Going out for brunch on the weekend is one of our favourite things. Mainly because we feel like we are tricking the real morning people in to thinking we’re in their club and actually have our shit together. We also love coffee, smashed avocado and chorizo scrambled eggs more than the average human, so it’s convenient that those exact things feature in so many Sydney cafes.
If you are anything like us and want to soak up some rays this weekend while you sip your flat white and scoff some scrambos, then listen up, because these are our fave places to brunch outdoors in Sydney.
Three Blue Ducks
If you’re a fan of the original Three Blue Ducks in Bronte, then you’ll really love the brand spankin’ new outpost by the boys in Rosebery and the food never disappoints. Never, ever. It’s an industrial take on their original beachside location and we love their huge large communal tables, which are perfect for settling in with a hearty meal this weekend with your mates. The garden is one of its’ biggest selling points and it doesn’t hurt that the space is filled with the smoky meats cooking on the Argentinian grill.
The Boathouse Balmoral
For those days when you are craving a trip to the beach but don’t feel like straying too far from the city, we recommend The Boathouse at Balmoral Beach. It is absolutely heaving every single weekend, which is hardly surprising since the food is great (and generous), the vibes are laid back befitting their seaside location and the space literally resembles a beach house, which is always a good thing. Head here on a cold day to take advantage of the beach without actually having to go to the beach, or on a warm day to soak up some sunshine.
The absolute best (and only) way to fully experience Store Espresso is by nabbing one of their picnic blankets and spreading out on the lawn for the morning with a croque Madame, spicy chorizo scrambled eggs on sourdough or simply one of their house-blend coffees. The food is thoughtfully produced from organic produce and all are welcome at this community-based space – even your pooch! In fact, we encourage you to bring along your pup for brunch and we also wouldn’t blame you for patting every other dog in sight. In fact, we’d be pretty disappointed if you didn’t.
If you need to escape the city for a weekend, but don’t have the budget, time or energy to do so, then acre eatery will fill the country void in your life. They have endless communal tables, so you may as well bring the whole gang and order one of everything. Spend your morning overlooking the farm and breathe in the not-so-country air while you tuck in to a smashed ricotta pumpkin bruschetta with feta, pine nuts, chilli and mint gremolata or a warm filled croissant, ricotta, balsamic onion and garden green. Go on, you know you want to.
The Tuckshop is a canteen style takeaway shop, with enough outdoor seating to accommodate on a rainy day, or preferably, a warm sunny Saturday morning. So pull up a picnic blanket and settle in on a sunny day with a killer burger and shake, or a Single O coffee, because it’d be wrong not to. For breakfast they serve simple breakfast staples with a twist, like Luke Avenue muesli with coconut yoghurt, and for that awkward time before lunch, their burgers are some of the best around. If you’re in the mood for a healthier start, then their tucking healthy breakfast bowl of roast sweet potato, spiced chickpeas, sprouted bread, avo, boiled egg and hummus should hit the spot.
There is a damn good reason that The Grounds is a Sydney institution and brunch go-to and that is because they have mastered the farmhouse feel, while continuing to stake their claim on their Alexandria home. Settle in amongst the magical garden with an expertly brewed coffee and generously portioned breakfast (we love the Bircher muesli smashed avocado). The lines can be long, so head there early or opt for a mid-week brunch instead if you want to avoid the queues.
An Inner West café with a Mediterranean style is exactly what Lemonia Café is all about, which is obvious when you look at their menu and instantly order Mama’s bruschetta, of cherry tomatoes, bocconcini, basil and pancetta. You won’t miss Lemonia on approach, since the façade is a cottage with yellow painted accents, a whole lotta heart and delicious food to back it up. In the drinks department, they use single origin beans and their latte art is on point (always a good sign), but if coffee just isn’t your jam, then the cashew milk chai is the perfect nutty, spicy elixir for you.
Marcelle is a great neighbourhood café in Potts Point, but it’ll fill up fast on the weekends, so wander down early and grab yourselves a spot outside. Their brunch options are pretty solid, with a Reuben toastie and white polenta porridge with pear, rhubarb, ginger compote and roasted almonds making an appearance. They’ve also combined a couple of our favourite warm beverages, with coffee by Toby’s Estate and teas by Ovvio organic, so you may want to hang around for a while and give them both a go.
Views don’t come any better than the uninterrupted harbour outlook from Café Morso in Walsh Bay and while that is absolutely reason enough to head here for brunch this weekend (especially if you’re visiting from out of town), the breakfast menu will make you want to settle in and stay a while. There are classics like house made toasted muesli and orange pancakes as well as more substantial dishes like Israeli baked eggs and beetroot cured salmon with salt and vinegar potatoes, radish, preserved lemon, herbs and a poached free range egg.
Still hungry? Check out these Northside breakfast spots.
Image credit: Lisa Brooke at The Boathouse