Brew Ha Ha Coffee Roasters
Lilyfield's Brew Ha Ha Coffee Roasters are well-known for their coffee roasting and cafe fare. Amongst the central transport hub, Brew Ha Ha is a popular takeaway coffee spot for morning commuters, boasting modern yet non-hipster interiors (just the way the locals like it). The breakfast, brunch and lunch offering is modern Australian inspired and each week the changing specials board is an interesting read.
About Life Double Bay
If there was a star of the health food stores, About Life would be it. With several stores throughout Sydney, About Life have mastered the combination of organic grocery store meets café. Not only do they stock ethical, sustainable and organic products but their café produces some of the tastiest meals around.
Simmone Logue Double Bay
Simmone Logue is a name that is synonymous with beautiful wholesome meals – so much so that she has multiple cookbooks and two cafes. In Double Bay her store-slash-café has the homestyle cooking edge that we’ve all come to love, and the best part is you can take some of the goodness home with you.
A mainstay on the Double Bay foodie scene, Café Perons has been around since the 80s, but everything about this place is stylish and contemporary. Their menu has a strong lean towards health-conscious eating and they cater to multiple diets, so the vegans, vegetarians and gluten intolerant amongst us will be well looked after.
Over in Double Bay, this sun-drenched café and bistro pulls in crowds for its creative menu, and modern yet beautifully subtle design. The props go to interior designer Cameron Krone (from Smith and Carmody), who made the small space feel bright, airy and intimate at the same time. If it’s warm, nab a seat by the window.
Sonoma Cafe Woollahra
Baking some of the best sourdough loaves around. Sonoma is a family-run empire and they have been baking and delivering delicious, crusty breads to cafes and restaurants across Sydney since 2001. They now own their own chain of cafes, the Sonoma name is synonymous with wholesome and delectable sweet and savoury treats.
The Boathouse Balmoral Beach
For alfresco dining beside the sea, The Boathouse in Balmoral literally juts out over the water. It’s heaving on weekends, and for good reason; the rustic chic, beach shack vibe comes complete with good food and incredible waterfront views. They don’t take reservations, so get in early for a table outside.
The Bathers' Pavilion Restaurant
A Mosman stalwart, Bathers Pavilion overlooks the picturesque Balmoral Beach and across to Manly’s North Head. The seaside esplanade is dotted with elegant dining options, yet the Pavilion holds a charm that none have successfully managed to replicate. Offering set menus of Modern European cuisine, the restaurant part of Bathers Pavilion is intimate and chic.
Public Dining Room
Nestled by the sand of Balmoral Beach, there is an inexplicably refined air about Public Dining Room. The elegant, coastal style of the restaurant along with a faultless menu of Modern Australian cuisine features plenty of seafood. Then there are the views. Floor to ceiling glass windows lookout over Balmoral Beach and the harbour.
Beach House Balmoral Restaurant & Café
This charming bar and grill on Balmoral Beach combines contemporary Italian fare with friendly and welcoming service. The space is open and bright, with floor to ceiling windows perfect for people-watching. Can't score a table? Grab one of their antipasto picnic boxes and head straight to the beach.
The Balmoral Beach Kiosk
The Balmoral Beach Kiosk is not so much of a conveniently located takeaway joint as it is a community institution. It's the only place on Balmoral Beach open everyday of the year! These guys know how to satisfy the hordes of hungry people who frequent the adjacent Balmoral ocean pool.
Chiosco by Ormeggio
Chiosco is a kiosk-style cafe with nautical embellishments, water views and Italian street food. Their ‘barefoot and BYO’ attitude goes hand in hand with their Spit Bridge location. With a breakfast menu of classic Australian fare and a la carte menu featuring house-made pastas with all the trimmings, what more could you ask for?
Offering a mouth-watering menu and idyllic views of Sydney Harbour, Burnt Orange takes refined dining to a new level. Come the weekend, their expansive terrace is brimming with locals all vying for a taste of the delicious breakfast offering, complete with bushland and harbour views.
Albion Lane Cafe
The menu might read “sambos” but the sandwiches here are a little bit Mosman, if you know what we mean. High quality ingredients and innovative flavour combos make this tucked away gem worth finding. There’s also a big box of toys for the kids, which makes this cafe a hit with mother’s groups and young families alike.