Brunch Bucket List | 50 Sydney Cafes To Try Before You Die

By Sophia Fukunishi
19th Aug 2016

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We don’t even want to picture a world before brunch was invented. Imagine being confined to breakfast, lunch and dinner as your only meals? Literally, the worst. As ambassadors of what is arguably the world’s greatest meal, Sydneysiders are a serious bunch when it comes to brunching. 

Whether avocado on toast floats your boat, or you’re a firm believer that haloumi makes everything better (it does), these are the Sydney cafes you need to add to your brunch bucket list.

  1. If you haven’t been to The Grounds yet, have you really lived in Sydney? 
  2. You can pretty much put anything in a narnie at Three Williams and it will be delicious.
  3. Do yourself a favour and try the Breakfast With Gwyneth at Bread and Circus.
  4. St Jude’s is a cute corner cafe in Redfern that serves up classic brunch fare. We love their Croque Monsieur.
  5. The love smoothie from Venus Wholefoods is a nourishing breakfast in a glass.
  6. Shakshouka it to me baby at Shuk in Bondi.
  7. Grilled mac’n’cheese toastie from Barista & Cook, anyone? Thought so.
  8. A smoothie bowl from Cali Press juice will get you up and moving.
  9. The epic bacon and egg roll from Laneway Cafe in Cammeray promises to rid you of any hangover.
  10. Paddington’s Sonder is a little bit of naughty and nice and a whole lot of tasty. 
  11. In Parramatta? Make a beeline to Circa Espresso for their top notch brekkies and coffee.
  12. Cornersmith is a local favourite and for good reason (it’s awesome).
  13. Is there anything more iconic than bills’ ricotta hot cakes for brekkie?
  14. Yum cha counts as brunch, right? Get your dumpling fix at East Phoenix in Zetland.
  15. For French breakfasting at its best, head to Bitton in Oatley. 
  16. With a name like Flower Child, you’d think it would be a bit hippy, but it’s not. It’s just damn delicious.
  17. A coffee and a brewnut from Brewtown Newtown will sort you out (their other brekkie dishes are to die for too).
  18. Morris in Paddington knows how to deliver the healthy brunch feels. 
  19. For food that’s almost too pretty to eat, but you most definitely should eat, check out Henry Lee’s.
  20. Sure, you may have to wait in line on weekends, but it’s worth it when it comes to brunching at Reuben Hills. Be sure to grab a coffee too.
  21. Bellagio in Bronte combines boozing and brunching and we love it.
  22. Bring a picnic rug and brunch under the trees at Incinerator Café in Willoughby.
  23. Bondi fave, Lox, Stock and Barrel’s bowlarama is basically Bondi in a bowl. 
  24. If you love French toast (and you should), Wolfe & Co in Dural needs to be on your radar.
  25. John Smith Cafe. Boring name, incredible food.
  26. Get your bagel on at Smoking Gun Bagels.
  27. You haven’t brunched in Sydney if you haven’t been to Three Blue Ducks in Bronte.
  28. Onsen eggs benedict with wasabi hollandaise is a thing and we love it. Get your fix at Calabur Cafe in Bondi Junction.
  29. Brunch with a side of dessert? Or the other way around? Sure, why not? Get it at Passiontree Velvet.
  30. Are there many things greater than fresh bread and butter? Get a simple, yet damn satisfying version at Bourke Street Bakery.
  31. Fratelli Fresh now do brunch! Get your fix at Potts Point and Walsh Bay.
  32. Breakfast ramen? You betcha. Get it at Rising Sun Workshop.
  33. Come, sit, stay at Dachshund Coffee in leafy Hunters Hill.
  34. Kepos St Kitchen, baked meatballs for breakfast is a thing. 
  35. Foundry Fifty Three for the red hot chilli eggs. 
  36. Two words. Bootsdarling’s bircher. 
  37. Brunch with a view at the Boathouse Shelly Beach.
  38. Paramount Coffee Project and all of its glorious coffee. Oh, and the breakfast menu is a little left of centre, and we love it. 
  39. Cook and Archie’s haloumi stack. Because haloumi.
  40. Suzie Q and their Breakfast At Epiphanie’s. Perfect for those who don’t know what they want.
  41. People watching at Speedo’s Cafe in Bondi.
  42. The menu is small, but the flavours are big at Deus
  43. Revolver Cafe in Annandale is chock-full of brunching deliciousness.
  44. Head over to The Baron in Castle Hill for a satisfillin’ brunch (see what we did there?).
  45. Small Town Avalon is famous for their doughnuts, but don’t miss their brekkie menu either!
  46. Devon Cafe is a bit different and trust us, you’ll love it.
  47. Post-swim brunching is best done at Pilgrim’s in Cronulla.
  48. Fleetwood Macchiato, partly because of the name, but also because they do a mean vegan coconut sticky rice.
  49. Swedish style breakfasts? Ja! Get yours at Fika Swedish Kitchen in Manly.
  50. The green brekkie bowl from Porch and Parlour is the equivalent of doing 10 ab crunches (it’s not, but it’s definitely healthy).

Looking for more cafes in Sydney? Head here.

Image credit: Federica Portentoso at Bellagio

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