“Where can I find a good coffee?” you ask, as you set foot in NYC for the first time. Brace yourself! There are more than 50 Australian cafes and coffee shops in New York City, and our handy AWNY guide shows you where to find your Aussie coffee fix.
Scattered across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and beyond, that perfect flat white or cappuccino is never far away with several cafes offering gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian options. We’ve also included cafes in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and upstate New York as a nod to expats who live and venture outside of The City.
This guide includes baked goods and treats, from Aussie entrepreneurs to enjoy with your coffee. Coffee shops are listed by neighborhood – those with multiple locations are listed first. Jump ahead to your neighborhood of choice:
- Beyond Coffee: Baked Goods & Treats
- Multiple locations: cafes with many locations across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and beyond
- Manhattan – Downtown
- Manhattan – The Village
- Manhattan – Chelsea/Gramercy/Hudson Yards/ Midtown/Murray Hill/NoMad
- Manhattan – Upper East Side
- Manhattan – Upper West Side
- Beyond NYC: New Jersey, Pennsylvania & Upstate New York
If you’re looking for something more substantial, check out the AWNY guide to Australian & NZ restaurants & bars NYC.
And in case you need some literature while you’re enjoying that flat white or latte, read about:
- The Aussie food and coffee revolution sweeping New York
- Why New Yorkers have taken to Aussie-style coffee and breakfast
- Why all eyes are on Kiwi cafes as the next big thing
- The historical context for the firmly entrenched Aussie coffee culture
Beyond Coffee: Baked Goods & Treats
In addition to the Aussies blazing a trail across the coffee shop scene of New York, we’ve unearthed the following Australian entrepreneurs offering coffee companions: baked goods and other tempting treats to enjoy alongside your favorite coffee.
This artisanal bakery based in Hoboken NJ, specializes in bite-sized traditional Australian slice recipes. Read about how CEO and Founder, Andrea Rizvi, was inspired to startup Boomerang Bites by a social mission to give back. Boomerang Bites can be purchased as gift boxes, as catering for your next event, as well as wholesale to coffee shops. You can find them in numerous coffee shops around Northern New Jersey/NYC, including Boundless Plains Espresso and Maggie’s Farm Espresso.
(Online ordering & inquiries for gift boxes, catering and wholesale supplies)
Seed + Mill
Seed + Mill is a woman-owned business, with Aussie Rachel Simons as one of the three founders. Offering artisanal halva, tahini and other sesame treats, including tahini icecream, you’ll find Seed + Mill in Chelsea Market. Why not stop by when you’re on a coffee run in Chelsea. [v][gf]
NYC – Multiple Locations across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, New Jersey and beyond
Bluestone Lane Cafes and Coffee Shops
Offering artisanal coffee and food, including their signature avo-smash, Melbourne influenced Bluestone Lane Cafes and Coffee Shops are located all over NYC, Hoboken…and many other locations in the US. [v][gf]
(multiple locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, NJ and across the USA)
Cafe Grumpy, offering rich espresso, creamy flat whites or a simple full-bodied coffee, has well and truly conquered the NYC coffee shop culture with their Greenpoint cafe a prominent feature in HBO series, Girls.
(multiple locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Miami)
Hole In The Wall Cafe + Coffee Shops
Owned by Aussies, this mini-chain brings “the third wave” of coffee culture to 2 locations, with the FiDi cafe doubling as a cocktail bar after dark. [v][gf]
(Financial District, Midtown)
Trailblazers in bringing the Australian coffee culture to NYC since 2003, Ruby’s Cafe offers espresso with a varied menu of locally sourced produce.
(SoHo, Murray Hill)
Brooklyn-based, small-batch roaster, who believes that “each coffee can tell a story”, serves their roast in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. They even offer classes to teach coffee lovers the science and art of brewing great coffee.
(Williamsburg, Flatiron, West Village, Midtown, Long Island City)
Now with four locations in Manhattan, you’re never far from this Australian-inspired home away from home…and home of the *world famous* cacao waffle avocado smash. Guided by her passion for wellness, Aussie-entrepreneur Ana Ivkosic fuses together great coffee and healthy food.
(4 locations: East Village – 152 2nd Ave, East Village – 60 E 8th St, Grand Central – 45 E 45th St, Murray Hill – 489 3rd Ave)
Manhattan – Downtown
Black Fox Coffee Co
With a combination of Australian DNA and first-hand experience of the Aussie cafe culture, the founders of Black Fox Coffee Co bring the joy and craft of exceptional coffee to NYC.
Boundless Plains Espresso
Melbourne coffee culture comes to FiDi, in this female-owned light and airy cafe along with a selection of light meals (yes this includes avocado toast) and treats. Read the inspiring story of how founder, Jo Black brought her love of food and coffee to NYC.
Fresh food, colorful bowls and premium coffee. Charley St offers healthy meals for busy individuals using sustainable, ethical and locally sourced ingredients. [v][gf]
Good Thanks Cafe
NYC’s newest arrival, offers a fresh new fix of food, coffee and tonics in a light, airy setting. Sounds good, thanks!
(Lower East Side)
Happy Bones NYC
This minimalist coffee shop brings New Zealand’s thriving espresso culture to Manhattan.
Laughing Man Coffee
For ethically sourced coffee, check out Laughing Man Coffee, at 2 stylish locations, both in TriBeCa.
Enjoy espresso al fresco against the backdrop of SoHo’s laid back streets, courtesy of Peddler’s sidewalk stand.
Plus Six One
This espresso bar and eatery, is coming soon. Do you know what it’s named after? Tell us in the comments section below.
There’s cold brew and lattes but let’s be honest: what you’ve really come for are the irresistible, must-see-to-be-believed, “mind-blowing”, “bad***” and “f****** delicious” works of art. You’re in the neighborhood on a coffee run anyway right? Almost too good to eat. Almost.
(Lower East Side)
Community-focussed cafe, inspired by Australia’s modern culinary scene and laidback beach lifestyle…the perfect place to escape from the daily grind. [gf]
Manhattan – The Village
In need of a sanctuary from City life? Stop by for a flat white and brunch (think avocado toast and nutella infused fare) in the heart of Greenwich Village. [v][gf]
Coco & Cru
A taste of Sydney in NYC with an extensive menu of fresh, simple food and a range of coffees.
Merriweather Coffee + Kitchen
In this bright modern space, inspired by Sydney beach cafes, sit back, think of Merewether Beach and savour a cup of coffee, crafted by their talented and passionate baristas.
This homey coffee shop serves Sydney-sourced coffee, and brings “coffee as a way of life” to the East Village.
Southern Cross Coffee
This neighborhood cafe offers Australian-Argentinian coffee culture along with a mix of treats indigenous to both countries, including a selection of gluten-free and vegan. [v][gf]
Three Seat Espresso & Barber
After you’ve enjoyed a coffee and a light meal (yes there’s avocado toast), treat yourself to a haircut, with services available for men, women and children.
Manhattan – Chelsea/Gramercy/Midtown/Murray Hill/NoMad
Bourke St Bakery
This much-loved Sydney chain opened its doors in NoMad in May 2019. There’s a 50-seat bakery and restaurant, open all day serving up signature favorites including sausage rolls, sourdough, tarts alongside some specially crafted New York-centric baked goods – think peanut butter and jam pastries and maple bacon danishes. Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated openings of the year in New York and rightly so. Welcome to New York, Bourke St Bakery.
Citizens of Chelsea and the recently opened Citizens of Gramercy, offer modern Australian brunch paired with Melbourne-style coffee – think fresh, healthy and inspiring food and self-sourced green coffee beans delicately roasted to optimal sweetness. [v][gf]
These new kids on the block opened August 2019 in Manhattan’s newest west side nabe, Hudson Yards. Named after Aussie founder, Eliot Ritchie, a Sydney ‘burb and how Aussies feel about coffee, Clovelly Coffee is set to become a home away from home. [v][gf]
Little Collins Cafe
The bustling energy of Little Collins cafe reflects the spirit of its Melbourne street namesake.
St Kilda Coffee
An Aussie multi-roaster cafe offering seasonal single origin coffee for Espresso, Filter and Cold Brew plus an assortment of pastries from Manhattan bakeries.
Taylor St. Baristas
Having conquered the London scene with their revered coffee chain, Aussie-born Taylor St. Baristas has taken NYC by storm with their cafe restaurant, infusing the influences of all three regions in their menu.
Manhattan – Upper East Side
Hutch + Waldo Coffee
Sydney + Melbourne founders offer spectacular coffee and food for the soul, and are on a mission to be part of the solution to eliminate plastic waste in the world, such as encouraging guests to BYO cup.
(Upper East Side)
Manhattan – Upper West Side
Bluestone Lane Cafe
An almighty cheer from AWNY was (surely) heard all over NYC when Bluestone Lane opened its cafe mid 2018 in the Upper West Side. It’s the first Aussie cafe to set up shop in this nabe. A full-service restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and soon dinner. [v][gf]
(Upper West Side and multiple locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, NJ and across the USA)
Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists
Brooklyn roasted Abbotsford Road Coffee can be enjoyed at their HQ and Cafe. They also offer in-house training for coffee enthusiasts, from novice to professional barista.
A vibrant cafe serving high quality coffee paired with a seasonal menu of brunch and lunch offerings.
Open for breakfast and lunch, serving fine espresso coffee with sweet and savory goodies courtesy of their Michelin starred pastry chef.
Carthage Must Be Destroyed
Half the fun of enjoying coffee at this secret, pink, Australian organic breakfast and brunch cafe is finding it…
A place to chill with coffee and brunch for a spot of people and pup watching…there’s even outdoor seating for guests of the 4-legged variety.
Milk Bar Brooklyn
A cute neighbourhood cafe with 2 handy locations in Brooklyn offering breakfast, brunch and lunch…why not visit both? [v]
(Park Slope, Prospect Heights)
Seven Point Espresso
The magic of Melbourne’s cafe scene finds a home in Brooklyn…and offers the elusive-in-NYC beverage: a Babychino for the kids. [gf]
Sumner Cafe & Wine Bar
Kickstart your mornings with coffee expertly prepared by Sumner Cafe’s experienced baristas. [v]
Part cafe, part design studio with good food, good coffee and good energy.
The Thirsty Koala
To complement all that coffee, The Thirsty Koala’s much-loved Baked Shop in Astoria offers delicious Aussie treats, including lamingtons, caramel slice and Anzac biscuits, with many gluten-free options. You can even order through your favorite food delivery service. [gf]
Small batch roaster, Toby’s Estate, believes that “each coffee can tell a story”. So as the trailblazers bringing Aussie coffee culture to Queens (with HQ in Brooklyn), it’s fitting we include them in our Queens chapter of this guide. Housed within a beautiful turn-of-the-century character building, Toby’s LIC cafe and lush courtyard is sure to inspire a story for all who visit.
(Long Island City, and multiple locations around NYC)
Beyond NYC: New Jersey, Pennsylvania & Upstate New York
Bluestone Lane Cafes and Coffee Shops
So nice we’ve listed them twice – Bluestone Lane bring their artisanal coffee and food to Hoboken as well as Philly and King of Prussia. [v][gf]
(Hoboken, King of Prussia, Philadelphia – City Hall, Philadelphia – Rittenhouse Square)
Maggie’s Farm Espresso
Born and raised in Perth, owner Sam de Burgh collaborated with Dixon Projects to bring his rustic and inviting cafe to downtown JC, with coffee supplied by quality and sustainability pioneers, Counterculture Coffee, and a seasonal menu crafted by Perth-born chef, Paul Salmeri.
Tucker Silk Mill
An Australian cafe nestled in the rustic surrounds of Easton PA on the Delaware River, Tucker Silk Mill was founded by Aussie couple, Melanie Hansche and Jason Hoy, and serves coffee by Brooklyn-based Aussie roasters, Toby’s Estate. Just 90 mins west of Manhattan, it’s the perfect stopover en-route to Crayola Experience, Delaware River Railroad Excursions, the magical Koziar’s Christmas Village – or as a destination in its own right (check their website to find out what Forks resident, Gai, had to say about this). [gf]
Village Coffee and Goods
Sydneysider musicians by way of Brooklyn, Mark Palmer and Anthea White have created an Aussie-coffee culture inspired destination in its own right in upstate Kingston, nestled in the scenic Hudson Valley. As well as offering coffee, breakfast and lunch, there are pantry and home goods plus a meeting space for event hire.
Time For a Coffee Run
Now that you know where to find Australian coffee shops in New York City, let the coffee crawl begin.
Which ones are your favorites? Do you know any new Aussie coffee shops in NYC that aren’t yet in our guide? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add them in.
Our thanks to AWNY members, Tarley Jordan and Angela Tohl, for producing this guide. And finally, our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all Aussie and NZ cafes and coffee shops in NYC – your dedicated and hard-working founders, staff and baristas – for positively shaping the coffee culture with your passion, enthusiasm and knowledge.
[gf] = gluten-free options on the menu
[v] = vegetarian or vegan options on the menu