Vicolo Café

Vicolo is a Victorian-jam-factory-turned-Italian restaurant in a quiet spot on Kent Street. Operating out of a classical 1800s warehouse, they serve a distinct blend of coffee from their front shop, while the kitchen and restaurant pump out Italian food and wine for lunch during the working week.


This article was originally written for Sydney Social 101 and has been republished with permission.

Cafe Vicolo shot by Cereal for Lunch

Vicolo has a lush interior design. As the 1800s warehouse is heritage listed, the new owners have had to be creative, taking care to preserve the natural patina. And have they ever – lamps hang over rustic gold tables, a living wall grows across the exposed brickwork, and windows open out onto a quaint cobblestone laneway. It’s a beautiful spot for a mid-day break, which will have you romanticising 19th century jam potting and forgetting about your office dramas down the street.

Cafe Vicolo shot by Cereal for Lunch

We recommend their lunch specials, starting with crispy-skinned barramundi. Next, go for the crispy pancetta carbonara, which – particularly for lactose-intolerant friends – will answer your prayers. It is not only the most richly flavoured spaghetti, but is also made entirely without cream. A true miracle. Accompanying the food is a good selection of wines; for us, the best for summer is a sweet strawberry rosé (the 2014 Fantini Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo). For dessert, have pistachio domes and a good old tiramisu.

Cafe Vicolo shot by Cereal for Lunch

Under the creative direction of Head Chef Levi Randall, Vicolo has recently entered Sydney’s brunch scene, now opening on Saturday mornings with a range of gorgeously presented breakfast foods, including coconut waffles and Spanish omelettes.

Vicolo Café is located at:

346 – 348 Kent St, Sydney
NSW 2000

Phone: +61 2 8084 8475


FIND US ON INSTAGRAM @cereal.for.lunch