Cafes in Sydney

Sydney takes it coffee seriously. There’s a cafe on almost every corner in Sydney and they are one of the best places to spend a sunny morning or cosy afternoon. Can’t decide what to order? The Harbour City is the birthplace of Australia’s national breakfast dish, avocado on toast, and the classic flat white.

Surry Hills is a great place to start. 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.

Barista making morning coffees at Artificer Cafe, Surry Hills

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

Try a piece of the world’s most Instagrammed cake, Black Star Pastry’s strawberry watermelon cake, at one of four outlets 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 and morning tea at the Grounds of Alexandria in Alexandria, Sydney

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.

Experiment with ramen for breakfast at the Rising Sun Workshop, a communal motorbike workshop and cafe in Newtown. Fall in love with all things fermented at Cornersmith in Annandale, where pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi are made in-house. Or go Scandinavian at Manly’s Fika Swedish Kitchen.

Cafe inside the Rising Sun Workshop on Whateley St, Newtown in Sydney's inner west

High tea is an English tradition that has been enthusiastically adopted by Australians. In Sydney, you can enjoy delicate cakes, crustless sandwiches and petite pastries in heritage buildings at The Tea Room QVB, Parliament House, Vaucluse House, Gatehouse Tea Rooms Parramatta and Gunners' Barracks in Mosman.

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