Step inside our rabbit hole

A quirky collision of fine food and impeccable coffee


Cuckoo Callay operates on a walk in ONLY policy.
Fur babies are encouraged and catered for at both venues.


“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

And chortling joy shall be found, in the midst of Newtown kitsch. Cuckoo Callay was born of the minds of two mere mortals, with illusions of grand hospitality. A lifetime spent toiling at the whim of spectacular proprietors had left them with a desire to dust off their monocles and inspect the Sydney-side coffee shop and café offerings.

Not content with providing a location for die-hard coffee lovers, nor subsidising Sydney’s impressive café eateries, the Cuckoo kids wanted to bring a café which offered a myriad of perfection in both arenas. Thus, the Coffee Café is born.

A niche is not a niche without a nook in which to cache. And where could this new breed of Coffee Café have to live among a saturated strip of treasured café gems?

The Heritage site of Newtown Station called out, ‘Come to my arms, my beamish boy’ and promised a glorious façade in which to house their dreams. Dreamers dream and wishers wish but travellers know where to go. The bird sets flight from West to East and lands upon a Hill, a Surry Hill in all its glory, setting boundaries alight.

In so slaying the proverbial Jabberwock, we are releasing our dreams to you. So take a step inside our rabbit hole, and embrace old with new. Tantalise your tastebuds, and raise your voice to bray, ‘O frabjous day! Cuckoo! Callay!

Bacon Festival

One small step for man, One Giant leap for pigkind! We are only a small cafe but we are trying to make a pig difference. Here at Cuckoo Callay, we are bringing home the bacon by encouraging Australians to look for the Australian pork logo and support local farmers who raise healthy piggies ethically. All our pork is free range and sourced from award winning BlackForest Smokehouse, Marrickville. Featuring an entire menu dedicated to glorious bacon and specialty bacon merchandise flown in from the US, wonder where to wander for your bacon no more. We hope you'll be as happy as a pig in mud pigging out on our oozing pork-tacular menu. 



Why not let us add a little Cuckoo to your Soiree?

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Our Surry Hills site has a Private Dining Room that can seat up to 10 guests and be booked in advance. To secure the Private Dining Room for a booking, please click here to request a booking form.

If you’re looking for something a little larger, we hire out various spaces across both sites and can accommodate up to 90 guests. Please click here for more info.


Cuckoo Callay operates on a walk in ONLY policy.
For Group bookings, check out our Events section
Fur babies are encouraged and catered for at both venues. 


Surry Hills

413-415 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

P: 02 8399 3679

Mon-Fri: 7am – 4pm  Sat: 8am – 4pm  Sun: 8am – 3pm

Kitchen closes daily at 3pm



BC1 Newtown Train Station, Newtown, NSW 2042

P: 02 9557 7006

Mon-Fri: 6am – 4pm  Sat: 8am – 4pm  Sun: 8am – 3pm

Kitchen closes daily at 3pm

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