Cafes in Sydney

Sydney is world renowned for its coffee culture. While Americans drink black filter coffee and Italians prefer strong espresso, here you can find both blends and everything in between including the flat white – an Australian invention that has been exported around the globe. Follow a Sydneysider's lead and start your day with a flat white and avocado on toast, another delicious Aussie export.

Barista making morning coffees at Artificer Cafe, Surry Hills

Surry Hills & Bondi

Surry Hills is cafe central and each venue is known for its speciality. Order avo toast at Bills, flaky croissants at Bourke Street Bakery or breakfast cocktails at Cuckoo Callay. If you’re serious about caffeine, Artificer serves nothing but coffee, Paramount Coffee Project rotates its beans every six weeks and you can join a free tasting session at Reuben Hills.

Good brunch at Speedos in North Bondi, Sydney East

Bondi is another of the city’s cafe hubs. Eat inside a bookshop at Gertrude & Alice or look out over the ocean from Icebergs Terrace. Speedos serves up rainbow-coloured bowls and smoothies that are almost as pretty as the view – even Hugh Jackman is a fan.

Friends enjoying breakfast and morning tea at the Grounds of Alexandria in Alexandria, Sydney

Inner West

Try a piece of the world’s most Instagrammed cake, Black Star Pastry’s strawberry watermelon cake. The original is in Newtown and there are three others across the city. The Grounds of Alexandria is also a social media favourite with lush gardens, fairy lights and beautiful dishes. There’s also a petting zoo – make sure to say hello to the resident pig, Harry Trotter.

Friends enjoying breakfast smoothies at The Boathouse, Palm Beach

Coffee with water views

For coffee with harbour views try the rooftop cafe at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Poolside Cafe at Andrew Boy Charlton Pool or Celsius Coffee on a wharf at Kirribilli. Fancy a swim after breakfast? Locals love The Boathouse Palm Beach and the striking art deco Bathers Pavilion Cafe on Balmoral Beach.

Chef making a bowl of ramen at the Rising Sun Workshop cafe on Whateley St, Newtown in Sydney's inner west

Coffee with culture

If you want to expand your palate from vegemite toast, slurp up the breakfast ramen at Rising Sun Workshop, a communal motorbike workshop and cafe in Newtown. Nearby Balmain is home to Efendy if you want a strong Turkish coffee or head over the Sydney Harbour Bridge for Scandinavian at Fika Swedish Kitchen in Manly.

Scones, jam and cream at Vaucluse House Tearooms in Vaucluse, Sydney East

High tea

It's still caffeine, so it counts. In a nod to Australia's colonial heritage, high tea is an English tradition that has been enthusiastically adopted by Australians. Enjoy delicate cakes, crustless sandwiches and petite pastries in heritage buildings at The Tea Room QVB, Parliament House, Vaucluse House, Gatehouse Tea Rooms in Parramatta and Gunners' Barracks in Mosman.