THE BRUNCH SPOTS IN SYDNEY SURE TO KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF SUNDAY MORNING

 

Sydney is absolutely crawling with weekend brunch spots, so it can be hard to weed through them and find the best. Luckily, you don’t have to! We’ve compiled a list of the best brunch places all around Sydney. No matter where you’re located, we’ve got you covered. Now you can cut out the stress of finding that weekend hangover cure and get straight to the food.

From breakfast burgers to breakfast ramen, the Sydney scene has something for both traditional and adventurous brunchers. Take your flat white and bacon and egg roll to the next level with the best breakfast creations all around Sydney.

CELSIUS COFFEE, CO.

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Kirribilli

The ultimate brunch with a view, this modern brunch spot sits as close to the water as it gets. You can enjoy your weekend mornings right on the edge of the the Kirribilli Wharf. Is there a better brunch view than from sitting on the Sydney Harbour?

Even one of their dishes pays homage to the café’s signature view- Eggs by the Wharf. You can enjoy the house blend by Ona Coffee and a range of delicious and inspired breakfast options from this sunny seaside eatery. Keep in mind the small dining area and be ready for a wait on the weekends – but not to worry, breakfast is served all day.

Menu items you much try at least once:

Overnight guava with soy soaked chia, agave strawberries and coconut yoghurt. Spiced wallaby mince with hummus, finger limes, fried eggs, and fresh and crispy herbs on sourdough. The masala blend chai blended in Melbourne with whole spices and Australian honey.

YELLOW

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Potts Point

Chef Brent Savage has made the traditional brunch menu go veggo – and people in Sydney are raving. Yellow is a vegetarian bistro from the award-winning team of Bentley Restaurant & Bar and offers the best of breakfast, but without the meat. The restaurant offers a stunning weekend brunch a la mode as well as 5 and 7 course breakfast tasting menus.

Located in the iconic Yellow House building in Potts Point, the dining room pays homage to the building’s history with a contemporary edge. The restaurant is open for dinner seven nights a week and brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm. Yellow has also earned itself One Hat 2018 for its delectable plant-based menu. It’s on the pricier end, but you get what you pay for.

Menu items you must try at least once:

Corn custard with poached eggs and Miso Milk crumb. Kombu scrambled eggs with toast and truffle. Toasted licorice bread with house-made butter. The breakfast martini.

RISING SUN WORKSHOP

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Newtown

If you’re staying in Newtown, you’ll have breakfast places calling your name from all directions, but Rising Sun will stand out from the rest. This hot spot offers brunch essentials with an fierce Japanese flare. From bacon and egg milk buns to breakfast ramen, the fusion is legendary.

And did we mention this unusual cafe sits perfectly inside the hustle of a working motorbike shop? That’s right, you can eat delicious Japanese brunch and sip on local coffee, in between fixing up your bike. But of course you don’t need to be an avid rider to enjoy this Asia-inspired eartery.

Menu items you must try at least once:

The breakfast ramen, a bone broth based ramen with bacon, egg and tomato, served with a side of buttered toast. And if you’re looking for more of a traditional Aussie brunch, the Hokkaido Milk Buns are the perfect Japanese twist on the bacon and egg role. Also, try the banana loaf with crème fraiche and ‘breakfast dust’ – not sure what it is but it’s worth a try.


BONDI WHOLEFOODS

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North Bondi

Looking for the ultimate healthy spot? Bondi Wholefoods is jam-packed with colour and flavour, with an entirely organic, chemical and GMO free menu. Their motto is ‘Longevity through Nutrition’ which shows in their use of nutritious and balanced ingredients.

Just a short walk to the beach, their North Bondi location serves all-day brunch with a diverse range of smoothies, smoothie bowls and mains. Their pancake stack is topped with loose berries and flowers, thrown about for an artistic take on the traditional flap-jack. There’s no wondering why Bondi Wholefoods is one of the most Instagrammed cafes in Sydney.

Menu items you must try at least once:

Vegan Vanilla Pancakes, topped with a white cacao sauce and orange cashew cream, topped with fruits, maple almonds, dehydrated orange rounds and beautiful floral garnish. As far as their famous smoothies, the Salted Caramel Smoothie with bananas, roasted almonds, almond milk, Himalayan pink sea salt and whey protein, topped with a toasted walnut crumble.

WILD PEAR

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Dural

This brunch comes with a side of fairy floss. Focusing on food that is wholesome but fun, this modern Australian eatery is hidden within a lush nursery, providing a refreshing atmosphere out of the city. Everything on the menu is made on site from fresh local ingredients, with the brunch menu holding some of their boldest of flavour choices.

Everything is made with free-range and locally sourced ingredients – even the Turkish delight Pavlova. Not just brunch, but main meals, pastries and desserts shine on this menu, whether it be the signature Wildpear Ice Cream Sunday or Shakshuka Eggs with eggplant, feta and fresh herbs in a cast iron skillet. You can even join the Wildpear team for afternoon tea in the open-air patio with the best of their signature pastry selection.

Menu items you must try at least once:

Turkish Delight Pavlova with strawberries, watermelon, pistachios, cream and fairy floss. The Breakfast Burger with both chorizo and bacon alongside a fried egg on buttermilk and slaw harissa aioli, served with a hash brown and house-made chilli jam.

BLACKWOOD PANTRY

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Cronulla

A packed menu of modern Australian-inspired dishes awaits in the heart of South Cronulla’s beach town. The owners, three mates from the Shire, have created this dining experience for people to meet and interact. Fittingly, the dining room is centred by a wrap-around communal bench where anyone can enjoy their coffee or meal while watching the excitement in the kitchen.

The modern Australian menu is a balance of breakfast staples and new flavours. The coconut hot cakes sit front and centre with passionfruit curd, fresh blueberries and pomegranate. These fresh dishes are perfect for a sunny day before venturing along the beach.

Menu items you must try at least once:

Pardon my French, a vanilla mascarpone-stuffed French toast topped with a pistachio coconut crumble, lemon verbena poached rhubarb and lemon curd. For the avocado toast lover, try the Miso Ave, sliced avocado, miso and cashew nut butter, lime, chili, and black sesame on sourdough.

THE GROUNDS OF ALEXANDRIA

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Alexandria

Housed in an early 1900’s pie factory, The Grounds builds their menu from the veggie garden out front. The meals are carefully crafted for breakfast, lunch and dinner with majority healthy and fresh options. The breakfast menu has their personal take on avocado toast and the breakfast burger, both of which are next level. The Grounds offers their signature meals, coffees and juices in a garden atmosphere that makes for the perfect brunch escape.

This Alexandria location also offers a unique Soda Barn, where visitors can order extreme milkshakes and desserts, after or alongside their meals, including the Insta-famous Unicorn Soda. The rustic and airy atmosphere is the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee or a milkshake – whichever you prefer.

The Grounds is also known for their evening events, so make sure to go back and check out their Latin and Salsa nights inside the twinkling, romantic garden.

Menu items you must try at least once:

The Brekkie Burger with polenta chips is the next level up from the usual breakfast sandwich, with bacon, avocado, lettuce, cheese, tomato relish, smoky mayo and a fried egg on a brioche bun. And to satisfy the kid in you - Unicorn Soda, a mix of strawberry and rainbow ice-creams topped with whipped cream, melted chocolate, sprinkles, cotton candy, meringue, and a lollipop.

THE BOWER RESTAURANT

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Manly

Enjoy your brunch this Sunday with the most amazing view. Manly’s hidden café sits cliff-side on the walk from Manly to Shelly beaches. If you haven’t ventured past Manly’s central beach, you probably didn’t know this hot spot existed. It’s easy to miss, but once you know it’s there, you can’t turn it down. The menu hosts their take on brunch favourites like coconut cream muesli, breakfast salad with homemade labne, and the menu’s main feature, the Bower breakfast burger.

Sitting alongside Cabbage Tree Bay Reserve in the warm spring sun is the ultimate brunch experience. This café allows you to soak up all the sun and salty air while enjoying their delicious breakfast and lunch menus. This gem is also dog-friendly, making it the perfect stop for you and your pup during a beautiful coastal walk.

Menu items you must try at least once:

The Breakfast Burger, with double bacon, gruyere, avocado, crispy lettuce, kimchi mayo and a fried egg on a milk bun, and a side of their signature sweet potato fries. The Bower Mary, with vodka, tomato juice and Wasabi Mary mix – it’ll wake you right up.



WEST JULIETT

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Marrickville

This Marrickville cafe offers an airy atmosphere and top-notch breakfast menu, but it’s their pastries everyone is gushing over. Their inventive muffins, pastries and spreads – hand cut marmalade, Wyong honey and freshly ground peanut butter – have earned them a packed house every weekend. West Juliett prides itself on local and fresh ingredients. They use fresh jersey milk from Warrnambool, grass fed Angus from Taralga Springs, free range eggs, and even make their own sodas.

The airy atmosphere exudes a fresh and light aesthetic, which is closely followed by their menu. The granola and yoghurt bowl features mango, passion fruit and a refreshing lemon balm perfect for springtime. And when in the autumn mood, Juliett’s olive oil pumpkin bread with ricotta is the ultimate comfort food.

Menu items you must try at least once:

Poached eggs with avocado, feta, parsley, cress, lemon and dukkah on toast. The veggo version of the bacon and egg roll – the haloumi egg roll with wilted greens and chilli marmalade aioli.



RUSTIC PEARL

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Surry Hills

This family-owned Surry Hills café puts a Turkish, Balkan and Mediterranean twist on breakfast. This palace is for both new and experienced brunchers alike. The menu holds true to breakfast favourites but with the ultimate Turkish ingredients. Breakfast sausage becomes delectable veal sausage here, and chai becomes turmeric chai. All in all, there’s something for everyone, and some amazing new flavours.

This quaint location only fits a few but if you can get in, you won’t be disappointed. There’s a charm here that is like no other. Turkish inspiration is everywhere from the art-covered walls to the music. It’s a cosy, light-filled breakfast spot that transports you to the heart of the Mediterranean.

Menu items you must try at least once:

Bosphorus Benedict, two poached organic eggs on toast with Bay Lobster, avocado, homemade hollandaise, fresh coriander and chilli. Melemen, a Beyoglu style tomato based scrambled egg with horn peppers, shallots, goat’s cheese and toast – ask to add the Turkish veal sucuk. The turmeric Marsala chai latte and the Turkish apple iced tea with cucumber, mint and rose.




PORCH AND PARLOUR

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Bondi Beach

Porch and Parlour just made the move to its Bondi beach-front location and is ready to host some weekend fun. Brunch is a staple here and was made to be an experience combining coffee, food, music, art and people. They use local produce and serve rustic meals with delicious healthy eating in mind.

Their new North Bondi location is a stunning place to enjoy the ocean air and the likes of their extensive breakfast and lunch menus. Brunch goes ‘til 4pm and offers everything from muesli with almond, cinnamon, date, coconut and berry compote, to the beef brisket sandwich with crispy bacon, charred pineapple chutney, jalapeno, and smoked aioli on a Vienna roll, and everything in between. This is the perfect place for everyone to find something they like or try something new.

Menu items you must try at least once:

Chilli labne eggs with spicy labne yoghurt, roast cherry tomatoes, grilled red pepper, two poached eggs and ghee with za’atar bread. Green on Green, a mix of green beans, broad beans, broccoli, baby spinach, peas, mixed micro herbs and cavolo nero pesto with savoury granola. The banana passionfruit smoothie with coconut, and the raw peppermint patty.



CONTESSA

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Balmain

Balmain is bursting with restaurants and cafes for your weekly brunch, but we recommend the beautiful and delicious Contessa Balmain. This airy, mural-covered eatery serves Italian and American dishes with focus on their all-day breakfast and Boozy Brunch specials. Bellinis and mimosas are served fresh alongside their staple bacon-topped brioche french toast.

The café itself sits on bustling Darling St. with a breezy, sunshiny outdoor sitting area deal for chatting and sipping on locally roasted Ground Roaster espresso or Rose Petal ice tea. Stick around for lunch and enjoy their Italian selection.

Menu items you must try at least once:

The ultimate bacon & egg roll with hickory smoked bacon, fried free range eggs, caramelised onion, provolone cheese and house made tomato relish and mayo on a toasted brioche bun. Brioche French toast with crispy hickory smoked bacon, caramelised banana and lashings of real maple syrup. The house Aperol Spritz.




HILLS BROS

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Martin Place

Hills Bros is the latest venture for the team at Reuben Hills and brings all the beloved inspiration and ingredients to the CBD. This Latin-American and Asian-influenced hot spot sits in the heart of Martin Place with a standard all-day breakfast and lunch menu. Guests can indulge in traditional and new breakfast flavours with a modern bacon and egg roll or a chicken and egg Asian-inspired protein bowl.

Leaning toward the ‘lunch’ side of brunch? The lamb ragu and mixed mushroom toasties will take your usual sandwich to the next level, and still pairs well with delicious and local coffee. Café fare is served in this modern office-building space, prefect for those working in the area to ‘wow’ colleagues with your breakfast meeting, without breaking the bank.

Menu items you must try at least once:

Coconut quinoa porridge, with kiwi fruit, raspberries and freeze dried mandarins. Brown rice congee, with poached chicken, shitake, bacon jam, gingered carrot and egg. The ginger, turmeric and honey latte with steamed almond milk.




REVOLVER CAFÉ

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Annandale

Looking for a new kind of brunch atmosphere? This Annandale favourite is in the heart of a stunning pub circa 1893, with décor inspired by the pub’s history and with a rocking pastry selection. Revolver may be overlooked if you’re not keeping an eye out for a vintage Australian pub, but you’ll notice it by the line of people outside.

This place keeps the vintage feel alive with traditional and eclectic furnishings, but now with a modern menu. Natural ingredients are central in these breakfast creations whether that be a traditional eggs benedict or buttered Arabian eggs. As delicious as the breakfast menu is, the bar is covered daily in fresh and inventive pastries. Make sure to check the blackboard specials as well.

Menu items you must try at least once:

Buttered Arabian eggs with yoghurt, chili, mint and pomegranate on Turkish toast. Brioche French toast with vanilla-poached pears, Nutella, roasted hazelnuts and espresso mascarpone. The coffee thick shake. And check the daily pastry options!



THE BOTANICA VAUCLUSE

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Vaucluse

This breakfast oasis offers a stunning garden aesthetic with the best of fresh, local flavours. The restaurant’s has become popular for its farm-to-table success and lavish atmosphere that ties in perfectly with the natural beauty of Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Everything is made in-house with ingredients directly from the on-site garden as well as their partner-in-crime Jamberoo Valley Farm two hours south.

Botanica offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in their luxurious new restaurant with natural colours and light opening up to the garden area outside. The breakfast menu especially offers some of their most interesting and exciting flavours. This is the perfect spot for girlfriends to get together and catch up over a delectable meal and drink.

Menu items you must try at least once:

Coconut pancakes with grilled banana, passion fruit curd, shaved pineapple, macadamia nuts and coconut sugar – available vegan. Crispy corned beef and potato hash brow with confit tomato, poached eggs and chive hollandaise. Banana cacao smoothie with honey and milk.






FLOWER CHILD

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Chatswood

Despite being in the heart of Chatswood CBD, this brunch hot spot is bathed in greenery and natural light. The menu covers all the bases with French toast, acai bowl and eggs on toast but each with its own Flower Child flare. The room’s natural energy is taken a bit further with fruits, seeds and flower petals thrown about each plate for a bit of organic fun.

With breakfast served all day, you’d bet they’d have an extensive brunch menu – and they do. Their coco pop waffles feature raspberry jelly, banana, baked pecans and dark chocolate crumb with vanilla ice cream. And The Grounds of Alexandria delivers fresh pastries every day.

Menu items you must try at least once:

Breakfast plate with two poached eggs, chorizo, quinoa salsa, avocado, cherry truss tomato, goat’s curd, pomegranate, seed and grains served with grilled sourdough. Flower Child French toast with banana mascarpone, sliced banana, dark chocolate crumb, baked pecans, fresh berries, salted toffee and Canadian maple syrup. The Flower Child hot chocolate deluxe.




WILD SAGE

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Barangaroo

This modern eatery fits perfectly into the Barangaroo shopping district with a luxurious atmosphere and menu. It’s the perfect place to get in a good meal before heading off to the shops. There’s something for everyone here and perhaps something you’ve never heard of. The black rice porridge is the perfect light, sweet treat while the mac and cheese croissant is the ultimate brunch comfort food.

There seems to be endless restaurants on the Streets of Barangaroo but since the addition of Wild Sage, it’s been packed with business meetings as well as lines out the door for takeaway. Either way, you’re bound for a delicious and stylish meal.

Menu items you have to try at least once:

Mac & cheese croissant with free ranch ham off the bone, gruyere cheese and dry shallots. The breakfast bruschetta with heirloom tomatoes, radish, haloumi, duxelle paste, poached eggs, preserved lemon and dukkah on sourdough with poached eggs. The Scotch egg wrapped in lamb mince, potato, polenta crumbs and pea puree.




BORONIA KITCHEN

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Hunter’s Hill

Hunter’s Hill has a new all-day eatery with a contemporary brunch menu created by ex-Aria chef Simon Sandall. The open-plan eatery was designed to gather friends and family for a meal, with the open kitchen central in the design. And the brunch menu is even more inviting.

Boronia specialises in perfecting the traditional breakfast favourites with house smoked salmon and poached eggs on sourdough, and toasted brioche with ricotta, strawberries and honey. The menu may seem simple but it’s made with love, passion and the best and most fresh ingredients around.

Menu items you must try at least once:

The baked eggs with spinach, tomato, chilli and sourdough. Check the daily pastries!




THE NIGHTHAWK DINER

Chippendale

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Sydney’s much-loved Americana food truck has found a permanent residency along Chippendale’s Abercrombie Street, with all of its diner swagger. The breakfast menu at this all-day eatery may be minimal but it includes top notch items like the breakfast cocktail (protein ball on the side) and fried chicken with pancakes. This café brings all of the American diner charm with quality cooking.

Enjoy your meal in vintage-style booths or at the iconic diner bar. Though the aesthetic resembles that of a 50’s-style burger place, don’t expect anything too traditional with this food. Yes, the menu offers burgers, tacos, steaks and sandwiches, but these items come with the ultimate Nighthawk touch. Nachos are eaten directly out of a chip bag and the thick shakes come booze-infused. It’s the perfect place to get in touch with your American side.

Menu items you must try at least once:

Pancakes and fried chicken with maple syrup and whipped butter. Nighthawk fried egg, bacon and shoestring fries with American cheese and Nighthawk sauce on a soft burger bun. Nachos in a bag. The breakfast cocktail. The boozy thick shake.



SMOKING GUN BAGELS

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Woolloomooloo

If you’re looking for the ultimate in brekky sandwiches, try all the breakfast fixings on a bagel! Montreal-style bagels have come to Sydney and you won’t be disappointed. These wood fire, hand rolled bagels are delicious with a simple house-made spread, or with all the brunch fixings. House bagels are offers in sandwich form, from The Real Slim Strami to The Vegan Markle.

This bagel café offers all the brunch-spot favourites – open and airy-ness, locally ground coffee – but with a bagel-exclusive menu. Have a seat and enjoy open-faced or grab a bagel creation to-go – either way, you won’t be needing the big English breakfast once you know about this place.

Menu items you much try at least once:

Morning glory, wood-fired bacon and a fried egg with secret sauce. Add a coffee and get both for only $10. Netflix and Dill, house smoked salmon with zucchini pickle, herbed Neufchatel and pickled dill. Hot sticky date, date and walnut schemer, Pepe Saya butter, candied walnuts and coffee caramel sauce.







 
McKenna Uhde