A Definitive Guide to Brunch in Sydney – Eat Drink Play

Brunch can be confusing –  two meals in one! It’s hard to organise, it’s hard to dress for and it’s hard to pick a place that everyone agrees on. But we’ve taken all that difficult work out for you – just pick your friend type and get brunching!


The Hipster

Coffee is life at Paramount Coffee Project. With its industrial-chic décor, this cafe serves up classic brunch dishes with serious flair – think kimchi scrambled eggs or peanut butter and jelly sweet nachos with pistachio crumble. Go here for the American-inspired food, stay for the coffee.

80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills 

The Student

Those lucky enough to avoid the 9-5 crawl might not have the funds to go all out on brunch, but what they lack in money, they make up for in time. Shenkin‘s delicious Mediterranean basics, like their grilled eggplant and haloumi or their labanne toaste, are filling and cost-effective for your average studious individual.

290 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Catch up

The Catch-Up

Don’t pay any mind to the axe implanted in the wall – Salvage Coffee is THE place to soak in the sun and indulge in their mouth-watering menu with friends. Although they change their dishes regularly depending on freshness of produce and seasonality, you can always expect stellar coffee and amicable service from the lads in charge. We’re eyeing up their crab and corn brioche roll with jalapeno and crispy pancetta. Yum.

5 Wilkes Avenue, Atarmon


The Professional

Sit your suited-up friend down to relax with some fast, fresh food  in this Greek haven on Castlereagh street. The comfort food-esque baked giant beans with poached eggs and Loukaniko sausage is so filling, they won’t even need to take a lunch break! Alternatively, start the day healthily with Alpha‘s ruby mix of watermelon, strawberry and pomegranate, paired with a cup of Greek chamomile tea.

238 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

The Creative Soul

Sunday brunch has never been so exotic! Try a Turkish food flight at Efendy full of rose jams, tahini-grape molasses, fresh fruits, gozleme, sujuk spicy sausages and assorted mezze plates, topped off with brimming pots full of apple tea. What better way to start your day?

79 Elliott Street, Balmain 


The Hung-Over One

Partied too hard? Pull yourself out from under the covers and get yourself to Bloody Mary’s, where you can gently ease your liver back into the world of semi-sobriety, or throw caution to the wind, and keep the party going. Go for an easy eat and get the GI soldiers – soft boiled eggs with celery salt and toast – or go greasy and tackle the SPAM burger – grilled SPAM, lettuce, bacon, tomato, pineapple, mayo and mustard. Ooft. Read our full review of Bloody Mary’s here.

332 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

The In-Laws

Yellow caters for your need to impress the in-laws. It’s just that little bit fancy. Start with the grilled licorice bread with homemade butter, and move on to the scrambled egg whites with jerusalem artichokes and black pudding puree. Finish with a blood peach bellini, and you’ll be feeling no pain for the rest of the day. Check out our full guide to wining and dining the in-laws here.

57 Macleay St, Potts Point 


The Parents

Good old dependable Bills. Bookings taken, friendly staff and consistently delicious food makes Bills a safe choice to brunch with the folks. We love the plate of broken eggs with  ricotta, spinach, pine-nuts and grilled sourdough, or if you’re trying to be extra healthy, go for the quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat porridge with yoghurt and vanilla poached rhubarb. Their drinks list is stellar, with everything from fruity smoothies to breakfast martinis.

79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach

The One With Kids

There’s something for everyone at Coogee Pavilion. While the children play downstairs in the designated kids room, adults can choose from a range of great brunch options. It’s one of those places where kids dishes can’t be distinguished from adult meals, and why would you need to, when the fare on offer is healthy and appealing across the board? The market salad is especially good, with fried eggs. shaved parmigiano, crispy grains and lemon oil, or for simpler palates, the avocado toast is a satisfying meal.

169 Dolphin Street, Coogee

Health Con

The Health Conscious

Cornersmith is an honest, simple establishment. With walls packed full of homemade pickles, relishes, tonics and cheese, you can be sure to walk away with some sort of inspiration. They have a sustainable and ethical approach to food production, using locally-sourced produce from small-scale markets and growers. Menus change seasonally, and they have a wide range of workshops available to book.

314 Illawarra Road, Marrickville

The Active One

Got a friend that’s always on the move? Never fear. Schedule them in for a run in the Bicentennial Reserve and a healthy meal at The Incinerator. We’re thinking the hot-smoked salmon with horseradish yoghurt, BBQ corn, asparagus and poached eggs, paired with a red berry smoothie. Get on your bike and go! For more bike-friendly eateries, see our guide here.

2 Small Street, Willoughby

Opera bar

The Out-Of-Towner

Show off our harbour views to your foreign friend and settle down with a cup of Sydney’s world famous coffee at Opera Bar. The smashed avocado with broad beans, mint and dukka is a crowd favourite, and the mushroom toastie with leek, raclette and thyme will fuel all your touristy activities. Get in quick though, breakfast is only served between 9 and 11am.

Lower Concourse, Macquarie St, Sydney Opera House

The Animal Lover

Bored of staying in with your crazy cat lady friends? Head to Surry Hills and check out Catmosphere Space Cat Cafe. While there might not be a chance to eat at this futuristic furry attraction, you can compromise and toddle down the road to Le Monde Cafe. We love the Rodriguez chorizo with smoked red peppers, basil, roquette, white anchovy and marinated feta salad. If, however, you’re more of a dog-person, peruse our list of dog-friendly cafes here.

66 Foveaux St, Surry Hills and 83 Foveaux St, Surry Hills


The Instagrammer

#brunch? Oh yes. Like it or not, #foodporn is here to stay, and what better venue than The Grounds of Alexandria; that hanging garden of Babylon itself? From hanging with Kevin Bacon, the resident pig, to perusing the excellent collection of cut flowers for sale to lusting after their baked goods, The Grounds has endless ‘grammable options. Their signature avocado dish, with heirloom tomatoes, feta, za’taar, garden mint and micro-herbs is #amazing, and their coffee tasting board is #ingenious. #betterbelieveit.

7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria

The Vegan

Sadhana Kitchen is the holy grail of vegan brunch, there are no two ways about it. Make a selection from their ‘Grawnola’ range, with fun ingredients like cardamom, cacao nibs, hemp seeds and flax seeds all making an appearance. Treat yourself to a ‘Brekky Whip’ – a mix of chocolate or coconut cocowhip (vegan soft-serve) topped with granola, banana and berry compote. For more options, read our guide to 10 of the most underrated vegan restaurants.

147 Enmore Road, Enmore

Vegetarian 2

The Vegetarian

Bread and Circus takes the stereotype that vegetarian food is boring and drop-kicks it into the dense, vibrant collection of delights on their menu. Chase the tail end of winter with their ‘Foxy Winter Porridge’ – pre-soaked and whisked organic rolled oats with baked pears, crunchy granola, hazelnuts and a dollop of organic clotted cream or dream of 40 degree days with their ‘Summer on Toast’ –  goats chevre, heirloom tomato, torn basil, chilli flakes and lime. A restaurant for all seasons. If you’re looking for something a little more special, see our top vegetarian fine dining picks here.

21 Fountain Street, Alexandria 


The Gluten-Free 

Catering for your gluten-free friend can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. Henley’s Wholefoods is one of those unique places in Sydney that, again, smashes any inkling that people with dietary requirements have to eat flavourless, unappealing food. Everything on their menu is gluten-free, and free of refined sugars. We loved the ‘Henley’s does Mexican’ , consisting of an Australian corn tortilla, chipotle black beans, scrambled eggs, avocado and red pepper salsa, coconut yoghurt ‘sourcream’ and corriander. There’s also the ‘Shrooms’ dish – field mushrooms, sautéed seasonal greens, poached eggs and red pepper romanesco sauce – which is not to be missed. For more options, see our list of gluten-free eateries here.

310-330 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction

The First Date

Need a cute little spot for a brunch date? Head to Sydney’s North Shore and check out the Pottery Green BakeryTheir grilled haloumi and poached eggs stack is the sexiest plate of yolk-porn we’ve ever seen. If nerves get the better of you, eat something small like their fresh seasonal fruit plate with low-fat yoghurt and honey.  And if Tinder has dealt you a bad card, Gordon station is just around the corner for a quick getaway. For more date options, check out our guide.

4 St Johns Avenue, Gordon


The One With The Sweet Tooth 

For a sweet brunch, and an even sweeter view, head along to Ripples at Milsons Point. No true sugar-fiend can resist their brioche French toast, topped with Chantilly cream, strawberries, berry compote and pistachio praline. There are a range of healthier options, but this is the calorific pinnacle of Sydney’s sugary brunch offerings!

1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point

The Bunch Of Girlfriends

If you and your girls are ladies who brunch, look no further than Three Blue Ducks. With a holistic approach to food, and quite a few of their fresh ingredients coming from their kitchen garden, they use biodynamic and organic products where possible. We adore their pot roasted chickpea and tomato with smashed egg, capers, onion, parsley, goats cheese and toast as well as their corn fritters with guacamole, fermented cabbage, jalepeno, herb salad and poached eggs  Their extensive drinks list is available from 10am onwards – bring on the bubbles!

143 Macpherson Street, Bronte


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