeymoon, and now you’ve got post-wedding blues? Yeah, that’s happening right now. I’m sitting here, just waiting for the next big thing I can plan to take my mind off the fact that I spent an entire year planning for something that only lasted one day and went by way too quickly. 2016 has been and gone, and yet…I really should stop and think about the best cafes we visited, the food we ate, the coffee we drank. And so, I present to you The F Diaries’ Top Sydney Cafes 2016.
A Man And His Monkey
I have a soft spot for Middle Eastern food. I always find it so comforting, warm, and full of flavour. We’ve visited quite a few times, and are huge fans of the matcha latte ($4.70), the hummus plate ($12), and the watermelon and mint frappe ($5.50). And don’t underestimate their coffee! While in Italy, The Husband (or TH, as he’s known affectionately) kept comparing the coffee to that of Little Marionette, served at A Man And His Monkey. Cute, small cafe with a unique decor, friendly service, and great comfort food.
149 Clovelly Road, Randwick
Monday to Friday 6:15am to 3pm
Saturday and Sunday 6:15am to 4pm
Kepos Street Kitchen
It’s pretty hard to walk past Kepos Street Kitchen without craning your neck to see what’s happening inside. The line sometimes snakes its way around the corner, and (once again) the comfort of Middle Eastern food beckons. With bagels, salads, falafels, and more, it’s one of those one-of-a-kind sort of cafes. Kepos Street Kitchen has also opened up Kepos & Co nearby, which is a cute mini version of the original, with an interesting menu. Go here if you’re looking for a catchup that will span the course of a few hours. You won’t want to leave! Our favourites are Dad’s Favourite Brekky ($17), KSK Churros, Salted Caramel ($13), and Wood Fired Smoked Salmon Salad ($21).
96 Kepos Street, Redfern
Tuesday 7:30am to 3pm
Wednesday to Saturday 7:30am to 10pm
Sunday: 7:30am to 3pm
Always. Even though the newest head chef, Jacqui Ektoros of Devon in Surry Hills, has taken smashed avocado off the menu (sorry Jacqui, had to mention it!), it’s still damn good in terms of food, coffee, and atmosphere. What was once a t-shirt factory is now an open-space cafe with an open kitchen, an extensive menu, and a long line out the door. Make sure you get there early! Our favourite items on the menu are the Duck Narnie ($17), Vegan Bowl ($17), and basically any of the coffees ($4)!
613a Elizabeth Street, Redfern
7am to 4pm daily
I just…I don’t even know where to start with this one. If you know me, you’ll know that I have a thing for smashed avocado. If you really know me, you’ll also know I have a thing for truffle honey. Now, when I say I like smashed avocado, I don’t mean the type where someone grabs a fork and smashes up some avocado. No, it has to have herbs, it has to have feta, and it has to have substance. And Glider KS does that with their Avo Toast ($12), which comes with feta, thai basil, truffle oil, and honey. Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking: “But she said truffle honey, and they just put truffle oil with honey”. But it tastes the same as any good truffle honey, if not better because of the mix of herbs and avocado on a proper portion of toast. If you eat one thing at Glider KS, make sure it’s the Avo Toast. And if you want something else, their Matcha French Toast ($17) is also pretty damn good.
26 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Monday to Friday 7am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4pm