We’re firm believers in a generous Sunday brunch and believe that all cafes should be open, ready and waiting to offer us our morning caffeine hit and healthy dose of greasy bacon, should we require it. Alas, we cannot control Sydney’s café trading hours, so instead, we have compiled a list of Sydney's best cafes that are always there for us. Even on a Sunday.
Bread and Circus Wholefoods Canteen
Pastel pink plates, organic and biodynamic meals and a comfortingly large selection of herbal teas, Bread and Circus are open every single day of the week, as they rightly should be. The menu is ever-changing, featuring both nourishing and healthy options alongside naughtier options as well (we’re looking at you Rainy Day toast). Their dish; Breakfast With Gwyneth is one of our all time favourites and well worth the repeat visit.
Taking community spirit to the next level, Cornersmith is one of those cafes where the menu is different every time you visit, so you know they’re using only the freshest and most local ingredients. The only downside is that your favourite dish of today probably won’t be around tomorrow, but it will always hold a special place in your heart (and, let’s be honest, on your phone’s camera roll). You can expect to find variations of ‘Eggs & Sides’, which always incorporates their house made pickles, preserves and free range eggs and a couple of sweet toast options thrown in as well. Brews are by Mecca and, trust us, you will be back again, if not for the food then definitely for the coffee.
Lox Stock and Barrel
Lox is probably one of Bondi’s worst kept secrets in terms of killer coffee, great service and fresh, seasonal breakfast and lunch options. Its loyal band of Bondi followers return every single Sunday for a hearty breakfast that is guaranteed to perk up your weekend. The Bowlarama is a favourite among the athleisure lovers, with its sprouted quinoa toast, poached eggs, avocado, hummus, kale, seaweed, homemade fermented veggies and miso dressing. Their avocado smash is so generous that it may almost be too much avocado to pile on top of your toast. Almost, but not quite. Lunch is a similar story, with salad and sandwich options that are heaving with fresh vegetables and lean protein.
Cute dogs, top notch coffee and friendly banter is what you can expect from a Sunday morning spent at Dachshund. Sourdough is supplied by Bread and Butter Project, so every meal you eat will be supporting a good cause and, thanks to Fat Poppy Coffee, you will be delighted to know that all of your caffeine requirements will be met. Hot picks off the menu are the brioche French toast with lemon curd, blueberry compote, Canadian maple syrup, bacon and vanilla ice cream or the big (read: massive) salad of orange soaked lentils, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, soft egg and so, so much more.
Open for breakfast and lunch, Incinerator Café combines foolproof brunch options with slightly left of centre lunch dishes that will suit fussy and adventurous diners alike. The eclectic selection certainly won’t disappoint, with green kale and halloumi fritters sitting happily alongside braised lamb shoulder on the menu. The beverage options are equally extensive, with tea, coffee, smoothies, juices, flavoured sparkling water and truly decadent shakes as well.
Edmonds & Greer
Is your idea of the perfect Sunday morning cuddling up in your local café with a steaming coffee before perusing lush home wares that you simply must have, but don’t really need? Well, that’s a funny coincidence because Edmonds & Greer combine all of those things. The food is fresh with a capital ‘F’ and Brasserie Bread sourdough is piled high with lush greens, toasted seeds and sautéed mushrooms. Yes.
The all-day menu at Reuben Hills is a collection of brunch goodness and heartier lunch dishes to suit any appetite. As far as we’re concerned, the main event is the Not Reuben Sandwich, which looks surprisingly like a Reuben to us. Specifically, the sandwich involves 5+ wagyu salt brisket, pickled slaw, manchego and horseradish mayo on rye. The drink menu is equally as impressive with its tea, coffee (espresso, filter, cold brew), shakes and cold tonics.
Three Blue Ducks
It may feel like we’re kicking it old school by mentioning Three Blue Ducks, but that’s for a very good reason. The reason being that it still remains as one of Sydney’s most-loved restaurants come Sunday afternoon. When the weather is just right, the line can be seen running down out the door and down the street, with everyone waiting to sample the consistently fabulous menu. No matter how many times we go back, we still cannot go past their avocado toast, no matter the variation they’re offering that day.
Inspired by the always-popular Grounds of Alexandria, Flower Child is a welcomed brunch addition to the Sunday morning club. The menu caters to anyone in need of a naughty or nice breakfast, so whether you are in the mood for an Amazonian acai bowl or a sneaky French toast (fried brioche, banana mascarpone, chocolate crumb and caramel), Flower Child has got your back.
Calabur Café & Diner
Calabur Café and Diner is the kind of place where everything is insanely ‘grammable. Between the white tiled tabletops, copper bar and beautifully arranged plates of food, every shot is deserving of the inevitable envy of your friends. They’ve also woken up to the fact that 63 degree eggs are the ultimate in oozy yolk porn and it is safe to say that the spicy eggs on sourdough is ticking our boxes.
For years, Circa Espresso has maintained their place at the top the Parramatta café list, consistently delivering their signature specialty coffee, expertly crafted as well as nourishing home style meals with a special twist. This is the kind of place where the chefs actually give a damn, going above and beyond to cater to your dietary requirements (where possible). Order the winter bowl (roast pumpkin, herb avocado smash, lentil salad, slow roast cherry tomatoes, dukkah, poached egg and tahini lemon dressing) for breakfast and the lamb salad (herb,garlic marinated and slow roasted leg of lamb with ras el hanout dressing, mixed grain/nut salad, saffron raita and zaatar crisps) for lunch.
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Image credit: Lisa Brooke at Incinerator Cafe