When in Melbourne, I cannot go past Pellegrini's Espresso Bar. I have posted about its significance to the history of Melbourne before and to me personally aswell.
When I have travelled to Sydney, the best place thus far to have indulged in some coffee and cake was at Battuta Café Restaurant. The service was very friendly and accomodating. There was a deluge of rain at the time (who said Sydney doesn't have rain? lol) and the staff were very nice to make sure we were comfortable. Of course, I was with Steff and Chantelle, so they were being eyed off by the guys behind the counter, well, they do have great taste (winks).
We all opted to try out an Affogato. I didn't know what it was so we all enquired and all ordered a double shot. Far as I could see, it is vanilla ice cream with espresso lightly poured over it. The ice cream melts and you have lovely rich espresso to enjoy. Accompanied by a slice of cake or some biscotti, it was to die for !!
There are courses run in each major town to learn the way of the Barista, I may partake in this some time. It is not expensive, and you can also take a course in that of Chocoholics aswell, sound tempting anyone? Are you a tea, coffee, or chocolate lover?