Brewing Excellence – A Journey Through Kensington’s Best Cafes

Knowing where your favourite cup of coffee is, is critical! If you’re moving to Kensington in Sydney, luckily for you, there are lots of options for wonderful cafes offering great coffee and delicious food. Check out our guide to some local favourite cafes around the suburb that you can enjoy.

Nestled in the heart of Sydney, Australia, Kensington boasts a vibrant atmosphere and a diverse culinary scene. If you’re an international student who has decided to live at The Switch, the Kensington area will become your new local! Among its many positives, Kensington has many quaint and charming cafes that line its streets, offering coffee enthusiasts a myriad of options to enjoy their favourite cup of coffee. We would like to highlight some of the best cafes in and around the Kensington area for you to enjoy. They each offer their own unique blend of ambiance, great food, and, of course, exceptional coffee.

Stable Talk Cafe Kensington

Brewing Excellence - A Journey Through Kensington's Best Cafes

Stable Talk cafe that is located on Anzac Parade, has an aroma of freshly ground coffee beans as you step inside (perfect for your morning coffee before class or work!). The cafe not only serves great coffee, but also great food, especially their burgers. It’s a great place to stop to quickly grab your coffee and go, or sit down with some friends and enjoy lunch. We think this will definitely become a staple for you.

Cafe Jacks Kensington

Brewing Excellence - A Journey Through Kensington's Best Cafes

Cafe Jacks is definitely a gem for locals, so no doubt you’ll become very familiar with the menu! The rustic decor creates a cosy ambiance, not to mention they have a delicious breakfast and lunch menu which is very popular among locals. They are particularly busy on a Sunday morning as their brekky and coffee is unmatched, so you’d want to get a seat early! Otherwise, Cafe Jacks is another great option for your mid-week coffee or lunch break!

Grandma Moses

Brewing Excellence - A Journey Through Kensington's Best Cafes

This unassuming cafe is well-loved for its delicious bagels and selection of house-baked pastries, not to mention their great coffee! There is enough seating to sit and have a coffee and a delicious baked good with friends whilst enjoying the morning sun – another perfect spot for mid-week class break or weekend catch-up with friends. The friendly staff and welcoming vibe adds to the overall experience, making it a favourite among locals and visitors alike.

Bar Lucio

Brewing Excellence - A Journey Through Kensington's Best Cafes

Bar Lucio has been described as a little slice of Italy tucked into the streets of Kensington. Locals absolutely love it, their coffee is fantastic, and they have a delicious selection of lunch options and handmade pastries. The interior and decor is warm and inviting and would be a perfect spot to enjoy a lovely Saturday coffee catch-up with friends. Once you visit Bar Lucio once, we think it’ll remain on the regular cafe rotation.

Meeks Cafe

Cafe Kensington

Another local favourite, Meeks Cafe is a vibrant, fun-loving, cosy cafe offering you fabulous coffee and great food options. Perfect for a quick bite to eat or a lazy Sunday morning brekky date. The friendly service and the indoor and outdoor seating options makes it feel welcoming. Tucked away from the main road bustle, you can always guarantee a nice cup of coffee and some peace and quiet before a day of university or work!

Maze Coffee & Food

Cafe Kensington

Although technically on the UNSW Campus, Maze Coffee & Food is still a favourite for locals, and UNSW Students! You’re always greeted with a warm welcome, and you can start your day off on the right foot with one of their great coffees and a quick bite to eat, you can stop and take a seat, or grab it on the go (potentially on your way to a tutorial or lecture!). Even if you’re not a UNSW student it still is a great place to enjoy your coffee.


In the heart of Sydney’s Kensington area, these cafés stand as testament to the diverse and thriving coffee scene. Each café brings its own distinctive flair to the table, and there are many more to be enjoyed in the surrounding area. Kensington’s cafes not only cater to the cravings of coffee lovers but also serve as community hubs. So, the next time you find yourself in Kensington, say when you move into The Switch, take a stroll through its charming streets, and immerse yourself in the inviting atmospheres these cafés have to offer.

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