Not commonly associated with edibles worth being excited about, the southern CBD neighbourhood of Ultimo is coming into its own, rapidly challenging nearby Chinatown with corner coffee haunts and humble little cafes. These are two of the best locations to find breakfast gurus whipping up the tastiest coffee and nibbles.
Conveniently located just underneath Railway Square, it’s becoming a valuable resource for passengers in desperate of their morning caffeine hit. The promise of a ‘sweetie’ – pronounced in a thick (somewhat sexy) European accent by one barista – upon collecting your coffee is a surprise delight.
A beacon for the best Amanti coffee beans, they provide a selection of four strengths coined Single Origin, Golden Moka, Jet Fuel and Midnight Oil, ranging from light to extra strong roasts respectively. One must give the latter a go – it’ll surely rev your engine for the day ahead.
For those in too much of a hurry to chow down some breakfast at home, a rotating all-day selection of French-inspired jaffles are on offer. Two of the best include the Monsieur (gruyere, French ham, Dijon mustard and pepper) and the Ethan Pork (pulled pork, cheese and onion), both of which are available gluten-free.
Playing a little further on their French influence, macaroons and muffins also sit quietly in the window awaiting your hungry bellies, making this little corner store trés magnifique for the sweet and savoury-lovers alike.
A true hidden gem, it sits in a narrow corridor that edges past the University of Technology’s design building.
Blended under the skilful hand of barista Hannah, whom a handful of the UTS students like to nickname the ‘coffee queen of Ultimo’, there’s always a daily selection of baked goods on demand, made with love by the queen herself.
With intriguing artworks plastered over the walls, and a rustic Robert Rauschenberg-like feel to the setup, the setting is a masterpiece in its own right.
Making delicious coffee and muffins isn’t just what Another Hideaway can claim to fame. The chefs are able to plate up the most delicious hot chip delights and gourmet sandwiches. Worth also trying are the fresh juices and frappes, with personal favourite the avocado smoothie containing a subtle hint of banana and honey.
Bring a pal and enjoy one of the most scrumptious slices of blueberry and banana loaf of your life over a friendly game of chess, because this local haunt should definitely be on your list of foodie hangouts.