When it comes to coffee, the Sydney CBD is a great place to grab-and-go. Following on from my list of 3 great hole-in-the-wall cafés, I thought I’d share a few places in the city where you can sit down and savour your caffeine hit, rather than slamming it down on the way to another of your high-flying business meetings. Here are three cafés that, in the midst of the rat race, are more than happy bring you your coffee in a ceramic cup.

1. Double Barrel Coffee Merchants
The Double Barrel crew take their coffee extremely seriously, sourcing beans from Melbourne’s Seven Seeds and Code Black and Byron’s Marvell Street Coffee Roasters, among others. They always have at least a blend and a single O on the go. For those of the black coffee persuasion, they batch brew filter coffee, but they’ll also happily do you a pourover or an aeropress to order at their not-quite-up-and-running filter bar. It’s not just coffee, either; these guys make everything from scratch, from the slow-cooked meat subs to the salted caramel tarts to the muffins. Sean and the team are happy to talk shop, so order and pay at the counter, pull up a seat and sip your brew and talk the ins and outs of coffee flavour profiles or play video games.

Double Barrel Coffee Merchants
33 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000
0413 683 949
Monday-Friday, 6:30am-5:00pm

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2. Marlowe’s Way
Marlowe’s may be a teensy place but if you time your visit right, you can nab a seat in this alleyway gem. Coffees seem ridiculously good value (a macch was $2.50 at the time of writing) and staff are super friendly. Each week one of their vintage teaspoons is chosen as ‘the magic spoon’, and whoever gets that spoon with their have-in coffee receives their second coffee for free, just one more reason to take 5 and have a real coffee break and drink out of a real cup. Marlowe’s uses a custom blend by The Little Marrionette, ‘the Banksian blend’, a fitting name for a café in the financial district. There’s usually a rotating single origin on offer, as well as artisanal teas and a basic Italian-inspired menu.

Marlowe’s Way
Cnr Tank Stream Way And Bridge Lane, Sydney NSW 2000
0432 487 598
Monday-Friday, 7:00am-4:00pm

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3. Cabrito Coffee Traders
A cosy cafe in the Circular Quay area is surprisingly hard to come by, but Cabrito, the Spanish/Portuguese word for ‘little goat’ or ‘kid’, fits the bill. The menu may be bare bones (nu-wave lamingtons, sandwiches, toast) but if you can get an inside seat in this cozy little establishment you’re in for attentive service and solid coffee. These guys are hoping to start roasting their own coffee in future (they’re in a heritage listed building) but for now its a custom-roasted 4 Rascals blend. Bonus: they’re open Saturdays, somewhat of a rarity in the Sydney CBD.

Cabrito Coffee Traders
10-14 Bulletin Place, Sydney NSW 2000
02 8065 8895
Monday-Friday, 7:00am-4:30pm
Saturday 8:00am-2:00pm

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Where’s your fave sit-and-sip café?

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8 Responses to 3 linger-worthy Sydney CBD Cafés

  1. I have a couple of favs too, mostly because they’re quiet and a great place to take a friend and hear the conversation or because I can go and linger on my own.
    The cafe in Gaffa Gallery is a goodie. Elixir Espresso in The Strand Arcade. It’s down the back of the arcade and I always manage to get a table. The tuna sandwich there is good too.
    Cre Asion. I started going for the macarons but the coffee is great and the chai a heavenly experience.
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  2. Miss Piggy says:

    I haven’t heard of any of these places – I’m so out of the CBD loop these days. It is nice to linger over coffee — I only really do it on a weekend. You should do a “best of the west” series (hint hint).
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  3. So many quirky cafes that have sprung up in the CBD! $2.50 for a macch is incredible!
    Helen (Grab Your Fork) recently posted…Best donuts in LA: Randy’s Donuts, Bob’s Doughnuts and The Donut Man, Los Angeles

  4. milkteaxx says:

    ive stopped by double barrel for coffee and a sambo before, great service and delicious food!
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  5. Gaby says:

    Great! those three are close to my office. I giggled at the third one’s name… cabro/cabrito in Peru = gay.
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  6. hehehe … going to Marlowe’s way tomorrow and google some info! Shame there’s no food review . FINGERS CROSSED!
    bob @ recently posted…Chur Burger: Buns & Beers | Taste of Sydney 2014

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