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Where To Get The Best Breakfast In Sydney

If you're looking for a delicious breakfast in Sydney, you've come to the right place. In this blog post, we'll share some of our favourite spots for breakfast in Sydney. We've got you covered whether you're looking for a classic Australian breakfast or something more unique.

Sydney is a city that is known for its endless brunch and breakfast options. But with so many choices, it can be hard to determine which restaurant offers the best meal. This city has something for everyone, from Lebanese-inspired dishes to classic Australian breakfasts. 

Sydney is a world-class city with plenty of things to do, but what about breakfast? There are so many places to get breakfast in Sydney, but which one is the best? Keep reading to find out where the best breakfast spots are in this amazing city. From classic diners to trendy cafe's, there's something for everyone when it comes to Sydney breakfast options!

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Best Breakfast In Sydney

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.

Sydney's love for breakfast knows no bounds – we’ll queue for ages, seek out the most photogenic dishes and fight the corner of our favourite brunch spot with a passion. This is a city where the choices are many, but these are the dishes that are a cut above – think classics done right, new spins on eggs, coffee-like liquid gold, menus that break new ground, seaside locations and service that'll have you happy you rolled out of bed. 

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 from here. Thick slices of toasted fresh bread with a heart-attacks-worth of butter dripping from it. 

Grounds of Alexandria

‘The Grounds’ as they’re known are almost a bit of a tourist attraction as there’s so much more here than food. I ventured here in my first week of being in Sydney and fell in love with the massive pig in the little farm. Yes – a farm and a florist, a garden, a café and a restaurant.

The papaya smoothie is to die for and my usual every time I go. Also, if it’s too far to get to Alexandria – mooch along to Town Hall into The Galleries – there’s a ‘Grounds of the City’.

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. It's seriously fun and tasty – the crowds flock here on the 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. 

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.

Goodfields is currently open for takeaway.

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.

Cafe Once Upon A Time is currently open for home delivery.

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. 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.

Dachshund Coffee is currently open for pick-up and delivery orders.

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. 

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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

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.

The Waterfront Cafe & General Store

Eternal holiday vibes is a nice thing to own, and when it comes to The Waterfront Cafe & General Store in Church Point, that’s exactly what you can come to expect. This waterside emporium of fresh seafood and stunning views is easily one of the most beautiful places in Sydney to take your breakfast antics. 

The menu is nothing short of a breakfast bible, pitted with all kinds of dishes, baked goods, mocktails, cocktails, coffee and fresh juices. If we had to pick one item to go with, though, you can’t go past the breakfast tacos, a deconstructed plate-up of flour tortillas, scrambled organic eggs, corn and tomato salsa, avocado, grilled chorizo, tasty cheese and pickled jalapeno.

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.

The Grounds of the City

The Grounds of the CBD looks very expensive. However, the owners (as well as the 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.

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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.

Soulmate

Soulmate is unpretentious and delightful. The cafe has a laid-back, all-day cafe menu that covers the staples including eggs, muesli and sausage rolls. The Soulmate Bae roll, when it's on the menu, is highly recommended – it's an elevated take on the bacon and egg roll, with house-made sambal, herb mayo and red Leicester cheese tucked in a soft potato bun.

Non-meat eaters can opt for a vegan dish which may include tofu scramble or a hearty mushroom toast: Brickfields sourdough smeared with a smooth, rich kale and kombu “butter”, topped with sauteed mushrooms, pickled onions and fresh dill. Lunchier options include a black-sausage sanga with herby aioli and sambal; a ciabatta roll with porchetta, braised greens and confit garlic; and a charred broccoli salad.

Soulmate’s excellent coffee comes from Single O, whose filter and cold brew are poured from sleek batch taps. There’s an option to top your batch brew with whipped cream, too (that’s called The McHenry).

Solo diners or couples can sit on stools facing the street's verandah. Or, nab a spot on the concrete step outside to caffeinate and solar charge. Inside, the pared-back fit-out by North House Projects and Porter and Maple creates an airy atmosphere with light American oak timber seating and smooth, curvy counters. Dogs are always welcome.

Cuckoo Callay

Whether you go to the original Cuckoo Callay at Newtown station or the bigger extension on Crown Street in Surry Hills, there’s no denying that this brand is serious when it comes to those big, ostentatious breakfasts. The Surry Hills one especially has become one of the most popular breakfast spots in the city, with a great range of options that either keep it simple or layer on those staple breakfast ingredients in creative and visually playful ways. After all, this place is named after a Lewis Carroll poem.

The most popular breakfasts here are usually the unhealthiest, like the MacDaddy, a toasted croissant stuffed with triple smoked bacon, tomato relish, bacon mac & cheese, a 63-degree poached egg, and fried shallots.

Cuckoo Callay is owned by the same team behind Nour, which is virtually opposite the Surry Hills cafe and serves up one of the best bottomless brunches in Sydney.

Henry Lee’s

If you’re looking for the best breakfast Redfern has to offer, you’ll find it at Henry Lee’s. Bright and always welcoming, the service here is as excellent and playful as the food. That’s probably why locals are usually swarming the place, waiting patiently for a table so they can tuck into dishes like the signature Stagger Lee (yes, named after the classic Nick Cave song) which stuffs a Brickfields milk bun with lobster, kewpie mayo, celery, coriander, fresh lime, onion, fried shallots and butter lettuce.

One look at the menu and you can tell this is a cafe that knows how to stand out. Other favourites include a toasted butter croissant with crab claw meat, avocado and coconut lime mayo, and possibly the most attractive smashed avo toast in the game, with a tomato medley, feta, pomegranate and a poached egg.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breakfast

Eating breakfast may help your heart, digestion, bones and more to meet dietary guidelines! A healthier heart. Adults and kids who skip breakfast tend to have higher blood cholesterol levels—a risk factor for heart disease—than do breakfast eaters.

The world's first breakfast cereal was created in 1863 and needed soaking overnight to be chewable. McDonald's created the Egg McMuffin in 1973. The world's largest breakfast on record involved 27,854 people and took place in Germany on 29 May 2005.

3 types of the most popular breakfast are Continental breakfast, English Breakfast, and American breakfast.

It probably does not matter whether you eat or skip breakfast, as long as you eat healthy for the rest of the day. Breakfast does not “jump start” your metabolism and skipping it does not automatically make you overeat and gain weight.

Time's up! It's eggs. No word on how people like them to be prepared, but fully 65 percent of the Americans surveyed ranked eggs as their top breakfast pick, while coffee and cereal followed with 58 percent and 56 percent, respectively.

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