Surry Hills Specialty
60-64 Reservoir St., Surry Hills
Surry Hills is a neighborhood with a strong coffee game. We would recommend spending at least two mornings in this area, engaging in the café equivalent of barhopping. Start your hop at Single O. The café is as dogmatic about its single-origin brews as it is about the quality of its inventive breakfast bowls. Open since 2003, Single O has expanded with two other locations in the city (in the CBD and Carriageworks districts), but we're fond of the original. Not least because the roastery is next door, guaranteeing those beans are fresh—but also because it’s opened a specialty brew bar next door for even more-fastidiously prepared coffee, ideally drunk sitting on the curb outside with the rest of Surry Hills’ bright young early risers. Image courtesy of Tom Ferguson.
547 Bourke St., Surry Hills
Artificer leaves an impression, even on our most discerning coffee-obsessed friends who could not stop talking about the café after a recent trip Down Under
485 Crown St., Surry Hills
Trade eggs Benedict for shakshuka speckled with feta and paired with plenty of flatbread to scoop up the spicy sauce with at Four Ate Five.
61 Albion St., Surry Hills
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