Campos Coffee. 127 Rowntree St, Birchgrove. Don’t be fooled by the car parked out the front: this is a charming little space inside, and a good spot for people watching. Order and pay at the counter your choice of options from the blackboard menu. On this visit, I try out the breakfast bruschetta: a sourdough topped with avocado, tomato and basil with a herb-infused olive oil that’s just magical.
Coffee is really good: I find out in talking to the owner that it’s actually the end of the week’s batch, but still the latte manages to have notes of coffee flavour through the milk.
There are high chairs towards the back of the seating area, and it seems a popular place for neighbourhood kids to gather on weekends. There’s also a dinner menu on Thursday and Friday nights. I’d never been to Birchgrove before (it’s a little north of Balmain) but I’ll be back to try this place again.