Where to Find the Best Breakfasts in Surry Hills

By Ally Parker
5th Jun 2017

best breakfast surry hills

Do we really need to wax lyrical about breakfast? It’s the best meal of the day (or night, if you’re one of those intelligent folk who eat outside the box). 

We’ve scoured Surry Hills (yes, even Foveaux Street) to bring the greatest scram on toast, along with other brekkie pleasures direct to you and your crew.

Dig in; these are the best breakfasts in Surry Hills. 

Bondi Wholefoods

We know. It’s a little confusing to have Bondi Wholefoods at the top of our Surry Hills brekkie list, but stick with us. Bondi Wholefoods have crafted a deeply nutritious and sustainable menu hailing to twin pillars: health and fitness. Try the super addictive Paleo bread (gluten and dairy free), mesquite vanilla pancakes, or Paleo eggs benny topped with ‘kale-o-naise’. The best part? Breakfast is served alllllllll day long.

Rueben Hills

The doors at Rueben Hills opened way back in 2012 and the breakfasts have kept on coming ever since. Can we get a hell yeah?  Located on Albion Street, Rueben Hills run an all day breakfast (aka the Lord’s work), which includes French toast (bacon crumb, charred banana, bacon custard) and organic bircher muesli (with rosewater consommé). If you’ve stumbled across their website and seen the term, ‘public cupping’ do not be alarmed. It’s coffee tasting ya’ll.  Cupping is open weekly on a Saturday but register online to not miss out. We’d also like to tip our hats to the ‘really fucking great fried chicken’, which is unquestionably the best menu name we’ve ever seen.

Paramount Coffee Project

If you haven’t tried the turmeric latte here, you haven’t lived man. You haven’t lived. This ginger, turmeric and honey delight is served hot or cold (we highly recommend hot) with house made almond milk. Their avo on toast (fermented salsa, vegemite sesame and cashew butter) shows the housing market who’s boss, and the buttermilk fried chicken waffle is nothing short of daaaaamn foooiiine. Paramount’s house made soda with passionfruit and elderflower will go down a treat too—and prompt Monty Python jokes from your more juvenile mate (aka us). Visit them on Commonwealth Street seven days a week.

Suzie Q Coffee & Records

Suzie Q Coffee & Records is the place to go if you value a good cuppa and even better tune. A small, yet curated brekkie menu will suit even the most refined of palettes with goodies like autumn serenade (organic groats, black chia bircher, pear, rhubarb, rosewater clusters) and Suzie’s breakfast bowl (organic brown rice, Persian lentils, carrot hummus, pickled turmeric, and avocado). Suzie Q also boasts a curated selection of rare vinyl. When they’re not on rotation in store, they’re on sale, just for you (and likely, everyone in your apartment building). Pop in for a coffee, sit back, and admire the large-scale photograph of Woodstock by Elliot Landy.

Cook & Archies

Cook & Archies is the place to go if you value a hella fine brekkie and can’t stay away from those optional extras—they’ve got heaps, and each more glorious than the last. Dig in to the kale and cauliflower breakfast bowl (poached egg, avocado, hummus, manouri cheese, chia seeds) or house smoked salmon fillet (poached eggs, chilli kale, roast tomatoes, labneh, and dukkha on sourdough) and the warm, unconditional hug only brekkie can give you. 


Known as Sydney’s first ‘profit for purpose’ café, breakfast at Gratia does more than fill your belly. Fifty per cent of Gratia’s profits go to The Pure Foundation and the other fifty? To causes selected by customers. Good one. Curated to reflect Australia’s shining multiculturalism, Gratia’s menu features goodies like the jamon and fried egg roll, and smoothie bowl with banana, blueberry and acai. The space on Bourke Street is also super dreamy and full of light, so what are you waiting for? Your cup will runneth over, so to speak.                                                                   

Single O

If you thought we at The Urban List were mad about coffee, think again. Single O have well and truly claimed that crown, no questions asked. And boy, are we glad. Single O on Reservoir Street serve single origin and Reservoir brand coffee seven glorious days a week. Hallelujah. Their croissants are some of the best we’ve ever tasted (and we know our croissants) and if you can look past the bacon and egg roll (with red-eye mayo and tomato apple ketchup), then the mothership bowl (poached eggs, avocado, sweet potato, and mixed grains) should hit the spot. As a bonus, the baristas at Single O are some of the loveliest blokes and blokettes around. Love you guys, talk soon ‘kay?


Shenkin café spot number four, come on down! We’ve been delighted by locations like Erskineville and Newtown and by golly it’s time Surry Hills joined the party. Serving home-style Israeli meals and coffee, the Surry Hills iteration is just as scrummy as the others and with all the same homey touches. Hit up the Crown Street location for the world’s fluffiest Tamar pancakes (vanilla crème, date molasses, strawberries, banana) or Israeli big brekkie (eggs, labne, avocado, Israeli salad, smoked salmon and pita), you won’t be disappointed. 

Ouroboros Organic Wholefoods

Side-stepping the fact we can’t quite pronounce Ouroboros, this organic, wholefoods café is the little treasure Surry Hills always wanted. Drop by the Devonshire street eatery for avocado toast with fetta, basil oil and cherry tomato or eggs benedict (with our favourite, toasted milk buns), enjoyed at one of several communal tables. Not so hungry? These guys are known to put that extra dollop of love and care into their coffee, so swing by for a cuppa.

Blacksmith Surry Hills

Located smack bang on the corner of Chalmers and Rutland, Blacksmith café is hard to miss; just look for the blacksmith mallets and studwork adorning the tables, chairs and ceiling. Sip on Toby’s Estate coffee (cold drip if you so please) and peruse an extensive menu with everything from fruit breads (hello banana and walnut!) and Spanish baked eggs (smoky chorizo and eggs broiled in grilled peppers, feta cheese) to French toast and berry pancakes with Nutella. Brekkie runs ‘til 2:30pm, so don’t worry if you like a sleep in.

That's breakfast #sorted how about trying somewhere new for dinner?

Image credit: Carla Dibbs | Cook & Archies

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