8 February 2016
When you roll out of bed after a hard week’s work, sometimes the hardest question you can think to answer is “where should I get brekkie today?”
Making your decisions harder is the sheer volume of breakfast options in New South Wales. And Sydney, perhaps more than any other, is a breakfast city; we treat the most important meal of the day like it’s the most important meal of the day.
To make your breakfast decision a little easier, here’s a list of some of the city’s top breakfast spots:
Named after the ubiquitous marketplace found in Israeli towns, this North Bondi bakery, café and deli brings everything you’d expect from a bustling Middle Eastern market into a bright airy space on the other side of the world. It’s vibrant, full of interesting characters, and the food is exotic, fresh and delicious.
After a morning dip in the ocean, head over for the shakshuka, a classic Israeli dish of tomato, capsicum, onions and eggs all baked in a dish and served with a side of house baked sourdough. They do a green version too, with spinach, feta and caramelised onions, which somehow manages to improve on a classic.
Mere moments from beautiful Bronte Beach is a café and bistro that truly embraces the New South Wales coastal lifestyle, placing an emphasis on unpretentious service and fresh, locally sourced, sustainable produce. They grow many of the ingredients themselves.
The three chef owners are serious about their dishes, having come from one of the finest restaurants Australia, and the world, has ever seen, Tetsuya’s. With that sort of pedigree, it’s no wonder they make a mean bircher muesli. They’ve opened up a second café in Byron Bay, if you’re in the area and looking for a spot to grab an early bite.
Walk up to Crown Street from Central Station to one of Surry Hills’ most popular cafes, it’s windows filled with a blur of friendly faces and tattooed arms.
The menu doesn’t change much, because nobody wants it to, with excellent coffee and delicious cooked breakfast staples. We recommend the creamed corn, the baked eggs or hang out for the weekend pancake special.
In Sydney’s Inner West sits this gem of a café. The name harks back to an Australian era when the heart of a suburb was the milk bar, the neighbourhood general store. It’s a theme that continues with everything this cute little café offers, from their design, to their offerings and to their attitude.
They haven’t created a time warp though, while the colour scheme may be all gingham and pastels, and they offer cordial and lolly bags, this remains a modern café. Among the classics, like bacon and egg rolls or their version of a big breakfast, you’ll find brekkie burritos and banana pikelets. All dishes can have meat swapped out for a vegetarian alternative, like beans or haloumi.
Sure, it’s not what most people think of when they think of breakfast, but yum cha on a Sunday has become something of a breakfast institution for Sydneysiders.
With over 100 varieties of Dim Sum, Marigold Yum Cha Restaurant has no shortage of options. Wash down fried noodles, steamed dumplings, roast duck and Chinese greens with Jasmine or Chrysanthemum tea.
Leave early if you want to make breakfast at this beachside café, a little over an hour from Sydney. In the reimagined Barrenjoey Boathouse, it’s a dining experience that embodies the spirit of its location, think summers by the beach, where your office, miles away in the city, is just as far way in your mind.
There are picnic tables or rugs to sit at and the prime position is on the deck overlooking Station Beach. The menu is written on a blackboard, every bit as fresh as its location, mountains of fruit sit atop bowls of bircher muesli and the cooked breakfasts are made from only the freshest produce. The green eggs and ham or the Eugalo Farm veggie bowl, with poached eggs, mushroom and avocado are crowd favourites.
A short walk from Kings Cross train station you’ll find one of Sydney’s favourite restaurants, Fratelli Paradiso. By night it’s a sleek modern Italian restaurant where the waiters speak the language and talk to you like you do too, which is both charming and confusing.
During the day they make amazing Italian pastries and Italian inspired cooked breakfasts. Try the omelette of egg white, asparagus, lemon dressing and prosciutto powder or the Riso al Latte, a risotto of jersey milk, passion fruit, mango and coconut flakes.