Review: Riley Street Café & Wine (Sydney, NSW)

222 Riley Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
+61 2 8093 9807

Surry Hills is one of my favourite suburbs in Sydney; I love the abundance of restaurants, cafés and wine bars and I love the buzz it generates as soon as the sun dips beneath the horizon. It also happens to be within easy walking distance from the city, making it one of the most convenient places to get to.

I woke up one morning in Darlinghurst and decided to go for a stroll to Surry Hills for a bite and a coffee before a day of talks and stuff at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. There are a hundred of apparently decent places to have breakfast in the area but somehow, I ended up at Riley Street Café & Wine.

Latte ($3.50 or $3.80, or something like that)
Latte ($3.50 or $3.80, or something like that)

The café made news two years ago when they decided to serve takeaway coffees for $2.50, something that’s totally unheard of. I don’t know if they still do it now though. Either way, I paid my $3.50-or-$3.80 for my latte which is market price – and it was okay; not enough body for my liking.

Egg and bacon roll ($14)
Egg and bacon roll ($14)

Riley’s egg and bacon roll is supposedly what they do best. Here, a gooey sunny-side egg and two slices of bacon were enveloped in a warm seeded roll along with some caramelised onion, rocket and salsa verde. There was also the option to add provolone cheese for $2 which would have been sweet but at the time of ordering, I thought it was too much so I didn’t.


Look, the roll (which was more of a sandwich, really) was not bad. It filled me up and everything but was it worth $14? Probably not. The bread was lovely and nutty but perhaps a bit too hard – and that pretty much ruined it. Everything else was fine though.

Given that there are places to enjoy a nice(r) coffee and breakfast in Surry Hills, I probably wouldn’t go here again. For a $2.50 takeaway coffee if they still had it though? Maybe…

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I eat too much.


  1. Choc Chip Uru
    September 16, 2014

    I am a big fan of Surry Hills, especially because I can go there straight from uni 😛
    Shame this cafe wasn’t up to the usual standard, hard bread can ruin a lot of sandwiches! The filling does look fresh though!

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Jen
    September 22, 2014

    I was just up in Sydney too! Shame about the Riley Hill cafe, though your pictures are quite lovely! I enjoyed Reuben Hills in Surrey Hills….have you been there yet?

    1. libishski
      September 30, 2014

      Yes, I’ve been to Reuben Hills – loved it! Probably one of my favourite cafes in Sydney (not that I’ve been to that many!)


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