Apr 19, 2016
When it comes to weekend get-togethers, going out for breakfast is the new Sunday roast. With coffee culture at its heart, Sydney is spoiled for choice. Here are 15 of the best breakfast venues in the Harbour City.
The Grounds of Alexandria
A family favourite thanks to resident animals Kevin Bacon and Goldy Horn, The Grounds of Alexandria has a paddock-to-plate philosophy that means much of the produce is grown in the adjoining gardens or served fresh from the in-house bakery. Light bites include seasonal fruits and toast with homemade jams or go the whole hog (sorry, Kevin) with the Chef’s Brekkie Pan.
Bread & Circus
With people knocking elbows at long wooden tables, the communal vibe at Bread & Circus is front and centre. The menu – which changes daily – has a focus on vegetarian and vegan options. The Foxy Autumn Porridge, with caramelised banana, toasted coconut, blueberry, pistachio and a dollop of organic clotted cream, might just be enough to sway the unconverted.
21 Fountain Street, Alexandria
The Boathouse Balmoral Beach
Capitalising on its sun-drenched harbourside surroundings on the lower North Shore, The Boathouse Balmoral Beach is the place for a laid-back but stylish breakfast experience, topped off with a cup of Sydney’s best coffee – a unique blend created by the team (yep) of baristas. The modern menu stars green (pesto!) eggs and ham, as well as buttermilk scones with jam, cream and fresh strawberries.
No suburb does “chilled’” quite like Bondi Beach – and the longstanding Brown Sugar is quintessentially so. Go early to beat the rush for the chia, quinoa and coconut Bircher muesli or the vegie blackstone breakfast with English muffin, mushrooms, tomatoes, poached eggs and hash browns. There’s also a menu for the smaller members of the family.
Kepos & Co.
Middle Eastern flavour is on the brunch menu at the smart Danks Street Casba development in the inner suburbs. Try the poached eggs with warm hummus, burnt butter and taboon bread or the labne, honey and cinnamon milkshake with a signature churro. Brunch is served on weekends only, so if you're looking for a delectable feed during the week, head to sister café Kepos Street Kitchen. You won't be disappointed.
5/18 Danks Street, Waterloo
Brickfields is an artisan bakery that produces exceptional breads, cakes and pastries that you can sample in the café. Wash down a humble bacon sandwich or an almond croissant with your coffee and you have one of Sydney’s best inner-city breakfasts. The traffic may be nonstop and noisy but no-one seems to care.
206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale
Photograph by Saskia Wilson
Bills Surry Hills
When everyone else was burning their toast at home, Bill Granger was serving his signature scrambled eggs and ricotta hotcakes to the early adopters – and his breakfasts are as popular as ever. The Hendrick’s breakfast martini with gin, marmalade and lemon will knock away any cobwebs.
A huge warehouse space in inner-city Redfern means there’s plenty of room for groups and prams – and a great menu means there’s plenty of choice to keep you coming back. Try the Merchant (chilli fried egg with crispy bacon and pickled slaw on a warm brioche) for starters. Breakfast is served all day, every day.
613a Elizabeth Street, Redfern
A combination of traditional Israeli food, European pastries and coffee makes Shenkin a must-stop in the search for Sydney’s best breakfast. Waffles and pancakes sit in harmony with burekas and labanne at this venue just down the road from popular Newtown. If you’ve worked up an appetite, order the Israeli Big Breakfast with avocado, salad, salmon and pita.
Lox Stock & Barrel
The food at Lox Stock & Barrel is Jewish-inspired and focuses on local, seasonal produce and balanced eating. Favourites include the zucchini omelette and avocado smash served with a side of the eponymous smoked lox. For those with a sweet tooth, the brioche French toast with rhubarb, raspberry compote, cinnamon and vanilla ice-cream should do the trick.
140 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach
What, no bacon? With a full breakfast of free-range eggs, roast mushroom, roast tomato, roast herb potato and homemade baked beans on organic sourdough, chances are meat-eaters won’t even notice it’s missing. This beachside café adored by vegetarians and their friends is vegan-friendly, too.
97 Gerrale Street, Cronulla
West Juliett attracts weekend queues for its simple, rustic food and home-baked goodies. While you turn around the haloumi egg roll with wilted greens and chilli marmalade aioli, junior can enjoy a boiled egg and soldiers. Tea-lovers will appreciate the strict steeping times.
30 Llewellyn Street, Marrickville
Serving breakfast from 8am to 3pm, Café Mint has a strong Moroccan bias and people come from miles around for the breakfast couscous with poached dry-fruit compote, honey yoghurt, pistachio and hot milk.
Cafe Oratnek is the first solo venture of Kenny Takayama, former head chef at Bills Darlinghurst, is hidden behind the gates of a little terrace house close to Prince Alfred Park. The eclectic range of “On Toast” options includes coconut poached chicken with house chilli jam, cucumber and coriander. Eggs optional.
4 Pitt Street, Redfern
Fika Swedish Kitchen
If you could do a breakfast crawl, Manly would be a good place to start. The highlights are many but Fika offers something different. Its airy Scandi space provides the perfect surroundings for Nordic delights such as toast skagen: prawn, dill and lemon mayo with avocado on sourdough. Låt oss äta!