mio mia cafe, ultimo

mio mia cafe, ultimo

Genevese Coffee. 645 Harris St, Ultimo. About a block towards Pyrmont from Mecca Ultimo this place has emerged. The most noteworthy feature internally is the wallpaper – it looks like there ‘s a massive library on one wall, but it’s just a picture. They have comfortable seating, lots of sourdough sandwiches in two size choices, complementary water is offered, and they have a good range of cakes – even macaroons!

Where the magic happens - mio mia cafe, Ultimo

There’s no decaf grinder – the pre-ground decaf lives in a glass container on a shelf above and to the left of the coffee machine. As a result, it’s okay, but not spectacular. The strength of this place seems to be in food rather than coffee: the sandwiches are very good.

The Frisky Goat, Wynyard

The frisky goat, wynyard

Genovese Coffee. Shop W39, Wynyard Station Arcade, Carrington Street,
Sydney. In an arcade sits this little diamond in the rough. The food has a bit of an edge to it, and there is quite a wide range of choice for a relatively small place. There’s even a small amount of seating down one side, though you’ll find yourself trying to relax in what amounts to a walkway for the staff.

Though there’s no decaf grinder, the decaf is quite alright – this is a fine choice to grab a breakfast on the run.

Mission Cafe, Chippendale

Genovese coffee. 3 Little Queen St, Chippendale. In the middle of an obscure side street, a trip inside is a breath of fresh air: sculptures and paintings on the walls, a complete contrast in style to the alley outside. Though there’s not much natural light, the lighting manages to be warm and homey.

Menu provides a range of diverse options, and the sizes are comfortable: not so large that you walk away bursting, but not meagre either.

Coffee is quite good: the decaf has a certain charm to it – it’s not amazing, but it works as a suitable complement to the food.

Mission Bar website

Wall café, Surry Hills.

Genovese coffee. This looks like a place made by designers, for designers: there are design magazines on the wall, the espreso bar area is made of concrete, not some other kind of shop-fitting material, and there are a choice of different types of seats, not least of which is the range of milk crates with round, vinyl covered cushions on top of them.

Wall of type

Staff are perhaps a little surly, or at least hard to engage in conversation for a newcomer – the regulars are treated with a little more friendly familiarity.

Coffee – a takeaway decaf latte – takes a while to come together. There seems to be a queue of table-service orders, though there’s nothing but a sense of calm coming from the staff – no panic, no rushing around. It’s a good, solid cup with a lingering aftertaste, though i’ve almost finished before my toast is ready.

This would be a great place to sit and read; perhaps you could do some writing here, but it,s a bit pricey, and the chair-to-table height isn’t quite right for prolonged desk work.