Proteini Cafe, Darlinghurst, Sydney


Crown street is known for its vibrant cafes, retro shopfronts and street culture. It has everything from high end restaurants, hole in the wall takeaways, pubs and juice bars.

But it’s the Darlinghurst end of Crown that is starting to draw attention, and this is where you will find new hot spot Proteini.



The first thing I noticed about this place was the wall mural. Not because the food isn’t as nearly exciting, but because the slogan ‘love your guts’ really resonated with me. Surrounding the graffiti style wall art were words such as ‘paleo’, ‘organic’ and ‘sugar, dairy and gluten free’ so I knew I was in my element.

They say that good health starts in the gut, and I think this is absolutely true and an ethos that Proteini lives and breathes everyday. The food is colourful, beautiful and in my view, the epitome of perfect balance.

Opening it’s doors just a few weeks ago, Proteini has already earned its street crowd amongst the paleo community as well as vegan, vegetarian and wholefood camps. This marriage of good, healthy food and a menu that is designed to suit different eating preferences is refreshing. It just goes to show that food and diet really is a personal choice, and what is common amongst those who care about their health is having a connection with their food and a passion for their chosen lifestyle.

At Proteini it is our mission to combat the hungry, rumbling of the guts caused by busy schedules, sleep ins and long meetings. Our bold, delicious café is your one stop shop for a quick, HEALTHY, hunger fix

Each day the offering varies depending on what owner Megan Cordingley and her team have dreamed up. It’s not an extensive list – for instance there are only a couple of choices for breakfast or lunch – but it’s what’s on the plate that counts. Forget poached eggs with maybe two sides, a ‘Caveman’s Bowl’ is full to the brim with a large variety of things from proteins, raw salads, roasted vegetables, relishes and freshly made dressings with spices such as turmeric.



If you want something simple, that’s ok too and you might prefer the breakfast bruschetta with tomato, avocado, basil and sea salt.

The cafe stocks bread from The Protein Bread Co, which was actually first created just around the corner at nearby Wholemeal Cafe. The bread comes with most paleo plates and is suitable for paleo eaters being gluten and grain free (although it does contain a pea protein).

There are things you can grab and go, such as chia wellness pots and a range of delicious treates made each day. You can also design your own plate to eat in or take away – just pick a salad and add a protein or carb.


IMG_3112Proteini Cafe was founded by Megan Cordingley, a passionate foodie and someone who absolutely lives for creating healthy, nutritious and homemade food.

The cafe is open from 7am to 3pm Tuesday to Sunday, serving breakfast, lunch and everything in between. For more about Proteini visit their website or connect with them on facebook.

Address: 1/256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst Sydney

Feature image credit: Cord & Berg

Proteini branding by Cord & Berg

Alison Sims

Passionate about real food and healthy living, Alison Sims is the founder and author of Paleo Foodies. She is on a mission to discover the best paleo dining in Australia and all around the world. What started as a part time blog in 2013 has lead to a full time career for Alison, who previously spent a decade in Advertising and Marketing. She is now a regular contributor to health and lifestyle publications, a public speaker in food and health, and co-publisher of Paleo Foodies Magazine.

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