Brunch in Sydney
Sydneysiders take their brunching very seriously. On the weekend, the city abounds with great cafes serving fantastic coffee and imaginative dishes. Even acclaimed restaurants are getting in on the brunch scene. You can find everything from dumplings to fluffy scrambled eggs, pastries to breakfast tacos and fantastic bottomless brunches.
Seriously good restaurants offer amazing deals. On Sundays, Glass Brasserie at the Hilton has a five-course brunch menu with bottomless Aperol Spritz or French rosé and Regatta in Rose Bay has a 10-course, tapas-style brunch menu with two hours of French rosé. For bottomless mimosas or breakfast cocktails, head for Dead Ringer in Surry Hills, Panama House in Bondi, Darlo Country Club in Darlinghurst or Thievery in Glebe.
If it’s champagne or bust, Sydney has you covered. 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 and on Saturdays Darlo Country Club in Darlinghurst has a three hour Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut package.
Eggs your way
If you’re all about eggs to start your day, you can’t beat the fluffy scrambled eggs that Bills in Surry Hills is famous for. For something more exotic, the curried scramble egg sandwich with pork sausage at A1 Canteen in Chippendale is for you or head to nearby Kepos Street Kitchen for shakshuka - just-set baked eggs in spiced tomato sauce.
For sweet tooths
For something lighter, do as the Europeans do and start the day with 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 Brewtown is the place for an Instagram-worthy cronut.
Make the most of Sydney’s stellar water views with brunch by the ocean. At The Boathouse Balmoral you can eat croissant French toast 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. The Nielsen is 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
If you want to make your brunch high-end, step this way. Icebergs Dining Room and Bar in Bondi has a multi-course brunch menu on Sundays. In Paddington, start your day with sustainable seafood at award-winning Saint Peter or pastries, coffee and boxes of fresh produce at Fred’s. Yellow in Potts Point has a vegetarian menu even carnivores will love.
In Sydney, brunch can take you around the world. At Efendy in Balmain you can tuck into a Turkish-inspired feast, at Rising Sun Workshop in Newtown have Japanese breakfast ramen, head to Shuk in Bondi for Israeli cuisine or go to Lankan Filling Station in East Sydney for a Sri Lankan start to the day.