It’s a truth universally acknowledged that New Yorkers go gaga for their java, but it’s the Australians who’ve got our favorite bean down to a fine art. From lattes to flat whites, cold brews to long blacks, Australian-born coffee shops have popped up to great acclaim all throughout the city. Here’s our Midtown guide to the coffee shops from Down Under.
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Bluestone Lane found its feet in 2013 when Founder & CEO, Nick Stone, started missing the sophistication and vibrancy of Melbourne’s cafe scene. The last five years have seen mass expansion for the coffee powerhouse with stores popping up right throughout the city (and LA, San Fran, Washington…Montauk, too!). All coffee bean sourcing and roasting is executed in their Dumbo roastery and can be purchased in store.
Bluestone Lane: 805 3rd Avenue.
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Toby Smith takes his coffee seriously… so much so he traveled the world to learn as much as he could about the delicious bean. Toby’s Estate Coffee—with a beautifully bright signature store in Williamsburg—is a testament to the founder’s passion in sourcing the best beans and methodology. If Brooklyn is a little too out of the way, you can enjoy Toby’s Estate right in the heart of the city at UrbanSpace Vanderbilt.
Toby’s Estate Coffee at UrbanSpace Vanderbilt: 81 E 45th St.
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Named after the hustle and bustle city center street in Melbourne, Little Collins is a no-nonsense industrial-inspired cafe that places all focus on the customer experience. If you’re a regular, chances are the expertly trained baristas will know your order alongside your favorite sandwich, and if you’re newcomer you’ll be greeted with that infamous welcoming Australian smile.
Little Collins: 667 Lexington Ave.
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Citizens of Chelsea is undeniably one of the city’s most instagrammable places to sit and sip. The cafe is charming and cutesy and offers standout espresso alongside modern Australian brunch favorites. With a late close of 7pm each weekday, we recommend heading to Citizens for their Nitro Coldbrew Martini before checking out the many art galleries in the neighborhood.
Citizens of Chelsea: 401 W 25th St.
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It all started when one of the owners backpacked his way through the east coast of Australia and saw the intensity of the coffee culture firsthand, promising to bring back the passion to his NYC home. St Kilda Coffee offers seasonal single origin coffee for its espressos, filter and cold brew, striving to “bring chill vibes, damn fines brews and raucous music for the masses.” G’day indeed!
St Kilda Coffee: 328 West 44th.