Steam Engine, Chatswood
Ray's Place, Willoughby
The Butchers Block
The North Shore has plenty of selling points, from its storybook homes and leafy streets, to prestigious schools and village café scene. While each neighbourhood has its own vibe, they all share a love of good food and quality coffee. Whether you’re a caffeine fiend or brunch buff, there’s a café that will suit your style.
When the weekend rolls around, do as the locals do and make a beeline for these cafés.
For early risers, Chalkboard Café in Gordon is the place for breakfast. Close to the station, this neighbourhood hangout serves Danes Specialty Coffee and modern Australian fare with a twist. During the week, expect a line of commuters waiting for their morning coffee and come the weekend, couples and families with their furry friends trying to decide between their omelette offering or sourdough stack.
13-15 St Johns Avenue, Gordon
This breakfast hotspot, just off the buzzing St. Ives strip, provides the perfect afternoon stop off. Grungy yet relaxed in vibe, the open space reflects the service; warm and inviting. If you hang around longer than your caffeine hit, you’re sure to be impressed by Stanley St Café’s Middle Eastern inspired menu offering. Think labne and zaatar with your eggs; delicious.
15-17 Stanley Street, St. Ives
With two locations on the North Shore, Pottery Green is a certified local institution. This French-Vietnamese fusion café-slash-bakery does pretty much everything well; from pastries and pho, to coffee and juices. Rustic in vibe, this all-day eatery is the perfect one stop shop for you to pick up a fresh loaf of bread, grab a bite to eat and get your caffeine fix.
Gordon and Turramurra
The ultimate pitstop for shoppers, Flower Child is a garden oasis in Westfield Chatswood. Set within a greenhouse styled space laden with vines and greenery – complementing the botanical vibe of each carefully plated dish. With the pastries, cakes and coffee courtesy of The Grounds, you know you are in for a delicious breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up. The French toast and acai bowl are must-try’s!
391/1 Anderson Street, Chatswood
Elbow Room Espresso prides itself on serving some of the best coffee on the northside. Perch yourself at the window bar or grab a table in the sun, while you indulge in a cold drip or pour over. Paired well with the extensive coffee offering, their inventive menu keeps foodie’s coming back. From their fancy chorizo hot dog to the mac and cheese croissant, there is plenty to love.
6 Spring Street, Chatswood
Sitting pretty at Chatswood Interchange, The Steam Engine serves robust brews from their compact cafe. Their house blend ‘Vapor’, roasted by Toby’s Estate, flows freely, along with a variety of single origin beans to help commuters on their way. For a bite on-the-go, Noni’s charcoal toast and the turmeric tofu quinoa bowl will keep you satisfied, without the guilt.
Chatswood Interchange: 25/436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
People from all over Sydney flock to this North Shore institution for their breakfast Bellini’s and impressive brunch offering. The Butcher’s Block is a family-run eatery that boasts chic interiors filled with natural light and bordered by a lush herb garden; a true oasis. Take a seat at one of their rustic wooden tables and indulge in a mimosa with a side corn fritters.
15-17 Redleaf Avenue, Wahroonga
Always busy and happening, The Station is a popular, local institution. With wood panelling, pendant lighting and a steam train mural, this cool, artsy space is loved equally for its atmosphere and quality eats. This family-friendly café serves a fusion-influenced fare. Whether you like your eggs Moroccan or Egyptian or just straight up fried, there’s something to suit all tastes.
23 Coonanbarra Road, Wahroonga
Nestled amongst the leafy Wahroonga shops, Karoo & Co is a cosy Italian eatery that serves wholesome breakfast fare by day and hearty pizza and pasta dishes by night. Warm and inviting, this neighbourhood hub treats each customer like a member of the family. Drop by in the morning for the full café experience with their toasted panini with jam and honey (made in their woodfire oven).
4/178 Fox Valley Road, Wahroonga
Located within the old incinerator building on the corner of Willoughby’s Hallstrom Park, The Incinerator Café packs a punch with its brekkie and lunch fare. With coffee from The Grounds Roasters, a European-inspired menu and lots of outdoor space, this chic café is equal parts, delicious, trendy and family-friendly. Although there is lots of space The Incinerator still gets packed, but the wait is worth it.
2 Small Street, Willoughby
Serving up smiles with a side of breakfast, Ray’s Place is a true, community hub. Taking it back to basics with their minimalist fit out and all-day menu, the wholesome food is well suited to the café’s warm and vibrant atmosphere. Take a seat curb side to catch the morning rays while enjoying their almond milk hotcakes or funghi bruschetta.
271 High Street, North Willoughby
Moore Avenue Café
Lindfield’s Moore Avenue Café provides a relaxing space for diners to escape the daily grind. With lots of seating, both indoor and outdoor, there are plenty of spots to enjoy their consistently good coffee and modern Australia fare. Reasonably priced and full of colour, the menu is both insta-worthy and delicious, with the sweet treats a must-try on your next visit.
20-22 Moore Avenue, Lindfield