Ben McKimm

16 Best Cafes in Parramatta | Man of Many

Our list of the best Cafes in Parramatta goes like this.

Best Cafes in Parramatta at a glance

A big cafe with a big heart, MISC takes up perhaps one of the best locations in all of Parramatta, perched in a sun-lit shed-turned-restaurant nestled within a leafy park near the Parramatta River. The menu is designed to share, and there is a definite Middle Eastern influence, with plenty of pita, hommus and labneh to accompany the many fresh seafood options. We can’t go past the cilbir eggs with cacik, pumpkin, aleppo brown butter, seeds and focaccia.

1. MISC. Parramatta

Serving up what may very well be the best coffee in western Sydney. Homage Speciality Coffee is a hole-in-the-wall like none other. While its unassuming location within a car park may be misleading, one whiff of the coffee and a look at the menu and we’re already sold. The coffee is Five Senses, and they sell jaffles that will change your life — our favourite is the bolognaise jaffle.

2. Homage Specialty Coffee

Mëraki Merchants is a Lebanese-inspired cafe in Parramatta, with a menu that delivers old-school classics with a twist. This popular cafe is known for their amazing drinks, coffee, and food that rotates regularly so you can come back time and time again and never get bored. We recommend trying The Saltan’s Jaffle, which is made up of tasty cheese, sujuk (dry, spicy sausage), olives and house-made smoky capsicum relish.

3. Mëraki Merchants

Circa Espresso is a stylish modern hotel restaurant and bar that is known for its Australian farm-to-table menu. A great spot for a later breakfast, we can’t go past their crispy skin barramundi, made with cherry tomato, basil, capsicum, eggplant, olives, summer squash, pinenut and kipfler potato salad with saffron aioli. More traditional breakfast options include maple glazed French toast with butter brioche, spiced plum coulis, peppered balsamic marinated stone fruit and figs.

4. Circa Espresso

Blackseed Eatery is known for its fresh seasonal produce and fantastic specialty coffee. The menu is full of great options such as the baked field mushroom layered with crispy pancetta, poached egg, rocket, balsamic and parmesan on organic sourdough and the buttermilk fried chicken with slaw and spicy mayo. Of course, their bacon, eggs, tomato, avo toast is one of our favourites in Parramatta.

5. Blackseed Eatery

For a classic, no-frills cafe where you’re guaranteed good food, and good coffee, every time, head to Beans and Barrells. The menu revolves around modern Australian cuisine with a Mediterranean twist, with a brekky, lunch and dinner menu to keep you happy all day long. Menu standouts include the Mediterranean omelette to start your day, the Asian noodle salad for lunch, and the southern fried chicken burger for dinner.

6. Beans and Barrells

This Greek-run cafe in the centre of Parramatta likes to do things the Greek way, which means good vibes and coffee, and lots of it. Whilst a cup of joe is the main focus here, their toasties are also off the charts, made fresh every day. You can also find a selection of sweet treats like doughnuts and brownies to help you make it through those 3 pm sugar cravings.

7. Kafeneio

Social Hideout is known for its incredibly Instagrammable and very-extra dishes. The menu is colourful and indulgent, filled with foods like taro hotcakes, matcha French toast with red velvet mascarpone and many more amazing foods plus drinks served in miniature bathtubs.

8. Social Hideout

Since 2014 White Henry Espresso Bar & Catering has offered Parramatta locals fantastic coffee and food. But it’s the amazing coffee that they produce here that really draws in a crowd. From the single-origin beans that change weekly, to White Henry’s house blend Blue Stag which has a chocolatey body with fruity, spicy notes. While we don’t often find ourselves here for food, we highly rate their banana bread, wraps and smashed avo, salad boxes, and sourdough sandwiches.

9. White Henry Espresso Bar

Mulberry Tree Cafe is a family-run Parramatta cafe that is loved by locals.  The breakfast and lunch menu is full of favourites such as the Avo Smash which comes with flavoursome avocado, tomatoes, fetta and perfectly poached eggs. We struggle to go past their Kafta & Falafel with tabouli, hummus, pickles & chips for lunch. This is one of the better places for groups as there’s plenty of space to move around.

10. Mulberry Tree Cafe

Lil Miss Collins Café is a family-owned and operated Parramatta cafe. Most of the produce used in the food comes from local farms. The menu here is amazing and filled with tasty food including Phoenician kofta is a Middle East-inspired dish made from lamb kofta, labne, cabbage and pomegranate on toasted Lebanese bread. The team roasts their own coffee blend in-house, but they also have another blend of Colombian and Brazilian beans that have a fuller flavour.

11. Lil Miss Collins Café Parramatta

Paper Plane Cafe is a cosy farmhouse-style cafe that offers locals a throwback experience in the heart of Parramatta’s busy city. The coffee here is amazing, it’s made with a Picasso Blend which is a buttery brew with sweet caramel notes, created by Beaconsfield’s Numero Uno Coffee Roasters. The menu follows the course, filled with cafe favourites including one of our favourite ‘Big Breakfasts’ in Parramatta with its mountain of eggs, bacon, chorizo, hash brown, mushrooms and tomatoes all served on sourdough.

12. Paper Plane Cafe

Riverside Deli Bar Cafe has a unique coffee blend originating from the Central American plantations of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The brew here has people lining up for it, while the breakfast and lunch menu is full of great options such as the Mediterranean poached eggs on a chunky bruschetta.

13. Riverside Deli Bar Cafe

XS Espresso is known for its amazing coffees and Instagrammable shakes and food. This trendy cafe is a hotspot, from amazing food like the Delicious Dean, avocado, cherry tomatoes on sourdough with goat’s cheese, prosciutto, basil pesto & poached eggs. But that’s not all the amazing Campos coffees and Instagrammable shakes like The Volcano, a towering sculpture of Nutella, coconut, Oreo, ice cream and warm chocolate soufflé. There’s something for everyone here.

14. XS Espresso North Parramatta

Don’t let the name fool you because Badmanner is a cafe that is loved by locals for its smooth coffee and homemade baked goods. From Brewtown Newtown brewnuts and kimchi burgers to tasty milkshakes and coffee to everything in between. This cafe has something for everyone, you’ll be silly not to try it for yourself.

15. Badmanner

You may have seen a few ‘Mr Phillip’s’ around, and it just goes to show that these guys know what they’re doing, with new cafes popping up around Western Sydney and the city. Serving up Campos coffee, they are passionate about their coffee, with skilled baristas and passionate staff. If you’re feeling hungry, they’ve got you covered with homemade granola, açai bowls, sandwiches and salads, but our top choice? We love their Butterboy cookies.

16. Mr Phillip’s Coffee House Parramatta

When it came to choosing the best cafes in Parramatta the task was simple. We ate through our fair share of smashed avo’s, drank our body weight in coffee, and dived head first into the art of Shujuk (which is absolutely delicious we must say). After returning from our food coma we put together this list of Parramatta cafes while taking into account a variety of price points, cuisine options, and the quality of the coffee.

How Man of Many chose the best cafes in Parramatta

Which cafe has the best coffee in Parramatta?

Parramatta is home to some amazing coffee, the best coffee can be found at Homage Specialty Coffee, White Henry Espresso Bar, and Paper Plane Cafe.

Where is the best place for brunch in Parramatta?

There are many places to get Brunch, but Social Hideout, XS Espresso and The Coffee Emporium Restaurant & Bar are the best

What cafe in Parramatta also serves Cake?

Badmanner Thymes serves coffee and amazing cakes like brownies and Brewtown Newtown Brewnuts.

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