Artecaffe Coffee. 487 Darling St, Balmain
The outdoor seating is the first thing that strikes you when you approach here: a mix of locals from different walks of life sit chatting and enjoying coffees and the all-day breakfast. Step inside (and you’ll have to – it’s order and pay at counter) and there are a number of large wooden tables where people are sharing – there’s a sense of community gathering here. The prices are quite reasonable for balmain; the scrambled eggs with sourdough is only $9.50, with sides at $2, $3 or $4. If you’re not after a big breakfast, there are a good range of toast options – even a raisin brioche.
The decaf here is pleasant enough: nothing amazing, but quite a good complement to the rest of the experience here.