Image credit: Bowery Lane, Anita Wilhelm and Kit Baker
So, you’re going to Mumbrella360! Sure, you’re looking at two jam-packed days with the greatest media and marketing minds around, who are there specifically to inspire you… but you still gotta eat. And, let’s face it, you’re going to want to go in properly fuelled for the day, and that means a good, hearty breakfast and (of course) coffee.
We’ve found the ten best Sydney breakfast spots within walking distance to Mumbrella360, so you can fill up before you sit down.
Inspired by the iconic New York street, Bowery Lane serves up a mean brekkie for those looking to get their eat on before a day of media and marketing talk at Mumbrella360. We’re a little obsessed with the Harlem Hash, which involves slow-braised pork, kale, sautéed kumara and is topped with a fried egg. If you’re really hungry, go for the Bowery Big Breakfast—it’s big, meaty, and kind of obnoxious (but we love it). Whatever you choose, you’ll be able to avoid those embarrassingly loud belly grumbles before the lunch break.
How far: 13 minute walk to Mumbrella360
Sourdough Panini Bakery & Café
Slept in and don’t want to miss the first speaker? We hear you. All is not lost and you don’t have to rush in late, hungry, and (gasp) decaffeinated. Just head to Sourdough Panini Bakery & Café for a quick coffee and breakfast panini to go. There’s often a line, but it moves quickly, which means you can be in and out with a lifesaving coffee and a stomach-filling sambo in next to no time.
How far: 4 minute walk to Mumbrella360
If the standard bacon and eggs don’t float your boat, get yourself to the Greek (AKA, head to Alpha). Here you’ll be able to get your hands on the deliciousness that is the bacon and egg pita roll and the baked eggs with roasted peppers, tomato and eggplant. If you feel like getting the party started early, get stuck into their Bloody Marys and Mimosas, however we suggest leaving the drinking till after the conference (y’know, just so you can get the most out of the day).
How far: 7 minute walk to Mumbrella360
Do Asian-style breakfasts get you excited? Well, they should if you know anything about Boon Café. Part of the Chat Thai group, this new Sydney café serves up two kinds of damn tasty congee (if you haven’t tried congee, you haven’t lived!) and toast with a huge range of toppings options—pandan custard, anyone? Finish off your brekkie with a traditional Thai coffee and you’ll be set for the day (well, at least until lunchtime).
How far: 12 minute walk to Mumbrella360
A grab-and-go kind of deal, Lorraine’s Patisserie is for those needing a sugar hit. Pick up a muffin baked with seasonal fruits or pack a couple of brownies for a mid morning snack in-between speakers. If you’re looking to network and schmooze some of the marketing elite, buy extra and share them with the people next to you—they’ll love you for it (even if they do think you’re a bit of a creep).
How far: 8 minute walk to Mumbrella360
Charlie & Franks
It’s all about classic breakfast options done right at Charlie & Franks. As suckers for haloumi (are you with us?!), we can’t go past the haloumi, bacon, and eggs, which comes with crispy honey glazed bacon, fried eggs, and grilled haloumi on top of French mountain bread—delish! If a blast of nutrients is required (that may or may not be related to last night’s pre-Mumbrella360 networking drinks), the green detox smoothie will sort you out well and proper.
How far: 8 minute walk to Mumbrella360
Either you’re lazy, don’t like walking, or are really, really late. glass brasserie is actually inside the Hilton so it’s a pretty easy choice. It’s also delicious, which makes it an even easier choice. If you’ve got a bit of time to spare, go for the full Australian buffet where you can basically eat your way to your happy place. If time (and stomach space) isn’t on your side, the scrambled egg white with sautéed asparagus, spinach, and tomato is a good choice and has the added bonus of leaving you feeling healthy and virtuous.
How far: It’s in the same building!
Bambini Trust Restaurant & Wine Room
This classic Sydney restaurant and bar is a delicious option for a pre-Mumbrella360 brekkie. With classic breakfast offerings like the ever-consistent eggs on toast, to your more adventurous choices, such as the crab omelette, Bambini Trust is the perfect breakfast spot to fuel up before a day full of learnin’.
How far: 6 minute walk to Mumbrella360
The Star, Pyrmont
If you’re coming from that part of town, or have a bit of time to spare, we suggest hitting up the breakfast at Sokyo in Pyrmont. The Japanese/Western style dishes include the massive sumo breakfast, which comes with an eclectic mix of Japanese sausage, avocado, eggs, bacon, and edamame, all on toasted ciabatta. For those who go bananas over pancakes, the pancakes at Sokyo with banana puree, Nutella, and walnut crumb will satisfy your pancake-loving soul.
How far: 19 minutes walk (over Pyrmont Bridge) to Mumbrella360
Gowings Bar & Grill
A little bit European and very, very cool, Gowings Bar & Grill offer a very impressive breakfast spread. The huevos rancheros with corn tortillas, chilli beans, avocado mousse, Mexican cheese, and a free-range egg is like a big, warm Mexican hug and will leave you full and satisfied for the first speakers at Mumbrella360. For those needing a bit of an energy boost, the bircher muesli with goji berries and natural raspberry sorbet will do the trick.
How far: 2 minute walk from Mumbrella360
Looking for more?
Got your breakfast fix and still looking for a coffee hit? Head here to these nearby coffee spots. If you're in need of a harder beverage after Mumbrella360, we think you should head to these ten Sydney bars. Aaaand finally, for those wanting to schmooze, hit up these nearby Sydney restaurants.