Our Story

Jansci (John) Schiffer moved to Sydney from Hungary in 1957. He was surprised that there were no outdoor dining options given the favourable climate. Seeing this opportunity, he imported one of the first Italian espresso machines and set up Twenty One in the then sleepy suburb of Double Bay.

The cafe was an instant success and the business flourished. It became a central meeting point for many of Sydney’s best known characters and families. Jansci is no longer with us but his legacy carries on through his son George and grandson Michael, who bring the same energy and warmth to the establishment.