TopHat Coffee Merchants

315 Clovelly Road, Clovelly NSW 2031

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Cafes like this makes me wish I had a quaint, relaxed cafe. A place where a bunch of mates or solo adventurers would sit down, wind down and eat some good old lunch

Stepping inside with its high windows and small floor plan, it brought the whole eating experience to a pleasurable minimal. We chowed down our freshly-made meals, I opted for a classic avocado, spinach, tomato sandwich and he a large breakfast plate.

You can never go wrong with a classic cafe, one that welcomes an abundance of sun and refreshing green juice.


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Three Beans Cafe

Old Castle Hill Rd, Castle Hill NSW 2154

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After or before a day of errands, I like to walk my way inside a cafe that has fresh ingredients and nutritional juices. Three Beans Cafe has numerous operations across Sydney and we visited the one at Castle Towers. Not too bright, calm and hints of cheerful tones of colour, I could not give this one a miss.

I plopped my way to a large recycled timber table, went through their mouth-watering organic menu and waited. Service is efficient and friendly, though I sometimes do not appreciate when my drink order is not given correctly. That was all forgotten when our preservative free meals came out!

E devoured his Cuban Beef Sandwich $12.50 whilst I took my time eating the Poached Egg & Salmon $13 brunch!


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Miss Lilly’s Kitchen

WEBSITE x Northern Beaches Market + Bondi Farmer’s Market

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When you take a bite, you will surely not be disappointed. As correctly stated, Miss Lilly approaches her savoury pies and rolls with ‘no-nonsense’. Beautiful created, perfectly mixed and measured but at the same time almost homely.

Miss Lily uses local produce, free-range and pasture-fed, with a killing range of fillings everyone can enjoy.

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RATE: 4/5

Federal Coffee Palace

350 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Whilst on the hunt looking for a brunch cafe, we stumbled upon this place after a not-so-quick stop at H&M. Federal Coffee Palace is located under the elegant, grand arches of Melbourne’s GPO.

We sat outside nearby the warmers, whilst being attended to by the friendly staffs. They had an array of choices, which is not too different from other cafes. Their coffee though was perfect! Nothing too fancy, but was an easy fill before the long day ahead.

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Hers: Grilled Vegetable Melt – with romanesco sauce and Tasmanian brie

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His: Belt Burger $12 – Turkish bun with bacon, tomato relish, fired egg and iceberg lettuce

RATE: 2/5

Flaky Tart Bakery

4 Ennis Road, Kirribilli Sydney NSW 

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This is one of the places that immediately caught my eye, during the first lunch break at my new job. Not only is the colour eye-catching but what’s inside is what makes me keep coming back for more. Be sure to check Flaky Tart Bakery if you are ever in the northern part of Sydney.

The doughnuts especially, they have it on certain days only and when there’s none I just get so disappointed. I tend to get their protein shakes for a healthier option, but there is a choice of pies, sandwiches, pastries, cakes and other bakery goods. They make great coffee as well!

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RATE: 3/5

Coast175

1/175 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach NSW 2257

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You cannot miss this cute cafe, with its bright yellow-striped decorations, beach-inspired interior and wide windows. It is a charming place to eat before a full day ahead.

I loved how airy it was, letting in that sweet, fresh coastal air. You can either choose to eat inside or outside in their gorgeous quaint garden.

I’ve definitely noticed, a cafe trend of having their menus on a clipboard. It is probably because of the cost-effective benefits, but also gives that easy, casual vibe. We visited during breakfast and we had a hard time choosing from their dishes… it all looked tasty! All fresh, produced locally. Prices ranged from $13+ and if you’re a Campos coffee fan, it is their main source.

Polite service and timely served, I’d love to visit again.

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Hers: Rocket omelette with marinated feta, asparagus and Coast relish on toast $16

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Soy latte

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Amalfi – a blend of beetroot, carrot, celery, apply and pineapple $6.50 

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Revive – pear, apple and lime

RATE: 5/5

Knafeh Bakery

A Jerusalem street-food inspired bakery is just what Sydney needs! Amongst the trendy cafes and restaurants, another is added in a form of a shipping container that moves location.

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It’s a neat concept, especially since it is run by a Palestinian family which makes it feel more homely and let me tell you their service was on top! Knafeh is a Middle Eastern dessert, cheese to be more exact, that is ten topped with crushed pistachios and sugar syrup. To me it was like a large creme brûlée. The highlight of this night was the family feel of the place, sitting around a bon fire and eating under the stars. Oh and the fact that each baker was bearded, was definitely a sight! If you haven’t seen my Instagram, one went all out on my camera haha.

I’ll link a youtube video below of our experience.

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RATE: 4/5