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30 Best Cafes In Sydney [2023]

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Best cafes in Sydney

Best cafes in Sydney
Best cafes in Sydney

Sydney is one of the most beautiful and dynamic cities in Australia, and it’s no surprise that there are plenty of cafes to explore. Whether you want a coffee on the go or an afternoon tea with friends, Sydney has something for everyone. We’ve scoured this great city for some of the best cafes Sydney we could find, so take a look at our list of 30 Best Cafes In Sydney 2021.

We hope you enjoy exploring these cafes as much as we have!

1. One Another

Key ServicesQuiet location
AddressShop 1/131 Wilson Street, Newtown
Operating HoursMonday – Friday 7am – 3.00pm, Weekends 8am – 3.00pm

One Another cafe in Sydney is the place to go for contemporary cafe fare. Serving up delicious breakfast and brunch food, One Another is a Sydney café that you don’t want to miss out on.

The staff at One Another cafe is serious about their cuisine, with a wide range of innovative meal choices such as the avocado toast with sliced apple and mint. The interior is basic and restful, making it an ideal workplace on a weekday or a gathering place on the weekend.

Key Differentiators:

  • Interesting menu
  • Very quick service
  • Nice interior

Customer’s Review:

Nice quiet area with a secret cafe. Worth the short stroll 5 minutes away from the busy main streets of Newtown.

Adrian Chew

2. Edition Coffee Roasters

Key ServicesCool and modern cafe
Address60 Darling Drive, Haymarket
Operating HoursMonday – Sunday 8am – 4pm

Edition Coffee Roasters in Haymarket is an Australian café and roaster that is committed to using the best ingredients in their dishes. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner all week round, Edition Coffee Roasters has something for everyone.

The interior of this Sydney café gives off a rustic vibe with plenty of wooden accents. The staff here are incredibly friendly and helpful too!

If you didn’t believe that Scandinavian and Japanese cuisine mix well, think again. The laid-back atmosphere at Edition Roasters in Haymarket provides for a delectable dining experience with Japanese tastes including bento and Japanese pancakes for dessert, as well as Scandi open sandwiches.

It also focused on providing high-quality coffee, which they do by brewing single-origin/estate green beans for batch brew, pour-over, Japanese drip and cold brew.

Key Differentiators:

  • Excellent ambience
  • Delicious food
  • Serves Japanese pancakes

Customer’s Review:

Love the cool and modern interior design of this cafe. Excellent ambience, delicious food, amazing coffee and super friendly staffs. The cafe always offers quality food and great service. Japanese soufflé pancake is a must-try dish. Highly recommended.

Anna Lynn

3. St. Dreux

Key ServicesVegan options
Address151 Clarence Street, Sydney
Phone(02) 9826 5876
Operating HoursMonday- Friday 7 am – 3:30 pm

This pale pink-hued city espresso bar, which is located within the recently finished Barrack Place tiny dining precinct, is named for the patron saint of coffee. It’s all about coffee here, with a cabinet of delectable pastries to match.

St Dreux offers three distinct styles of coffee, each served in a bright Yves Klein blue bag: The Shepard is a light roast, The Silver Bullet is a medium roast, and The Rainmaker is a dark brew.

For your morning coffee, we suggest sipping on the nitro, which is cold brewed for up to 16 hours before being infused with nitrogen. Pair it with a stuffed mushroom and cheese croissant for a wonderful start to your day.

Key Differentiators:

  • Pale pink-hued city espresso bar
  • Delectable pastries
  • Friendly & helpful staff

Customer’s Review:

Absolutely one of the best coffee spots in town. Awesome, friendly staff too!

Will Owen

4. Paramount Coffee Project

Key ServicesSeasonal menu of Asian and American influences
Address80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills151 Clarence Street, Sydney
Phone(02) 9211 1122
Operating HoursMonday- Sunday 7 am – 4 pm

In 2013, the Paramount Coffee Project was founded to promote and represent top Australian and international roasters and as well as farmers and brewers. It was created by Jin Ng of Paramount House, Mark Dundon of Melbourne roaster Seven Seeds, and Russell Beard of adjacent brother café Reuben Hills.

There are also smoothies, milkshakes (including a PCP coffee shake), cold-pressed juice, and sodas for the cooler months. Iced coffee and chai lattes are popular on hot days.

Key Differentiators:

  • Showcase high-quality coffee
  • Features local and international roasters
  • Utilising local produce 

Customer’s Review:

Visited the café for the first time. There’s seating inside and out. Paid street parking available directly outside the café. Inside is nicely decorated and has a good atmosphere. Ordered a BK roll with American cheese and avocado toast with fried egg. Food was good. Total came to $55 for the four items.


5. Room Ten

Key ServicesHidden cafe
Address10 Llankelly Place, Potts Point
Phone0432 445 342
Operating HoursSunday – Friday 8 am – 3 pm, Saturday 8 am – 3 pm

Room 10 in Potts Point is another big-time hero on the map of Sydney’s greatest cafés. This pint-sized location can be found down Llankelly Place, the end of the alleyway marked by a crowd of locals waiting for coffee or catching up with friends.

Room 10 is a popular with chefs and foodies due to its uncomplicated and casual atmosphere, which includes Mecca coffee and an all-day breakfast and lunch menu. The rice with black quinoa and stewed rhubarb is fantastic, as is the bacon and egg roll.

In early 2021, the Room 10 crew expanded their laneway location with Pina, a new space with similar concepts to the original but a larger kitchen to add more flourishes to current Room 10 favorites.

Key Differentiators:

  • All-day breakfast and lunch menu
  • Good customer service
  • Popular for its salad and sandwich

Customer’s Review:

Super simple, delicious, fresh and tasty brunch! Room ten is one of my absolute faves and will keep coming back here for the food!

Jacqueline Wong

6. Mecca Coffee

Key ServicesEver-expanding roster of cafes
Address26 Bourke Road, Alexandria
Phone(02) 9806 3030
Operating HoursMonday- Friday 7.30 am – 3 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 3 pm

Mecca Coffee is the largest specialty coffee retailer in Australia. For more than 20 years, it has collected and shared stories of farmers, roasters and baristas to bring an authentic experience into every cup of coffee they serve.

The Mecca team are always on the lookout for what’s new around Sydney with their ever-expanding roster of cafes across town. Mecca team is a coffee roaster, brewer, and enthusiast team. They also don’t forget to cater to the masses’ need for java with an easy menu that includes several traditional breakfast foods. The roasted coffee produced on-site varies from day to day, ensuring that you’ll never be bored!

Key Differentiators:

  • Largest specialty coffee retailer in Australia
  • Serves traditional breakfast foods
  • Consistently good coffees

Customer’s Review:

Long ago when I first came to Sydney, I was recommended to come here. Mecca is a superlative Sydney coffee institution. I’ve never had a bad coffee here ever. Whether sitting down for a flat white, getting take away, or smashing an espresso, this place is fantastic.

Henry Lydecker

7. Cornersmith

Key ServicesCharming little cafe
Address88 View Street, Annandale
Phone(02) 8084 8466
Operating HoursMonday – Friday 7 am – 2 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 2 pm

On a peaceful street in Annandale, there is a charming little café. Grab some takeaway and take it with you while watching the kids play next to a playground. Alternatively, sit inside and enjoy the finest of the minimalist interior and seasonal cuisine.

The team at Cornersmith love their pickles and ferments, and also run a cooking school and the Picklery! This is a great place to pick up some fresh and accessible lunch dishes, as well as their famous sandwiches.

Key Differentiators:

  • Seasonal cuisine
  • Minimalist interior
  • Serves fresh dishes

Customer’s Review:

We came for a quick breakfast and it was lovely! Great coffee, friendly staff, the food is on the lighter side but very good. There are seats outside which are dog friendly.


8. Circa Espresso

Key ServicesHouse-made bread
Address21 Wentworth Street, Parramatta
Operating HoursMonday – Friday 7 am – 2:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 2:30 pm

Circa Espresso is the best coffee and breakfast in Parramatta. The restaurant has a changing seasonal cuisine as well as a changing seasonal coffee menu. With plenty of creative Middle-Eastern tastes on the menu, Circa wants to make you feel welcome and comfortable.

We can’t miss out on the wild ferment whole wheat pancake glazed with maple syrup, white chocolate crème Fraiche, peach, crushed pistachio, and cocoa nibs. This is a technology-free zone!

Key Differentiators:

  • Seasonal menu
  • Serves refined specialty coffee
  • Retro vibe

Customer’s Review:

Visited for the first time after hearing rave reviews. The food was delicious, especially the soft focaccia bread and perfectly cooked eggs. We also tried hot brew coffee from Brazil and that was flavourful too.

Megha Mohan

9. Single O’ Surry Hills

Key ServicesSustainable cafe
Address60-64 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills
Phone(02) 9211 0665
Operating HoursMonday – Friday 7 am – 3:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 3 pm

Single O, along with all of their Reservoir Street shenanigans, paved the way for today’s cafe scene in Sydney. Indeed, since 2003, these guys have been championing espresso in all its many varieties.

Australia’s coffee scene really started in the Sydney neighborhood of Surry Hills, when one of its tiny cafés started serving strong brews. Single O, true to the coffee company’s pioneering spirit, has made a number of significant commitments to sustainability since adopting Luchetti Krelle as a full design rebuild. The menu at the cafe in Sydney’s Surry Hills is 50% plant-based, as well as a self-service batch brew bar.

Key Differentiators:

  • Offers plant-based menu
  • Self-service brew bar
  • Offers discounts and coupons

Customer’s Review:

Quaint little place which serves up amazing warm banana cake + coffee! I love how the banana cake was so crisp on the edges yet so soft inside! The butter that complemented the cake was HEAVENLY! The atmosphere of the place was really cosy, and you could people watch all day just sitting there! Would definitely return!

Shermaine Tan

10. Rising Sun Workshop

Key ServicesJapanese cafe
Address1C Whateley Street, Newtown
Phone(02) 9550 3891
Operating HoursSunday – Tuesday 9 am – 4 pm, Wednesday – Saturday 8 am – 3:30 pm / 6 pm – 10 pm

If you’re looking for a Japanese cafe above a motorbike workshop in inner-west Newtown, look no further. The airy, plant-filled café on the top floor of a two-story former hardware store on a peaceful side street is popular with bikers and Asian food enthusiasts.

The Cafe serves everything from Americanos to Frappuccinos, as well as freshly prepared espresso drinks. You can also get Fizzy Bubblers (espresso, sparkling water, and lime), affogato (Workshop-blend coffee over Enmore’s Cow & The Moon gelato), and hot or iced filter coffee in addition to their Korean-influenced Breakfast Bibimbap (with egg yolk, kimchi, and rice) or savor the panko eggplant or pork katsu burgers with gyoza dumplings.

Key Differentiators:

  • Plant-filled café
  • Korean-influenced breakfast
  • Freshly prepared espresso drinks

Customer’s Review:

Rising Sun Workshop is located in an odd and unassuming area of Newtown. I really liked the concept of the place with large work benches, gave it a real communal feel.

El Aitch

11) Brickfields

Key ServiceCozy bakery with a great atmosphere
Address206 Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW 2008
Phone0467 813 997
Operating HoursMon-Fri 7am-3pm, Sat-Sun 8am-3pm

If you’ve lived in Sydney long enough, you’ve probably heard of Brickfields. Perhaps the finest cafe/ bakery hybrid in town (don’t those two words just make your stomach rumble), it also serves as a café. Brickfields is both a caf and, fortunately for us, doubles as one. This Chippendale café has all of our favorite dishes on the menu with plenty of bread options to boot. If you’re having trouble dealing with carbohydrates, this may be the place to go.

Key Differentiators:

  • Serving up fresh baked goods every morning
  • Plenty of seating space inside and outside
  • Hospitable staff

Customer’s Review:

It’s a sandwich with a lot of contents. You can enjoy various flavours. My recommendation is a sandwich that starts with bacon. I had a good meal. I haven’t tried sandwiches in many places, but I can recommend them right away. It was a good meal. Thank you.

Alice k

12) Kepos Street Kitchen

Key ServiceServes seasonal specials
Address96 Kepos Street, Redfern, NSW, 2016, Australia
Phone(02) 9319-3919
Operating HoursDaily 8:00am to 3:00pm

The cuisine will be an extensive selection of Middle Eastern dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – what more could you ask for? Micheal Rantissi, a renowned award-winning chef, knows how to turn our traditional Middle Eastern classics into something modern. Allpress Espresso’s coffee comes from the best plantations in the world. A great choice of Australian and European wines complement the cafe’s menu. We suggest falafel as a morning meal; it’ll make you want falafels at 9 a.m. forevermore.

Key Differentiators:

  • Extensive menu with both breakfast and lunch options
  • Award-winning chef Michael Rantissi
  • Great location

Customer’s Review:

Very nice and tasty food made with fresh ingredients. We had the spanakopita with poached eggs, the benedict with some falafels on the side and everything was absolutely amazing.


13) Odd Culture Newtown

Key ServiceTwo-level hybrid space
Address256 & 266 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Phone(02) 8317 3057
Operating HoursMon to Wed: 12pm – midnight
Thu: 12pm – 2am
Fri to Sat: 7am – 2am
Sun: 7am – 10pm

Odd Culture Newtown, which launched in November 2020, is our group’s biggest project to date and has rapidly become one of the best cafes and wine bars in Newtown. As soon as you walk into the front door of the venue, you’re greeted with a view of the two-level hybrid space that contains a bar, restaurant, and cafe. This is the place to go if you’re visiting Newtown for some vintage shopping.

Key Differentiators:

  • Bar, restaurant, and cafe all in one
  • New British-inspired breakfast menu
  • Vintage shopping nearby

Customer’s Review:

Best breakfast I’ve had in years here. Best coffee in Newtown. Best beers on tap I’ve seen. Good variety in terms of food and drink. Some of the nicest bartenders I’ve ever experienced. Great atmosphere. Absolutely a must-visit place in Newtown, any time of day.

James Grant

14) Flour and Stone

Key ServiceExcellent pastries
Address53 Riley St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia
Phone+61 2 8068 8818
Operating HoursMonday 7AM–3PM
Tuesday 7AM–3PM
Wednesday 7AM–3PM
Thursday 8AM–12PM
Friday 7AM–3PM
Saturday 8AM–3PM
Sunday Closed

Flour and Stone is a bakery that’ll leave you feeling satisfied and sugared-out in a wonderful way if you have a sweet tooth. Nadine Head’s passion for baking began at a dairy farm in the Hunter Valley, before expanding to Michelin-starred restaurants in London and earning her place among the city’s artisan baking elite. Expect everything from tarts, cakes, sandwiches, pies, and sausage rolls on the menu. The spanakopita is something special.

Key Differentiators:

  • Passionate and experienced baker
  • Wide range of baked goods available
  • Fresh, seasonal produce

Customer’s Review:

My wife and I devoured the blueberry-filled lamingtons. Light, soft and with the right sweetness. So bloody good!

wyeong l

15) Ona Sydney

Key ServiceModern and cosy cafe
Address140 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
Operating HoursWeekday 7:30am – 3:00pm
Weekends 8:30am – 3:00pm

Another one for coffee connoisseurs, ONA Coffee is a prominent Australian specialty coffee roaster. This roaster’s objective is to discover the finest natural qualities of coffees from all over the world. You may meet your coffee soulmate in this minimalist, community setting!

Key Differentiators:

  • Extensive selection of rare & exciting selections of coffee
  • Personalised coffee service
  • Dedicated to sharing amazing coffees from around the world

Customer’s Review:

Such a great place for coffee. They offer a great range of coffee to choose from. Cupping, pour-over, cold brew, and coffee with or without milk… they are all made in high quality. Staffs are nice and professional. Interior setting is modern and cosy. The whole experience is quite enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Anna Lynn

16) Shift Eatery

Key ServiceVegan cafe
AddressShop 4/241 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Phone+61 2 9281 5053
Operating HoursDaily 8am – 3pm

The eatery is a little different. The deli is entirely vegan, and their sandwiches are far more than bread with some fillings—they’re incredible! The Sydney cafe is in Surry Hills’ streets, making it ideal for a snack on the go. They also have delicious salad bowls, great coffee, and the self-proclaimed “world’s best vegan bacon and egg bagel,” according to them!

Key Differentiators:

  • Hand-picked and professionally taste-tested
  • Serves specialty coffees
  • Massive range of vegan deli items

Customer’s Review:

The mushroom toastie was truly excellent. Great flavours and presentation. The range of vegan cakes, sweets and deli goods is also great. As someone who wakes up super early, I just wished they opened earlier for breakfast!

David Jorm

17) The Goodsline Cafe

Key ServiceRotating breakfast menu
Address19A Harris Street
(cnr of Bowman),
Pyrmont, NSW 2009
Phone02 8488 1557
Operating HoursMon – Fri : 7:30am – 3pm
Weekends : 8am – 3pm

We’d argue that Jack Hanna, the former co-founder of The Grounds, is to blame for Sydney’s cafe culture changing in the first place. After enduring numerous lockdowns, Jack – who also holds a world latte title – revived The Goodsline in 2021. Brunch is a brasserie-style menu created by Chris Evanges (formerly Watsons Bay Hotel) and Jason Roberson to appeal to early risers and brunchies, with classics like french toast with espresso Marscapone, caramelized walnuts, and orange curd; Mushrooms chermoula, and cauliflower toastie with three cheeses and whole-grain mustard; or maybe something nice for your dog? They’ve got everything covered as well.

Key Differentiators:

  • Serves artesian coffee
  • Brasserie-style menu
  • Dog-friendly cafe

Customer’s Review:

Good coffee and decent choice of menu options in a relaxed atmosphere. Service was quick and friendly. We had the brekkie bowl and cauliflower salad and both enjoyed our meals. Generous servings and very well prepared. And presented. Worth a try if you’re in the area.

Paolo B

18) Meet Gerard

Key ServiceSuper quick service
Address54 Henderson Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
Phone02 8021 7211
Operating HoursMonday – Saturday from 7am to 2pm and Sunday from 8am to 2pm

At Meet Gerard, they take an honest approach to brunch classics with an exciting twist. They are one of Alexandria’s best brunch spots and one of the best cafes in Sydney. Our menu includes staples like porridge, French toast, scrambled eggs and banana bread–all with a sweet, flavor-filled twist. Plus, our coffee is brewed by award-winning roasters Coffee Alchemy. Can’t come to us? No problem!

Key Differentiators:

  • Innovative and honest approach to the classics
  • Passionate about sourcing fresh local produce 
  • Very friendly and hospitable staff

Customer’s Review:

Super quick service, chicken sandwich was terrific, fresh thick cut bread!  Skipped a coffee in exchange for a chai latte that was nice too! Nice open clean space with outside seating opposite a park!

Sy W

19) bills

Key ServiceRelaxing cafe
Address355 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone+61 2 9360 4762

Waking up early and walking a straight line from the beach to breakfast is one of life’s greatest pleasures, according to us. bills in Sydney allows you to do just that. bills has firmly cemented scrambled eggs and corn fritters as part of Sydney’s culinary DNA with its reputation for providing a strong start to the day. The area is laid-back, and the cuisine is fresh, making it an ideal destination for international visitors looking for a taste of Sydney café culture.

Key Differentiators:

  • Serves the best pancakes
  • Cute and warm little area
  • Serves large portions

Customer’s Review:

I’ve heard about this place but today was my first time dining in. It was pretty packed and we were standing in a queue but luckily they got us a table quickly. I ordered a hot chocolate and the famous ricotta cakes. It was delicious, not that filling but still very good. Amazing service!

Miss Vavae

20) Industry Beans

Key ServiceBrunch menu
AddressShop 2/40 York St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Phone+61 2 9188 8501
Operating HoursWeekdays 7am – 3.30pm | Weekends 8am – 3.30pm

For all those Melbourne coffee snobs who have somehow wound up in Sydney, this is a taste of Melbourne café culture. The coffee at Industry Beans will undoubtedly be excellent. Industry Beans is located on busy York Street in Sydney and has both simple classics as well as more substantial and creative dishes on the menu. On-site, they brew their unique Fitzroy Street blend.

Key Differentiators:

  • Architecturally designed space
  • Offers some Melbourne favourites
  • Offers retail supplies

Customer’s Review:

Pandan waffles!!! Soft bubbles with a unique sweet and citrusy taste with the blueberry gelato adding extra sweetness, but the fresh blueberries and strawberries are evening it out. The sesame brittle was also nice adding a nice slightly bitter and crunchy taste to bring out the other flavours.


21) Matinee Coffee

Key ServicePerfect for big group bookings & functions
AddressShop 1, 23-29 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204
Phone(02) 9519 7591
Operating HoursOpen 7 days 7am-3pm

Matinee Coffee in Marrickville is a quaint café with more than enough space and vibrancy to keep you entertained all week long. With a touch of old-world charm, Matinee Café has an delectable all-day menu complete with vegan and vegetarian options galore, not to mention the array of pastries made fresh daily. This 80 seater is perfect for large groups and can even be Perfect for big group bookings & functions used as a function space!

Key Differentiators:

  • Warm and welcoming staff
  • Can be hired for functions
  • Has an all-day menu with vegan and vegetarian options

Customer’s Review:

Always reliable – the decor is awesome and so is the food, it’s also progressive. I’ve never had a bad experience here – the rice pudding is amazing, but this time around I had the Reuben!

Harley F

22) Edition Roasters

Key ServiceOffers single origin coffee
Address60 Darling Dr,
Haymarket NSW 2000
Operating HoursMonday-Sunday 8am-4pm

Trying to decide between Scandi and Japanese food? Edition Roasters in Haymarket has the best of both worlds. With a relaxed atmosphere, you can enjoy delicious dishes like bento boxes andJapanese pancakes while sipping on excellent coffee brewed with single-origin/estate green beans.

Key Differentiators:

  • Laid-back vibe
  • Seasonal, rotating roster of specialty singles
  • Accessible but elevated cafe menu

Customer’s Review:

This Japanese fusion cafe has very interesting menu. Too bad I was alone and not too hungry otherwise I would order more. I had an eggplant katsu with egg in a Japanese brioche.

TN Lam

23) The Grounds of the City

Key ServiceLittle Parisian cafe
Address500 George St,
Sydney, NSW, 2000
Phone(02) 9699 2225
Operating HoursMonday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 7:00am – 9:30pm
Thursday: 7:00am – 9:30pm (Live Jazz Music 6:30pm – 8:30pm)
Friday: 7:00am – 9:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 9:30pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

If you’re a Sydneysider, The Grounds of Alexandria should definitely be on your list of places to visit. But now, the team has created another amazing oasis for you to check out. It’s completely different from The Grounds in terms of atmosphere – think moody lighting and Parisian-inspired decor – but we know you’ll love it just as much! Swing by for something off the all-day menu during daylight hours, or stay until evening for cocktails and bar snacks. There’s no excuse not to come!

Key Differentiators:

  • Moody lighting
  • Offers an all-day menu
  • Has a cocktail bar

Customer’s Review:

Friendly and timely service. Beautiful and thoughtful decor. A very nice mood is set inside and it was a wonderful experience. Most amazing of all was the food. Usually hyped-up places with all this decor lacks in taste and flavours but each and every dish we tried was amazing! This place is the real deal.. the total package. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

Michael Yang

24) Two Chaps

Key ServiceVegetarian cafe
Address122 Chapel St.
Marrickville NSW 2204
Phone(02) 9572 8858
Operating HoursMon 7:30am-3:00pm
Tue 7:30am-3:00pm
Wed 7:30am-3:00pm
Thur 7:30am-3:00pm
Fri 7:30am-3:00pm | 6:00pm & 8:15pm Sittings
Sat 8:00am-3:00pm | 6:00pm & 8:15pm Sittings
Sun 8:00am-3:00pm

Two Chaps, a Marrickville find, is our pick for the finest Inner West cafés in Sydney, with a strong environmental cause. All of their bread and pastries are handmade using organic Australian flours, which should already amaze you. The menu evolves with the seasons, but Two Chaps’ staff loves to support local companies like themselves.

Key Differentiators:

  • Uses organic Australian flour
  • Menu changes with the seasons
  • Supports local companies

Customer’s Review:

Funky warehouse vegetarian cafe hidden in the backstreets of Marrickville. We had the smoked eggplant burger and brown rice bowl – both were very tasty and full of flavour. The service was polite and friendly. We will definitely be back to try the other meals! Highly recommended!

Terence Ha

25) Blackwood Pantry

Key ServiceChild-friendly cafe
Address5/33 Surf Ln Cronulla
NSW 2230
Phone9544 4857
Operating HoursMonday – Sunday 7AM – 4PM

The best café in Sydney, located in the southern nook of town and combining casual eating with community. The food is designed to be shared and takes influence from Australia and Europe. Come here with a group of friends or meet some fellow brunch-goers to leave feeling full in more ways than one if you plunge headfirst into the new communal café culture!

Key Differentiators:

  • Vibrant atmosphere 
  • Friendly and efficient staff
  • Tasty food and drinks

Customer’s Review:

The food were excellent! And the service was equally exceptional. The staff were very friendly and helpful. One of us told the staff that we were informally celebrating a birthday and they brought out a mini cake for her and didn’t even charge us for it!

Justine Lau

26) Saga

Key ServiceShowcasing Pastries by Andy Bowdy
Address178 Enmore Rd,
Enmore NSW 2042
Phone(02) 9550 6386
Operating HoursWeds-Sun 9am-3pm (Kitchen Closes at 2.45pm)

Looking for a delicious treat? Look no further than Saga café in Enmore. Their coffee is to die for, and their pastry chef Andy Bowdy is responsible for some of the most amazing desserts you’ll ever try. Make sure to order one of their tiered doughnuts – they come complete with icing and all the thrills! And if you’re still hungry, make sure to try one of their savory sandwiches.

Key Differentiators:

  • New-York Italian style sandwiches
  • High quality food and pastries
  • Lovely and cosy cafe

Customer’s Review:

Saga sandwiches are serious business. They are on the pricier side at $17-18 however they stack them with ingredients so I don’t mind paying the premium. I tried the chicken schnitzel which was a whole breast, really well cooked and tasty melted cheese on top. The spicy salami toastie was also really good, it had honey drizzled over the top which made it really sticky and I’m not a fan of sweet sandwiches. I will probably get no honey next time.

Timmy Taco

27) Cuckoo Callay on Crown

Key ServiceKorean and Japanese street food menu
Address413 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Sydney, NSW 2010
Phone02 8399 3679
Operating HoursMonday 7:30AM–3PM
Tuesday 7:30AM–3PM
Wednesday 7:30AM–3PM
Thursday 7:30AM–3PM
Friday 7:30AM–3PM
Saturday 8AM–6PM
Sunday 8AM–3PM

If you’re ever in a bind and need to grab brunch on the go, head over to the new Surry Hills café. The venue sits right across from the Clock Hotel and is perfect for people-watching while you enjoy your meal. Expect classic brunch dishes with Indonesian flare. Better yet, if you don’t want your Friday night to end just yet, stop by for a cocktail first thing Saturday morning along with your brunch!

Key Differentiators:

  • Hawker style diner at night
  • Expect a fun, playful and quirky menu 
  • Can also get cocktails

Customer’s Review:

Wonderful service. Ordering via the table qr was simple and had good pictures of menu items.

Simon Green

28) Harry’s Bondi

Key ServiceGreat location
Address2/136 Wairoa Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
Phone(02) 9130 2180
Operating HoursMonday 6:30AM–3:30PM
Tuesday 6:30AM–3:30PM
Wednesday 6:30AM–3:30PM
Thursday 6:30AM–3:30PM
Friday 6:30AM–3:30PM
Saturday 6:30AM–4PM
Sunday 6:30AM–4PM

If you haven’t been to Harry’s, you haven’t really been to Bondi. This local favorite has been serving up delicious food and drinks since 1997, and it’s no wonder why – the location is unbeatable (just a stone’s throw from the beach!) with plenty of outdoor seating, and the menu is full of nutritious local produce. When in Bondi, be sure to try the Bondi bowl – it comes with a beetroot latte which is out-of-this-world good!

Key Differentiators:

  • Solid selection of juices and tea
  • Serves house-made almond macadamia milk coffee
  • With a good mix of tastes

Customer’s Review:

Great coffee, decent food and friendly service. Give the beetroot latte a go – tastes like a healthy hot chocolate!

Hannah K

29) Bread & Circus

Key ServiceNice selection of organic drinks
Address21 Fountain St. Alexandria 2015 NSW
Phone0418 214 425
Operating HoursWednesday to Sunday 8 am to 2 pm

At Bread & Circus, you’ll find a unique and unforgettable café experience in Alexandria’s Old City. Breakfast is available all day at this café. The variety of blended fruit bowls on the menu is amazing. This cafe will cater to both vegetarians and vegans, as well as the kids, with lots of meals that resemble a colorful explosion rather than a meal.

Key Differentiators:

  • Variety of fresh food
  • Serves fruit bowls and other healthy options
  • Nice informal casual setting

Customer’s Review:

Nice cafe in a bright, airy space. It’s tucked away in a mixed business complex/ food court. Service is friendly. I ordered the congee, which was a little unorthodox (not conventional Chinese) but I liked it and the strong ginger flavour that came with it.

Tiffany Christina Tran

30) Lox Stock & Barrel

Key ServiceReasonable prices
Address140 Glenayr Ave. Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
Phone9300 0368
Operating HoursDays: Mon to Sun 7am–2:30pm
Nights: Fri to Sat 5.30pm-late

Looking for an authentic taste of NYC bagels in Sydney? Look no further than Bondi Bagels. With an extensive menu ranging from classic bagel flavours to more unique options, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy. And if bagels aren’t really your thing, never fear – they also offer brunch classics like eggs Benedict and avocado on toast. The best part is that their all-day menu means you can come anytime, day or night. Plus, they have a delicious cocktail and drinks menu perfect for evening visitors!

Key Differentiators:

  • Friendly service
  • Amazing customer service
  • House-made bread

Customer’s Review:

Of course had to get the lox bagel which didn’t disappoint! And didn’t go wrong with toast and eggs. A lovely place to have breakfast before heading to the beach!

Chia Lynn Choo

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