|Queuing for treats at Kitchen by Mike|
A downhome cafe with a rockabilly vibe, Silverbean is a wonderful place for brunch, served all day. Hearty options like breakfast burritos and hotcakes piled with bacon and doused in maple syrup are for lovers of comfort food, Americana style. There's also delicious Sacred Grounds coffee, served with a dose of fifties flair.
Silverbean, 99 Enmore Road, Enmore, +61 2 9557 0006
Whole Bean/Coffee Roastery
Another notch on Marrickville's ever-expanding cafe belt, Whole Bean (the sign says Coffee Roastery) claims to have 'the second best coffee in Marrickville'. It has some stiff competition with Cornersmith, Coffee Alchemy and Double Roasters in the 'hood, but nevertheless serves wonderful coffee and tasty food like a pickle-laden roast beef sandwich - yum. The space is fun (a Vespa, LP covers on the walls, and best of all - couches!), the vibe super-casual and friendly, and there's even a counter devoted to syphon coffee.
Whole Bean Coffee Roastery, 38 Chapel Street, Marrickville, tel: +61 2 9565 4063
Kitchen by Mike
The much-lauded Kitchen by Mike is everywhere lately (as in food media and blog-land) and for good reason. Set in a converted warehouse in up and coming Rosebery, Alexandria's lesser-known neighbour, the cafe features fresh, seasonal produce of the highest quality served up cafeteria style. You queue, you order, then sit at one of the communal tables for a veritable feast of flavour. I had the eggs benedict of my dreams here. Post-meal and coffee you can browse adjoining Koskela, an art, furniture and design store featuring highly covetable wares by local designers.
Kitchen by Mike, 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery, +61 2 9045 0910