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Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Cafes in Sydney

  • Black Star Bakery, Newtown
  • The Boathouse Palm Beach, Sydney


Breakfast and brunch

All-day breakfast is the norm in Sydney cafes, and Sydney locals love to meet for coffee or brunch. Famous for old favourites such maple-cured bacon and classic eggs benedict, Sydney also turns out some seriously inventive fare - from asian inspired dessert-styled breakfast to vegan salad bowls. And Sydney coffee? Some of the best in Australia.

Must Do

Sydney cafes

The Book Kitchen, Surry Hills

Cafe culture is at the heart of Sydney’s fast-paced lifestyle, and Sydneysiders love nothing more than to take a break to catch up over coffee. The specialty coffee scene is buzzing, with gun baristas slinging locally-roasted beans from Cronulla to Palm Beach and everywhere in between. Highlights of Sydney’s coffee creme-de-la-creme include Coffee Alchemy outpost Gumption in the city centre, Surry HillsArtificer, Reuben Hills and Single Origin Roasters, veteran roasters Campos Coffee in Newtown, just to name a few. Over the bridge, try Salvage Specialty Coffee in Artarmon or Barefoot Coffee Traders in Manly.

Cafe culture and offerings in Sydney are very diverse. You'll find cafes that look after every aspect of production, from roasting beans to baking bread to raising chickens, like The Grounds of Alexandria. Other cafés double as sought-after bakeries, such as Sydney institution Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills, where lining up for the morning loaf has become something of a local ritual. Black Star Pastry in Newtown and Rosebery is famous for its strawberry and watermelon cake, or feast your eyes on Adriano Zumbo's avant-garde creations at his patisserie in Balmain.

For waterside dining at its laid back best, it’s hard to beat settling in for the morning at a Sydney cafe by the beach or the harbour. Soak up some of the city's most spectacular views from Fort Denison Cafe and Restaurant, right in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Or or indulge in some homemade scones and jam on the heritage verandah of Burnt Orange, an elegant 1920s cafe and tearoom in Mosman. The award-winning Three Blue Ducks near Bronte Beach is another local favourite, and for stunning views of the harbour, head to the rooftop MCA Cafe for a coffee or a glass of vino.

Street food in Sydney

Eating a tiger pie at Harry's Café de Wheels, Woolloomooloo. Image Pierre Toussaint

Harry's Café de Wheels is a Sydney icon that's been serving tasty pies and peas from a caravan in Woolloomooloo since 1938. A favourite among local late-night revellers, Harry's is now classified by the National Trust of Australia. 

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