Being a coffee addict who needs at least one decent espresso-based coffee to start the day, my family try to mix it up for me every time I visit them in Sydney. We try all the local cafes, plus more, and naturally there are a few favourites. I hadn't been to Bourke Street Bakery before, but I'm pretty sure I'll be going back.
We rocked up three days after Christmas and there was a queue. It's not unusual, apparently, but it was fine, because it moved quickly. Which unfortunately didn't give me a lot of time to peruse the baked items on display in the window.
When I got to the front of the queue in the tiny shop, there almost seemed to be as many staff as customers - probably needed to meet the demand! They all looked harried but moved around each other quickly, like chess pieces. I ordered my four coffees (not all for me... ) and breakfast (a croissant, and a berry muffin for sharing) and sat outside to await my caffeine delivery at one of the rustic-style tables.
Young good-looking hipsters delivered our coffees - all but mine :( Once I queried it, things were hurriedly righted and my yummy coffee hit the spot.
After caffeination, we headed over to another Sydney institution, the Sydney Fish Market (Bank Street, Pyrmont):
Despite the stink and crowds, it's well worth a visit for the buzz and of course, the freshest catches in Sydney.
|Crabs looking at me warily|
It's actually been tidied up a lot, with far less slimy floors than I remember during my childhood, slicker shops and wider choice.
Layout-wise, it's still pretty messy - but who cares, when all you want is some awesome fish 'n' chips that you can eat right there on the pier, looking back towards the Anzac Bridge.