10 Sydney breakfast cafes worth leaving your local for

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Sydneysiders love nothing more than heading out for a weekend brunch.

We all have our favourite cafe that we head to on the weekend but if you want to mix things up, here are some top Sydney breakfast spots to get your weekend brunch fix.

Jump on a train, bus or ferry and get ready to tuck in.

1. Ora

Nestled just a few streets back from Manly Beach is Ora an organic wholefood kitchen serving up nutritious breakfasts and lunchtime meals. Ora pride themselves on cooking for their customers as they cook for their families and prepare everything in house.

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Make sure you check out their famous green bowl, filled with rainbow leaves, avocado, broccoli bread, egg and finished off with seeds, sprouts and gluten and dairy free sauerkraut.

  • Where: 17B Whistler St, Manly
  • Getting there: From Manly Wharf 3 walk 6 minutes (500m) up Whistler Street direct to the cafe.
  • Hours: Open 7 days a week from 7am – 3pm
  • More info: oramanly.com.au

2. The Armchair Collective

The colourful Armchair Collective doubles up as a homewares shop and cafe in Mona Vale. You’ll find plenty of tables and stools nestled around the spacious leafy outdoor area, ideal for brunch with friends.

If it’s a little chilly, head inside to the bigger tables and check out their homewares section for some visual inspiration for your home or office. You’ll find bowls, mugs, lamps and all kinds of items designed to make your home beautiful.

If you’re feeling adventurous, give their chorizo breakfast bowl a whirl, it comes with a poached egg, sauteed corn, kale, quinoa, avocado and a fiery capsicum-chilli relish.

  • Where: 9A Darley St E, Mona Vale
  • Getting there: Hop off at the Mona Vale B-Line stop on Barrenjoey Rd. Walk down Barrenjoey Rd for 400m and turn right onto Darley St East for 400m.
  • Hours: Open 7 days a week 7am – 4pm
  • More info: thearmchair.com.au

3. Kansas City Shuffle

If you’re seeking out a casual breakfast in the heart of Sydney, then Kansas City Shuffle is well worth considering. Located in a quiet leafy passage between The Rocks and Wynyard, this relaxed cafe is just a short stroll from the hustle of Circular Quay.

There’s more than a little fun to be had with their breakfast menu too. Dishes include the ‘Stormin Norman’ a soy and quinoa loaf with goats cheese and ‘John McClane’ (the main protagonist of the Die Hard film series) which is a trio of mushrooms, garlic butter, crispy kale and poached eggs.

They also offer freshly made donuts, healthy protein balls, tasty bacon & egg brekkie tarts, fresh pastries and generous fruit and granola bowls.

  • Where: 195 Gloucester St, The Rocks
  • Getting there: It’s 4 minutes walk from Wynyard station or 10 minutes from Circular Quay train station
  • Hours: Open 7 days a week Monday – Friday (7am – 4pm) and weekends 8am – 3pm
  • More info: kansascityshuffle.net

4. The Grounds Of The City

It might be the little brother of The Grounds of Alexandria, but this Sydney CBD cafe is just as popular. The entire cafe is designed to look like a scene from the Orient Express, with plush seats, a polished copper bar, carefully illustrated menus and staff wearing classic uniforms that hark back to the 1920s.

There’s even a coffee sommelier on hand to create your perfect cup of coffee. But whilst a trip to The Grounds can feel a bit like a trip back in time you can be sure the menu is right on the pulse.

For something light, try the lemongrass and ginger tea bircher or for something a little more filling the King Crab omelette or Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes are some of the most ordered dishes on the menu. It does get busy here, so book ahead if you can.

  • Where: Shop RG 12, 500 George Street, Sydney
  • Getting there: From Town Hall station, walk 2 minutes down George  street direct to the cafe
  • Hours: Open 7 days. Weekdays 7am – 9.30pm. Weekend hours vary.
  • More info: thegroundscity.com.au

5. Bills

An Sydney breakfast institution in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills, Bills is a modern Australian restaurant famous for its mouth-watering ricotta hotcakes and open air kitchen.

With its light and breezy decor and buzzing atmosphere, it’s a great option to catch up with friends over the weekend. Along with the hotcakes, the corn fritters with a healthy dollop of avocado salsa is also a popular classic.

Things can get busy here during the weekends, so take our advice and get there early to make sure you get the best spot in the house.

  • Where: 359 Crown St, Surry Hills
  • Getting there: From Central Station walk up Foveaux Street for 550m, then turn left onto Crown St for 110m. It’s approximately a 13 minute walk direct to the cafe.
  • Hours: Open 7 days a week 7am – 10pm (7.30am weekends)
  • More info: bills.com.au/sydney

6. Harry’s

Just a few moments walk from the iconic Bondi Beach, Harry’s cafe is a popular spot among surfers and locals in the area.

It’s not surprising either, with unique options including pulled pork rolls with coffee bacon jam or apple cider cured trout with zucchini and grapefruit on the menu. Their coffee is a custom blend from Five Senses Coffee Roasters, order the cold drip to a serious caffeine hit.

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Whether you just want to grab a quick takeaway and relax on the beach or simply want to sit down and take your time over brunch – the choice is yours.

  • Where: 2/136 Wairoa Ave, Bondi Beach
  • Getting there: Take the 333, 362, 380, 381, 382, x84 bus service and hop off at Campbell Pde opposite Wairoa Avenue. Harrys is a 2 minute walk from the bus stop.
  • Hours: Open 7 days a week from 7am until 4pm
  • More info: harrysbondi.com.au/menu

7. Blackwood Pantry

Independent and locally owned, Blackwood Pantry is fast becoming a favourite brunch spot for locals and visitors alike. Don’t let the minimal sleek interior fool you, the dishes at Blackwood Cafe are bursting with colour and flavor.

Fed up with the standard breakfast bacon and egg roll? Give the smoked Kobe brisket ciabatta roll a go. It’s loaded with smoke braised Kobe brisket, kimchi and peanut slaw, green shallot, pickled zucchini & horseradish mayo.

The extensive menu runs all day, so there’s no need to rush your order or frantically try to get a seat. Just relax, turn up and tuck in.

  • Where: 5/33 Surf Ln, Cronulla
  • Getting there: It’s a short 5 minute walk from Cronulla Station down Beach Park Ave then left onto Surf Lane (350m)
  • Hours: Open 7 days a week from 7am until 4pm
  • More info: blackwoodpantry.com.au

8. Brewtown

The name gives it away, but Brewtown is a restaurant that’s focused on serving up some of the best coffee in the area. It’s roasted daily in house and with different beans on offer, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the mix of brews you can order.

It’s not just artisan coffee that this spacious industrial-chic cafe is renowned for, their freshly baked cakes, donuts and pastries frequently sell out too.

If you’re after something a little more substantial to satisfy those morning hunger pains, the popular Shrimp Hoagie (scrambled eggs, shrimp, Vietnamese mint, coriander, smoked mayo and chilli on a hoagie roll) will definitely hit the spot.

  • Where: 6-8 O’Connell St, Newtown
  • Getting there: From Newtown Train Station walk 8 minutes (600m) down King St and then turn left onto Lennox Street.
  • Hours: Open 7 days from 8am until 4pm
  • More info: brewtownnewtown.com

9. Big Tree House Cafe

Located in quiet residential area (and only a short walk from Dundas Train Station) the Big Tree House Cafe has been serving up hearty home-cooked breakfasts to locals and visitors for years.

Their menu is packed with modern Australia classics with a twist, ricotta pancakes, French goats cheese on sourdough, Tasmanian smoke salmon and eggs whilst their signature Big Tree House breakfast comes with chorizo, bacon, mushrooms, roast tomatoes, warm sourdough and eggs.

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Outside you’ll find a spacious courtyard with a giant tree located in the centre. It’s a great spot unwind in, enjoy a fresh coffee and take in the quiet surrounds.

  • Where: 88 Calder Rd, Rydalmere
  • Getting there: From Dundas Train Station walk 11 minutes (800m) down Calder Road direct to the cafe.
  • Hours: Open 6 days a week 8am until 4pm (Closed Tuesday)
  • More info: bigtreehousecafe.com.au

10. Circa Espresso

Circa Espresso might be one of Parramatta’s best kept secrets. This narrow warehouse cafe is buzzing with energy and chatter and it’s not unusual to have to wait for a spot at the weekends if you arrive later in the morning.  Serving up Little Marionette coffee, their streamlined menu is full of all kinds of delicious dishes to help get your day off to the perfect start.

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Their healthy vegan bowl features charred okra, eggplant, cauliflower, walnuts, barberries, sunflower seeds, pepitas and roasted freekeh on pumpkin hummus with pomegranate dressing. Or opt for pan fried cone bay saltwater barramundi with a salad of wild rice, brown rice, corn, chilli, broccolini and burnt poppy seed lime yoghurt. It tastes just as good as it sounds.

  • Where: 21 Wentworth St, Parramatta
  • Getting there: From Parramatta Train Station take a short 3 minute walk (150m) direct to the cafe
  • Hours: Open 7 days a week. 7am until 3pm. Weekends from 8am
  • More info: circaespresso.com.au


There is no shortage of Sydney breakfast and brunch locations to get your fix at this weekend. Each cafe and restaurant we’ve featured here is less than a 15 minute walk from public transport. So why not leave the car at home and venture beyond your local for some brekkie goodness with your family and friends?

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