In Sydney’s unplanned and chaotic CBD set up, it’s easy to get lost, especially when the only two capital cities I have lived in are both planned grids, that aside, if It weren’t for our displacement one warm summer day, we would have never have stumbled across Cabrito Coffee Traders. This awesome café situated in the small Bulletin Place laneway (yayyyyyy a laneway cafe) looks like a comfy lounge room on the inside, but is actually a heritage listed building on the outside.
With a few scattered tables both inside and outside, it’s best to find a spot and stick with it because this place has some amazing coffee and some cool bites to eat that you just might want to stay all day.
Inside, it has an awesome feel to it and it’s always bustling. The retro paintings and the sporadically placed garden gnomes welcome you to sit and watch the hordes of people who flock to this establishment but it feels like you are in your own lounge room. I hate to say it, but it does remind me of Melbourne and that is a good thing as it is something that Melbourne does so well (I promise I…will..let..go..soon ). It is warm and dark inside, not because it is seedy but due to the earthy wood floor that lines the place and the dark paint that is highlighted by random and vivid street art. However, the hustle and bustle of this busy café won’t leave you lurching in the shadows waiting for service, The staff are polite and down to earth which is fantastic when they are so busy and run off their feet. It is always nice to get a cheery G’day from people even if they are extremely busy.
There are a few bites to eat such as the wonderful sandwiches which include the NY Pastrami and the Tuna Mayo. These are served up on sour dough which are a bigger treat when toasted. They are also presented on retro crockery but before you can even question whether your grandma had the same plates, the sandwich will have your full attention. Their own special mayo blend in both the pastrami and tuna sandwiches were amazingly light and the flavours complimented each other, hence why I mentioned I could have eaten two.
Sorry, yes there is the need to mention Melbourne again because Cabrito gets its own signature blend created by 4 Rascals in Melbourne which happens to be in the suburb of Balwyn. The coffee here is…Yes I am going to say it… simply amazing!!! It is strong and bold and care is taken by the baristas as the milk is always hot and creamy, there isn’t a hint of watery-ness that you can experience in places where they don’t take their time. And to get even more excited, in the Mocha, they use real chocolate… Yes REAL CHOCOLATE and I will inform you that they aren’t stingy with the helping either which make it amazing coffee / chocolate blend for you lovers of mocha out there. Coffee from Cabrito can only be described as luxury. Grab a lamington with your order which come from Luscious Kiki Cakes in Brookvale NSW. You will experience exquisite flavours such as chocolate, lemon and red devil. Grab them fast.