The Inner West Food Series: My 5 Favourite Cafes

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Given my recent post about why it is great to live in Sydney’s Inner West, I thought it is time I let you know about a few of the great cafes, restaurants and watering holes that I have discovered so far. There’s quite a lot to share, so I will be splitting this out into several posts (watch this space!).

First things first: COFFEE. Here is a list of my 5 favourite cafes in the Inner West:

Brighton The Corner

Located in Petersham, this place is open and airy, with some outdoor seating and great people-watching potential. Offering great coffee and using high quality ingredients and sourdough bread, they do your favourite eggs/avo brekkie, but also have some other Sunday classics on the menu, such as buttermilk pancakes and sweet corn fritters. They also offer lunch from 11:30am. Check out their menu and make sure to make Brighton the Corner a stop on your Sunday brunch circuit.


A Marrickville institution (they also have a second cafe in Annandale), this place gets busy on weekends, so go early if you can. With their seasonal menu (including gluten free options!), this place is a must for fans of the paddock-to-plate philosophy. Produce is sourced locally, and they use ethically produced meat. Don’t forget to try some homemade pickles from the Cornersmith Picklery. The Cornersmith also runs workshops on pickling, fermenting, cheesemaking and other foodie skills.

The Pig & Pastry

Another Petersham local, this place is located right on the corner of Petersham park – so if you’re just there for a coffee, grab it to go (they have those pretty cups with the artsy prints!) and find yourself a nice spot on the grass. If you’re eating in, they have a great selection of pastries and the sweet corn fritters are delicious. They also have a daily specials menu.

Egg of the Universe

This Rozelle based cafe and yoga studio uses two of my absolute favourite foods (buckwheat and sweet potato) and combines them into my No 1 favourite food (pancakes). As if this wasn’t enough already, they also serve up an array of other delicious wholesome breakfasts and lunches, and boast an eclectic selection of beverages including roasted dandelion latte and home fermented kombucha.

Store Espresso

Based in Leichhardt (they also have a second cafe in Camperdown), this place boasts charming interiors and some outdoor seating. I’m a big fan of their extensive selection of teas, and their slightly more adventurous breakfast menu including items such as slow cooked fennel sausage, haloumi panini and french toast with bacon and maple syrup (not available on as many Sydney menus as one would hope). Their lunch menu is also pretty extensive, so you definitely won’t go hungry.

What are some of your favourite cafes in Sydney?


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