When you find a secret brunch spot in Sydney, it’s like winning the lottery. So it’ll come as no surprise that we really questioned whether or not to tell you all about Cook & Archies in Surry Hills.
Tucked away just off Devonshire Street, this hidden café is what breakfast, and lunch (aka brunch) dreams are made of. The space is trendy, the portions are large and the coffee is as strong as it is smooth (just the way we like it).
When you first arrive at Cook & Archies, you’ll feel a sudden sense of calm. With green plants sprawled everywhere and giant windows opening onto the street, it’s easy to lose concept of time and stay in your seat alllll day (and let’s be honest there are worse things you could be doing).
The menu is droolworthy and we’re warning you now, you’re going to have to come back here more than once. If it’s your first time you can’t go past the shakshouka (think baked eggs, chorizo and goats cheese tossed in a scorchin’ skillet), but once you’re a regular, the miso eggplant and cauliflower breakfast bowl are both solid choices. Jam-packed with kale, avocado, miso seaweed and all the other good superfood stuff—it might sound like something only #cleaneating foodies would order but don’t let that put you off.
Sometimes when you’re brunching, you want something savoury as well as something sweet, and we strongly suggest you do both. After you’ve tackled the bacon butty, or the mushrooms on toast (one of our faves), order the crispy French toast (go on, you deserve it) and bask in the calories.
Hot tip: set yourself up with a mimosa or Aperol spritz (hello boozy brunch) and never leave (we told you).
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