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.
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mon – fri: 6.30am – 4pm sat: 7am – 4pm sun: 8am – 4pm
The Little Marionette