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The Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Sydney

If I had a dollar for every time a friend/colleague/family member asked me for my dining suggestions, I would be very rich. You may have noticed from my Instagram that I eat out a lot, so I always have an ever-expanding list of recommendations to share.

I thought it would be easiest for everyone if I wrote all these down in one place, so I am going to start with my favourite meal of the day breakfast/brunch (depending on what time I wake up).

Some things to note:

– I have lived in Surry Hills, Redfern and Balmain and work in Chippendale, so most of my selections revolve around these areas. Fortunately, this is where the best food is (in my humble opinion).

– I will update this list as I visit more places, so feel free to bookmark it and come back later.

– I am also writing a lunch/dinner list and a desserts list. Stay tuned!

In no particular order….

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Surry Hills

Single Origin Roasters – 60-64 Reservoir St (great coffee, good selection of breakfast foods, limited seating)

Bourke St Bakery – 633 Bourke St (for breakfast on the go, get the ginger brulee tart)

Bruschetteria 102 – 102 Albion St (Nutella coffee and ALL the bruschetta options you can dream of)

Kawa – 348 Crown St (healthy, free range, heaps of vego options and delicious!)

The Paramount Coffee Project – 80 Commonwealth St (pictured below, a meat waffle!!)


Bills – 359 Crown St (pictured below, their famous corn fritters)


Cowbell 808 – 616 Bourke St (pictured below, their delicious burger and amazing ricotta pancakes)



Edition Coffee Roasters – 265 Liverpool St (this Scandinavian/Japanese fusion cafe gave us possibly the prettiest breakfast ever with this black rice, adzuki bean, coconut flake and freeze dried berry dish)



Not Just Coffee – 264 Oxford St (I don’t really need to explain why you have to go, do I? Look at that cheeze ooze).



Brickfields 206 Cleveland St (delicious bakery full of pastries)

Something For Jess – Cnr O’Connor St & Abercrombie St (pictured below, a salami and haloumi bruschetta stack)


The Upside Cafe – 137 Broadway (everything on their menu is amazing including the pulled pork burger and juices – below – and great coffee)



St Jude – Cnr Thurlow And Bourke Streets (super friendly staff, lots of delicious eggy dishes and sandwiches)

 Three Williams – 613a Elizabeth St (pictured below, amazing narnies, fries and french toast)


Kepos St Kitchen – 96 Kepos Street (pictured below, amazing falafels and hummus and a Southern fried chicken burger with a Middle Eastern twist. These chips could rival Three Williams for best chips in Sydney).



The Ragland – 129 Raglan St (super lovely staff, great coffee, quite a few Malaysian-inspired breakfast options too)

Devon on Danks – 2 Danks St (LOOK AT THAT FRENCH TOAST)



Bar Contessa – 371B Darling St (I’ve eaten that cheeseburger for breakfast more times than I care to admit)



Brighton the Corner – 49 Palace St (house made crumpets, below, are to die for. Also the beef hash with onion rings)


Places still to try:

Here are the breakfast/brunch places still on my list I haven’t been to yet. Feel free to make suggestions!

Pinbone, Woollahra

John Smith, Waterloo

Breadfern, Redfern

Room 10, Potts Point

Gypsy Espresso, Potts Point

Daisy’s Milkbar, Petersham

Cornersmith, Marrickville

Brewtown, Newtown (for breakfast, not just cronuts)

West Juliett, Marrickville

Revolver, Annandale

Excelsior Jones, Ashfield

What’s your favourite place to eat breakfast or brunch in Sydney?


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  • Reply Lisa January 14, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Yummm so many places to try. Devon on Danks looks especially amazing! I love Shuk and The Hill in Bondi.

    • Reply Swah January 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

      I must admit I don’t venture out to Bondi often, but there are so many amazing cafes/restaurants springing up I’m going to have to! ;)

  • Reply The Blonde Tourist January 14, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Awesome list – more new places to try! I visited Revolver last month and was suitably impressed, really good food with great flavours. My tip: go on your day off to beat the crowds! ;)

    • Reply Swah January 16, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Ah yes I have heard rumours about Revolver’s crowds! I will definitely be giving it a try on a Monday or Tuesday :)

  • Reply Nicole - Champagne and Chips January 14, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Beautiful photography. I want that french toast (OMG!). I will most certainly be checking back here before my next Sydney trip.

    • Reply Swah January 16, 2015 at 10:42 am

      That french toast is AMAZING! Glad to be of help for your future trips Nicole!

  • Reply Alex January 14, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    I work at Brighton on Sundays, come in and say hi :)
    P.S I love you Sarah, you are a total mindreader haha xx

    • Reply Swah January 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

      I will definitely come visit you Alex and eat those house made crumpets again. Yum!!

  • Reply Kat O January 15, 2015 at 4:57 am

    woah! No gulias on Abercrombie st????

    • Reply Kat O January 15, 2015 at 5:00 am

      Also best chips – have you tried kellys pub Newtown? Their chips are even amazing cold!

      • Reply Swah January 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

        I haven’t tried the food at Kelly’s I will be certainly trying those chips :)

    • Reply Kat O January 15, 2015 at 5:02 am

      Also also

      Petty cash Cafe in marrickville needs to go on your list. Particularly on a day when you can borrow one of their picnic blankets and go sit in the park (with everything served just like if you were eating in!)

      • Reply Swah January 16, 2015 at 10:45 am

        The Petty Cash menu looks DELISH! Another one for my list!

    • Reply Swah January 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

      I’ve actually never tried Gulia’s!! I will have to go on my lunch break soon :)

  • Reply Paula January 21, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Fantastic list – Love John Smith and Brewtown well worth a visit to both.

    • Reply Swah January 21, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks Paula! I’m hoping to check out both of those places ASAP :D

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  • Reply Vivian April 25, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Le Monde and room10 are my fav, nice food and coffee! :)

    • Reply Vivian April 25, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      and also show boxmanly :)

    • Reply Swah April 28, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      I recently tried Room 10 and LOVED it! I will be returning :)

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