Brunch in Sydney
Brunch is the best meal of the day according to Sydneysiders and it doesn’t take long to see why. Anything goes, from cafes serving fantastic coffee to fancy hotels pouring French champagne or bars offering indulgent bottomless brunches. The same applies to the food, one day it might be fluffy ricotta hotcakes and the next might be delicious dumplings or everyone’s favourite, avocado toast. Whatever you fancy, Sydney has it covered.
To make brunch an event, swap the flat white for the fizzy stuff. Altitude at the Shangri-La has free flowing Veuve Cliquot NV at weekend brunch, Reign Champagne Parlour at the QVB has a package that includes bottomless G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon. Head to the bar for bottomless mimosas, spritzes or breakfast cocktails, including Bartolo and Dead Ringer in Surry Hills or The Royal Hotel in Paddington.
If you’re all about eggs, you can’t beat the fluffy scrambled eggs that Bills is famous for. The original is in Surry Hills but there are also outposts in Darlinghurst and Bondi. For something more exotic, Kepos Street Kitchen in Redfern has popularised shakshuka – just-set baked eggs in spiced tomato sauce.
If you prefer a Continental-style start to the day, do as the Europeans do and opt for coffee and a top-notch pastry. Bourke Street Bakery is a Sydney institution, Kurtosh is famous for its Hungarian chimney cakes, Brickfields makes impossibly flaky croissants and Brewton Newtown is the place for an Instagram-worthy cronut. Make sure to snap a pic of Social Hideout’s brightly coloured acai bowls, pastel pancakes and red velvet croissants.
Make the most of Sydney’s stellar water views with brunch by the ocean. Enjoy croissant French toast at The Boathouse Balmoral as you sit on the deck perched over the water. Go for a Japanese-inspired Takumi breakfast burger at The Bower Manly while looking out over Cabbage Tree Bay. Cured Atlantic salmon is a great start to the day at The Nielsen, located just steps from the sand at Shark Beach.
Sydneysiders have enthusiastically adopted this Chinese tradition – clanking carts, endless pots of tea and steaming wooden baskets of dumplings, spring rolls and chicken feet. Try Marigold (Sydney’s original yum cha spot), East Ocean, Zilver and The Eight in Chinatown, head to East Phoenix in Zetland or Golden Unicorn in Maroubra.
Fine dining brunch
Brunch is a wonderful way to try high-end restaurants for a fraction of the cost. On Saturdays, start your day with pastries, coffee and boxes of fresh produce at Fred’s. On Sundays head to Icebergs Dining Room and Bar in Bondi for a multi-course brunch menu with the best view in town.
In Sydney, brunch can take you around the world. Efendy in Balmain serves up a Turkish-inspired feast while Rising Sun Workshop in Newtown has an unbelievable Japanese breakfast ramen on the menu. Lankan Filling Station in East Sydney gives you a Sri Lankan start to the day and Shuk in Bondi is unbeatable for Israeli cuisine. The Woods Pantry in Villawood is known for its Lebanese-inspired menu of baked eggs, mezze plates and knafeh French toast.