Ryde locals will know that this little corner of Sydney has been crying out for sweet, delicious goodies for years and guys, it’s finally happened. The days of schlepping it into the city or (gasp) out to The Hills for a half decent cup coffee are finally over and now you’ll literally have no reason to ever move out of your parent’s house. You know you were thinking it.
Face it—Ryde’s killing it right now and these are all the reasons we’re loving it sick.
If you find yourself in West Ryde wanting a damn good coffee and some tasty brunch to go with, check out Element 6. Their menu preaches dishes like black forest ham hock with beans, poached eggs, crispy onion and Brickfields sourdough, as well as French toast with brioche, raspberry poached apples, salted caramel, maple syrup and macadamia praline… delish, just delish.
The Missing Piece
Ok so The Missing Piece in Macquarie Centre is a café that offers brunch like no other. You’ll want to come to this Sydneycafé on an empty stomach, to partake in their abundance of cronuts, donuts, Gabrielle coffee (we like-y very much), insane thick shakes, and brunch food that will knock your socks off. One word: Instagram. Check them out ASAP and we’ll forgive you for chucking a sickie to check them out #priorities.
The Dining And Co
If you’re here for breaky, you might as well stay for lunch because the menu at The Dining and Co is everything you want and more. The one dish that always has our attention is the goat on toast: French goat’s cheese, honey and organic nuts on sourdough, simple perfection on a plate.
Koi Dessert Kitchen
This local spot is part café, part classroom and brings together the best in sweet, sugary delights. Not only can you pick up some patisserie items crafted together by a pastry wizard, you can get dinner and drinks here too! For a real fancy AF experience, this is where you head.
For authentic Cantonese dishes hit up Lan Yuan in Top Ryde. They serve dumplings on dumplings on dumplings, along with a bunch of fresh seafood and some truly delish veggie and tofu dishes. Lan Yuan is in Top Ryde and not only dishes up beautiful food, but has gorgeous interiors guaranteed to have you ‘grammin your entire meal.
Recently opened, Patisserie Cocotte is delivering the goods when it comes to all things baked, sugary and naughty. Stop here for breakfast (yes pastry can, is and should be breakfast, because France) and pick up some loaves of fresh bread on the way through.
Italian coffee and biscotti are what dreams are made of and the answer to yours can be found at Dolcini Café. Dolcini offers breakfast and specialised espresso, and since we know you all have one mate that isn’t on speaking terms with gluten, their famous biscotti happens to be gluten-free! Technically this guy is in Putney, but we thought you'd forgive us.
If you're in Surry Hills, then this is where to head for breakfast.
Image credit: KOI Dessert Kitchen