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The Best Cafés in Balmain for a Weekend Brunch Date

Culturally diverse, this foodie precinct will have you choosing between the likes of Italian-American breakfasts at Contessa and Middle Eastern-inspired eats at Shenkin. To help you whittle down your final edit, we’ve narrowed down the best cafés in Balmain well worth a weekend pit stop. 


The name says it all really – Kafeine is a reliable morning pit stop serving Campos coffee and freshly-squeezed juices. This lively Darling Street café is best known for their extensive and diverse all day-menu, which also has a great selection of Aussie brunch faves. 

260 Darling Street, Balmain

Contessa Balmain

On Darling Street's foodie tail, Contessa Balmain serves up Italian-American cuisine within their cool, exposed brick café. With coffee from The Grounds of Alexandria and sweets by Luxe, breakfast and lunch draw a crowd every day of the week.

371B Darling Street, Balmain 


An Inner West firm favourite, Shenkin has recently set up shop in Balmain, and locals are loving it. Hidden behind a dry cleaner's on Darling Street, Shenkin's terrace (complete with harbour views) is the perfect spot to enjoy their signature blend coffee and Middle Eastern-inspired eats.

3/323 Darling Street, Balmain 

The Hunter Works

Located just off Darling Street, this charming courtyard café is impressive in more ways than one. Firstly, they source all ingredients from The Cook’s Co-Op, meaning the food is local and the menu changes with each visit. Secondly, The Hunter Works aims for zero waste – and any waste goes to a community garden for compost.

7/332 Darling Street, Balmain 

Nutie Donuts

Set in a non-descript bakery, look out for the pink neon 'donuts' sign in the window to discover Nutie Donuts. Fun, colourful and gluten-free, their baked doughnuts are equal parts delicious, equal parts healthy. Created using premium produce, Nutie Donuts also serve up dairy-free options like superfood smoothies and vegan shakes – their coffee is also excellent. 

13 Beattie Street, Balmain 

Euforia Espresso

With a rustic façade and impressive views of the Harbour Bridge, Euforia is the ultimate hangout for locals. This humble yet trendy café is loved for their all-day breakfast menu and dedication to great coffee.

58 Darling Street, Balmain East 


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