Must-try coffee stops in Parramatta

When hopping off the train or bus, commuters to the Parramatta CBD are spoiled for choice when it comes to their morning coffee. 

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Melbourne might be Australia's original coffee capital, but, these days, it's facing some fierce competition from cities all over the country, Parramatta included. 

In tucked away laneways and sun-dappled courtyards everywhere, locals are sipping on dynamic house blends and unique single origins. 

Whether it's a smooth, balanced cappuccino or a rich, dark espresso that gets you out of bed and into the office in the morning, it's within reach here in Parramatta. 

Lil' Miss Collins in Parramatta

As Paul Kelly sings, "From little things, big things grow", and Lil' Miss Collins is an example of his wisdom. This lovely cafe made its mark with two pop-ups before setting up permanent digs near Parramatta Station. Slipping through the recycled wooden fence into the courtyard feels like stepping into an alternative, rural world—and the clucking chickens confirm the notion. What's more, visitors are welcome to bring their own pets. As if running a mini-farm didn't give the Lil' Miss Collins folks enough to do, they roast their own beans, too. The house blend, dubbed Orthodox, is always on-the-go and there's usually an origin-driven alternative, too.

13 Wentworth Street Parramatta

Lil Miss Collins
Lil Miss Collins

White Henry Espresso Bar in Parramatta

It's in Parramatta's laneways that some of the City's most interesting businesses are to be found and one of them is White Henry. Since 2014, this espresso bar has been serving its house blend, Blue Stag, in which three types of Arabica beans combine to create a smooth, chocolatey flavour profile with spicy, fruity notes. There's also a single origin, which changes weekly. Metal stools and black benches give an industrial feel, softened by splashes with greenery. Despite the hidden away location, plenty of light streams in on sunny days.

4/118 Church St, Parramatta

people queueing up for coffee

Cafe El's in Winston Hills

Matt Elbayeh, who co-owns Cafe El’s with his mother, Ezmerelda, trained as a chef at El Phoenician, his father’s Lebanese restaurant in Parramatta. Now, he puts his years of experience into creating cafe fare driven by bold flavours and fresh produce. Corn fritters come as a towering stack, with avocado, bacon, tomato chutney, fetta, zataar, chilli labne and poached eggs, while the American brekkie is a double waffle topped with bacon, hash brown, fried eggs and maple syrup. Cafe El’s occupies a porch at the entrance of Winston Hills Shopping Centre, with expansive sliding windows that overlook Caroline Chisholm Park.

Winston Hills Mall, 64/180 Caroline Chisholm Dr, Winston Hills

coffee in a coffee cup with food on plates next to it

The Avenue in Newington

In the heart of Newington, a Parramatta neighbourhood near Sydney Olympic Park, is a café with a whole lot of charm. The sleek, contemporary décor make it the perfect place to catch up over coffee and brunch with friends. Dishing up all the breakfast classics like smashed avocado toast and breakfast buns, The Avenue also serves up great Lebanese and Mediterranean fare like harissa kishik and zaatar manoush platters. 

Newington Marketplace is a great meeting point for locals but it’s well worth a visit to if you’re coming from a bit further afield or taking a visit to its nearby Blaxland Riverside Reserve or Newington Armory. 

2 Avenue of Europe, Newington

woman standing in the avenue cafe in front of coffee table holding flowers with coffee and food behind her

Beans & Barrels in Parramatta 

If you’re over on the river side of town, Beans & Barrels always has amazing specials on, giving you great value for money if you’re looking for breakfast on-the-go under $10. Their muffins are made fresh in-house daily and make the perfect morning tea or afternoon pick-me-up. Open all day for breakfast, lunch and after work drinks, its plush velvet seats and wooden interiors make it a classy spot for a work meeting. Or if you need to take five, it’s a lovely place to sit with a coffee and a newspaper and watch the world go by. 

Shop 6/180 George St, Parramatta
 

coffee and muffin

River Café in Parramatta

The idyllic waterfront location gives The River Cafe a harbour-esque charm that makes it the perfect place to relax, sip coffee, and watch the world go by. Great for breakfast, lunch or coffee and pastries, you can sit solo and read the paper, have a business meeting or catch up with friends. 
Incorporating local, fresh produce from the region, the menu caters for all tastes from the classic eggs to a modern Moroccan salad. You can enjoy a long lunch with a glass of wine or take your food and drinks to go.

9/330 Church St, Parramatta

coffee with latte art picture of a swan and flowers and spilled coffee beans on the table

The Social Hideout in North Parramatta

Sugar and spice and everything nice. These are the ingredients that make up the pretty and very Insta-worthy Social Hideout in North Parramatta. If you want something different to your usual coffee order, this is the place where you can try a latte in flavours like Red Velvet, Matcha Green Tea, and Bubblegum. Their milkshake bath tubs with fluffy fairy floss literally look good enough to soak in. And to mark the occasion don’t forget to take a selfie at their flower photo wall. 

2a/20 Victoria Rd, Parramatta 

pink latte with the letters SH on top of the drink
Image credit: Destination NSW

The Armory Wharf Café in Newington

The Armory Wharf Café at the edge of Blaxland Riverside Park is a great coffee stop before or after exploring the surrounding parklands and Armory precinct. Popular with families, cyclists and walkers, the boardwalk café has incredible 270-degree views of Parramatta River. 

Blaxland Riverside Park, Jamieson Street, Newington

armory wharf cafe view at the riverfront

Bagel Bakery Café in Winston Hills 

The savoury and sweet snacks served up at this Chisholm Centre gem make the perfect accompaniment to your morning or afternoon coffee. From your classic steaming hot meat pies out of a paper bag to your fluffy coconutty lamingtons, the Bagel Bakery Café serves up all the Australian bakery classics. You can take it to go or relax in the sunshine in the sheltered outdoor seating and pick up a book from the street library to enjoy a bit of me-time. 

5/1 Caroline Chisholm Dr, Winston Hills 

cakes being held on a late with text overlay Go Local: Bagel Bakery cafe

The Rusty Rabbit in Epping

Within the Parramatta neighourhood Epping is a bright, bold and punchy café with a cult-following. The moustachioed rabbit franchise, The Rusty Rabbit has a funky comic-book themed menu and its Epping digs offers pet-friendly outdoor dining. With a range of merchandise on sale, you can even purchase a reusable coffee cup with their adorable bunny logo. 

3/36 Oxford St, Epping