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Cafés in Sydney


Breakfast and brunch

Sydney’s café culture just got stronger with a handful of top restaurants joining the trend. Efendy’s Sunday menu comprises more than 30 types of Turkish breakfast delicacies. Yellow’s innovative weekend brunch offers include lightly salted sweet-savoury liquorice bread. Weekday mornings at Alpha feature ouzo-cured ocean trout on bagels.

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Sydney cafés

Wah Wah Lounge on Danks St, Waterloo

Sydneysiders love to relax and meet at their favourite cafés. What better way to relax than with a cup of coffee, watching the world go by? You'll find cafés that are holistic coffee temples, such as The Grounds of Alexandria and Reuben Hills in Surry Hills. Other cafés double as sought-after bakeries, such as Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills, BlackStar Pastry in Newtown, or  Adriano Zumbo's patisserie in Balmain.  Bills Darlinghurst is a Sydney brunch stalwart.

There are mouth-watering cafés by the harbour, by the beach and even near outdoor swimming pools. One of the best spots to mix and mingle is right by 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 satisfy your chocolate craving and sit with a view of the harbour at Guylian Café in Circular Quay.  

North of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the harbourside atmosphere at Ripples at Chowder Bay or indulge in some homemade scones and jam on the heritage verandah of Burnt Orange, an elegant 1920s cafe in Mosman. If you're serious about your espresso, pop over to Barefoot Coffee Traders in Manly, or continue along the peninsula to Clareville Kiosk, an airy cottage cafe located on a wharf overlooking Pittwater.

Cafés in the eastern suburbs offer plenty of choice – popular favourites include the award-winning Three Blue Ducks near Bronte Beach, and fish and chips at Nielsen Park's kiosk. In the inner west, discover the talented baristas at Campos Coffee in Newtown, or Double Roasters and Coffee Alchemy in Marrickville.

Street food in Sydney

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. 

Eating a tiger pie at Harry's Café de Wheels, Woolloomooloo. Image Pierre Toussaint
Café on Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour. Image Hamilton Lund

Museum cafés

Grab a bit of culture with your coffee at one of Sydney's museum cafés. The Museum of Sydney (MoS) Cafe is perfect for long, lazy breakfasts in the sunny forecourt. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Cafe offers uninterrupted views of the Sydney Opera House from the Sculpture Terrace.

Bondi beach. Image James Pipino

Best of Bondi cafés

Work up an appetite in the surf, on a run along the beachfront promenade, or by following the clifftop walk from Bondi to Coogee. Then linger over a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch at one of the many cafés near Bondi Beach, such as Lox Stock & Barrel and Bondi Picnic

Fish and Chips at Bondi Beach, Image Pierre Toussaint

Cafés by the beach

Sydney's beaches have as many great cafés as they do great waves, and dining by the sparkling ocean is a treat anytime of the year. Popular cafés include The Crabbe Hole at Bondi Beach, Grind Espresso in Cronulla, the Pilu at Freshwater kiosk, and the Bavarian Bier Café Manly Wharf.