Sydney

The Best Breakfast Spots In Sydney

Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

In Sydney, breakfast is not just another meal, it’s a social institution. Weekends are reserved for smashed avo toasts, bottomless mimosas, and good times with friends, while weekdays are spent lining up for a drop of the best coffee beans in the city, and early work meetings over fresh oven-baked pastries. 

That’s not all. Sydney’s breakfast scene is diverse and oh so good. You have your classic eggs benny, acai bowls, and bacon and egg rolls, but our multicultural playground has also opened opportunities to Mediterranean breakfasts, American fare, and European delights. 

From Western Sydney to Bronte, here, best breakfasts Sydney has to offer.

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The Mayflower

Darlinghurst
Peach hues, floral murals, onyx tables and a hanging floral display are just the beginning of Darlinghurst’s newest cafe. The former art deco florist front shop serves refined dishes, including caviar and truffle, but at average Sydney prices. No wonder people are lining up around the block for a seat. Fan favourites include the truffle Croque Monsieur, Mayflower Roll and Ocean Trout Gravlax. You can also pay $22 for a few shaves of truffle on any dish you choose. 
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Cafe with plants
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Acre Artarmon

Artarmon
This one is for all the home improvement, plant parents, and interior designers out there. Yes, we are talking about Acre Artarmon, a new 2000 square metre cafe destination in Artarmon’s Home HQ. The light-filled space reads more like a greenhouse than a restaurant, but its focus is on farm-to-table dining and outdoor terraces bring a fresh perspective to breakfast and brunch. Try the Italian restaurant for brunch or pick up fresh baked goods including country-style pies and sausage rolls. The kid’s playground, chicken coop, worm farm, and surrounding greenery keeps the experience organic. 
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Shuk

Bondi, Chatswood and Elizabeth Bay
The food at Shuk is similar to what you would get growing up in Israel, with a twist created by owners, Yoni Kalfus, Erez Beker, Ariel Hefer and Chef German Sanchez. Expect shakshuka, including a vegan option, cilbir bagel, teff pancakes, and a Middle Eastern tartine with babaganoush, avocado, smoked almonds, feta, and more. Don’t forget your side of falafel. There are three locations: Bondi, Chatswood, and Elizabeth Bay. You can also pick up fresh bakery items from the locations, in case you want to try your own Middle Eastern breakfast at home. 
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Single O Surry Hills

Surry Hills
Single O was a pioneer in Sydney’s coffee movement and still remains one of the best drops of espresso in the city. Their specialty coffee is beloved by Sydneysiders, they even started a shop of which coffee fanatics can buy the blends and opt-in for a coffee subscription. As for breakfast, Single O Surry Hills is packed with diners munching on epic banh mi rolls, avocado toasts and a range of other creative dishes, including the mothership bowl, filled with nutritious goodness. 
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Avocado toast and poached egg
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Three Blue Ducks

Bronte and Roseberry
Masterchef favourite, Andy Allen’s Three Blue Ducks is all about the no-fuss way. Ingredients are local and ethically farmed, each location pays respect to its area, whether it’s an 80-acre farm in Byron Bay or the new intimate farm-to-table establishment in the snowy mountains. For those local to Sydney, the Bronte location offers their famous homemade vegemite with a side of the sea breeze. Other options include muesli, a bacon and egg roll with chilli jam, corn fritters, and black sausage with scrambled eggs and red currant jam.
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Bowery Lane

CBD
Bowery Lane sits centre stage in the CBD, which makes it a popular choice for office workers and corporate lunches. Beware of the suits. Breakfast is either a quick grab n go or a sit down for the pancakes with rhubarb compote and mascarpone, eggs benedict, or the chorizo, manchego omelette with crispy leeks and chilli oil. The atmosphere is great too with an industrial-chic fit-out resembling a New York loft. 
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Bills Bondi

Bondi
No list is complete without mentioning the person who popularised the great smashed avo toasts. Yes, we’re talking about Bill Granger and his iconic breakfast joint, Bills in Bondi. For the sweet tooth in your life, you can’t go past the ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter. Of course, you can try the avocado toast which is served on toasted rye and comes with an optional poached egg. There are big breakfasts and plates on the menu too. The elegant dining room, clad in marble and soft tones, works for the breakfast crowd as much as it does for the dinner service. 
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Ham sandwich
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Cavalier 2.0

St Leonards
Sometimes breakfast is quick and comes in the form of a gigantic, gooey, multilayered sandwich. Where can you get one? At Cavalier 2.0 in St Leonards. They use thick-cut rye, loads of ham (we mean layers upon layers), and gooey Australian cheddar cheese to make their jaffles and sandwiches. The octopus salad on rye sourdough is also worth a try if you’re feeling adventurous. As for the sweets, the truffle cheesecake always sells out and is only served by the slice. Get in quick. 
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Quick Brown Fox Eatery

Pyrmont
Did someone say bottomless brunch? The only difference, bottomless brunch is every day at the Quick Brown Fox Eatery. It’s $30 for bottomless mimosas or you can level up to bottomless Aperol Spritz, Bloody Mary or Espresso Martini for $40 per person. Just add it to any of the all-day menu options they have including the grilled halloumi, banoffee pie waffles, and mushroom toastie—just to name a few. 
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Brewtown

Newtown
What rhymes with Newtown? Brewtown, of course. This popular neighbourhood cafe slings specialty coffee every day and a food menu reflective of Australian brunch culture. Bistro-style breakfast includes the classics: eggs benny, bacon and egg roll on a milk bun and some twists on breakfast favourites, including a breakfast roll with Scottish sausage, bacon, and scrambled eggs or a halloumi panini. Upstairs, you will find baked bread, a selection of pastries, cakes, cinnamon scrolls, and other artisan goods. 
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Calibrate

Roseville
This trendy whole in the wall cafe is mere steps from the Roseville train station, yet is not your average small street cafe. Instead, Calibrate focuses on specialty coffee and quality food. During weekdays, locals are lined up outside, waiting for orders or a seat at the beloved spot. The food is simple but executed well. Expect to find thick-cut sourdough toast with a choice of spread, crispy bacon and fried egg roll with tomato relish and chai spiced banana loaf. You can pick up a ginger and turmeric cleansing soda or a caffeine fix. The choice is yours.
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Bakery and baker
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Brickfields

Chippendale and Marrickville
For those seeking good bread, the kind you want to dip in olive oil and a touch of balsamic vinegar, then Brickfields should be on your list. Here, you can pick up a loaf of sourdough, rye, and other specialty bread, while you savour a bacon sandwich. But this is no ordinary bacon roll, it comes with manchego, pickled cucumber, aioli & cavolo nero. Other popular breakfast items include the quiche with a side salad, a classic toasted croissant, and any of the gooey melts they have.
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Percy Plunkett

Penrith
There’s a reason people drive an hour for a seat at this popular cafe. It’s the deep dish pancake, or is it the lamb eggs benedict? There are so many reasons to visit this small neighbourhood cafe in Western Sydney. Inside the heritage-listed cottage, you will find millennial pink and a floral display. As for the menu, dive into a cornflake crumbed chicken burger or take on the BBQ plate, with 24 hours slow cooked BBQ style brisket, grilled chorizo, pickled onions, chips, and more. Healthy options include the Percy’s Garden Bowl which is a local favourite and comes with sweet potato falafel, pumpkin, avocado, cucumber, and tahini dressing drizzled on top. 
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smashed avocado toast
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Paramount Coffee Project

Surry Hills
This industrial-chic cafe, with high ceilings and natural light, turns out creative diner-style -food and specialty coffee. You will find beans from local and international roasters, along with Paramount Coffee’s own brew. On the food menu, there’s a variety of dishes from savoury to sweet and healthy. The burnt fig muesli is a crowd-pleaser, however, if you’re looking to wrap your hands around something scrumptious and a little bit naughty, the fried chicken burger with soy mayo and lotus root chips should satisfy the craving. 
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Lox Stock and Barrell

Bondi

There’s no doubt, Australian food is influenced by other cuisines. American cuisines have become widely popular over the last few years and this includes an iconic breakfasts staple: a bagel. Although in true Aussie fashion, we tend to lean to the healthier side of life. The smoked lox at this New York-style deli is chewy and delightful. You can choose from a Reuben style bagel to avocado or chopped liver. There is also a breakfast menu filled with yummy options such as the brioche french toast, zucchini omelette and a healthy bircher. 
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Saga

Newtown
Enmore road is no stranger to packed cafes and restaurants, but Saga seems to draw in a crowd every weekend. The cosy establishment is laid back and features showstopping cakes from Hartsyard ex-pastry chef, Andy Bowdy. Here, Bowdy indulges his diners with mini versions of his cakes including the Anzac-biscuit-style granola with honey rosemary yoghurt, white peach jam, and tiramisu. All pastries are made in house, so you will have to go and see what they have available that day. They also have a menu dedicated to sandwiches; the Brekkie Sanga, the Alex B, with herb crumbed eggplant, and the Shaz, with smoked salmon, herb and lemon cream cheese, pickled fennel on an everything bagel. 
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Two Chaps

Marrickville
This cafe in Marrickville opened during a time when vegan and vegetarian options were scarce in the city. Today, it thrives on locals indulging in Mediterranean salads and sandwiches. There’s not much to this cafe in terms of size. The fit-out was curated out of second-hand finds and their back to basics approach is admired. They make all their bread and pastry by hand using sustainable and organic flours. Sustainability is a major focus at Two Chaps. The menu changes, but expect to see things like kimchi and mushroom burger, chilli con jackfruit bowl, sourdough crumpets with orange labneh and coconut pancakes. 
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Sydney

Seven New Restaurants And Bars Coming To Sydney In 2021

A no-waste bar, world-famous female chef, and Kylie Kwong are just a taste of what’s to come

mini cocktails
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Despite last year’s best efforts, Sydney’s hospitality scene continues to thrive—as do Sydneysiders. We mourned the casualties of lockdown and while we hoped for new beginnings this year, it hasn’t turned out quite as we expected. Nevertheless, we march on and this list of new restaurants and bars opening is the bright light we inch toward as we approach to exit this tunnel someday. 

So, what’s on the horizon for Sydney’s dining scene? Kylie Kwong is set to launch her latest concept, everyone’s favourite 50’s bartenders will don a new suit at a new establishment,  Neil Perry ventures to Double Bay for a restaurant that is all his own, and a zero-waste bar is to make its debut soon. 

This is just the beginning. We hope to see many more exciting venues opening over the year. For now, here are the city’s most anticipated openings for 2021. 

Kylie Kwong at South Eveleigh

Kylie Kwong is no stranger to Sydney with the better part of two decades on the dining scene. Her Potts Point establishment, Billy Kwong was a favourite but when it closed in 2019, people have been waiting for the powerhouse chefs next steps. We’re happy to tell you, she is coming back on the scene with her biggest project yet, South Eveleigh. Formerly known as Australian Technology Park, South Eveleigh is an emerging dining destination of which Kwong is the ambassador. Expect a relaxed daytime venue featuring local indigenous produce with her signature Cantonese culinary style. It’s a world away from Billy Kwong, but it is set to bring new meaning to the word ‘casual eatery’. She will also focus on sustainability, with the South Eveleigh Native Rooftop Garden and seafood from Josh Niland’s Fish Butchery. 

Core at Crown Sydney

English Chef, Clare Smyth, is the first and only female chef to run a restaurant with three Michelin stars, Core in Notting Hill. She even catered for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s private wedding reception. It seems fitting to bring her talent’s to Sydney’s new rising star, Crown Sydney. In February, Smyth plans to introduce another Core to the tower, which focuses on local produce, and sustainability. The wines will be local as are the ingredients. This isn’t Smyth’s first introduction to Australia. She’s travelled around the country, which inspired the menu, offering the best Australia has to offer. 

Sammy Junior

It’s almost here, our favourite Ratpack bartenders are opening Sammy Junior, a suave cafe on the ground level of 66 King Street in the CBD. The espresso coffee bar will be the highlight of the morning trade, offering a bespoke Sammy coffee blend crafted by coffee connoisseur Martin Hudak (2017 World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion and Mr Black Ambassador) alongside a short selection of classic breakfast bites from consultant chef Rob Lechowicz (Blackwood Pantry).In the afternoon, the focus will be mini cocktails which will be on tap alongside a beer and a few wines. The cheeky small doses of cocktails will be best enjoyed alongside an afternoon business meeting or as an after-work tipple but don’t expect to settle in for the night. Sammy Junior will shut from about 6 pm so head down to Maybe Sammy in The Rocks to continue the evening. Architect George Livissianis (Chin Chin Sydney, The Apollo, Cho Cho San, The Dolphin Hotel) will bring to life the interiors. Expect some visual similarities to Maybe Sammy.

Neil Perry in Double Bay

A household name, Neil perry is opening is first solo project mid-year after a 40-year career. Don’t expect to draw similarities to Rock Pool, this restaurant in Double Bay is all his own. The 170-seat venue will focus on plant-based dishes and salads during the day, with a selection of grilled options. Expect an approachable restaurant, with interiors by ACME (Mimi’s, the Grounds) and designer David Caon. The unnamed restaurant is highly anticipated with locals and diners who have followed Perry throughout his career. The new venue is Perry’s way of breathing life back into Double Bay, an area he spent many years dining in. 

Aria Wine Bar

Aria is a Sydney institution, serving fine dining to locals and visitors for several years. This year it’s transforming part of the restaurant into a relaxed wine bar. Yes, it will be serving food, so if you don’t want to splash out on the full menu, you can head to the bar for wine and snacks. The wine list will be the highlight, which includes over 80 wines by the glass and 1700 bottles. Anna Solomon (co-owner and Solotel’s creative director), Matt Moran, Joel Bickford (Aria head chef), and Alex Kirkwood (head sommelier) are the creative minds behind the fresh, laid back experience. The bar will celebrate the pillars of Aria’s 20-year success, at the same time offering locals a new side of Aria. One of which doesn’t require a reservation to enjoy cocktails, and snacks from Bickford.

Re

Re is perhaps the most exciting addition to our diverse restaurant and bar landscape. The boundary-pushing bar will be the world’s first permanent no-waste bar opening up an entirely new category, one we can get behind. Matt Whiley of Scout and Maurice Terzini from Icebergs and CicciaBella are the masterminds behind this new concept swinging its doors open sometime in February. The bar puts sustainability at the forefront, which includes the interior. Set in a heritage list- 19th Century railway engineering workshop the fit-out is comprised of recycled and repurposed building materials. The bar and tabletops are designed from recycled plastic bottles and Tupperware containers. Food that would otherwise go to waste will be given new life in cocktails, with spirit-heavy options. There is to be a food menu from Chefs Alex Prichard (Icebergs) and Nic Wong (Cicciabella). 

Ploos

There’s a new Greek restaurant coming to town from Greek-Australian Chef, Peter Conistis. Ploos, will find it’s home in Campbell’s Stores, the dining precinct in Circular Quay. Conistis is known for his restaurants, Alpha, Omega, and Cosmos, so Ploos is rumoured to be a fresh venue. Expect South Mediterranian dishes you would find in Crete or Cypriot, an oversized eat-at-bar, and harbour views. Ploos is slated to open in March 2021.

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