Finding the best breakfast in Sydney might feel like a lucky dip, until now! We’ve tried and tested so many amazing but also average (and beyond average) cafes so we can bring you our ultimate favourites!
But there’s two things Sydney does really well; brunch and coffee. A lot of cafes even open on Christmas morning so Sydneysiders can get their fix! We know, it can be overwhelming because there are so many places to choose from and you just want a relaxing morning, not hours of research. Well, don’t fear, we have put together a list of, what we think, is the best breakfast in Sydney!
This article is a collaboration piece by two British expats and the British know our breakfasts! Kicking off with the top 10 by guest writer Rebecca Shinn followed by picks from resident writer and foodie, Amii Freeman.
30 Best Breakfast In Sydney
1. We can confirm it’s worth the hype! White Rabbit Cafe, Double Bay
White Rabbit is consistently busy every time I walk past, so it’s worth checking out the hype, right?! Yep, I confirm – tastiness all around.
My favourite dish is this beautiful passionfruit Panacotta with granola, making White Rabbit my favourite breakfast in Sydney!
Oh, and if you haven’t had toast from the Bread and Butter Project by now – grab some from here. Thick slices of toasted fresh bread with a heart-attacks-worth of butter dripping from it, but you won’t regret it.
2. Get interior décor inspo at Bowery Lane Cafe, Sydney CBD
Bowery Lane is a place I wanted to go to for a while because of the rave reviews. Seriously interior décor inspo – you have to walk through a mini florist before getting to the actual café. Order the skillet baked eggs or crab omelette, both are delicious!
3. Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria
‘The Grounds’ as it’s known is almost a bit of a tourist attraction as there’s so much more to see than the food. I ventured here in my first week of being in Sydney and fell in love with the massive pig on the little farm. Yes – a farm, as well as a florist, a garden, a café and a restaurant.
The papaya smoothie is to die for and my usual every time I go. Also, if it’s too far to get to Alexandria – mooch along to Town Hall into The Galleries – there’s a ‘Grounds of the City’.
4. Have a beautiful looking breakfast at Indigo Cafe, Double Bay
Indigo Cafe is fab on several accounts and it’s the BEST people watching in the Eastern Suburbs, I promise you that!
Expect great service here as the staff seem to love their job and I personally always find it makes a difference.Every single menu item is delicious though, I should know because I’ve had the majority of them (and they are also completely Instagrammable).
5. Visit the World’s most Instagrammable cafe at Speedos Cafe, Bondi
Speedo’s Cafe in Bondi is a tiny little café at the end of Bondi Beach and deserves a place on the list. It was voted the world’s most Instagrammable cafe. Seriously fun and tasty – the crowds flock here on a weekend and it’s easy to see why.
Try the vegan pancakes, I can assure you they are the best you’ll ever have! Speedo’s Cafe is also one of the best healthy cafes in Sydney with fantastic views of Bondi. This is often my go-to cafe in Sydney all year round.
It is also open until 5 pm, a rare find in Sydney as most cafes seem to close by 3 pm on weekends. Looking for more vegan dishes? Try our list of the best vegan restaurants in Sydney.
6. Have an expert coffee at the Ministry of Coffee, Rose Bay
Ah how I love thee, because Ministry of Coffee’s menu is to die for. Usually I’ll order the bruschetta, my favourite in Sydney but recently I went for this poached eggs dish which was equally as good. This is easily one ofthe best breakfast in Sydney!
I love The Star, mainly because it’s a playground for adults (gambling and expensive bags – be responsible folks) but the discovery of this place just elevated it.
There’s a really awesome menu full of Asian fusion foods, but the one being ordered by everyone around me which was; brioche, maple bacon, edamame, ponzu pearls and miso hollandaise. Any of that confusing? Just go and see for yourself. It’ll soon make sense.
8. Enjoy an upscale brunch at Vela, Breakfast Point
It’s a bit of a trek from the centre of Sydney along the Parramatta River, but if you have a soft spot for ferries – you’re sorted to find one of the best breakfasts in Sydney.
Brunch is more of an upscale affair at Vela Bar & Dining, as demonstrated by the slate on which my barramundi was served. Beautifully presented and well-balanced flavours – but the best part was the view looking out onto the water.
9. Have an Israeli breakfast plate at Four Ate Five, Surry Hills
Four Ate Five is a cute little café on a corner of tree-lined streets in Surry Hills. Open, vibrant and comforting with tummy-rumbling plates leaving the kitchen at a good speed.
Don’t let the breakfast plate deceive you – those are carrots NOT sausages. Still a great accompaniment to the dish though and they have amazing coffee here, which is also a pretty serious component to one of the best brunch in Sydney spots.
10. Stop! In the name of brunch and visit Motown Coffee Brewers, Sydney CBD
I walked past Motown Coffee Brewers and one look at the menu and I couldn’t leave. I ordered a fresh strawberry and pineapple juice and breakfast bruschetta later and I was pretty happy with my decision!
As I mentioned with Ministry of Coffee – my heart is with them for breakfast bruschetta, HOWEVER, Motown Coffee Roasters threw a block of halloumi onto my brunch which made the cheese addict in me hit the roof with sheer joy.
11. Get your shakshuka on at A Man and his Monkey, Clovelly
Best shakshuka in Sydney, fight us on that! Choose between Israeli or hummus shakshuka and you won’t be disappointed with A Man and His Monkey. Paired with Bread & Butter Project sourdough which is to die for. They have many options to try and their coffee is perfect every time.
12. Blow out the cobwebs at The Rusty Rabbit, Darlinghurst
With huge portions and a great menu, The Rusty Rabbit is the perfect place to revive yourself on a morning. Options such as lamb eggs, pavlova pancakes or dukkah smashed avocado with whipped feta are sure to brighten your morning!
13. Try an Australian breakfast at Bill’s, Surry Hills
Bills is a hugely popular breakfast joint offering ‘the full Aussie’ plate or a healthy ‘Fresh Aussie”, both are similar to an English breakfast but without the grease and with a touch of Sydney magic. If that doesn’t interest you, try the ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter, mouth watering yet?
14. Eat in an old electrical substation at Sub-station, Alexandria
Not just a pretty industrial-style venue with beautiful interiors, Sub-Station knows how to do breakfast with a twist! Their specials include Jerusalem bagel benedict or Kashkaval eggs, finish off with Challah french toast and maple syrup. Be honest, you’ve had a two-course breakfast before, haven’t you? No judgements here.
15. Have a sustainable breakfast at Two Chaps, Marrickville
Two Chaps aim to make everything from scratch and to be as sustainable as possible. Their seasonal changing breakfast menu includes local, quality produce and their bread and pastries are baked fresh. Their sticky chai and coffees are to die for and you will have the best breakfast in Sydney!
16. Enjoy inventive dishes at Circa Espresso, Parramatta
Seriously, the dishes at Circa Espresso need to be tried. Their most popular breakfast is the ottoman eggs served with crumbed eggplant, garlic labneh, burnt chilli and sage butter, fried leeks and house-made focaccia; get in my mouth.
17. Get your red velvet fix at Local Mbassy, Ultimo
Red velvet pancakes, red velvet latte, red velvet waffles, need I continue? If red velvet pancakes are not your vibe then don’t worry, Local Mbassy‘s whole breakfast menu uses high quality ingredients and their coffee is delicious.
18. Dine on Japanese comfort food at Kuramac, Marrickville
Kuramac literally means cool mac in Japanese, cool huh? If you’re looking for the best breakfast in Sydney then you must seek out all culture’s breakfast food. Try the grilled salmon congee (a popular rice-based porridge) or the cod roe omelette with toast and seaweed butter on the side. Delicious!
19. Have breakfast right on the water at Celsius, Kirribilli
One of the most stunning places to have breakfast on the Lower North Shore, Celsius will blow you away. It’s a cosy cafe right on Kirribilli wharf with a limited number of tables, no reservations accepted so expect to wait if you visit on a weekend. But when you are sitting right above the water with a plate of Messina stuffed waffles or a brioche empanada, you will be very happy you waited. Trust me.
20. Eat with ‘the best view in Manly’ at The Pantry
Self-proclaimed best view in Manly, you should visit The Pantry yourself to judge. But the menu needs no judgement, there is a reason it made our best breakfast in Sydney list. If you are a meat lover, definitely get the breakfast board filled with prosciutto, Jamon, truffle salami chorizo, eggs and sourdough. Need I say more?
21. Get your black pudding fix at The Fine Food Store, Sydney CBD
Missing black pudding from the UK? We got you. Visit The Fine Food Store in the city and you won’t be disappointed, you can even share a big breakfast smorgasbord for two filled with two eggs, grilled polenta, black pudding, salmon rillettes, sourdough and smoothies. If that doesn’t take your fancy, the breakfast roll is always a winner in my heart.
22. Trust a deli to make the best breakfast, Against the Grind, Neutral Bay
I’m a firm believer that you can’t go wrong with eating at a deli. They make and sell their own meats, sauces, cheeses, and bread so you know their cafe menu is going to be heavenly. This is true for Against the Grind, I had a maple crispy and bacon egg roll with swiss cheese and I even asked for nduja paste to be added from their counter and it made my morning.
23. Tuck into purple pancakes at Black Toast, Annandale
Everything at Black Toast is made with high quality ingredients and all dishes are fresh and delicious, including the apple and blueberry purple pancakes with lemon myrtle ricotta and maple syrup. If savoury is more your bag then order the silky scrambled eggs and crab with sriracha mayo, go on, you know you want to.
24. Try all the toasties at Meraki, Sydenham
If Meraki is famous for one thing, it’s for making seriously delicious ‘toasties on the fly’ packed with the best ingredients. Try the ‘pork-chu-cheese’ with chorizo, grilled halloumi, cheddar cheese and house-made peri peri, or the truffle bomb, or the mushroom katsu, or the classic ham, cheese and grilled tomato. Okay, I’ll stop, but only if you promise you’ll go.
25. Find a new favourite Eastern Suburbs cafe, Lion and Buffalo, South Coogee
Lion and Buffalo know their food and belong on this best breakfast in Sydney list. From miso mushrooms, celeriac, and poached eggs on Iggy’s sourdough to the black forest waffles with praline biscuits, everything is made with care and your tastebuds in mind. Stay around for lunch and have a Raman they have claimed is ‘better than sex’.
26. Have a ‘brotherhood’ breakfast at The Basket Brothers, Sydney CBD
Set up by three friends, The Basket Brothers was created to band people together through food. For something different, try the pumpkin bruschetta with ricotta, pomegranate and balsamic glaze. It could make your best breakfast in Sydney memories!
27. Taste the best Bloody Mary at Bloody Mary, Potts Point
Cure the weekend hangover with a Bloody Mary hair of the dog and a delicious breakfast, what could go wrong? Perfectly paired with their fried chicken and waffles or corn fritters with poached eggs. Stay for lunch and continue the party at their outdoor seating.
28. Visit a retro all-day diner at Valentinas, Marrickville
All-day breakfast in Sydney? Get me there immediately. Valentinas is serving everything you would expect at an American-style diner-like “biscuits & gravy”, pancakes with maple syrup and PB&J toasties. Pair it with a bottomless coffee and you are set for the day.
29. Dine in a decedent restaurant at Botanica, Vaucluse
Botanica is not only known for its beautiful interiors filled with huge indoor plants, velvet chairs and printed wallpaper; it also serves the best breakfast in Sydney. Go for something different with Arabic pancakes or polenta porridge or order the Sydney breakfast. You will have a truly stunning morning.
30. Venture out to The Waterfront Cafe & General Store, Church Point Pittwater
Weekends are for lazy mornings, great food and getting out in nature in our opinion. So take a drive out to Pittwater and grab a table with a waterfront view. With a classic big breakfast with all the trimmings including hash browns, you can’t go wrong. You are welcome for the suggestion.