Cafe Review by Rachel White
Until recently Alexandria was a largely industrial suburb populated mostly by warehouses and outlet stores with little in the way of cafes and restaurants. Signalling that times had changed, ultra-cool coffee roasters Campos opened the doors of their second flagship store in the suburb almost two years ago. Paying homage to the industrial roots of the area, this café sports polished concrete floors, exposed brick walls, high ceilings, industrial light fittings and floor to ceiling windows. Although there is an assortment of cakes, pastries and sandwiches on offer the emphasis is well and truly on coffee. There are various blends and single origins to try, as well as Campos’ well-known innovations (such as a sparkling long black). Here you will also find Sydney’s first Siphon Bar, which is apparently a coffee nerd’s dream fusion of coffee and chemistry, but which looks like someone has raided a high school science lab to me (think: lots and lots of beakers). The coffee (just a boring flat white for me), is consistently good here – crema to die for and perfectly creamy milk every time. If you’re feeling brave the large coffees come in a huge fishbowl-esque cup. Even better, Dan Murphy’s is directly opposite so you can attend to your liquid requirements of another kind while you’re in the area.
Open 7 days, 21 Fountain Street, Alexandria.