9-11 May 2023
ICC Sydney


When it comes to café culture, Australia really does take the cake. But the design experience is just as important as the food, and, thankfully, we're not in short supply of talented creatives either.

So, in a follow up to our hugely popular cafe post last year, we’ve scoured Melbourne and Sydney to bring you five fresh cafes consistently serving up inventive interiors and delicious designs.

Wilson & Market

163-185 Commercial Road, South Yarra, Melbourne

Photo Credit: Andrew Vukosav

Soon to celebrate its first birthday, Wilson & Market has brought style, elegance and spectacular dishes to Prahran Market since opening its doors in March 2017. As a café, restaurant, wine bar and function room, Wilson & Market is an adaptable space with monochrome styling and accents of deep green reflected through palm-leaf print wallpaper, scattered foliage and dappled wall tiles. The jaw-dropping bathroom design also scores extra points.

Melbourne-based designer Kestie Lane is the creative behind the restaurant, describing the design as a ‘contemporary, sophisticated aesthetic [set] against the raw energy and buzz of the daytime market place’.


30 Sackville Street, Collingwood, Melbourne

ACoffee is the new kid on the industrial Collingwood block taking Japanese-inspired minimal design to new heights. The indoor seating is limited to a single island espresso bench and a pine bench that lines the white brick walls. The café was renovated from a former garage by co-owner Joshua Crasti and his father and they have achieved a contemporary, welcoming space with very few elements.

Offering a highly edited menu of coffee, matcha tea, one seasonal fresh juice and pastries, ACoffee delivers an open and bright space for its customers to sit, dwell, drink, eat, work and enjoy. It’s simplicity at its finest.


6/15 Cross Street, Double Bay, Sydney

Photo credit: Damian Bennett

In early 2017, Tom Mark Henry breathed new life into Indigo Café in Double Bay. Although already established and loved by locals, Indigo’s owners felt it was time to update the design to reflect the café’s casual sophistication. Indigo is set across two buildings, with a large al fresco dining area out the front.

Photo credit: Damian Bennett

Taking inspiration from the café’s name, Tom Mark Henry added indigo-coloured tiles and awnings to the entranceway, touches of blue to the interior’s soft furnishings and an indigo stain to the timber joinery. Apart from the chairs, Tom Mark Henry custom designed all the internal features, including the signage, elongated curved mirrors, and lights above the banquettes, achieving their goal of creating an authentic and welcoming café that feels like home.

Cuckoo Callay

413 Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney

Branching out from their home in Newtown, Cuckoo Callay has added a second hotspot to its repertoire in leafy Surry Hills. Taking in all the best current design trends of teal velvet, millennial pink, neon signs and exposed bricks, the team at Giant Design has made sure this eatery is seriously Instagrammable.

The location affords the staff a much larger kitchen than their Newtown outpost and it sits within the ground floor dining room, which opens onto a public lawn. Signature branding continues upstairs to an open-air top floor, featuring hanging baskets filled with plants.

Baby Coffee Co.

Shop 1/810 Elizabeth St, Waterloo, Sydney

Photo credit: Concrete Jungle

Café owners often view their businesses as their ‘children’, but Alessandro Panetta, Gianni Panetta and John Davidson have gone one step further and christened their super cute new café, Baby Coffee Co. The owners collaborated with The Royce Assembly and Erica Made Designs to design the space where pale pink is the consistent and prominent colour, complemented with splashes of plush blue and a neon sign reading ‘This is the real one, baby’.

Photo credit: harleyquinnandco

With its funky fit-out and strong branding, Baby Coffee Co. is adding flair and style, as well as delicious dishes, to Waterloo’s dining experience. This is the perfect dining spot for culinary indulging.

About the Author: Annie Reid

Annie Reid is a qualified journalist, professional copywriter and published author with a passion for everything bricks and mortar. For many years, she’s written thousand of stories for newspapers, magazines and clients around the world. Somewhere between the heady buzz of headlines and deadlines, she discovered a niche for creating tailor made content for the property, real estate, architecture and design industries. Annie holds a Bachelor of Arts and is currently studying a Masters in Publishing and Communications, both from the University of Melbourne.

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