Whether you're looking for a quick espresso shot on the way to work, or traversing the city streets for an early morning bite with colleagues or friends, we've covered Sydney's best breakfast spots in the CBD. Once you have perused our CBD breakfast hit list, check out our Sydney's Best Breakfasts series.
The brainchild of pastry maestro Lorraine Godsmark, this exquisite patisserie offers a vast selection of breakfast pastries, all created in-house. For those mid-morning sweet cravings, you can't go past the mascarpone layered with crisp coconut dacquoise and sliced strawberries. Lorraine's also sells whole cakes for sharing around the office, become employee of the month and enjoy some of Sydney's best baked breakfast treats!
Pablo & Rusty's
From single origins and filters to the seasonal espressos, Pablo & Rustys' ongoing commitment to supplying ethically sourced beans and tea is also echoed in the fantastic breakfast menu. Sit back and enjoy P&R's rosemary and balsamic roasted mushrooms with creamy Persian feta and dried gremolata on rye.
Klink Handmade Espresso
This hole-in-the-wall café is conveniently located on Clarence Street, offering an oasis from the rat race hustle and bustle. True to its name, at Klink espresso is key, but the breakfast menu is also brimming with goodies and offers some simple CBD breakfast fare—you must try the walnut and raisin toast.
Table Sixty Espresso
Brightly lit and open in the wee hours of the morning, Table Sixty is perfectly rustic and boutique at the same time. Located in proximity to Wynyard station, this Sydney café is definitely worth a visit, particularly for the roasted beetroot, mesclun, goat curd and hazelnut crusty wholemeal roll. Communal tables are available as are takeaway options for those on the go. For some of Sydney's best and fresh breakfast options in the CBD, there are also vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free breads and cakes.
The Fine Food Store
For all the food lovers, this decadent little space is open from early morning till late afternoon. Hidden within cobblestone lanes, it's all about great food at Fine Food Store —and we highly recommend starting your day with waffles, poached field berries, panna cotta gelato and vanilla syrup! Wash it down with a coffee courtesy of Sensory Lab.
Cabrito Coffee Traders
The revival of Sydney's laneways has brought small bars and cafes to the fore. The coffee at Cabrito is custom roasted by Melbourne's Four Rascals and boasts a rich, sweet and full-bodied espresso. There is also a small selection of sandwiches and baked goods supplied by Brookvale's LusciousKiki for your CBD breakfast needs.
A breakfast pit stop, Palomino is constantly brimming with the CBD work crowd. There are a variety of delectable homemade pastries and sweets, whilst coffee arrives via Morgan's handcrafted blend. If you're dining in, opt for the local favourite: apple, date and walnut loaf served with lashings of ricotta, honey and pomegranate.
Central Baking Depot
The cousin to Bourke Street Bakery, this little Erskine Street institution has a lot of charm! Stop by for a classically French baked treat, or hop inside for a morning pastry and espresso. There are plenty of tables to accommodate those morning meetings or catch-ups, Central Baking Depot offers a reliable Sydney breakfast staple in the heart of the CBD.
Workshop Espresso is perfect for those in need of coffee and something to chew on the go. Constantly buzzing with the CBD workforce, this hole-in-the-wall establishment serves up a knockout bacon and egg roll with chilli jam, a damn fine Sydney breakfast.
Hidden away at the city end of Commonwealth Street, Joe Black boasts a well-rounded mix of savoury and sweet options, as well as espresso, syphon and cold drip coffee. The menu is full of all the usual breakfast suspects but we're licking our lips for the pancakes with house-made chocolate sauce!
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