Cornersmith, Marrickville

Cornersmith arrived on the Sydney cafe scene with a bang in 2011. Right from the first week, quality ingredients, superior coffee and a relaxed atmosphere meant queues out the door practically every weekend. Over the past three years, Cornersmith has consistently maintained its high standards, recently being voted the best cafe of 2014 by SMH Good Cafe Guide.

The healthy, vegetable-heavy menu features sides of well-conceived vegetable combinations instead of meats. One example is the poached eggs on sourdough at breakfast which comes with the option of purple kohlrabi and cabbage slaw with pickled cumquats, or fresh pickled asparagus, zucchini, herbs and a buttermilk dressing. Cornersmith, it must be noted is not a vegetarian cafe, it simply has a serious commitment to providing diners with fresh fruit and vegetables, some of which are sourced from local customers’ gardens. Even the traditional egg and ham roll—pictured—is augmented with kohlrabi, cabbage and pickles; delicious.

With such a emphasis on food, it can be easy to overlook Cornersmith as a coffee destination and that would be a mistake. Awarded 3 cups by the SMH Good Cafe Guide (the highest possible rating and one of only 14 venues in Sydney to achieve this in 2014), Cornersmith brews single origin beans from local roasters Mecca and Sample, available as espresso, filter or cold drip.

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