Sydney Restaurants - Brunch in Sydney

Not quite breakfast, not quite lunch – brunch might just be our favourite meal of the day. Whether you’re waking up late or planning a catch up with friends, there are great cafes and restaurants all over the city serving eggs, pastries, dumplings and even breakfast tacos. All with great coffee, of course.

Start with the brunch classics. Bills in Surry Hills serves up the city’s fluffiest scrambled eggs. The Grounds of Alexandria is a sprawling gourmet garden with a cafe, coffee bars and markets. Head to Bread & Circus in Alexandria for healthy wholefoods or A1 Canteen for the city’s most famous breakfast sandwich.

People dining at Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen, Alexandria

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 looking out over Cabbage Tree Bay. The Nielsen is just steps from the sand at Shark Beach.

Women enjoying coffee and fresh traditional Hungarian pastries from Kürtősh, Randwick

Yum cha is a much-loved tradition in Sydney – clanking carts, endless pots of tea and steaming wooden baskets of dumplings, spring rolls and chicken feet. Try the Marigold (Sydney’s original yum cha spot), East Ocean and The Eight in Chinatown; Queen Chow in Enmore; East Phoenix in Zetland; or Golden Unicorn in Maroubra.

If you want to make your brunch high-end, some of Sydney’s best restaurants open early on the weekend. In Paddington, start your day with sustainable seafood at award-winning Saint Peter or pastries, coffee and boxes of fresh produce at Fred’s. Two-hat Yellow in Potts Point has a vegetarian tasting menu with the option of a matching wines.

The Fruit Plate and fresh juices available at Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen, Alexandria

Like a glass of bubbles (or two) with your eggs benedict? Then embrace the bottomless brunch trend, where you can sip on mimosas, wine or breakfast cocktails with your meal. Head for Dead Ringer in Surry Hills, Panama House in Bondi, Darlo Country Club in Darlinghurst or Thievery in Glebe.

In Sydney, brunch can take you around the world. Go Mexican with breakfast tacos and margaritas at El Camino Cantina in Manly or The Rocks. At Efendy in Balmain you can tuck into a Turkish-inspired spread of salty cheese, cured meats, olives, fresh bread and apple tea. Or try Japanese-inspired bowls at Devon in Surry Hills.

Brunch in Sydney

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