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Dymocks Cafe

#654 of 5,050 Places to Eat in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central Business District
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Mezzanine Level | 428 George St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 9233 7260
09:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Tue 09:00 - 17:00
Wed 09:00 - 17:45
Thu 09:00 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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83 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

The perfect cafe to enjoy great food sitting in quiet booths to catch up with friends over coffee or a meal. The menu is vast with a either snacks or more substantial meals with excellent service. Booths sit 4 comfortably and there are also corner areas for larger groups. Like the service of old with atmosphere to match.

Thank SydneyJedda
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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345 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

We find the bookstore ambience very appealing and we were pleased to get seats on a busy Sunday. The cafe seems to have expanded since our last visit. Service can be unpredictable but we were well looked after and did not wait long for our toasted sandwiches. It's nice to be able to get simple choices like these. The coffee... More 

Thank Bartonbears
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

My friends and I would often visit this cafe as we all worked on a cruise ship and found it quite nice for free wifi. The location is beautiful-- above a beautiful book store and set out nicely so you can people watch while eating. It's right in the heart of downtown Sydney so it's a great spot to go... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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141 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

I ordered the pulled beef on potato for $19 and it was terrible! Definitely not pulled beef - instead it was basically a few chunks of cork on a few cubes of boiled potato. I didn't eat it, it was that bad. Waitresses passed our table plenty times and must have noticed that my plate was pushed to the side... More 

Thank Aussie_Travel_Writer
Brisbane Region, Australia
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715 reviews
504 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Fantastic cafe right in the middle of the most incredible and largest bookstore that I have ever experienced. Nice to be able to check out a few books while relaxing for a coffee

Thank Farkorff
Singapore, Singapore
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531 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

We were here as part of our walkabout in the city and it was very crowded as it was just 2 days leading up to Christmas and many people were doing their final shopping. We were book lovers and liked the place as it has a cosy, bright and nice ambience, with a wide collection of books covering over 3... More 

Thank ZfyEd
Sydney, Australia
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142 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

I seem to be in the minority that finds their coffee to be less than palatable. But, I like the atmosphere and the service is good. Sadly my favourite Caesar Salad has been replaced by something similar but smaller in portion size (same price) and not as tasty. I'm a great believer in that old adage "if it aint broke... More 

Thank Rosli
Sydney, Australia
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138 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

What a gem of a place ... quiet and comfortable ... just right for a business development meeting. The service was perfect and unintrusive and the coffee was good too. I will be back ... thanks to my prospect's introduction!

Thank John G
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Nothing better after a long day of Xmas shopping than to take a well earned break at the Dymocks cafe before checking out. The menu has a diverse selection from all day breakfast to main meals. Staff are friendly and the coffee is good quality. Highly recommended for that undecided moments of which book to buy, why not grab a... More 

Thank Mario C
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

We visit Dymocks Cafe every time we visit Sydney and love the exceptional service, coffee and food. The food is consistently excellent and we love the mochas. We always receive a warm friendly smile from the staff. Highly recommended cafe ... and we never leave the building without buying books either.

Thank PeteMelbourne

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:45
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mezzanine Level | 428 George St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9233 7260

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
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