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Sydney’s Best Breakfast You Can Eat

Sydney is known for its amazing food scene, and some of the best eats can be found at breakfast time. So if you’re looking for a great breakfast spot in Sydney, look no further – we’ve got you covered with the 10 best places to eat breakfast in the city. From traditional Australian cafes to delicious Asian-inspired dishes, there’s something for everyone on this list! So get ready to start your day with a delicious meal at one of these awesome Sydney breakfast spots.

There are so many great breakfast places in Sydney, but it can be hard to know which one to go to. So here is a list of the best breakfasts that you can eat in Sydney. These cafes have something for everyone, so you will definitely find something that satisfies your cravings. Whether you are looking for a hearty breakfast or something light and healthy, these cafes have got you covered. So get out there and explore Sydney’s best breakfast spots!

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Sydney’s Best Breakfasts To Try

Breakfast. The meal of champions, caffeine’s unofficial buddy, and a meal made a whole lot better when you’re not the one making it. 

Sydney’s streets are filled with all kinds of breakfast greatness—be it a takeaway toastie joint in the CBD, a waterside boatshed in Sydney’s glistening Northern Beaches, or a laneway cafe boasting some of the best coffee in Sydney's west. The fact of the matter is, we’re spoilt for choice. So, to help you navigate the wild world of Sydney’s endless line-up of delicious breakfast, we’ve gone and found the best of the best.

Goodfield’s Eatery

We’re a fan of the feel-good vibes and, even better, feel-good eats at this joint. Located in the heart of Lindfield, Goodfields Eatery is a local staple. Behind this leafy nook, you’ll find the father and son duo George and Anthony Karnasiotis (ex-The Butcher's Block), who pretty much pulled together this gem of a place together so you can find a little escape from the bustle of Sydney. 

The most iconic breakfast dish here is easily the butter-roasted lobster tail on a seeded bagel, topped with poached eggs and housemade crustacean hollandaise. But, for something sweeter, you also can’t go past the hotcakes with housemade passionfruit curd, blueberries, toasted coconut and vanilla bean-infused creme fraiche.

Cafe Once Upon A Time

There ain’t no cafe as beautiful and as rustic as West Ryde’s Cafe Once Upon A Time. This pet-friendly abode is covered in lush greenery, fairy lights, and vintage furniture and sports an open courtyard that’s hard to beat. This cafe is any breakfast aficionado’s dream with an all-day itinerary packed with a loaded Belgian breakfast, pancakes, Monaco French toast (with pineapple, banana, passionfruit and maple syrup) and staples like good ol’ eggs on toast, a bacon, egg and hash roll, and a gritty breakfast wrap swamped in tomato salsa and tomato relish.

Dachshund Coffee

Here’s the deal, Daschund Coffee smacks up a breakfast roll so dang tasty you’ll want to order two just to savour the moment all over again. King of whole food ingredients, plant-based feeds and stellar coffee, this breakfast haven is the holy trinity of any morning ritual. 

The breakfast roll looks like a halloumi, egg and chipotle creation with relish, but you’ll also want to get around the dedicated toast menu (with nut butter, feta and hummus, or miso-tahini has toppings) and even the "doggy" menu too. Finally, to wash everything down, there’s a good selection of smoothies and iced tea, as well kombucha and Simon Says cold-pressed juice as well.

Shot On Military

For the hungrier folk out there, Shot On Military just about scrapes in as one of the best cafes in Sydney to chow down on a big breakfast. The menu is fussy but delivers on so many levels, loaded with French toast, eggs benedict, shakshuka and burritos stacked with scrambled eggs, avo and balsamic glaze. As for the Irish breakfast, he’s a whopping smorgasbord of bacon bits, sausage, black pudding, baked beans, a has brown, grilled tomato, mushroom, eggs, sourdough, and butter.

Gram Cafe And Pancakes

Gram Pancakes, the iconic chain credited with creating some of the best soufflé stacks in Tokyo, is a must when it comes to hunting down the best breakfasts in Sydney. These guys are serious about the cloud-level consistency of their pancakes, shipping the brand’s executive chef to Sydney to teach the pancake’s intricate, complex cooking technique. Its ultra-light to melt-in-your-mouth consistency is achieved with whipped egg white batter, that’s then steamed under metal domes and cooked until golden. 

On the menu are matcha tiramisu pancakes and chocolate banana French toast. There's also a secret savoury option most people miss. Enter the Benedict pancakes. This three-strong pancake stack comes with two fried eggs, double-smoked bacon, cheese and a hollandaise sauce so good—you’ll want to drink it like water.

Girdlers

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It really doesn't get much better than Girdlers, from the beautiful interiors to the wholesome foodie creation. At the base of everything here is a sustainable consciousness—Girdlers’ is a home for local suppliers, earth-friendly packaging, and an all-around organic approach to its coffee blend (free from pesticides, herbicides, and nasty chemicals). The "Holy Avo" is the piece de resistance and clocks in avocado, crispy kale, grilled halloumi, fresh herbs, oragnic poached eggs and green sauce, all on rye sourdough (you can also opt-in for gluten-free seeded brown bread).

Oceans Narrabeen

A stone's throw from the sparkly surf of Narrabeen Beach, Oceans Narrabeen, is a real thing you need to treat your soul to. This industrial cafe meets moody restaurant meets funky bar is the ultimate slashie and is decked out in big wooden tables, and Edison light bulbs, with plenty of outdoor seating for those who like to scoff down their breaky and get on with the day. Stocked with mega breakfast burgers, wraps, eggs rancheros, corn fritters, acai bowls and bircher muesli, all taste buds can consider themselves catered for here.

Single O

Single O is unimpeachable as far as coffee in Sydney goes. The dependable Surry Hills cafe has always been a go-to for anyone who pops by on the daily to grab an exceptionally crafted cup of coffee using Single O’s reliable single-origin coffee beans. But it’s more than just a quick stop for anyone loading up on fuel for their home coffee machines.

Single O also does some of the best breakfast and brunch in Surry Hills. Some favourites from the all-day menu include simple fried or poached eggs on toast with chives, avocado on caraway seed rye with achiote cashew cheese, and the excellent blue eye cod with prawn dill and mandarin puree.

Room 10

Room 10 was one of the pioneers that forced Sydney’s cafe scene to step up when it first opened in Potts Point back in 2010. For over a decade now, the laneway cafe has remained one of the most obvious reference points when it comes to Sydney breakfast recommendations.

Why? The magic is mostly in those breakfast sandwiches, all indulgent and invariably perfect when it comes to starting your day in carb-fueled heaven. With the Mecca coffee always going down a treat, it’s no wonder this place is still drawing queues despite the competition.

Odd Culture

How does a blood pancake topped by a fried egg, pork jowl and chilli-infused maple syrup sound? The weighty breakfast treat is now one of the best ways to start the day if you wake up feeling like something a bit more indulgent than your standard avo on toast with crumbed eggplant and honeycomb butter (I’m sure it’s a thing). Odd Culture, Newtown’s curious new two-level bar and restaurant, didn’t waste much time in introducing a unique breakfast menu shortly after the venue opened.

And unique very much is the approach here. These are breakfast dishes you wouldn’t typically find elsewhere in Sydney, avoiding your typical poached egg on toast, corn fritters, and avo toast for heartier options like the aforementioned blood pancake. There are others as well, like steak and eggs with tomato salad and fermented red pepper butter and warm smoked ocean trout served on a potato waffle with creme fraiche and a soft egg.

There are some more accessible options as well, like the buttermilk pancakes with banana and miso caramel and a bacon sandwich with tonkatsu sauce, but you’re best off going for the more left-field breakfast dishes.

Pina

Room 10’s daily overflow has become a bit of a pain-point for Potts Point locals looking to inhale one of the iconic cafe’s reliably excellent breakfast sandwiches or the superb breakfast omellete wrap.

Owner Andrew Hardjasudamra attempted to address this by opening Pina directly opposite the cafe on Llankely Place, with a menu built on top-quality produce and breakfast dishes that are a bit more premium than what Sydney is used to. As a result, Pina has now become even more popular than Room 10, and anyone strutting down the narrow eat-street can easily expect to find a crowd out here waiting for tables each morning and afternoon.

Perfect for a weekend brunch, the menu tracks everything from scrambled eggs with just about every add-on you can think of and an exceptional pastrami, tasty cheese and fried egg roll that’s fast become a personal favourite. Pina just may be the single best option for breakfast and brunch in Sydney.

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Soul Deli

If you’re around Oxford Street and want something different for breakfast, head on over to Soul Deli. Whether it’s a weekday pre-office feast or a Saturday morning graze, this light and airy, casual extension of Surry Hills’ venerated modern-Korean restaurant Soul Dining is damn near faultless.

Aside from baked goods with a South Korean twist, the breakfast on offer here is exceptional. Grab the big breakfast with bulgogi mushrooms and white kimchi, or the buttermilk hot cakes with Korean fried chicken. And if it’s edging into the afternoon, grab a bulgogi mushroom bowl with some of the kitchen’s addictive garlic butter noodles.

White Rabbit Cafe

White Rabbit opened in Double Bay in December 2017, and it’s consistently busy every time I walk past. So it’s worth checking out the hype, right?! 

Yep, yep I confirm – tastiness all round. However, my favourite dish is this beautiful Mango and coconut pana-cotta with granola which makes White Rabbit my favourite breakfast in Sydney!

Oh, and if you haven’t had toast from the Bread and Butter Project by now, grab some here. Thick slices of toasted fresh bread with a heart-attacks-worth of butter dripping from it. 

Speedos Cafe

Speedo’s Cafe is a tiny little café at the end of Bondi Beach and deserves a place on the list because of its great pink pitaya bowl. I added the coco whip for fun, but it was delicious enough without it. Seriously fun and tasty – the crowds flock here on a weekend, and it’s easy to see why. 

Also, try the vegan pancakes, I can definitely assure you they are the best you’ll ever have! Speedo’s Cafe is also one of the best healthy cafes in Sydney, with fantastic views of Bondi. This is often my go-to cafe in Sydney all year round.

Speedo’s is also open until 5 pm, a rare find in Sydney as most cafes seem to close by 3 pm on weekends. 

Cornersmith Annandale

At the Annandale, Cornersmith cafe produce is strictly seasonal and there are pickles and ferments, as well as other produce, from mostly local, small-scale producers. It’s also completely vegetarian, unlike its Marrickville counterpart.

There’s no signage announcing it, and everything feels and tastes the same as at the original. It’s a continuation of an ethos that began at Cornersmith Marrickville, pushing the idea that meat can be secondary.

There’s kimchi pancakes and goat’s curd; a toasted sandwich with pickles and cheese; and a pita sandwich with black beans, snow peas, cabbage, coriander, goat’s cheese and cheese, a fermented pineapple sambal.

There are delicate and finessed Cornersmith-typical dishes that rely, as ever, on the cafe’s network of producers. Such as the charcoal bread from Nonie Dwyer with Kristen Allen’s buttermilk ricotta, pickled baby eggplants and beans, peas and herbs from veggie man Shane Roberts. For kids try the cinnamon waffles made with Pepe Saya buttermilk.

Because the cafe opens onto Annandale parkland there are DIY picnic boxes and a small deli. Cornersmith can even supply picnic blankets. Even inside the cafe, there’s an outdoorsy, picnic vibe thanks to the high ceilings, wide windows (which look straight out onto the park) and a bright, lightly furnished fit-out.

The Grounds of the City

The Grounds of the CBD looks very expensive. However, the owners (as well as design team Acme & Co.) went all out; every part of the cafe-restaurant is immaculately detailed to make the whole scene look like the Orient Express.

The intricate timber joinery is accompanied by antiques (crockery, knick-knacks, books, furniture), plush illustrated menus, cast-enamel doors, custom-built stained-glass windows, copper bar equipment, tea delivered by trolley, mobile shoe-shiners, old-fashioned staff uniforms (and service, there’s even a permanent “coffee sommelier”) and a 1920s jazz soundtrack.

Just like the original in Alexandria, the most astonishing thing about this Grounds venue is how many different things this all-day venue does. You could try a coffee-tasting platter and some of the house cakes on one visit. On another, a cocktail and a plate of dashi oysters. Or you could do something completely different and sidle up to the bar for a burger, steak or half a roast chicken with a side of parmesan fries and cauliflower mac’n’cheese.

Dishes include snapper ceviche with buttermilk, hazelnut, apple and shreds of wakame. And the poke-like chirashi salad with brown rice, crisp cos, lime, cucumber, copious amounts of avocado and your choice of protein. Although the menu changes regularly.

Happyfield

Between the tasty menu, affable front-of-house staff and Five Senses coffee pumping out of the sunny yellow espresso machine, Happyfield is an exciting addition to this traditionally Italian suburb.

The eatery has an American diner feel, and that means “proper” pancakes: foldable without breaking, half-a-pinky thick, slathered in Pepe Saya butter and drowning in Canadian maple syrup.

The McLovin Muffin has chipotle aioli and handmade chicken sausages topped with folded eggs and melted cheddar on an English muffin. The Bircher muesli is topped with toasted coconut, mint, tamarillo and slices of grapefruit and orange. Mixed mushrooms are sprinkled with dukkha and served on a bed of whipped ricotta and feta.

For lunch, the mortadella and provolone ciabatta is a nod to Haberfield’s Italian history, while the crisp-skinned barramundi with cavolo nero is a fancier option.

As well as staples such as flat whites and lattes there’s an excellent nitro cold brew, and a dark caramel coffee topped with a creamy, golden foam, which arrives in a frosted mini mug.

Happyfield is open for breakfast and lunch and is licensed. There’s a small selection of locally brewed beer, a handful of wines and cocktails. Try the Hail Cesar, a Canadian interpretation of the Bloody Mary, made with vodka and delicately sweet Clamato juice.

Owners Chris Theodosi and Jesse Orleans painted the pressed-tin ceiling yellow, added banquet seating and chipped back the plaster on the exposed brick walls. Theodosi’s dad tiled the high communal table in the centre of the room.

Happyfield takes its name from its home suburb – and between the sunshine-yellow and sage-green décor, Theodosi’s yellow socks, and the energised, comfortable space, “happy” is the best way to describe this lovely neighbourhood eatery.

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Reuben Hills

When Russell Beard sold The Source in Mosman and opened Reuben Hills in 2012, he wanted to make coffee approachable to anyone who was interested in learning.

Downstairs, among exposed cement walls and long tables, various filters and brewing tools litter the benchtops. Each waits patiently for curious customers to start a conversation about what it actually does.

On the mezzanine level, beans are roasted for use downstairs and sold wholesale throughout Sydney. And those customers who are truly keen to learn about the process are invited to a public cupping (tasting) session every Saturday morning.

Beard and head roaster Nick Theodore have travelled all over the world, developing relationships with coffee farmers. These partnerships allow them to constantly bring new beans to Sydney and give back to the communities, developing infrastructure and educational programs overseas.

The menu is made up of dishes adapted from the regions where the beans are grown. That means mostly South American fare, with a twist to better satiate the Australian palate, including the famous fried chicken and the NOT Reuben sandwich (Wagyu brisket, pickled slaw, manchego and horseradish mayo on rye).

As beans from new regions make their way to the roaster upstairs, flavours inspired by these same regions make their way onto the menu, including dishes from all over Central and South America and Africa.

Two Chaps

There’s a rawness to Two Chaps. It sports wall-mounted bikes, an open galley kitchen and exposed steel shelves stocked with huge bags of flour.

The space was fitted out in 2014 using second-hand finds such as a pre-loved oven, windows and seating parts, framed by The Fresh Prince of Bondi’s recycled timber planter boxes.

The back-to-basics approach extends to the food. Almost everything is made from scratch, and most of the produce is organic and sourced from nearby or made by the guys themselves.

The Mediterranean-influenced vegetarian menu features daily house-made doughnuts, cakes and muffins, seasonal salads, sandwiches, and bigger dishes. All the bread is baked on-site, including a durum semolina loaf and white or wholemeal organic ciabatta.

Two Chaps is also open two evenings per week (Thursdays and Fridays) for dinner, serving fresh pasta and local cheeses.

A recipe from Two Chaps is featured in The Broadsheet Italian Cookbook. Buy your copy at shop.broadsheet.com.au.

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