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Sappho Cafe

An acknowledged Coffee specialist, Sappho Café has a healthy contingent of committed regulars and our highly trained baristas create one of Sydney’s finest drops using a blend custom roasted for us by Tobys Estate Coffee.


We only use  certified free range ham, chicken and eggs.
There are a lot of options for Vegetarians and Vegans and a number of gluten free options are also available.

We offer a delicious and unique range of sweet and savoury foods and serve T2 loose-leaf tea.

Contact us: shop@sapphobooks.com.au Phone: 02 9552 4498

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Read our Reviews:

Great review by Bridie Connell, 29/12/11

"It's not that easy to find a relaxing spot in busy Glebe Point Road, but Sappho Books, Café and Wine Bar is something of an oasis, a refuge from the traffic and bustle outside.

In the Glebe hotspot of markets, cafes and shopping centre, Sappho holds its own with a laid back charm and appealing vibe. Walk through the doors and immediately the smell of old books and fresh coffee soothe the senses and make you feel at home.

One of Sydney's best loved second hand bookshops, Sappho boasts an extensive range of titles across all genres. Music lovers can head upstairs to De Cappo, where two rooms full of sheet music treats at exceptional prices promise to delight. The love of all things literary and musical is furthered with monthly music nights and poetry readings, attracting an eclectic but appreciative audience....


Read the complete review here.


Menu Log
Your Restaurants
Sydney Morning Herald
World Guide
Lonely Planet
Mietta's
Crema
Sydney Cafe Review
Secret Sydney
REMO
Barry Humphries
Sappho regular
Not Quite Nigella
Rayv
Where Is My Coffee?
New Zealand Herald

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Eatabilty

Food 9 Ambience 8 Service 8 Value 10
Just had a divine falafel roll (new on the menu, made to order, fresh mint, house-made baba ganoush and hummus) and the usual perfect coffee. The bookstore and pleasant staff provide the ambience. I always feel all is right with the world when I get my order at this place. Unfortunately, you are allowed to read the books at the table and that means that with my elevated sense of well-being, I buy yet another book.

Mar 24, 2011
 

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Walk between the tall shelves of pre-loved books at Sappho Books - dawdle past the travel section, take a quick squiz at the historical accounts, and perhaps even a peek at the trashy romance novels before wondering through to the Sappho Café and Tapas Bar. This hidden café harbours bookworms and Glebe coffee aficionados who are unable to leave its cool clutches, enchanted by its community spirit. Perhaps grab a story on your way out to the courtyard - the space verdant with towering ferns beneath which umbrellas overshadow mix-and-match tables. Graffitied walls narrate a previous chapter of the building’s life as a youth centre and frame the garden in multicolour.

With a crowd as eclectic as the stories inside, this café is brimming with personality. A few students sit by their laptops drinking large coffees, a woman with her head in a dog-eared book breaks her reading briefly for a quick sip of wine, and a few creatives brainstorm ideas as they spread pita slices with hummus, baba ghanoush and beetroot dips. Sappho Books, Café and Tapas Bar is a quaint corner that soon becomes everyone’s favourite hideout.

Menu Log

Overall 8 - Food 5, Ambience 10, Value 10, Service 7

The cafe has an unparalleled ambience, from its gentle merging of the shelves of books with its cafe tables to the graffiti art that has been retained in the charming garden. Throw in what might be the best coffee in Glebe and Sunday morning Jazz, Sappho is my number one choice for weekend hangouts - and I'm not certainly not alone in thinking so. The cafe is frequented by students, writers and poets, musicians and trendy people from the area, all of whom are committed regulars! (Steven HK Ma - April, 2009)
 

Plus Overall 9 - Food 9, Ambience 9, Value 9, Service 9 from 10 ratings

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Your Restaurants

With a funky courtyard out the back, Sappho Books and Cafe is often full of eager students from nearby Sydney University. While these students indulge in political philosophy, others who visit this cafe are content with a cup of perfectly extracted Toby's Espresso and a meal from the menu, which may include savvy salads and succulent sandwiches. 
 

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sappho Books and Cafe offers one of the best coffees along Glebe Point Road, served by mostly student waiters and using the Broadway Blend of Toby's Estate beans. Huddles of students argue international politics under the flowering jasmine and banana trees in the graffitied courtyard. The premises used to be a youth centre and the legacy of community and creative encouragement remains. Poetry performances take place once a month and music students play jazz in the courtyard most Sundays.
 

Sydney Morning Heralid - Good Living 07/07/09

 

 

 

 

Lonely Planet Blue List

Hidden away in the back of a sprawling bookshop, Sappho is a wonderfully bohemian garden cafe where the walls are scrawled with generations of graffiti. The coffee's excellent, the staff adorable and the food a healthy selection of salads, panini and light breakfast options.

Lonely Planet: Sydney City Guide 2008

 

 

 

 

WorldGuide Australia

Sappho café is hidden behind shelves crammed with books. These are saturated with big thoughts and the smell of coffee.The latter tickles my nostrils. Cappuccino is a chessboard, a grid of white foam and black chocolate powder, slowly slurped outside

WorldGuide: Australia

 

Mietta's Review

Glebe Books, long an icon in the area, has been joined by Sappho books and together they dispense knowledge and assurance to the readers of Sydney's inner west. However, as well as books Sappho has secreted a lovely cafe behind the shelves at the back. It's an oasis of semi-tropical greenery that pushes out from the open glass doors of the building to descend gracefully through several levels of terrace. A wonderful place in which to feed the body and the soul away from the tension of urban life.

 

 

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Crema

Coffee: 5 , Food: 4 , Ambience:4.5

1. Apparently under our nose in Glebe all along. Amazing coffee. I dont know what it is due to, but a taste that no other coffee i have tasted has. Truely intriguing. Food. Menu is a bit limited but there is a new menu on the horizon, none the less their coffee and that back garden, sublime.


2. Consistently good. Great strength coffee, with good crema .


3. brilliant atmosphere, superb coffee and delicious cakes.  outside courtyard which feels like sitting in a timeless space, surrounded by a variety of plants.  Very friendly and caring staff.
 

[3 respondents - results averaged]

 

 

 

 

Sydney Cafe Review

Overall ********** :: Food 10, Ambience 10, Service 10, Value 10

Highly Recommended

I loved it. The staff are so friendly and the coffee is impeccable.

Overall ********:: Food 8, Ambience 9, Service 8, Value 8

Highly Recommended

Entering a bookshop before you've had your coffee seems like some kind of reverse universe where food comes out of your mouth fully formed and shattered pieces of glass fly off the floor to recompose themselves into champagne flutes.

Never fear! You can soon set this inversion right at Sappho Books. I might never have set foot in this bookshop if it hadn't been from a tipoff from a friend who discovered it by mistake. Behind the book shop itself, more or less in what could be an extension and a townhouse backyard, is a tiny little café, complete with detached bathroom!

Iced coffees with plenty of icecream, frappes crunchy with berry bits and ingeniously sprinkled with shaved chocolate, books within arms reach - not to mention the personal efforts of the staff - combine to make this little hideaway a very special place for long talks or quiet reflection.

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Secret Sydney - March 2006

Beware the man of one book....

March 31st 2006 03:07

... or "cave ab homine unius libri"... (Cicero)

sappho cafe

Entering a bookshop before you’ve had your coffee seems like some kind of reverse universe where food comes out of your mouth fully formed and shattered pieces of glass fly off the floor to recompose themselves into champagne flutes.

Never fear! You can soon set this inversion right at Sappho Books. I might never have set foot in this bookshop if it hadn’t been from a tipoff from a friend who discovered it by mistake. Behind the book shop itself, more or less in what could be an extension and a townhouse backyard, is a tiny little café, complete with detached bathroom!

Iced coffees with plenty of icecream, frappes crunchy with berry bits and ingeniously sprinkled with shaved chocolate, books within arms reach – not to mention the personal efforts of the staff – combine to make this little hideaway a very special place for long talks or quiet reflection.

Umbrellas and pergola shelter you from the elements if you want to sit outside, but there is also a simple rustic/ethnic bench seat/cushion arrangement going on in the back room; an assortment of chairs and tables mean you can always find a spot you like the look of.

By all means make it your own – though I get the feeling some of the instalments in the backyard claimed their patch when the café first opened, so try to avoid Regular Rage – but there’s no pressure to buy books or leave when you’re done. No kids, this is not your average Chinese restaurant.

Best of all, its not quite Newtown, not quite the CBD, not quite Redfern, but it’s still on your route to Broadway shops or Sydney Uni or Leichardt or Parramatta from the city. There’s a peculiarly Glebe boho sensibility here that reflects the gradual gentrification of the area: it’s low-key, unimposing comfort meets staff who smile with gourmet options.

And although this is not a toilet blog (though I think we could all use a bit of direction/warning there), I appreciate a café that keeps their bathrooms clean enough to cook in – provided they don’t actually. Better than all the sharehouse facilities I’ve been forced to endure – and plenty of posters to entertain you while you’re there! That hiatus between caffeine hits can really make or break a café experience.

You won’t get accosted by crazies, ranted at by revolutionaries, or sneered at by snobs, and it’s totally possible to go there without getting the least bit edumacated.

To drink is human, to drink coffee, divine!

 

 

Remo

Nominated by: David Glover
Darlington, Australia | CustOMER Since 1988 |
Fri 29 Jun 2007 | 12:09 PM SYD EST

Nominating Comment:

If you like books, and you like coffee...

Sappho is one of those wonderful bookshops you can spend hours in, exploring all the byways of your interests (and discovering a few more). Because they're nearly all secondhand, you can even leave with a pile without increasing your mortgage.

Upstairs is Da Capo Music, a specialist music bookshop with one of the world's best ranges of antiquarian and secondhand music books, scores and odds and ends.

Sappho also has an excellent café. And this is not one of those tacked-on afterthought cafés. The café at Sappho makes great coffee. The range of food is limited by the tiny kitchen, but it's all carefully and thoughtfully done.

Recommended any time of the day. Though maybe not when the weather's inclement - most of the seating is out the back in the courtyard (worth visiting for its incredible graffiti murals). Get their early on fine weekend mornings to beat the almost-all-day-breakfast rush.

Finally, if you want new books, Glebe landmark Gleebooks is right next door.

 

 

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Barry Humphries

DAME EDNA’S MANAGER GIVES SAPPHO THE THUMBS UP!

We were all much chuffed and delighted to read in the local Sydney papers that the manager of Australian Housewife Icon Dame Edna Everage, Barry Humphries, recently insisted that we be on any visitor to Sydney’s  “Must Do” list. Thanks Bazza! We love you too…

 

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A Sappho Cafe Regular has their say...


The coffee is invariably excellent, the staff smiling and friendly, to the point of helping with the SMH crossword, the ambience deserving 3, and at least one of the two points reserved for extra magic - if cafes were to be scored as restaurants.

It is informal, one walks through shelves of second hand books and can eat and drink at small tables, or even on a window seat amongst the books, or in the garden courtyard beyond, which is on three levels. There is a crossword dictionary and a Chambers dictionary for use by patrons, in addition to board games and the daily newspapers.

The weekend bbq breakfast is delicious, as is, generally, the lunch time soup, which is a favourite of mine. Various other lunch choices are available, as well as snacks, such as coffee and toasted banana bread.

One day, as I was leaving the cafe, it started to pour, and I commented to the owner/manager that I hadn't brought an umbrella - she lent me one, saying that umbrellas were always available! That's only happened to me one other time recently, and that was leaving a bar in Pau.

01/09/07 Margaret Sheppard.

 

 

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Not Quite Nigella - April 13, 2008 - 8:00 am
 

Sappho Books Courtyard Cafe

 

The idea of a book shop and cafe appeals to me enormously. I love the idea of reading while waiting for food to arrive. Not that I have anything against conversation - a book can often be something to start a conversation. The thing about reading a newspaper while waiting for your brunch is that I cannot stand the newsprint on my hands. Yes, it’s another sign of my OCD but I just cannot abide getting my fingers blackened. That’s why I read all of my news on the internet. Awful I know.

So when we walked past Sappho books and saw their picture of a leafy courtyard cafe out back we thought we’d stop here for brunch. We walked in through the shop, past the bookshop into the cafe section and order and pay at the counter. As I am not very hungry we order a grilled chicken panini and an apple and cinnamon bread with ricotta to share. We take our number out to the deceptively large courtyard. There are plenty of seats, the most prized one among the science fiction books looking out towards the leafy courtyard but unfortunately that table is taken so we walk to the back and take a seat where there are many plants but no books.

After watching many episodes of Kitchen Nightmares and The Chopping Block we were just the other week discussing that we’ve been relatively lucky in never having to wait very long for our meals.
 

 

Sappho Books Courtyard Cafe

 

Chicken Ciabatta $9

The panini is delicious with chicken breast, sun dried tomatoes, olives (scant), lemon mayo, rocket and cheese with the panini soft and chewy on the inside and toasted on the outside. Its thick in filling which I like although I confess that when I finished my half, I didn’t think I could eat a whole one as it gets a touch dry.

Apple and Cinnamon bread $4

The apple and cinnamon bread with a side of cinnamon dusted ricotta and lemon is beckoning me with its enticing cinnamon aroma. Its thick and studded with apple pieces and cinnamon and although the ricotta at first seems not sweet enough, after a few bites it’s definitely the one to order again or at least try to make at home.

 

 

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RAYV - The Best Sydney Businesses Reviewed

Coffee & Books! 11/03/2008

A really lovely little cafe that is tucked behind this bookshop. It is really easily missed so make sure you have a good look for it! It has a great atmosphere with the combination of the books and coffee. They also have a nice selection of simple food, and if your not a coffee fan make sure to try one of their great frappes! Fantastic service. The perfect relaxed hideout!

 

 

Where Is My Coffee?

2007-11-14 19:28:32

helly (Guest)

My absolute favourite coffee spot in sydney. I visit whenever im in town. Lovely cup and no soy prejudice. Thank you xox

 

 

 

New Zealand Herald

Sydney: Won't you take me to Funky Town?

5:00AM Tuesday June 10, 2008
By Victoria Bartle

SAPPHO BOOKS AND CAFE

Glebe boasts this brilliant second-hand bookstore - more than 30,000 titles - in which I browsed and lunched for over an hour.

Housed in an old 1880s building, tables are tucked behind the bookshelves to take the extra customers when the semi-outdoor cafe gets too full.

There's outside seating on the main street, too. Upstairs is an equally fascinating collection of second-hand and antiquarian music books at Da Capo Music.

 

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