Mecca Espresso, 239a King St, Newtown. Where for so many years "The old fish cafe" had been pouring coffees, with its signature cords of garlic hanging from the ceiling, a new cafe has emerged. The boys from Shenkin (a little down the road in Erskineville) have created a new venue where the emphasis is not on Israeli food, but on coffee, and exceptional pastries.
If you're trying to watch what you eat, this place is not for you - free samples of a few of the pastries await you right next to the cash register, and a single taste will have you keen to purchase something.
Coffee is really good: it's all ground to order, lovingly made, and ready fairly quickly. A strong contender for the best coffee in Newtown, and certainly the pick of the cafes in the immediate area.