I’m a native Victorian but after years of living in Sydney I’ve got to say the café scene here is something to behold. Thanks to current laws, cafés in Australia’s largest city are thriving because we Sydney-siders do all our socialising over smoothies before it gets dark and have nothing to do.

So, as an avid coffee drinker and prolific taste tester of all things yummy, I’ve done the groundwork suburb by suburb to help narrow down where to get the freshest low-key eats in Sydney. Here goes…

Double Bay – About Life

If you’re ‘about dat good life’, About Life is the grocery store/café for you. This place is every healthy eater’s dream, with an affordable organic menu that will please any foodie who insists food should be produced ethically and sustainably.

They also have a buffet! A buffet! This self-service station means you can buy a decent-sized food box for under $15 and stack it full to the brim with the likes of organic curries, salads, veggies, fruits, yoghurts and even pasta. Oh, and there’s a whole raw dessert section.

Also if you’re wanting quick, healthy dinner options, About Life’s organic thin pizzas are amazing and take just 15 minutes to cook in your oven.

Potts Point – Whole Foods Department

This local favourite sits in the heart of Potts Point, offering simple yet tasty food with excellent service. Whole Foods Department is the perfect place to hit up after a sweat sesh – the menu boasts a huge variety of great post-workout meals. The Warming Ricotta Pancakes are a favourite of mine in the morning because they’re low carb but high protein, and the Love Elixir is a nice way to kick off the day. Good coffee too!

Surry Hills – Ouroboros Wholefood Cafe

An arty space in trendy Surry Hills that serves up plenty of organic modern Australian options, you can expect a bit of a wait for the food at Ouroboros Wholefood Cafe – but it’s worth it. I’d suggest the burgers as they can satisfy the gluten and dairy-free peeps among us.

Bronte – Three Blue Ducks

This is Melbourne alleyway dining just a stone’s throw away from one of Sydney’s most beloved beaches. Three Blue Ducks in Bronte has a totally different ambiance to the restaurant’s Byron Bay offering but this casual and cosy Sydney spot has a similarly ambitious menu with specials inspired by seasonal ingredients. Breakfast time here is my favourite as it’s a great pit stop before a long beach day – the salmon is great!