27 November 2017
Sydney is a city that loves its food, and breakfast is no exception. Check out some of the city’s coolest breakfast spots and get your day off to a fantastic start.
Cornersmith Cafe is a standout option in Marrickville’s thriving brunch scene. This small, family-run cafe source their ingredients from small-scale local growers in an effort to promote sustainable and ethical food production. The menu is seasonal and changes regularly, so you’ll need to check the blackboards behind the counter to see what’s on offer.You can usually count on dishes featuring poached eggs, fresh vegetables, whole grains, stewed fruits, and Cornersmith’s famous housemade pickles. Cornersmith also run hands-on workshops where you can learn to make your own pasta, chutney, cheese, pastry, beer and more.
Bill Granger is one of the biggest names in Australian cuisine, and his flagship cafe in Darlinghurst continues to prove why. Since 1993, Bills has gained a loyal following among all kinds of breakfast lovers, with two dishes in particular (the scrambled eggs and the ricotta hotcakes) having gained an almost legendary reputation. With plenty of natural light and no-fuss seating around communal wooden tables, Bills is a must-visit breakfast spot in Sydney.
In Annandale, a 19th-century corner store has been converted to house one of Sydney’s most popular breakfast spots. From 8am until 4pm every day, Revolver serves up a range of flavoursome breakfast dishes. For something sweet, consider ordering some brioche french toast or a bowl of cinnamon porridge with stewed rhubarb. For a savoury experience, try the smoked ocean trout on corn rosti with caper crème fraiche, baby spinach and avocado. Vegetarians can also indulge with a vegetarian big breakfast: baked eggs, smoky eggplant, roast tomato, and roast field mushrooms topped with avocado, beetroot puree and feta on sourdough.
Nestled within a rustic garden and embellished with leafy vines, The Grounds of Alexandria’s on-site cafe is one of Sydney’s most stunning venues. Here, nothing on the menu is ordinary; even a simple “avocado on toast” is enhanced by heirloom tomato, coriander and basil salsa, chilli labneh, tahini yoghurt and fresh lime. For a fresh take on classic comfort food, try the salami and three cheese toastie (which also features a fennel and cherry tomato chutney), or start your day with healthy brekkie bowl, which includes organic black rice, avocado, kale, sprouts, asparagus, maca root, and a poached egg.
Just steps from lively King Street is Brewtown Newtown, an ultra-cool cafe right in the heart of Newtown. The spacious interior is effortlessly stylish with polished concrete floors and exposed brick walls. The menu is no less trendy than what you’d expect from the place that brought the cruffin—a moreish hybrid between a croissant and a muffin—to Sydney. The expansive selection of pastries doesn’t stop there, though, and Brewtown’s famously good coffee makes the perfect addition for a morning treat. They also offer a fantastic bistro-style breakfast menu, so get in early if you want the chance to taste it all.
District Brasserie is a classic French brasserie located within Chifley Tower in the CBD. The in-house bakery makes a very classy breakfast spot and guarantees that all the pastries are as fresh as possible. With a dedicated espresso bar and at least four different kinds of eggs benedict, there’s sure to be something for everyone at the District Brasserie and bakery. Enjoy a classic smoked ham and gruyere toastie, nourish yourself with some granny smith apple and blueberry bircher, or keep things light with a hot-smoked salmon salad.