The Fine Food Store Coffee Bar, Darlinghurst

Information verified correct on October 27th, 2016

The Fine Food Store in The Rocks now has a cute little sister shop. Say hello to The Fine Food Store Coffee Bar.

If you’ve found yourself wandering down Oxford Street wondering what the heck happened to Christopher’s Florist, we’re afraid it’s no more. As of late-March 2014 it’s now home to the The Fine Food Store Coffee Bar, your new little coffee place en route to work.

The locals have already picked up on it and are hitting it hard in the early morning. It opens at 6am for you early risers, which isn’t too hard on Richard Randell (who co-owns the outfit with Executive Chef Detlef Haupt), as he lives just down the road.

Like their sister shop in The Rocks, The Fine Food Store Coffee Bar (ff for short) serves ST Ali Sensory Lab coffee and sells a selection of homemade preserves. Unlike its sister shop, it’s a quaint affair, with a warm homely atmosphere. The walls are painted a sweet, washed-down lime, pot plants dangle from the high ceiling and by the doorway there’s a ripped section of cardboard with cartoon etchings of the team – so you’ll know who’s serving your cup of java today.

You’ll find your coffee options written in a similar manner, on torn pieces of cardboard stuck to their respective grinder. Typically there’s one single origin, one house brew and one cold drip – which rotate weekly to fortnightly depending. On these cards they’ll even suggest how they should be taken (with milk, as an espresso etc.) because that’s the kind of people they are: coffee fiends.

Correction: coffee fiends who like to experiment.

Behind the scenes, they tell me they’re secretly testing the waters on how they can change up the cold drip they’ve got running. You know, for kicks. We can’t tell you what they’re doing exactly, but if you’re a regular or are really nice to the boys behind the bar, they may let you in on their plan and even give you a sample.

Less secretly, they’re intending to open up the main window by the bar so all you’ll need to do is stick your arm out for your caffeine vein injection to grab your takeaway coffee on your way to work. They’ve also just refined their food menu. For those of you who’ve come and gone and fallen in love with the popular blueberry bircher muesli, don’t panic. That, along with the pastries and some of the ‘toastys’ are staying on, but otherwise breakfast and lunch is getting a full rework.

Does that mean the menu at their other branch is getting a rework too? Not exactly. “We’re going to renovate Fine Foods in The Rocks,” says Richard. It’s been there around ten years, so this makeover is long overdue. “It’ll have a similar feel to this store, same colour scheme. We’re also working on a liquor license so we can open in the evenings for dinner.”

The intention behind this is to bring a nice, relaxed and affordable oasis to an otherwise touristy and expensive area. “We’re thinking lots of tapas, share plates,” says Richard.

Construction will be underway as soon as council permission is granted. When it does, loyal caffeine addicts, know this: you’ll still be able to get your ff fix here on Oxford St.

Thoughtful, aren’t they?

Feel like coffee at The Fine Food Cafe and Bar?

Where: 3/113-115 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Opening Hours: Weekdays 6am-7pm, Weekends 8am-4pm

Find them on Facebook: The Fine Food Store Coffee Bar

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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