I am glad that I no longer have to go to traffic heavy Newtown anymore just to get my cuppa of Campos blend coffees in Sydney. No more vehicle parking hassles - and more space for every one when one sits down at a table for a moment.
I love the business layout concept at 21 Fountain Street, possible an ex-warehouse turned hipster hub and gathering central. At Don Campos here, you could start your weekend morning here and move on to lunch or brunch at its neighbours - all within the same building, what a good idea if it is so windy or rainy outside.
With a transparent counter and barista area, the bonus in this Waterloo joint are the big wide glass windows looking out, not just on to the street but also at the big blue sky that is iconic of Australia - just ask any Londoner or Scandinavian mate. You can even watch the youngsters making dough through an open glass bakery prep room - they look enjoying themselves at their craft, passion and work. There is a rustic, wooden ambiance. Don Campos is not hemmed in by fellow neighbours but has street side as well, that is a plus for a coffee place.
The young lady at the counter took initiative to suggest a blend for my cuppa. She mentioned that if I wanted stronger, to not choose the more acidic Ethiopian option available that day. And so another perfect cup of my pick me up was taken - bold, flavourful and distinguished.
It was after lunch, so no accompanying food. However there are Danishes, muffins, caramel tarts, banana breads, Cronuts and brownies. Mini sausage rolls have two flavour combination options - pork and leek or beef and mushroom.
Croissants are available plain, Brie and caramelised onion, almond, Pain au chocolat, ham and cheese, cheese and tomato or in a Chorizo, Feta cheese and roast capsicum combo.
The Don Campos Cafe in Waterloo is located at Shop G1, 21 Fountain Street, near the corner of McEvoy Road and Fountain Street in Waterloo NSW. The cafe is one of five businesses sharing the same building.
Opening hours are from 630 am to 4pm on every week day and from 830am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Contact + 61 2 9690 0090
Don Campos also operates cafes in the following places in greater Sydney area - Newtown, Dulwich Hill and Barangaroo.
My impressions of the Don Campos Cafe in Waterloo:
Ambiance: 3.5 out of 5