My Sydney: 2 Caffeinated Highlights
Here are two more great joints in Sydney for a delicious cuppa joe …
During the German film festival, I’d been up and down Oxford Street between the two cinemas, and one cafe in particular near the Palace Verona cinema was a standout. The Ampersand Café Bookstore is a cozy place with fresh coffee, friendly staff, and a lot of books; there’s seating inside and outside. Had I stayed for long, I would’ve gotten lost in a large mug and many books on art, cinema, and photography.
Ampersand Café Bookstore, 78 Oxford Street, Paddington.
bRu, North Bondi
While at Bondi early one April-morning to photograph the morning light, I found a tiny café called “bRu coffee”. The café is at the corner of Brighton Boulevard and Campbell Parade, near the bus loop where some bus-routes from the CBD terminate in North Bondi. A warm lifesaver on a cool morning, this place is a definite fave among local residents. There aren’t many seats inside or outside, and given its location, many get their takeaways for a morning walk on the beach or for their work-commute into the City. I liked this place so much I returned to Bondi two weeks later to photograph the surf. Over a large flat white, I chatted with the staff and with “Mr. Vitamins” himself, Mr. Abraham James.
bRu coffee, 101 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi.
I made the photos above on 12 and 19 May 2013. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.
4 Responses to “My Sydney: 2 Caffeinated Highlights”
Love the coffee cup shot….it’s a great picture! oh yeah – and Paddington is always awesome! Wish I was down there exploring – feeling a little homesick for my second home!
Hi and thanks, Anita! The one thing I’ve learned (and didn’t expect) about Sydney is that Sydneysiders definitely love their coffee. Already a great area to visit, Paddington has its fair share of tiny cozy cafés. For just the two cafés mentioned here, I enjoyed visiting them by accident! 🙂 Also, it would be awesome to see Sydney through your eyes; that there are a number of ongoing photography festivals happening in Sydney are a great (and dangerous) distraction, too. Thanks again for reading and for your comment!
These look like my kinds of coffee shops! Not to mention I’m a big fan of anything “ampersand.”
Both places have a lot of character. Ampersand is almost like a reading room; grab a cuppa joe and then immerse in the glory of many many books. bRu is basically a Kaffee-Imbiss, which gets a lot of foot-traffic from locals. That it’s close (but not *too* close) to Bondi Beach is a big plus. 🙂
I’m enjoying your posts about Tel Aviv! 🙂 Tel Aviv and Beirut are two places on that side of the Mediterranean which I’d like to visit soon. Thanks for reading and for your comment!