Amongst Paddington’s fashion stores is Mickey's Café. They have been on the Paddington foodie scene since the 80s, over the yeas they have garnered a well-earned reputation for their decadent milkshakes. Open until late every night, you can sit back in their courtyard and enjoy some comfort-style food.
There is so much to love about this bakery-slash-café. Infinity Bakery has a rustic chic feel to it, the café’s menu is kept simple and naturally focuses on the breads they bake in-house (seriously you need to ty the sourdough). On your way out stock up on their bread and pastry selection.
Synonymous with Paddington, Jackie’s is a stylish café that locals swear by. An easy, yet reliable café that has outdoor seating and Japanese inspired dishes – perfect for brunch with the ladies. Positioned along Glenmore Road, Jackie’s is a quiet retreat from the bustling Oxford Street.
Paddington’s Barbetta is an all-day Italian-style caffe known for its authentic cuisine and hospitality. Perfect for a casual breakfast or afternoon bite, this family-run eatery is the local go-to hangout. Barbetta prides itself on traditional techniques, and throughout the year the team run workshops on pasta making and Italian cooking so you can upskill too!
Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore
No one is disappointed when brunch turns into a novel adventure and Ampersand is the place where this evolution regularly occurs. Housed inside a two-story cafe which sprawls onto an open terrace, Ampersand serves exceptional coffee and breakfast dishes that won’t disappoint. Lunch is also notable and the book selection is varied with the opportunity to find a good read - a chance always worth taking.
Down a little laneway in Paddington, The Bonython is an oasis away from the fashion precinct’s shopping crowds. To access the café, you have to walk down a path lined with lush greenery, which gives the place a ‘secret garden’ feel – something that drew chef Alex Kearn to the venue. Inside, there are plants everywhere, and diners munch on classic healthy café staples.
Everything about this restaurant is beautiful, from its minimal yet warm interiors to its insta-worthy meals. Which is what you would expect from one of Australia’s most well-known restaurateurs, Bill Granger. Bills is a foodie destination for every meal of the day, so take our advice and book ahead.
Berkelouw Café 1812 is a cosy café and bookstore that’s fast becoming a Paddington haunt. With dark wooden interiors, leather armchairs and woven rugs, it’s the most inviting place to spend the afternoon curled up with a book. Inspired by the European salons, where creatives would gather to chat, drink and bounce ideas off each other, the café also has a warming menu.
On the smaller side, The Bunker is a hole-in-the-wall café that Darlinghurst locals love to drop in to. Rustic brickwork and natural wood tables create an inviting space and the streetside seating gives a little more room to spread out to enjoy either their breakfast or lunch menu.
Simply Hummus Bar
For hummus lovers, this is the place for you. Darlinghurst is now home to Simply Hummus, the city’s first bar dedicated to the famous Israeli dip. Upgrading the humble chickpea infusion from side dish to main meal, Simply Hummus serves up a range of chickpea blends with pita bread, sourdough, and falafel on the side. Both delicious and affordable, you can expect to pay just $13 for a delicious, warming hummus-filled meal.
This restaurant-slash-bar are the masters of the bloody mary. Set in a fresh, chic place with a cute courtyard, Bloody Mary’s is situated in the Kings Cross end of Darlinghurst. They blend their own tomato juice in-house which they turn into their signature drink – ideal for whether you’re trying to cure a hangover or kickstart a night out.
An enduring café that has become the stuff of local legend, Bar Coluzzi is hard to miss with their bright red exterior and on-fuss interiors. These guys have been pouring coffee and whipping up café classics for over 60 years – and they’re still busy every day of the week.
Infinity Bakery Darlinghurst
Starting out as Sydney’s first organic sourdough bakery, Infinity quickly expanded to other baked breads and pastries. Now this bakery-slash-café is set in a fresh, rusty chic place with a menu that changes with the season, but the one thing that remains the same is their bread.
Black Velvet Sydney
If we had to give an award to the Sydney cake shop with the best window display, it’d be Black Velvet. After travelling the world learning to master the cake-making craft, owner Orlando Sanpo opened the luxe shop in Darlinghurst. The store whips up gorgeous cakes, chocolates and over 100 flavours of cupcakes.
Perched above Tatler (the speakeasy), 169 Darlinghurst is a café by day, and wine bar by night. The sleek fitout is all timber and brass, and the wine list is just as sophisticated, thanks to ACME sommelier, Gavin Wright. Breakfast focuses on crowd favourites, while dinner is creative, and touches on a few cuisines.
Veneziano Coffee Surry Hills
Surry Hills’ newest espresso bar comes from boutique roasters Veneziano Coffee Roasters. The self-titled café has been curated with every detail considered, from the clean, contemporary design to the beautiful handmade crockery. Brewing up their beans and serving it with pastries from Infinity Bakery and Organic Bread Bar, Veneziano is perfect for either a morning coffee or afternoon pick-me-up.
Latin for gratitude, Gratia’s name carries essence in the cafe’s culture and all proceeds beyond operating costs go to charity. It doesn’t feel like a charitable meal, but one of restaurant quality instead. The refined menu features modern, eclectic pairings and you can feel pretty damn good about knowing where your money’s going.For the next three months, the good guys at Gratia have a pop-up cafe with OzHarvest and will be donating 100% of their profits to the food-rescue charity. ...
Hidden away in a laneway in Darlinghurst, Salvador Coffee is a compact café that roasts their own coffee beans on-site, in full view on the mezzanine level. Downstairs they turn the beans into delicious cups of coffee that pair beautifully with their breakfast staples.
The Pie Tin
The Pie Tin serves up steaming sweet and savoury hot pies as well as coffee, wine and craft beer. All of the pies are freshly baked on-site, and stuffed with seasonal ingredients – so depending on the quality of produce and the time of year, some flavours might be off the table.
A peaceful retreat in Surry Hills, Kawa is quaint, with vintage, mismatched furniture and outdoor seating to watch the world go by. Open from 7.30am-5pm daily, the timeless breakfast menu runs all day, and the chefs use fresh produce delivered daily from local farmers and growers.