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In the heart of Darling Square precinct, Sydney, Edition Roasters emerges as a testament to the seamless integration of two distinct design philosophies: Japanese and Scandinavian. Crafted by the visionary YSG architects, this space transcends the boundaries of cultural aesthetics, creating a harmonious fusion that elevates the coffee experience to an art form.

The first glance at Edition Roasters transports patrons into a world where minimalist elegance and functional warmth coalesce. Drawing inspiration from the Japanese concept of “Wabi-Sabi,” the design reflects an appreciation for imperfection and transience. YSG architects skillfully blend this concept with the clean lines and functional simplicity inherent in Scandinavian design, resulting in a space that is both calming and invigorating.

The entrance, marked by a carefully curated garden, serves as a prelude to the sensory journey within. The Japanese influence is immediately apparent in the sunken seating areas and restrained finishes.  This establishes a serene transition from the bustling city outside to the contemplative ambiance inside.

Photography by Andrew chung

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From the creators of Edition Roasters

Edition Coffee Roasters pays excellent attention to every detail. From their storefront, inspired by an old Japanese farmhouse, to the single-origin/estate green beans that they roast to perfection. Take a journey across the world with their selection of coffee beans from places as far and wide as Brazil, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama.

Specialising in Omni Roasting used to bring out and highlight the unique profile of each bean; their specialty coffee can be brewed using any method. Be sure to pick up a bag of beans to bring home for the cafe experience in your own kitchen. You can buy these beans in-store, or through their website. There’s more than just coffee though with a range of drinks, including speciality teas. Try the Chung Feng jasmine from China and Gyokuro sourced from Japan.

Stepping through the doors, the Scandinavian aesthetic takes center stage. The use of natural materials, such as oak and ash, resonates with the Scandinavian design ethos of bringing the outdoors in. Large windows flood the dark base finishes of the interior with natural light, creating a welcoming environment that complements the organic beauty of the Japanese garden.

The furniture, carefully selected to embody the fusion, showcases a marriage of Japanese craftsmanship and Scandinavian functionality. The chairs and tables, with their clean lines and unadorned surfaces, pay homage to the Scandinavian design principles. Simultaneously, the detailing and joinery reflect the precision and finesse characteristic of Japanese craftsmanship. The result is a collection of furniture that effortlessly bridges the gap between two distinct worlds.

Coffee Bar / Costa Rica Influence

A central element in the space is the coffee bar, where the fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian design becomes most pronounced. The counter, clad in polished concrete, exudes Scandinavian simplicity, while the display of handcrafted Japanese ceramics adds a touch of artisanal warmth. The seamless integration of the two design languages manifests in the careful juxtaposition of textures and colors, creating a visually striking yet harmonious focal point.

The lighting design further accentuates the fusion, with pendant lights inspired by both Japanese and Scandinavian simplicity. Soft hues create an intimate atmosphere, inviting patrons to linger and savor the artistry of their surroundings. The careful balance of light and shadow enhances the sensory experience, fostering a connection to the cultural tapestry woven into the design.

Edition Roasters Architect

Edition Roasters Darling Square is not merely a coffee shop; it is an immersive design experience that transcends cultural boundaries. YSG architects have succeeded in creating a space where charcoal black Japanese and Scandinavian design principles converge, resulting in a harmonious and inviting environment. As patrons sip their coffee, surrounded by the fusion of these two rich design traditions, they become part of a narrative that celebrates the beauty of diversity and the power of design to unite disparate elements into a seamless whole.

Fittingly named Edition Izakaya, the cafe’s nighttime twin ditches coffee for sake and pancakes for yakitori. On the menu, you’ll find classic izakaya dishes like edamame, karaage chicken, kingfish sashimi, and skewered charcoal meats such as chicken thigh and beef. There’s also a handful of desserts that tie in Edition’s cross-continental fusion, from miso chocolate tiramisu to yuzu Basque cheesecake.

The clientele is a mix of university students, tourists, residents in the surrounding apartment blocks, and some two thousand people who work in the nearby Commonwealth Bank offices. The site features dark timber and rustic exposed beams, with room for 60 people.

Flavour Profile / Menu Items

The menu features takeaway bento boxes, and fine dining-inspired mains and desserts. Dine Scandinavian-style open sandwiches with prawns, but with a twist. A pork-katsu burger comes on a house-made milk bun; XO chicken melts in the mouth; and lamb is glazed with miso and roasted for 12 hours. To finish there’s Japanese pancakes, and a matcha, yuzu and vegan-chocolate dessert. Miso dark-chocolate cookies  a take on the classic cinnamon bun  are a favourite. Stick around on Friday nights for natural wine and wine bar-style food such as whipped cod roe, Wagyu tartare and hiramasa kingfish with nori vinaigrette. 

Sydney’s Edition Cafe is open from 8am-4pm daily and Editio Izakaya is open from 5.30-11.00pm every Wednesday-Saturday. 

Menu Focus
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Vegetarian
Vibe and Atmosphere
  • Student Focused
  • Casual
  • Creatives
  • Coworking

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60 Darling Dr, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia

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