Soak in the morning sun before taking to the sand and surf with a satisfying breakfast in The Shire or as some like to call it, God’s Country. To help your groggy morning mind sift through the multitude of cafes and restaurants in The Shire, we’ve found the best breakfast spots to get your head and belly into the right place.
Every man and his dog are welcome to Miranda Hotel for their ‘Hair of the Dog’ weekend breakfast. They serve breakfast from 9am till 12pm, with a menu that’s all about being seasonal and innovative. Try their house-made toasted muesli for something light, or go nuts on the corn fritters with crispy bacon, guacamole, roast tomatoes and an oozy poached egg. This southside pub also offer a free doggie breakfast of assorted meats for your canine companion with every meal purchase to ensure that no tummies are left unfilled. Be sure to grab a coffee while you're there, it's by the White Horse guys and it's every bit as good as you want it to be.
Breakfast does not always mean bacon, sausages and eggs. Sydney vegetarian café, Pilgrims in Cronulla is dishing up delicious and hearty meat-free breakfasts for vegetarians and vegetarian sympathisers. Opt for a classic avocado on sourdough or maybe go for the more decadent breakfast burger overflowing with avocado, melted cheese, roast mushroom, tomato, fried egg, mayo and fresh greens in between a toasted wholemeal roll. If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, go for their pancakes with the lot. The buttermilk pancakes are topped with banana, yoghurt and a generous drizzle of organic maple syrup which is guaranteed to give you a morning sugar rush.
Culture Bean Cafe
Okay, okay, this isn't exactly The Shire, but if you're travelling to The Shire, then it's on the way and a damn good find. Hidden between houses on an intersection in Kogarah is Culture Bean Café. With no table service, all you have to do is join the queue and place your order at the front counter before finding the perfect seat to enjoy your morning delight. Cooked breakfasts are only available on the weekends, but don’t worry because they regularly stock an assortment of mouth-watering sandwiches, wraps, salads, yoghurts, muffins, croissants and cronuts to keep you spoilt for choice on weekdays. Make sure you try their renowned acai bowls with thick, creamy acai puree topped with coconut, granola and fresh fruits. Once you know about this local gem, you’ll want to tell everyone and keep coming back for more.
White Horse Coffee
Located right in the heart of the Sutherland Shire, White Horse Coffee serves some of Sydney’s best coffee with lines creeping out the door almost everyday. The team of baristas are focused on roasting and preparing the perfect coffee with a well-established reputation amongst locals. You can find the usual morning bites such as banana bread, muesli and croissants, to accompany your truly life-changing coffee.
Just up the road from Cronulla Beach down a little laneway is Grind Espresso. Hugely popular with locals, you can almost always expect a line of eager customers looking for their dose of caffeine. Their food options aren’t overly extravagant and include simple bites such as delicious Turkish raisin bread, ham and cheese croissants, toast and a selection of sweet cakes and tarts. Grab a little pick-me-up before heading out to enjoy the sun, sand and surf.
Bread & Stone
If you’re looking for a delicious breakfast in Cronulla, head into Bread & Stone. Using the best local produce, they offer a healthy yet wallet-friendly breakfast and lunch alternatives for hungry foodies. Their menu features regular morning favourites like eggs and toast or muesli, alongside a board of daily specials using seasonal ingredients to tantalise your tastebuds.
The Nun’s Pool
The casual, laid-back atmosphere exuding from the warm and friendly setting at The Nun’s Pool in Cronulla is sure to make early (or late) mornings a bit more bearable. Indulge in The Nun’s Breakfast of sweet corn fritters, rocket, roasted tomato, smoked salmon, sour cream and avocado, or have a light start to the day with their coconut yoghurt topped with mango, macadamia, mint, quinoa and sunflower seeds.
Let HaM (Harry and Mario) serve you a tasty, tasty breakfast at this local café and deli in Cronulla. Their huge range of cured meats, paninis, cakes, salads and pastries on display are enough to make your mouth water, and your stomach grumble. Grab a good read and sip on their expertly brewed coffee to settle into your morning.
INC. Café is a casual eatery and firm favourite among Cronulla locals. It is regularly packed with a diverse mix of regulars that keep coming back for their delicious dishes minus the pretentious fuss. Their hangover busting brekky roll (with mandatory bacon) is always a winner, and when it comes in at only $10 with a coffee, your wallet will be winning too.
Blackrock Brasserie (now closed)
Blackrock Brasserie in Sylvania is a boutique restaurant and brewhouse offering high quality dining to hungry customers of all ages. Their hearty modern Australian menu offers a delicious breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, which satisfy even the most grumbliest of bellies. Grab traditional scrambled eggs with toast, homemade muesli or fill up on their huuuge Brewer’s breakfast, featuring eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato, mushrooms, baked beans and a hash brown. They also have a selection of cakes, muffins and slices for those to want to start the day on a sweet note.
Please note Blackrock Brasserie is now closed.
Image credit: Alex Squadrito at Miranda Hotel