Balmain Cafes

In a city that loves good food and coffee as much as Sydney does, Balmain’s cafes stand out for their excellence. Characterised by their culturally diverse offerings, the suburb, and in particular, the area around Darling Street is a foodie’s paradise – offering up everything from the good old flaky croissant to the most delicious middle eastern meze platters. When it comes to food, the best cafes in Balmain have very high standards. Here are some you should definitely check out.


Presenting an exciting take on modern Sydney brunch cuisine, Berlin Bakr Balmain is a vibrant hangout. They specialise in freshly homemade pastries and baked goods, all-day breakfast and lunches inspired by Europe and the Middle East.

249 Darling St, Balmain

Orange Lotus Cafe

Located within a gorgeous sandstone building, the Orange Lotus cafe has a rustic charm. Always busy, it is known for its honest Australian fare and hearty sandwiches it also serves up great coffee, which is served in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere.

152 Beattie St, Balmain

Le Cafeier

Nestled in the heart of Darling Street, Le Caféier is a hip and bright cafe that is a great spot for people-watching. Featuring whitewashed walls that are decorated hung with vibrant plants. They serve all-day brekkies and other Mediterranean dishes.

314/322 Darling St, Balmain

Little Ethel’s

Boasting a white picket fence, astroturf, and 1970s inspired garden seating – all of which are inside the property, Little Ethel’s is a trendy Espresso Bar. Tucked away off the main drag it offers up great coffee and meals to hungry locals and workers.

2/84 Mullens St, Balmain

Grit & Grind

Another Darling Street stalwart, Grit & Grind is a trendy cafe that serves up a delicious all-day breakfast and notable lunch fare. Known for its beautiful courtyard, their coffee is a  wonderful blend made up by Seven Miles Coffee Roasters.

485A Darling St, Balmain


With vibrant decor that includes brick exposed walls and bright yellow chairs, Kafeine is a cosy little cafe. It is loved by locals on account of its consistently good service, excellent coffee and great food – including their signature Eggs Benny.

260 Darling St, Balmain

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