At the heart of Sydney's breakfast scene, Surry Hills is renowned for its quaint cafes and superb coffee. We've hit the streets to bring you a brilliant mix of old favourites and delicious new contenders for your breakfast dining pleasure.
Situated on the lower end of Surry Hills, this breakfast gem serves up dishes as pretty to look at, as they are to eat! Devon Café is the perfect place to unwind over a simple but well-executed menu, with highlights including: Devon's granola with poached pear and raspberries; its famed "Ultimate Toastie" with fresh shaved black truffle, mushrooms and fontina cheese; and chicken 'n' chips the Devon way.
A crowd favourite, Reuben Hills is no stranger to the title of best breakfast in Surry Hills. With beans roasted on site, get to Reuben Hills for your morning cup of Joe. On the food front you must try the Dirty Bird (spiced grilled chicken, tomatillo salsa, chipotle aioli), the Broken Omelette Roll with fried shrimp and bacon jam, and soft baked eggs with jamón.
This Surry Hills breakfast institution is constantly brimming with the locals. You'll feel right at home in the comfy booths as the friendly staff takes your order—we recommend the Mexican breakfast, veggie burger and homemade creamed corn.
Paramount Coffee Project
A hub for Sydney's coffee fanatics, Paramount Coffee Project has cemented its position on our hit list of the best breakfasts in Surry Hills. Whether your morning is best caffeinated with a cold drip, double ristretto or soy flat white, PCP has you covered. The food menu is American-inspired with unique creations such as smoked trout porridge with buckwheat, kombu and quail egg, or eggplant and cheese schnitzel with black beans, corn and chipotle.
Bringing a taste of NYC to the streets of Surry Hills, Brooklyn Hide offers delectable freshly-baked bagels, which will have you spoilt for choice—think toppings such as prosciutto, spiced tomato, in-house cured lox and braised pork shoulder.
Single Origin Roasters
A coffee lover's haven, Single Origin Roasters serves up its specialty brew alongside inventive dishes, including twice-cooked eggs with black pudding, or roasted apples and pears with sweet-spiced labne—a must on your Surry Hills breakfast itinerary.
Suzie Q Coffee and Records
Nestled in the quiet back streets of Surry Hills, Suzie Q Coffee and Records pays homage to classical jazz and rock, all whilst dishing up delicious breakfast fare—standouts include crispy eggs on arepa, slow-braised chipotle pork, and Famer Jo's burnt fig, cinnamon and almond granola.
Bill Granger's Crown Street café has garnered a cult following amongst Sydney foodies. A stalwart on Surry Hills breakfast scene, Bills is famed for its ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter, and sweetcorn fritters topped with roast tomato, spinach and bacon. Wash it back with Bills' signature blended coffee by Single Origin Roasters.
The Venus Cafe @ The Stables
A newcomer on the Surry Hills breakfast scene, The Venus Cafe @ The Stables offers great coffee via Perth's 5 Senses, tantalising green smoothies, pressed juices, salads and a menu jam-packed with fresh ingredients. You'll find everything from melt-in-your-mouth ham and cheese croissants to tasty bircher, hearty salads and gluten-free brownies.
O Organic Produce Cafe
Take a break from the daily grind and treat yourself to a wholesome breakfast from this Surry Hills cafe. Offering an entirely organic menu with plenty of choice for those with specific dietary needs, standouts include its range of superfood smoothies, vegan French toast, gluten-free muesli and Turkish style baked eggs.
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