1. The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar, 146 Abercrombie Street, Redfern, Sydney
If you want an atmosphere that is peaceful, cozy, smells like citrus and has bursts of light illuminating the space. Then the Rabbit Hole is where it’s at. The soft summery colours combined with classic tunes act as the perfect backdrop for you to formulate your thoughts.
Enjoy a minty Moroccan style green tea lightly sweetened with coconut nectar as you kick back and relax with 1984 by George Orwell. In the event that you are feeling more adventurous and want to excite your taste buds, try their ‘Banana Split Latte’ that contains a hint of caramel. Allowing you to go back to simpler times.
2. Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar, 51 Glebe Point Rd, Sydney
Upon entering the store a bystander will most likely assume that it is a vintage bookstore. Which to be fair, is quite possible given the fact that the whole bookshop has that ‘oaky’ feel to it with the dark brown shelves and dim lighting. Once you walk in however you will find books as random as old Star Wars books to Breakfast with Tiffany by Truman Capote.
All of which can be enjoyed with a glass of wine in the corner accompanied by a plate of warm Lentil Flitters and hummus dip. This café and wine bar has a unique feel to it and allows you to enjoy different classics that have been maintained with care, alongside live music on Thursday nights.
3. Ampersand Café and Bookstore 78-80 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021
Want to get around to finishing that book that’s been on your reading list since summer? With stacks of books lined up against shelves and comfortable couches spread out throughout the café, you don’t have to travel far to get to this utopia.
This place will hit the spot for booklovers and aspiring writers allowing you to immerse yourself in your writing. And in the even that you encounter a writer’s block, simply pick up a book from one of the many shelves surrounding you and find your inspiration. But we all know even the most serious of writers need some fuel to keep them going when they are feeling peckish. When this occurs simply head downstairs for a warm cheesy pasta or some coffee.
4. The Tea Cosy, 33 George Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
Located in a breathtakingly beautiful 1870’s heritage-listed building amongst the cobblestone lanes in The Rocks, this hidden gem makes you feel as though you’ve stepped into a cosy high tea café in England without the expensive airfares.
Everything from their freshly made scones complimented with their traditional black teas such as: Irish breakfast, vintage Darjeeling and Russian Caravan, creates a soothing and comfortable vibe that makes you want to sit back and relax with a copy of Pride and Prejudice. However this place can get busy on the weekends so make time your visit well to avoid ‘peak hour traffic’ if you want to get those creative juices flowing!
5. MCA café, The Rocks
Two words. The view. This stunner is located on the fourth floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art with views so breathtaking you’ll want to take a picture so you can make it your new wallpaper. Although the chairs and the overall structure of the place may seem a bit ‘rigid’ giving off a preliminary canteen feel. It is a great place to sit down and write after feeling inspired from the artworks located on the lower floors.
If the view gets a bit overwhelming and you need a snack to ponder on your thoughts, the menu has some delicious fresh bites for reasonable prices, such as their White Anchovy Bruschetta with Salsa Verde for 10 dollars. The fresh ingredients and crisp bread will satisfy your food cravings in an instant!