The Library Cafe in North Sydney is pumping. Local office workers drop in for a takeaway coffee, and loud funky tunes ensure that there’s nothing ‘library like’ about this place. A few minutes walk from Stanton Library and up the quiet end of Miller Street, the cafe gets its fair share of human traffic. The large scone is literally steaming and tastes fresh, but it’s more fluffy bread roll than scone. It smells sweet and to me, it’s a cheap version of a true scone, but not bad – I’ve had a lot worse. The jam is less than average and there’s not quite enough for the size of the scone. What I don’t understand is why a cafe would serve a jam that a customer wouldn’t even eat at home? The cream is super light and tastes real enough (which is a positive). Avoid the 3pm school finishing time, as the bus stop out the front as well as the cafe is heaving with local school kids.
Tea: A small range of Tea Drop pyramid teabags served in a good-sized pot.
Overall: Buzzy and inviting, the location near the library and park, plus a busy bus stop helps.
Location: 240 Miller St, North Sydney 2060 Ph: 02 9922 5508
Reviewed in November, 2016