There was no doubt, NO DOUBT in my mind what my first (and second and third) stops would be after touching down in Sydney. They were, in no particular order, coffee, coffee and COFFEE. Senhor R couldn’t agree with me more as, although it was relatively easy to hunt out decent coffee in Brasil, coffee in Argentina, which was where we spent the bulk of our trip, left something to be desired.

Actually, if I’m honest, coffee was my first stop before we even got to Sydney. We were salivating for Allpress Espresso at Auckland airport, having solemnly downed out ‘last real coffee’ there on our way to South America. When we got to Auckland, I downed my mach and could not stop grinning, in spite of the 14 hour, Aerolineas Argentinas hell I had just endured. Real. Coffee.

The second stop after dropping off our bags in Sydney was Don Campos nearby. The next morning, we were already on the hunt for somewhere new to try. After catching up on my blogroll I saw John over at He Needs Food had some good things to say about Belljar Espresso in Newtown, so we set off for Alice street.

On our way we couldn’t resist making our third coffee stop at The Kick Inside, Erskineville which was in the process of renovating so they were only doing takeaways. Senhor R was super happy with his piccolo and, suitably refuelled we continued on our coffee safari. Having wandered through Newtown a while, we arrived at Belljar coffee. It has a similar aesthetic to places like Miss Petty Cash and the aforementioned Kick Inside – knick knacks, bric-a-brac and retro furniture, classic espresso-coloured crockery offset by vintage teaspoons. It’s an all too familiar template, yet one I never tire of.

Hipster aesthetic aside, how was the coffee? Pretty good. They use Little Marrionette, which I think is overhyped, but so be it, coffee is coffee. It’s a cool place to kick back, they play vinyl from your parents’ collection, and the breakky menu looks good. I’ve been back once since and will most likely return.


Belljar Coffee
(02) 8096 4090
2/104 Alice Street
Newtown, 2042
www.belljar.com.au

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9 Responses to Café Review – Belljar Coffee, Newtown

  1. Nikki says:

    Vinyl from your parents collection? I’m wounded & feeling very old :-)

    • Lau says:

      I’m sorry! How about ‘vinyl from retro hipster’s collection’? Or vinyl from my parent’s collection’? Neither of those worked because the first one isn’t true and I don’t know what vinyl my parents have or had…

  2. Gaby says:

    I don’t love coffee as much as I do but understand your pain. Glad to hear you’re catching up with proper coffee.
    Gaby recently posted…Review: Steki Taverna

  3. As much as I bag many of the places that botch up coffee in Sydney I’m quietly grateful that they’re way closer to the real thing, compared to much of the world that serves up shit. I’m off to the States soon and have been researching like a madman for real coffee houses, and we all know that the USA, isn’t known for their coffee.

  4. Glad to hear that you finally got your coffee fix! I just got off a 15 hour flight this morning. They’re soul destroying!

  5. nicholas says:

    how good are the tea cosies! sweet picture!

    and to the guy named john above, don’t write off all america. seattle pretty much invented our coffee culture. and they invented the clover! so don’t despair any more than you have already.
    nicholas recently posted…Allpress Espresso, 19/08

  6. Crochet!! And, I think those are ducks on the wall hehe. I like this place already.
    Miss Kimbers @ Fruit Salad and Mixed Veg recently posted…Fruit salad banana cake

  7. [...] usually have a very different feel from those on the city fringe. Your Petty Cash Cafés, you Belljars don’t really exude the same frantic, grab-your-latte-and-raisin-toast-and-run vibe that you get [...]

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