[Sydney] It is fair enough to say that Instagram has changed dining habits, giving rise to places called “Instagram cafes”.
This is quite obviously one of them.
Celsius Coffee Co. located on Kirribilli Commuter Wharf, is an instagrammable café through and through.
This is a glass-fronted café perched on a ferry wharf, so get a window seat (cross your fingers) and you can enjoy some of the best views of Sydney Harbour whilst taking a break.
But note, you may not always get that window seat. Everyone (okay almost everyone) wants to take that pretend-to-gaze-out-of-the-window shot.
Perhaps go by ferry, its quick and easy and a fun experience – that’s according to my friend. (He drove me there by the way. Limited parking around, have to walk a bit.)
Be prepared to wait though, say anything from 30 minutes to an hour. (In Singapore, we are incredibly used to queuing, I can’t say the same for Australia so you can tell when customers become impatient.)
It is a ferry terminal, so it has a lot of character and is very unique.
The interior is very rustic, as they take advantage of the fresh sea air and incredible views.
There are vintage styled seats and stools, glass panelling to enhance views of Sydney Harbour, pot plants scattered around the café.
Quite a tight space inside though.
The managing partner Steven Chrun believes the café has found success thanks to its Head Chef Jordan Hajek (known for Melbourne’s Top Paddock Cafe).
He transformed the menu and introduced the quality and fresh philosophy where everything is grown and harvested locally.
Vegetables are supplied by Market Fresh by Henry!, Cheese by Australia on a plate, Specialty by Two Providores and bread by Brasserie Bread.
People come here with their families, dates, and dogs, mainly for coffee and breakfasts, and they have a reputation for their Celsius Peanut Butter Waffles (AUD19) – the most instagrammed dish on the menu.
It was very beautiful coming with summer berries, toasted nuts, edible flowers and of course peanut butter cream. It had a crunchy outside and chewy middle, and the pink plate it is served on made it really shine.
I thought that the waffles were slightly on the soggy side, but its prettiness made me superficial and forget about everything else.
If you don’t want waffles, then you can order 7 different types of egg dishes.
They add a modern twist to breakfast favourites.
The Bacon and Egg Roll (AUD14.50) has green apple chutney and finger lime segment; whilst the Eggs Benedict (AUD19.50) has lamb instead of ham, plus Japanese citrus yuzu is added into the homemade hollandaise.
You can also get some super greens (grilled asparagus, lime avocado puree, green pumpkin seeds, sautéed kale and crushed nuts) with your eggs for a super healthy breakfast.
Other types include Chilli-Buttered Eggs called “Billy’s Eggs” (AUD16.50), Eggs by the Whard (AUD17) which are balsamic-glazed eggs and more. Very quirky and interesting.
As for coffee, they use Canberra roaster ONA coffee, who have won many awards including a gold medal at the Golden Bean Roasting Championship in 2017.
Their head barista also won the title of World Barista Champion in 2015. There is two different coffee blends: The Hitman (strong and full bodied with caramel/spice/malt notes) and The Founder (Creamy/black forest blend with notes of chocolate and red fruits).
The view is everything. Put this on your café-hopping list if you need some pretty waffles in your life, and don’t mind a long wait.
Celsius Coffee Co.
Kirribilli Commuter Wharf, 1/2 Holbrook Ave, Kirribilli NSW 2061, Australia
Tel: +61 02 9922 2245
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 2:30pm (Mon – Fri), 8:00am – 3:00pm (Sat – Sun)
Google Maps – Celsius Coffee Co.
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