Much to the delight of coffee fiends and brunch-loving Instagram addicts, there's always a new café swinging open its doors in Sydney, each with its own unique twist to make it stand out from the crowd. From trendy newcomers to long-standing local haunts spreading their wings across the city, these are the new cafés in Sydney worth queuing up for.
Popular Inner City café Haven Specialty Coffee has opened a new outpost in Darling Square, serving up their signature brew and eats. Focussed on Asian-Australian fusion, you can expect to be treated to some of the best brunch fare in Sydney. Once you have tailored your coffee ̶ (the Barista will brew it just how you like it), ̶ make your way through the delectable menu, from the hangover cure brekkie roll to the banana Nutella waffle. Do yourself a favour and book in your next weekend brunch at Haven Specialty Coffee and see what all the fuss ist about.
85 Harbour Street, Haymarket
In mid-September, the second out-post for popular Rhode’s café Auvers will open in Sydney’s new Darling Square precinct. Taking the name and inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh’s hometown, this humble café is set to win the hearts of every millennial and serial bruncher with its Asian-French fusion menu. Taking things beyond just brunch creations, their new venue will see them opening all day with a breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. From matcha pancakes to crab omelettes, there is something for every discerning foodie. Pair the insta-worthy eats with cool interiors to match, and you have yourself a must-try dining destination.
12 Nicolle Walk, Haymarket
DOPA Don and Milk Bar is a new concept by the Devon team, opening on Darling Square’s Little Hay Street. The all-day dining menu is inspired by the streets of Tokyo, with more than twenty variations of donburi. From classics to new creations like the cheeseburger wagyu, alongside decadent desserts reminiscent of old-school Japanese milk bars, DOPA is all about modernising Japanese favourites. The vibrancy of the menu spills over into the cool interiors, where timber furnishings, pastel finishes, pops of red and clean lines help create an inviting and happening space.
Shop 5-6, 2 Little Hay Street, Darling Square
Set inside a stunning heritage building is Sydney’s newest plant-based eatery and vegan cheese deli. Gardener’s Lodge combines their plant-based ethos with local producers to serve up delicious, healthy and sustainable eats. From the zucchini fritters, topped with dairy-free feta, to the vegan-friendly lasagne, there are plenty of dishes to satisfy even the most discerning carnivore. Better still, once you finish your meal, you can pick up some take-home treats at their vegan deli counter. We have our eye on the dairy-free blue cheese. Yum!
Former Gardener's Lodge, Victoria Park, Corner Parramatta Road and City Road, Camperdown
Pyrmont’s Quick Brown Fox is making its mark on Sydney’s café scene by combining cult classic brunch faves with experimental, fusion fare. There is truly something for everyone on this multicultural menu, where koshihikari rice congee sits alongside roast cauliflower with freekeh and roast pumpkin.
With a spotlight on local producers throughout their menu, you will find Highland eggs from Goulbourn, Saint David dairy products from Gippsland and focaccia from Pyrmont’s Pioik bakery. Continuing their local, sustainability effort, a lot of the elements on the menu are made in-house from the pickled veggies and hand-cut chips to the moreish ice-cream.
22 Union Street, Pyrmont
Croquettes, cake and coffee, are the heroes of One Another, Newtown’s coolest café opening. Simple yet stunning, everything from the minimalist interiors to the well-curated menu screams laidback dining. Expect to see brunch staples with a healthy twist ̶ sourdough toast topped with quince berries, sheep’s curd, almonds and mint ̶ alongside delectable sweet treats (we’re talking about you, homemade peanut butter cup).
Shop 1/131 Wilson Street, Newtown
This all-in-one grocer, bakery and café is all about woodfired loaves, wholefoods and stylish surrounds. Cherry Moon’s beautifully rustic interiors set the scene for a warming, weekend brunch experience – think mismatched vases filled with natives and wooden bric-a-brac. Known for their scrumptious bread and pastries, make sure you take the time to peruse the well-stocked shelves of this Annandale hang out and pick up some coffee beans, preserves and artisan specialities.
77 Nelson Street, Annandale
Haymarket has just scored a brand-new boutique patisserie, that churns out an enticing selection of desserts, cakes and treats. After the booming success of their first outpost in Burwood, inner-city dwellers can now get a taste of the action.
Serving up innovative Asian-inspired treats that are equal parts delicious and Insta-worthy – from the creamy Signature Matcha soft serve, to their Galaxy chocolate mousse cake; a quirky take on the solar system – everything at Dulcet is guaranteed to satisfy and delight.
8 Quay Street, Haymarket
For a quick work lunch, pop into the city’s newest hawker-style eatery, Flyover Fritterie, where you’ll find authentic Indian fritters and Chai. From quinoa khichri and their street-style salad, to the pao burger and fritter of the day – their constantly changing menu ensures you’ll never get bored. Better still, the menu is completely vegan and gluten-free. Tasty and healthy.
1 Temperance Lane, Sydney CBD
The new trend on the street, the Demochi donut is your new and improved cronut – an Insta-worthy hybrid mochi doughnut. Combining a mochi’s chewiness and doughnut’s doughy texture, this bauble-esque circle of sweetness is guaranteed to have everyone queueing. Open Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm-9pm, alongside food truck legends Dirty Bird, be sure to get in early to get ahead of the queue. For first timers, the original Honey Glaze and Chocolate iced mochi donuts are hard to pass up.
286 Princes Highway, Banksia
A culinary hideaway inspired by the famous streets of Old Town San Juan Puerto Rico, Page Two Randwick has been given a stylish makeover. It has an urban, industrial vibe juxtaposed with splashes of colour, and its mismatch of décor makes it really stand out from the crowd – from the graffiti walls and exposed roof pylon to its foliage-scattered walls and beautiful hanging umbrella canopy.
With an all-day menu full of old favourites and brand-new bites – from vibrant smoothies and salads, to Insta-worthy brekky stacks and burgers – this Eastside hangout ticks all the boxes for breakfast, brunch and beyond.
122 Belmore Road, Randwick
This funky all-day eatery in Redfern has the locals lining up. Taking style cues from the vibrant streets of Miami, Southside Charmers is exactly that: charming. From the beautifully designed bar and touches of pink, to the footpath dining and friendly service, this casual café-restaurant-bar also has the menu to back it up. Hispanic-fusion cuisine reigns supreme with the breakfast tacos, complete with scrambled eggs, smokey black beans and charred corn, a popular brunch choice. Casual yet stylish, Southside Charmers is a bright addition to the already colourful Redfern dining scene.
306 Chalmers Street, Redfern
A greenery-laden oasis in the heart of Darlinghurst, Wilde & Co injects a touch of Mother Nature into the local café scene. With white walls, natural furnishings and hanging plants, this health-focussed eatery lets the food do the talking –think raw, ethical and colourful. All your fave dishes are given a healthy-twist, like the cauliflower fritters, chickpea crepe and savoury green hotcakes. And the coffee is courtesy of Allpress Espresso, so you can expect a consistent brew every time. Stop in on the morning commute for a quick coffee and bite or make the pilgrimage on the weekend for a brunch that won’t leave you feeling guilty.
Shop 1/265 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst
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.
393 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst
Award-winning chef, restaurateur and author Mike McEnearney brings back his much-loved Kitchen by Mike (KBM). By capturing the essence of the original KBM, this new CBD location celebrates Mike’s philosophy of produce-led, nutrient dense cooking that is as plentiful as it is vibrant, with a renewed commitment to sustainability and zero-waste.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, KBM will provide a casual yet wholesome dining experience with Mike’s egalitarian approach, focused on the needs of the diner. Daily changing menus will be dictated by what Mike and the team find at the market that day, always showcasing the best in local produce.
1/7 Bent Street, Sydney
The Good Place, a casual dining concept based on holistic health and nutrition, is set to offer accessible, tasty, and affordable food to all. Opening its doors in Westfield Miranda, the truly unique concept is the brain child of celebrity chef and My Kitchen Rules finalist Scott Gooding. The Good Place serves up affordable dishes that embrace a paddock-to-plate ethos, and are gluten and soy free, low carb and use minimal sugar. Don't be discouraged by the health focus, the food tastes as good as it feels.
Level 4, 600 Kingsway, Miranda
Just as the Slingshot team put it, they are "some nice people making and selling some nice stuff". Setting up shop on Narrabeen's main drag, the humble team at Slingshot use some of Sydney's best produce – from Reuben Hills coffee beans to Berkelo bread – to create delectable brews and delicious brekky and lunch bites. Avo toast with smoked labneh, pickled onion and sage, anyone?
Shop c/1320 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen
Occupying a prime corner position in The Mix, Chatswood's new dining precinct, Shuk has opened its first North Shore outpost. Serving up Israeli-Mediterranean dishes and fresh bread all day, be sure to try their famous shakshuka and hummus- that's a direct order! If the queues at their Bondi and Elizabeth Bay cafés are anything to go by, make sure to get in early.
Shop R03/260 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Slinging sustainable and preservative-free desserts, Mapo Gelato is the Inner West's new ice creamery du jour. This unassuming gelato bar, with its minimal interiors and industrial feel, allows the vibrant gelato to speak for itself – although hidden under the pozetti cloche.
Using all fresh ingredients and harnessing traditional techniques, you can savour the taste of original flavours like single origin Bolivian chocolate, Pepe Saya butter spiked sea salt caramel and red plum. With plenty of dairy free options available, this is a gelato parlour for everyone.
123 King Street, Newtown
The new ‘cool kid’ on the Central Coast, Bar Botanica is a garden café and bar bringing fresh life to The Fragrant Gardens with award-winning gelato and gin. Created by Julia and Dan Hughes (aka Mr Goaty Gelato), Bar Botanica's menu is made up of simple garden to plate dishes, freshly-roasted coffee and Mr Goaty’s famous gelato and sorbet. The rustic interiors, light-flled space and beautiful greenery, make this the ultimate weekend hangout.
25 Portsmouth Road, Erina
The newest multi-venue hangout The Bon Pavillion has opened the doors to their uber cool Espresso Bar, that has locals and out of towners queuing for a taste. Open from 6:30am, the Espresso Bar is perfect for the morning commute coffee and weekend long lunch. Regardless of why you're stopping in, make sure to take full advantage of the pastries on offer... you won't regret it.
159 Mann Street, Gosford
Now calling Bondi Beach home, XS Espresso has opened up their decadent dessert bar ready to satisfy all your sweet tooth cravings. This latest venture is XS fourth’s instalment and they’re ready to show the locals what the fuss is all about. Specialising in all things extravagant, XS Espresso has you covered from waffles and crepes, to dessert pizzas and their signature loaded shakes - try the Golden Gaytime if you’re looking for something extra. Couple that with chic interiors and you have a must-visit Insta-worthy dining destination.
99 Hall Street, Bondi
Setting up shop in Clarence Street's new Barrack Place precinct, chic coffee roaster St Dreux has opened its doors. Serving their own roasted beans, expect a delicious cup of coffee that comes with details on where it is from and flavour profiles. During the morning coffee run and lunchtime, don't let the queues deter you as their delectable breakfast and lunch treats (Nutie Donuts FTW), are worth the wait.
151 Clarence Street, Sydney
Sydney Olympic Park's new foodie haven Mint Bar, is the perfect all-day dining destination. The fresh interiors with custom-made hanging greenery, mosaic tiling and mint accents provides a touch of luxury to your dining experience. Complementing the beautiful interiors, the premium menu featuring delicious wood fire pizzas delicious brunch classics and sweet treats will leave you wanting more. Better still, upgrade your brunch to a boozy affair with their selection of wine, beer and spirits.
Shop 2/1 Brushbox Street, Sydney Olympic Park
Coming soon to China Town, Melbourne's favourite bubble tea haunt Gotcha Tea will be opening their first NSW store. Known for their beautifully fitted-out stores and wide range of milk teas, there is something for everyone as this picture perfect café. All of the tea they use is harvested from their plantation in Taiwan and then brewed fresh instore- making sure that your milk tea is consistently tasty, every single time.
Across from new restaurant Tayim, they have opened a Deli to delight the tastebuds of daily passers by, workers and locals. Like the restaurant, Tayim Deli features Middle Eastern-inspired street food, with a focus on bold flavours.
Not your average takeaway stand, you can get your hands on flavoursome breakfasts, wholesome salads and scrumptious sandwiches like their signature fresh made falafel pitta pocket with pickles, tahini and tomato.
Stepping inside the deli, the space has been designed to mirror the modern industrial interiors of Tayim whilst still in-keeping with the building’s heritage background. Painted sandstone walls compliment large wooden shelves and a glass display cabinet full of the day’s freshly prepared fare. Whilst it is strictly takeaway, diners can take a seat on the outdoor terrace and enjoy their meal.
34 Harrington Street, Nurses Walk, The Rocks
East meets West at Boon Table, an Asian-inspired takeaway hotspot in the heart of the CBD. This fast-paced eatery serves up some seriously delectable dishes, all ready to be packaged up for the diner on the go. Not only are they delicious but each dish is wholesome and puts health first. From custom sandwiches, salads and bowls, to Vietnamese rolls, juices and Single O Coffee, there is much to love about The Galeries' newest lunchtime hotspot.
Lower Ground Floor T9, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney
The brainchild of vegan caterer Sarah Shaweesh, Khamsa is firstly a plant based café, and secondly a community hub. Inspired by her Palestinian heritage, Sarah has brought vegan, Middle Eastern fusion cuisine to the Sydney streets. For first time diners, expect delicious brunch fare, delectable raw desserts and traditional Arabic coffee, along with friendly service and lively atmosphere.
Shop 3/612-622 King St, Erskineville
With its polished concrete, plant and rattan laden interior, Alexandria's latest café is serving serious cool vibes. From the team behind Gypsy Espresso, Went to See the Gypsy is the coffee oasis of your Insta-inspired dreams. Not only does the café look great but you can expect all the signature deliciousness that Gypsy is known for. From the perfectly brewed coffee to the extensive breakfast, lunch and all-day menus – we will take the Brioche French Toast to-go please – it's easy to see why locals are queuing up for a taste.
Shop 1/76 Mitchell Rd, Alexandria
Opening later this month, Melbourne's favourite café and coffee wholesalers are coming up to Sydney. Industry Beans will be unveiling a concept café in the heart of the CBD. Along with their signature brunch dishes and in-house roasted beans, expect some delightful surprises across the menu board. Set to shake up the Sydney coffee scene, be sure to keep glued to their Instagram for updates.
Shop 2/40 York St, Sydney
The newly opened Momo Bar in Dee Why dishes up so much more than its name suggests. Already a local favourite in Manly, foodies are flocking from all corners of the city to sample their famous Nepalese momos (Nepalese dumplings). The mushroom momos are mouthwateringly addictive, but their newly opened outpost branches out from traditional Nepalese fare and offers Hawaiian Poke Bowls as well. Opening at 6:30 in the morning, early risers can get their brekkie fix in the form of The Pokado – a.k.a. a poke salad served on avocado toast. We’re putting bets on this being the next big Instagram sensation.
15-19 Pacific Parade, Dee Why
Wildly popular Shuk Bondi has opened an outpost in Elizabeth Bay alongside dreamery eatery Botanica Vaucluse in the Trebartha Apartment retirement complex. Serving up Israeli-Mediterranean dishes and fresh bread all day, Shuk is famous for shakshuka and hummus – believe us when we say you have to try both. If the queues at Bondi during weekend brunch are any indication of their new location's popularity, make sure you get in early to snag a seat.
69 Roslyn Gardens, Elizabeth Bay
Tea house by day, gin bar by night; The Star Sydney has lifted the lid on its newest addition, G&Tea – a stylish, quirky venue. Immerse yourself in pure luxury with architecturally designed interiors and a menu that will leave you wanting more. G&Tea offers an extensive artisanal tea menu including the Yellow Gold Tea Buds by TWG, the most expensive white tea in Sydney with 24-karat gold infused and valued at $120 a pot.
This modern pan-asian café is causing a culinary stir with its deliciously, decadent dishes. The inventive all-day, snacks and sweets menu's feature classic brunch faves like açai, corn fritters and baked eggs, tempered with Asian-inspired creations like the smoky curry udon and porky pink noods. Equally as impressive is there huge range of drinks. From fruit tea and spritzes, to milk bubble teas and frappes, each one more insta-worthy than the last.
38 Arthur St, Cabramatta
A beautiful Inner City café that is also a non profit? Yes, you read correctly. Portal is the latest social business to pop up in Sydney and 100% of all profits are donated to a collection of local causes like Eat Up, Green Fleet and OzHarvest. This 'think global, act local' vibe is also reflected in their local produce-driven menu that heroes the work of Australian farmers. Breakfast lovers rejoice as toast, toasties and bircher reign supreme in the morning. Come lunch time, the humble sandwich has its moment to shine with a range of flavours (think reuben and Tasmanian smoked salmon), alongside a host of seasonal salads.
Mezzanine Level, N01 Martin Place, Sydney
The latest café to open up on Longueville Road, Lil Lane Eatery is all about quality brews and friendly service. Serving up a range of specialty coffees, cc: cold brew, pour over and espresso, the Five Senses beans keep the locals coming back for more. In terms of the menu expect delicious brunch style bites with a Japanese twist. Also can't forget to mention the binge-worthy Butterbing cookie sandwiches – totally moreish.
1/152 Longueville Road, Lane Cove
For quality café fare and Five Senses coffee, Goodfields Eatery has got you covered. Calling leafy suburb Lindfield home, this all-day venue serves up both breakfast and lunch to hungry locals and commuters seven days a week. Their all-day breakfast menu focuses on classics, both of sweet and savoury nature. Bircher museli and hotcakes sit alongside lobster bagels and lamb shanks. Come lunchtime, burgers, pasta and bowls reign supreme. Relaxed and well designed, Goodfields Eatery is equal parts café and community hub.
Shop 4/5 23/41 Lindfield Ave, Lindfield
For a coffee and brunch fix with a side of fun, head to June’s Shoppe – a quirky new hole-in-the-wall café that serves up coffee, toast and legendary toppers. Devour darling plates of pastries, toast and toppers, topped with the likes of avo, tomato and buffalo mozzarella; banana bread with Nutella; and fried egg with maple bacon, BBQ sauce and red Leicester cheese. Lunches are also worth sticking around for, with their selection of pork belly Banh Mi; poached chicken and slaw; and Wagyu bresola. See you in the queue.
60 Carrington Street, Sydney CBD
What started as an Inner West local secret, is now a Sydney institution. Coming from humble beginnings – a nondescript bakery in Balmain –Nútie Donuts has opened the doors to its second outpost in Surry Hills, serving up the same deliciously doughy fare. Like the original, look out for the neon-lit interiors to discover this hole-in-the-wall doughnut wonderland. Fun, colourful and gluten free, their baked doughnuts are equal parts delicious and healthy. Created using premium produce, Nutie Donuts also serve up dairy-free options.
44 Holt St, Surry Hills
The latest addition to Crown Street, Caffe Bartolo is the newest venture from the team behind Kittyhawk and Big Poppa's. On entry, you'll be wowed by the achingly cool interiors – from the high ceilings and mixed metal finishes, to the poppy vintage artwork. The menu is a lesson in authenticity, with every dish treated simply and traditionally. With their all-day offerings and friendly service, it's no wonder locals are lining up for more!
353-355 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Contemporary cuisine made from the best available produce- this is Boronia Kitchen's mantra. This local eatery brings together the best meat, seafood, poultry and fresh produce to create innovative dishes that bring friends, families and dining partners together. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, there are a plethora of delectable dishes to choose from. With it's relaxed farmhouse style and friendly service, Boronia Kitchen is perfect for any occassion; from leisurely breakfast and brunch, to mid-week catch-ups and family dinners.
152 Pittwater Rd, Gladesville