Like most of Sydney, the North Shore has more breakfast options than you could poke a croissant at, if only you know where to look. To save you from doing the hard yards while you're in the height of your coffee cravings come Sunday morning, we have put together a pretty solid list of our favourite places to sip espresso, scoff smashed avocado and catch up with your morning person mates.
Brewing some of the tastiest coffee in Cammeray, Laneway Cafe is fast gaining a reputation as one of the North Shore’s go-to breakfast spots. Family owned and operated, the cafe offers both indoor and outdoor seating, and serves up everything from healthy seasonal fruit platters to Good Morning Burgers seven days a week. What’s more, they’re fully licensed, meaning you can turn that long, lazy, breakfast into midday wine time in the sun.
A shopping centre might not be the first place you’d expect to discover the gorgeous botanical hideaway that is Flower Child, but somehow it just works. Providing an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Chatswood, the menu here is dictated by the seasons, whilst coffee and pastries are delivered daily from their good friends at The Grounds. Overslept? No worries – breakfast here is served all day long, seven days a week.
The Incinerator Cafe
Situated on the ground floor of the former Willoughby Incinerator building, The Incinerator Café sits above an eclectic art space, which showcases numerous exhibitions throughout the year. Pop in for a cup of The Grounds roasted coffee and a spot of breaky (we love their green kale and halloumi fritters, served with fried egg and sunflower seed hummus) and stay for a side helping of culture.
Breakfast and Japanese food aren’t necessarily two things that traditionally go hand in hand…until now. Headed up by former sushi chef Jun Okamatsu, Cool Mac’s quirky take on traditional dishes, think Eggplant Benedict with roasted eggplant, crisp pancetta, eggs and miso hollandaise or the Kinoko on Toast and this place is proving to have a winning formula. Ideal for the early birds amongst us, the café opens at 6am weekdays, and 7am on weekends.
Part cafe, part deli, it’s easy to see why Wild Basket is such a firm favourite amongst Neutral Bay’s locals. The farmhouse pantry-like store provides a platform for local producers, selling homemade jams, chutneys and all sorts of other delicious goodies, whilst in the cafe, get a steaming cup of freshly roasted coffee or tuck in to their seasonal breakfast dishes, created using many of the products available for purchase. Once you’ve discovered this cosy little nook, we guarantee you’ll never look back.
Sprout Wholefood Café & Grocer
The philosophy behind Sprout Wholefood is simple; to serve food that is good for you, tastes good and makes you feel good. And with a breakfast menu that features dishes such as Paleo Granola (honey roasted nuts, seeds, goji berries, coconut, chia seeds, berries and a choice of milk) and Protein Pancakes (buckwheat pancakes, cashew cream, fruit compote and sweet pistachio dukkah), we think they’ve just about nailed it!
One for pup lovers and owners alike, Dachshund Coffee is (as the name and logo suggests) a doggy friendly coffee and breakfast spot that packs out all week long. A popular choice for families, the buzzing cafe keeps it real with house made jaffles, bacon and egg ‘tradie’ rolls and warm winter porridge, making it the perfect weekend hangout without any fancy pants pretenses.
Looking for more places to go for breakfast in Sydney? Check out our favourite places to brunch in the CBD!
Image credit: Nikki To at Flower Child