The Grounds of Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria
When it comes to weekend rituals, nothing beats a brunch session on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Come rain or shine, Sydney's cafés are constantly thinking up new ways to draw in the hungry morning crowds, with drool-worthy plates of breakfast salads, granola bowls, twists on smashed avo on toast, and course the perennial favourite – the humble bacon and egg sarnie. When it comes to brunch, these beloved Sydney cafés have it all. We've selected some of Sydney's greats to help you decide where you’ll be heading for brunch this weekend. You are welcome.
Hands down one of Sydney’s prettiest cafés, Social Hideout is an Instagrammer's dream. Whimsical interiors dominate, with walls adorned with over 17,000 flowers and a totally ‘grammable “Hello Gorgeous” neon sign that’s just begging to be snapped. Aesthetics aside, it's the deliciously playful menu (some dishes are even served in little golden bathtubs) that foodies are flocking back for. Look forward to the the likes of Matcha Green Tea French Toast or their Red Velvet Benedict with poached eggs and pulled pork.
Shop 4/5/25-33 Allen Street, Waterloo
Beachside brunching got a whole lot better when Icebergs started serving up their famous Sunday brunch (10am-12pm). The menu changes with the seasons, but usually involves a selection of breads, pastries, fruit, and a choice between two savoury dishes. The set menu is $55 per person (including coffee and tea), or you can score all of the above plus bottomless prosecco for $80.
1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
Platform 82 takes big breakfasts to a whole new level, literally. Stacked three, sometimes four levels high – their towering breakfast platters are epic creations of all your favourite foods, presented in one big tiered brunch extravaganza. Choose from options such as The Mediterranean, American, Vegan or Dessert platters. If you’re feeling super adventurous, ask your waiter to Pimp My Platter, and be sure to have your phone’s at the ready to snap up the spectacle that ensues.
82 Queen St, Concord West
Upgrade your weekend brunch to this harbourside locale. Few cafés boast views more spectacular views than that at Celsius Coffee Co. At the end of Kurraba Point wharf, this Kirribilli café’s eastern aspect stretches from Lady Macquarie’s Chair all the way to Rose Bay. While you’ll likely be transfixed by all the action on the harbour, be sure to pay attention to the generous all-day menu, but don't go past their famous Celsius Waffle with berries or their Breakfast Poke Bowl with cured egg yolk.
Kirribilli Commuter Wharf, 1/2 Holbrook Avenue, Kirribilli
A firm Sydneysider favourite, since opening The Grounds of Alexandria has gone from strength to strength. This leafy restaurant and café has a paddock-to-plate approach, and will have you munching down on the likes of Banana Hotcakes, Shakshuka and breakfast Pizza Bread (baked with creamy mushroom, egg, chilli and fresh herbs foraged from the garden), or tempting you with their hearty Brekky Burger, that comes served with a side of polenta chips. They also have a delicious bakery churning out all kinds of breads, muffins, cakes and tarts. Get down early to snag yourself a seat as this popular joint fills up fast.
7A Huntley Street, Alexandria
To wind down your weekend with a decadent seafood spread, head to Saint Peter, where brunch runs from 11am-3pm. The sustainable seafood eatery puts an elegant twist on brunch mainstays. Think English Muffins with Coffs Harbour Snapper or Line Caught Coral Trout with Charred Tomato. Whatever you choose, pair your choice with a glass of Australian sparkling wine, and finish your meal with the addictively good chocolate slice.
362 Oxford Street, Paddington
A long-standing Sydney favourite, Bills – owned by chef Bill Granger – has been satiating the Surry Hills crowd for over 20 years. Now with cafés in Bondi and Darlinghurst, Bills fans continue to grow, and usually with a never-ending queue snaking down the street. The café's décor is minimalist chic, but the food is hearty and warm. Famed for their Ricotta Hotcakes you'll find all the breakfast favourites, plus a selection of toasts, spreads, fruits and grains, and to top it all off some delicious breakfast aperitifs – Champagne breakfast anyone?
395 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Originally opened in Bronte, Three Blue Ducks has since spread its wings, and now has additional outposts in both Roseberry and Byron Bay – the crowds just can't get enough of their delectable food offerings. And for good reason. Their focus is on sustainable and locally sourced produce, so you'll be enjoying dishes like Avocado toast with goats' cheese on Iggy's sourdough (the much-loved Iggy's Bakery is just a few shops down from their flagship Bronte location). If bottomless brunch is more your style, head to their Rosebery location for a $45 pp brunch, and let the elderflower bellinis flow all morning.
Bronte, Byron Bay and Rosebery
This retro-themed diner prides itself on serving up delicious locally sourced produce, and makes all their dressings, sauces, toppings and pickled goods on the premises. Their breakfast menu is available until 3pm, so no need to rush over first thing. It covers everything from breakfast salads to Turkish eggs and all the favourites in between. Great for the health conscious, their many offerings of chia, quinoa, superfoods and grains will provide you with many options to mull over.
173 – 179 Bronte Road, Waverley
Inspired by the ingredients of Europe and Australia, Blackwood Pantry's gloriously fresh plates come packed with flavour. They have one all-day menu with light bites including the likes of Basil Yogurt with blueberries, strawberries and macadamias, to big hangover cure dishes such as their Morning Glory, with a soft-boiled egg, chorizo, tandoori roasted sweet potato, kale, pickled red onion and whipped goat cheese. All their dishes are reasonably priced and can be added to with their full list of sides.
5/33 Surf Lane, Cronulla
The Northside's go-to mid-morning hangout, The Boathouse is a beach lover's dream. This all-in-one kiosk, café and restaurant, delivers delicious breakfast classics in a rustic-chic setting. Taking inspiration from their Palm Beach, Shelly Beach and Balmoral locations, look forward to the same brunch bites and relaxed vibe that's synonymous with the local beachside lifestyle. With indoor and outdoor dining options they're open for breakfast and lunch, but they don't take reservations, so get in quick to score a waterside table.
Balmoral, Palm Beach, Shelly Beach and Patonga
If you’re of the mind that brunch isn’t brunch unless you ‘gram it, then be sure to pay The Tiny Giant in Petersham a visit. Their impeccably photogenic dishes are as pretty as they are tasty, their ‘Famous Brioche Toast’ served with strawberries, mixed berries, Canadian maple, salted caramel, mascarpone and Persian pashmak proves irresistible to most.
110 Audley Street, Petersham
Aptly defined as the socially acceptable excuse for all-day drinking, Darlo Country Club offers three set brunch menu options. You can indulge in a glass of sparkling or Bellini on arrival, opt for the three-hour NV Chandon package, or go all out with the Möet & Chandon three-hour deal, so you can sip till your heart’s content. Whatever option you go for, you'll be digging into share plates like the Salmon Gravadlax Board with Bagels, or Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes with berry compote.
235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
With outstanding brews by Coffee Alchemy, a rotating offering of fresh cakes and pastries, as well as Puppachinos and Kid’s meals, Cuckoo Callay sashayed into the Newtown dining scene like a duck to water. With a strong commitment to traceability and ethical sourcing, you’ll be able to taste the quality in every dish, from the Honey Chia Pudding to their French Toast Waffles.
324A King Street, Newtown
All about bringing the beauty of the outdoors in, Flower Child is set within a greenhouse-styled space laden with vines and greenery – complementing the bright hues of each carefully plated dish. The flower child breakfasts are almost too gorgeous to eat, but the hefty helpings will keep you sated through till dinner. Our picks: The Prosciutto and Asparagus Soldiers or the Sticky Chai Pannacotta with cinnamon brûlée.
391/1 Anderson Street, Chatswood
Dishing up modern Turkish cuisine, Turka’s brunches are deeply rooted in traditional flavours, and unlike any typical breakfast fare you’re used to for your weekend A.M feed. Their specialty is the Serpme Kahvalti a.k.a The Big Turkish Breakfast, which comes served on a massive board generously stocked with an array of breakfast goodies. Along with four different types of cheeses, you can expect to find olives, jams, honey, yoghurt, dried fruits and scrambled eggs. It’s served with hot breads, so dip, spread and dunk your way around this board for absolute brunch perfection.
4/6 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest
A bona fide foodie favourite, Cornersmith started its journey in Marrickville, as an all-pickling, all upskilling community-friendly café and cookery school. Now with a sister site in Annandale that operates as part café part corner store, both branches are dedicated to serving up fresh, sustainable eats, and arguably the best pickles in Sydney. Pull up a pew in their Scandi-style digs or order one of their picnic packages and take your brunch across the road to Hinsbey Park. We order the Scando Breakfast every time – think soft boiled eggs with rye and fennel bread, cheddar, jam and creamy cultured butter.
88 View Street, Annandale
For a boozy brunch affair, book a spot at Dead Ringer. A suave cocktail bar and restaurant, this Surry Hills hotspot serves brunch between 11am-3pm – but don’t expect to see the usual brunch contenders. No smashed avo on this menu. Instead, you’ll find fritatta stuffed with potato and chorizo, and slow-roast chicken with chermoula spiced pumpkin. Add bottomless mimosas for an extra $25, and round out your meal with the hazelnut semifreddo.
413 Bourke Street, Surry Hills