Brunch is an institution in Sydney and if you’re going to take part, you’ll want to do it right. Whether it’s classic eggs benedict, muesli topped with seasonal produce, stacks of picture-perfect pancakes or the quintessential cup of coffee, no other city does it like Sydney. If you’re stopping by and want to get a (literal) taste of Sydney’s vibrant cafe and brunch culture, place these establishments at the top of your list.
Three Blue Ducks
Frontrunners in conscious consumption, Three Blue Ducks uses local and ethically farmed products in their dishes for brunch so you can indulge guilt-free. Set close to Bronte beach, you can enjoy a hearty bowl of coconut porridge or a generous serving of avocado, poached eggs and pepita dukkah on toasted sourdough before you head off to the sun and surf.
Paramount Coffee Project
You’ve definitely heard of eggs on toast, but what about crumbed eggs on toast? This industrial-chic cafe in Surry Hills serves up some of the most unforgettable, oozy crumbed eggs and other brunch delights like buttermilk fried chicken on a waffle, and oat, quinoa and linseed porridge. For your caffeine fix, they offer an array of coffee from different roasters.
Swing by Surry Hills and stop at this boutique micro roastery with a passion for coffee that runs deep. The team travels around the world to select, purchase and import coffee beans. They also serve amazing Central and South American inspired brunch offerings like Honduran baleada – pinto beans, corn truffle, smoked cheese, fermented salsa and scrambled eggs in a soft flour tortilla.
With outlets at Bondi beach, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, bills is Sydney icon with a history spanning two decades and a reputation for serving fresh, no-nonsense and absolutely delicious breakfast dishes. Here you can dig into freshly baked goods like brioche rolls filled with chilli fried eggs, rocket and spiced mango chutney, or decadent ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter. One word – legendary.
Bread & Circus
With a focus on wholefoods and organic ingredients, Bread & Circus in Alexandria is the perfect brunch spot for those who keep health and wellbeing front of mind. Its menu has plenty of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options, like rainy day toast doused in organic honey-thyme-cinnamon butter, and breakfast bowls that contain ayurvedic sprouted mung dal and biodynamic yoghurt butter.
Porch & Parlour
Right by famous Bondi Beach, Porch & Parlour is a great place to grab brunch before heading out to catch the perfect wave. The food is fresh, the music is on point and the vibes are always good. Top it off with a kimchi toastie and a side of halloumi and wilted greens, or a sinful smash ‘n’ hash featuring potato rosti, poached eggs and bacon. Ahh, perfect.
A favourite amongst locals in Chippendale, Brickfields is a café and bakery with some of the most heavenly loaves and pastries to take home or enjoy fresh out of the oven. If you aren’t in a rush, stay and indulge in toast with fig and walnut, charred eggplant sandwiches, and braised green beans with dill and feta atop a slice of toasted sourdough.
Boon Café at Jarern Chai
Tucked inside a grocery store in Haymarket, this cosy little cafe has a Thai and Western menu. We would recommend going all out with the Big Boon Breakfast, Boon Café’s spin on the usual Aussie-style Big Breakfast which includes a tasting tray of congee, skewered pork, baked eggs, organic bacon, avocado, mushrooms and sourdough. On colder days, you’ll relish the extra comforting congee (insider tip – try the crab congee with shiitake mushrooms!).
A literal mecca for roasters, brewers and lovers of coffee alike, Mecca Alexandria is a cafe and roastery along Bourke Road. Pair a smooth, full-bodied cup of joe with a side of coffee cured salmon or poached eggs on toast for the ultimate brunch. If you’re around on a Saturday morning, sign yourself up for the coffee tasting session for an ultra-caffeinated experience.
The Boathouse Balmoral
Perched on the waterside, The Boathouse Balmoral overlooks the stunning Balmoral Beach. Gluten-free diners are in luck, with a range of delicious options including the mushroom and poached eggs with potato rosti and salsa verde or the smoked salmon fritters with caviar, crème fraîche, zucchini and poached eggs. End your meal on a sweet note with buttermilk scones.
Koku Culture Cafe
Koku Culture Cafe is one of those brunch spots you just can’t pass up if you find yourself near Ashfield. The cafe’s menu boasts an unbeatable selection of Japanese-inspired dishes such as smashed avocado on thick cut Japanese milk toast, and the fluffy-as-a-cloud brulee matcha souffle pancake.
The Pantry Manly
If you’re heading to the world-famous Manly beach for the day, make sure to drop by The Pantry. Perched on the edge of the beach, you’ll be treated to panoramic seaside views and an amazing breakfast menu including warm buttermilk pancakes with fresh berries and vanilla ice cream, and smashed avocado, ricotta and perfect poached eggs on toast.
Flying Bear Cafe
One of Sydney’s best hidden gems for brunch, the Flying Bear Cafe sits on a wharf in Kirribilli. With a stunning vantage point of the cove, it is a favourite amongst the locals and a well-kept secret. Here you can indulge in hearty brunch items such as beer battered fish and chips, spanner crab linguine and whole roast cauliflower with a spot of tea on the side.