Industry Beans York Street
Shop 2/40 York Street Sydney, NSW 2000
On Wednesday, I decided to visit Industry Beans on York Street as I quickly tried to find a cafe I could sit in as it began to rain a little heavier. After finding a cafe that sold only coffee and only had outdoor seating (ugh), I was still on my quest to find a cafe to sit in until across the road, a beautiful limestone brick building flashed majestically in front of my eyes. It was filled with people so without hesitation, I crossed the road and entered Industry Beans.
Enjoy my review!
I loved this. The cafe was very busy (that’s when you know you’ve gone to a good cafe) but very calm. I heavily enjoyed the large open spaces and the massive windows .
The background music was fantastic. I wanted to walk up and pay but Sunshine by Tom Misch started playing and I had to sit back down. I haven’t heard that song in ages so it was so good to rediscover an old favourite (I think that was the first Tom Misch song I ever heard).
If you haven’t listened- Sunshine is the PERFECT early morning song before work to get into the mood vibes.
The atmosphere was really pleasant which also makes it a great working space. Doing light work such as checking emails with a coffee or light meal for half an hour to an hour in a cafe is perfect. I really believe that ambience from a bustling coffee shops really enhances your creativity and mood.
When I walked in, it was like I entered minimalist heaven and the decor felt so modern and futuristic compared to the current coffee scene. To be honest, I actually felt like I was in Melbourne for a second (there is a Melbourne location of Industry Beans in Fitzroy).
The coffee counter bench top was so sleek (see picture- much love) and the seats were really comfortable. I loved the abundance of plants used to decorate this large space.
You know when you go to a cafe you haven’t heard of and you look at the menu are you’re like- fuck this is actually too expensive but it’s really awkward because I’ve already sat down? THIS
However, there are cheaper items on the menu. The breakfast roll is $14 and the eggs and relish and golden granola are both $13. However, the rest of the brunch menu was around the $20-25 mark. Whilst this is expensive, this is nothing unusual from what you see at good brunch places in Sydney/Melbourne.
whipped ricotta, sunshine lime gel, beetroot dust, green tea sea salt and sourdough with poached egg (of course for an extra $3.50)AvocadO Smash
In hindsight I should have also gotten a coffee as this is what this cafe is known for. There are coffee bags on display all over the wall and the takeaway coffee business was BOOMING honey.
But being the broke millennial I am, I wanted to save my coffee money because of my expensive brunch. I did notice that the coffee here was MUCH more expensive on average. A regular espresso is $4.50. This is way above the average $3.50 I see so heads up but I am sure the coffee is out of this world given the largely positive reception.
But the avocado smash- DELICIOUS. I really liked the combination of flavours and I especially loved the green tea powder. I thought it was really interesting but it worked. Also can we just appreciate how generous the serving of the avocado is. Avocado, poached egg on sourdough is a CLASSIC. You can not go wrong with this.
The avocado smash from Industry Beans was a really innovative, creative and modern approach to the classic avocado, poached egg on sourdough and it worked. It also is really on brand with their minimalist, modern aesthetic. Also, whilst I was in the cafe for just under an hour, multiple people also chose this item so it is a really popular dish.
Where to Find It:
2 mins from Town Hall Station
5 mins from Wynyard Station