John Smith Cafe

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A Waterloo standout that takes it’s coffee very seriously.

Don’t drive by too quickly or you’ll miss the place altogether. It’s located in a standard, warehouse-style structure on a not particularly enticing run of Botany Road, but don’t let the arid, shade-free surrounds detract you. The lack of trees outside means the room – which is admittedly cosy – is a well-lit affair, especially on blindingly sunny days like the one on which we visit.

The beans are seasonal and supplied from Rebel Roasters, run by co-owner Josh Folden. The brews are as potent as you’d expect with a name like that – but soothing for the local sleep deprived mums and dad’s.

A glass cabined brimming with sweets is located in the room’s dead centre, beckoning you to fold as you approach the till to pay for your meal. If you’ve got a hankering for a cronut, go for it – the classic option is our preference, though they tend to have other flavours for sale, along with more traditional donuts and pretty little cakes that look almost too good to eat.

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0422 855 811


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