1a Booth Street, Balmain, NSW, 2041

If there’s a better use of ten square metres in this town, we want to know about it. With just three small tables, more puppeteers lounge across the road in Gladstone Park than could ever fit in the cafe – testimony either to the laziness of Balmainers or the “gotta sit down” kick of the coffee.

So we join the takeaway queue of Balmain’s beautiful (the bold ask for a seat). A small menu of breakfasty dishes is somewhat upstaged by pastries from Adriano Zumbo – that nower than now patissier who’s dazzling Sydney’s sweet-teeth.

Despite this star billing, the coffee steals the spotlight. If there’s any early tartness, it’s deluged by rich, thick chocolate – think those coated coffee beans – an intense hit that rounds on the palate for a long aftertaste of hazelnuts and heaven. The macchiato is smooth, enveloping, and your legs slacken and collapse as you stagger into Gladstone Park.

+612 9810 9728

Trading Hours
mon – fri: 6.30am – 4pm sat: 7am – 4pm sun: 8am – 4pm

Cafe: 23/25
Coffee: 23/25

The Little Marionette

This entry was posted in testcat and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.


  1. Sam yoon says:

    User Review:
    One of best body you can get in sydney.. Ristretto was extreamly heavy and amazing nutty taste.. I did taste more great deal of south american coffee but with great balance of african beans too. With such a great tangy taste i wondered how it would work with milk. My chaser was piccolo, texture has become much smoother and nutty. A must try coffee but limited on lunch menu.

    Coffee type: Own blend
    Cafe Score: 12/25
    Coffee Score: 22/25

  2. A Mak says:

    User Review:
    Mocha is a bit too sweet and the milk is not hot enough when compare to Campos. Quite good.

    Coffee type: N/A
    Cafe Score: 19/25
    Coffee Score: 20/25
    Overall Score: 0.0 Beans

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>