Cafes

20 Of Sydney’s Best Brunch Spots

By Simone Jovel - 04 Apr 2016

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best brunch spots in sydney
best brunch spots in sydney
best brunch spots in sydney
best brunch spots in sydney
Brewtown Newtown
Newtown, NSW 4 Images
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Revolver
Annandale, NSW 1 Image
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Smalltown
Avalon, NSW 1 Image
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Blackwood Pantry
Cronulla, NSW 1 Image
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Reuben Hills
Surry Hills, NSW 1 Image
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Bondi Wholefoods
North Bondi, NSW 1 Image
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John Smith Café
Waterloo, NSW 1 Image
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Three Williams
Redfern, NSW 1 Image
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The Grounds Of Alexandria
Alexandria, NSW 1 Image
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Speedo’s Cafe
North Bondi, NSW 8 Images
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Stain @ The Hill
Hunters Hill, NSW 1 Image
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Three Blue Ducks
Bronte, NSW 1 Image
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The Incinerator
Willoughby, NSW 1 Image
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The Boathouse Balmoral
Mosman, 2088 1 Image
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Culture Bean
Kogarah , NSW 1 Image
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The Baron
Castle Hill, NSW 1 Image
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Harry’s Bar & Dining
Bondi Beach, NSW 1 Image
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Cornersmith
Marrickville, NSW 1 Image
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Laneway Café
Cammeray, NSW 7 Images
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So, we’re calling it, if Sydney had an official meal it would be brunch, and rightly so. Any meal that manages to combine the best of breakfast and the best of lunch, and most importantly one that you don’t have to get up early for, is definitely right up our alley. So we’ve taken one for the team and sampled ALL the avo on toast, the cold brews and the cronuts to give you our top 20 picks of the best brunch spots in Sydney. 

Brewtown Newtown

Newtown
This Sydney café has earnt themselves a cult like following in the brewing stakes, but it’s their baked goods that we will literally write home about. From Brewnuts to cruffins this is the kind of place where it’s mandatory to buy not one but two sweet treats, one for now and one for a friend one for later.

Revolver Café

Annandale
No secret to locals, Revolver Café is the kind of place where you’ll need to cue for a table but trust us it’s totally worth the wait. Serving up a seriously good iced latte and with a range of vegetarian and gluten free options you can’t go past the vegetarian big brekkie and, because you’re never too old for pancakes, you need to give their vanilla creations a whirl, complete with apple, rhubarb and orange compote. Say no more.

Smalltown 

Avalon
Don’t be fooled by the small in this one, Smalltown is actually on the rather large side and is doing some delicious work in the brunch sphere. The menu is seasonal and creative, meaning there’s always something new to try but without forgetting everyone’s favourite go-to, avocado on toast. Leave room for a donut or two, made fresh on site and dusted with deliciousness like chocolate peanut and vanilla rose. And if you needed another reason to stop by, this place does free dog biscuits. What does a place with free dog biscuits have? Say it with us people, PUPPIES! 

Blackwood Pantry 

Cronulla
Three beautiful words, All Day Menu, take pride of place at this airy brunch spot in Cronulla. The guys at Blackwood Pantry are all about the flavours combining old faithfuls with some exciting twists, case in point the Miss Piggy of crisp pork belly, roasted peaches, goats cheese and chimichurri on toasted ciabatta. 

Reuben Hills

Surry Hills 
No stranger to a best brunch in Sydney crown, Reuben Hills have been dishing up fried chicken for brunch before it was cool. The menu has a Latin fusion vibe complete with tacos for brunch, and because they roast their coffee beans on site you’re guaranteed to start your day off right.

Bondi Wholefoods

North Bondi
Activewear at the ready, this place is a must try for brunch if you find yourself in North Bondi. Serving brunch until 3pm, you’ll need to sit down to read through all the juices and smoothies on offer here, and maybe bring a friend so you can try more than one. With a mantra based around delicious, sustainable and organic produce, Bondi Wholefoods’ extensive menu includes everything from muesli to eggs to cacao berry pancakes.

John Smith

Waterloo
This modern cafe in Waterloo serves brunch all day with the kind of coffee you need in your life along with their nothing short of legendary, cronuts, meaning you can have your cake and eat it too, whenever you damn well choose. If you’re after something to impress your brunch date, you can’t go past the black truffle eggs benedict—a little bit of fancy and a whole lot of delish.

Three Williams

Redfern
There’s a reason this place is always on our list. Since the early days the team at Three Williams have been plating up narnies and the kind of poached eggs you dream about, come on brunch lovers, you feel us right? Whatever you desire, pair it with one of their famous smoothies or their perfectly roasted coffee and you’ve set yourself up for a pretty fabulous day.

The Grounds

Alexandria
The Grounds is as delicious as it is gorgeous. Combining quality produce with specialty coffee roasters, The Grounds is the kind of place you come to brunch long, and to brunch well, with The Café’s rustic, wholesome and paddock-to-plate menu, complete with a patisserie AND a bakery, because choices, you can also stock up on goodies for later which a selection of jams, coffees and other treats for purchase.

Speedo Café

North Bondi
Add a bit of #yolo to your brunch game and a side of Coco Whip at this North Bondi brunch spot. Speedo’s is the kind of place that welcomes saints and sinners, vegans, vegetarians, gluten free and food porn appreciators. If your body is a temple you can compliment your morning workout with some Protein Power 6 scrambled egg whites, smoked salmon, avocado, spinach, wholemeal toast otherwise you can tuck in to some raspberries, fig, ricotta, pistachio, Persian fairy floss and honey on sourdough toast.

Stain @ The Hill

Hunters Hill
Always a winner, Stain @ The Hill has the baked eggs and French toast of your Instadreams. It’s always service with a smile at this brunch spot with their airy space offering indoor and outdoor seating and they’re also dog friendly so you may even get a free pat with your Toby’s Estate latte. 

Three Blue Ducks

Bronte
A group of mates and a great location make for one of Sydney’s best brunch finds. Three Blue Ducks prides themselves on creating seasonal fare using produce straight from their garden to plate up favourites including avocado toast, mango lassi bircher muesli and for something more substantial, scrambled eggs with black sausage.  

Incinerator 

Willoughby
This place is all about the quality over the quantity, serving up a minimalistic menu that is sure to keep you satisfied. The space itself is divine and what they do with their menu is the reason they make the list as one of Sydney’s best brunch spots. Whether it’s a bacon and egg roll with homemade tomato chutney or their fig and raisin sourdough with ricotta and jam you’re on to a winner. Did we mention they have bubbles on the menu? Like we said, quality over quantity.

The Penny Royal

Mosman
What this place lacks in space they make up for in taste and in muffins. The Penny Royal is the place to get your buds around Nutorious muffins by James Sideris along with some expertly brewed coffee and a breakfast burrito that you most definitely need in your life complete with smoky beans, sweet salsa, cheese and of course avo.

The Boathouse

Balmoral
Treat yourself to brunch with a view at this Balmoral café. The team at The Boathouse effortlessly combine the best local produce to serve up one seriously good-looking brunch menu. All the favourites are there and we can’t go past their Eugalo Farm veggie bowl with an added side of smoked salmon and a fresh juice. They also serve a buttermilk scone and we suggest you try one. Actually, make that two.

Culture Bean

Kogarah
These guys get good coffee and good food which makes for one damn fine brunch spot. With an Acai bowl to keep you happy or some haloumi, sweet potato and eggplant, trust us it is divine, this is one Sydney café that tastes as good as it looks.

The Baron

Castle Hill
Created by two mates and supporting local farmers and producers, The Baron knows a thing or two about coffee and food. From their Baron bircher muesli to their roast pork, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles toasted sandwich, this café plates up quality grub along side Single Origin coffee and a great cold brew.

Harry’s

Bondi Beach
Harry’s is all about their two true loves, food and coffee, and boy do we love them right back for it. This beachside eatery is one that consistently brings their A-game when it comes to brunch. Whether it’s ricotta hotcakes with blueberries, organic maple and double cream or crispy rolled egg, black beans, avocado, chorizo and lime, you’ll be back for more

Cornersmith

Marrickville
This family run café in Marrickville is the business when it comes to brunch time fare. Based on an ethos of sustainability and locally sourced produced, Cornersmith serves coffee from Mecca Espresso and Sample, along with their own range of in-house pickled goods. Their seasonal savoury toast on sourdough complete with charred corn, pineapple, avocado salsa, tomatoes and green chilli hot sauce along with any of their bowls will have you well sorted.

Laneway Cafe

Cammeray
If you like your brunch tasty, paired with a great coffee and an added friendly chat then look no further than Laneway Café in Cammeray. This brunch joint boasts an aptly titled good morning burger, a bacon and egg roll with perfectly crunchy hash brown, that has pretty much reached legend status and is something you need to try for yourself. Their portions are generous, there’s wine on the menu and you’re also guaranteed that there’ll be a dog or two around the place for a brunch time pat, you know, for good measure.


Image credit: Nicola Sevitt at Speedo's Cafe, Lisa Brooke at Bondi Wholefoods, Federica Portentoso at Three Williams, Lisa Brooke at The Boathouse, Lisa Brooke and Jackielyn Powell at Laneway Cafe

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