The Best Coffee Sydney Has To Offer | Milson’s Point Kirribilli
Coffee beans made their way to Australia at the end of the 18th century.
At that time coffee was only brewed as a hot drink before gaining popularity worldwide in the many different forms we know it today.
The coffee culture renaissance comes from France, with cafes all over Paris and neighbouring cities.
At the time, drinking beer was popular, but the Temperance Movement raised awareness of excessive beer drinking and drunkenness.
Slowly the love of coffee replaced beers and from there the trend spread throughout Europe.
As time passed it grew with each connoisseur’s unique blend of coffee and gradually reached down under.
In Australia, coffee gained its popularity with a variety of beans grown in subtropical areas in Queensland and the east coast of New South Wales.
Milson’s Point, Kirribilli, a tourist hotspot in Sydney with views of the Opera House and home to the famous Harbour Bridge walk, has many great cafes.
A short day trip to the area can truly make your mornings an enjoyable experience with many independently-owned places.
Some emphasize the coffee beans, some may have secret recipes, while some believe the right coffee blend, together with the environment, produces the ultimate coffee experience.
No matter what ticks your boxes as a coffee-drinker, there’s bound to be a cafe at Milson’s Point, Kirribilli you will enjoy and experience.
So come over with your friends and family as it’s also worth visiting the parks and a few other hidden gems.
What Makes for A Good Coffee?
Although coffee beans play an important part in taste and texture, the time and dedication a barista takes to create latte art shows that they make good coffee.
It’s best to avoid the ones who do a quick slam and dunk when pouring the milk.
Even the way it’s steamed and frothed can indicate if it’s too hot and burnt or not hot enough.
The ideal temperature coffee should be served is at 70 to 80 degrees and 85 degrees during colder months.
So we suggest you look for a barista who enjoys making coffee and isn’t in a rush to mass-produce their drinks.
That’s the sort of thing that makes the best coffee in Sydney.
Quality coffee takes up to a minute to make, anything less is likely rushed and served in a hurry.
Good things really do take time and your coffee should be one of them.
Here are the top 5 cafes (plus several others) that serve the best coffee Sydney enjoys in Milson’s Point, Kirribilli.
For the purpose of this article we have combined Milson’s Point and Kirribilli as one area although technically they are two different suburbs
1) Celsius Coffee Co.
If you need a change of scenery, this lovely rustic cafe with breathtaking views from the window is the place.
The food is also amazing, especially the pulled lamb on Sourdough bread or poached eggs on Avocado toast with sprinkles of edible flowers.
As it is situated at Kirribilli Wharf, you can also jump on the ferry with a cup of coffee and make a quick circle to North Sydney, Neutral Bay, Circular Quay and back in under 15 minutes.
2) Side Part Cafe
Side Part Cafe is within walking distance of Luna Park. You could also stroll around the harbour up to Lavender Bay or it’s accessible by Milson’s Point ferry.
You can even take your morning brekky and sit by the water and enjoy the view of the Opera House under the Harbour Bridge.
They serve wonderful coffee sourced from La Minita, Costa Rica by Single O Coffee.
There are also picnic blankets that you can loan if you’re planning to relax at Bradfield Park across the road.
A perfect cafe not just for the single and happy but for families as well. Open Monday – Saturday, closed on Sunday.
3) Fitzroy Cafe
A cafe with an interesting appeal and a display of beautiful traditional teacups from around the globe.
This restaurant, revamped from a butcher shop, offers an excellent cafe experience with a wonderful Mediterranean ambience.
The staff make excellent coffee using Allpress Coffee beans which have a rich and strong blend with a nutty flavour.
The striking ambience and decor are inspired by minimalism with copper elements as an accent to give a stark contrast to an industrial loft.
Walking distance from Milson’s Point train station, Fitzroy Cafe offers not just a cuppa but also a dine-in option.
Though the variety of sweets and pastries is great for any time, it’s definitely a morning tea experience with a touch of class.
It’s a quiet and peaceful place with soft music preferred by the old and young at heart.
You may also feel motivated to walk across the Harbour Bridge after grabbing a tasty cup of takeaway coffee.
Fitzroy cafe supports the local Greenhouse community housing, selling hand-made solid timber platters and boards. Located on Ennis St, Opens every day Monday – Sunday.
4) Cool Mac Cafe
Cool Mac Cafe started as a simple deli before settling in with Japanese-inspired menus.
The cafe hasn’t looked back since, thanks to the sushi chef Jun Okamatsu creating various Japanese-inspired dishes and putting some Asian flair into Australian cuisine.
The cafe caters for all walks of life with its affordable menus and excellent dining.
It is also a trendy place for families and their pooch with outdoor sitting.
The cafe uses coffee beans from Sample Coffee, known for their approach in sampling various and diverse types of coffee beans, at their highest quality.
Plus, within Cool Mac there’s also an art gallery, housing works by many of Sydney’s artists available for purchase. Located on Bourton St, Kirribilli Opens every day Monday – Sunday.
5) Sidando Cafe
This is the best place for grab-and-go coffees when you’re on the way to Wendy’s Secret Garden.
They also have an amazing collection of books in their library section and serve delicious modern Australian cuisine.
It’s also great for catching up with friends over breakfast or brunch.
They use Grounds Coffee beans and make it with perfection.
The staff are really warm and friendly and always bring you a little cookie with your beverage.
The food portion is also generous with a variety of selections on the menu.
One particular favourite is the mushroom omelette served on Sourdough bread with add ons like sausages, avocado etc. Located on Albert St Open Monday – Saturday, closed on Sunday.
Our other favourites in the neighbourhood
The Flying Bear is a cozy little cafe by the water and is located in McDougall St, Kirribilli.
They have amazing pastries and a breakfast menu that is simply delicious.
You can also enjoy a little picnic at Milson’s Park.
2) For a good bakery selection we recommend San Antonio Sourdough Bakery next door to Woolies.
Everything is made with Sourdough which makes it a healthier choice.
Last but not least, for all things chocolate make your way to Coco Chocolate.
It’s on Broughton St (alley) a welcoming place with an amazing selection of Parisian treats.
As a bonus round we also highly recommend BTS cafe around the corner on Ernie St. Great outdoor sitting and fantastic coffee.
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