When the pancake cravings set in, these are the places serving up the best stacks in the city
Be it pancakes, hotcakes, flapjacks or crêpes, one thing's for certain; magic happens when milk, flour and eggs come together to create breakfast heaven. While on the hunt for the best pancakes in Sydney, we stumbled across a few French bistros dotted around the city who make a few French bistros dotted around the city make a strong case for the elegant crêpe, while the trendy East and Inner West make it hard to resist a cleverly plated pancake. If you have Asian food on the brain, go forth and indulge in a Vietnamese pancake (or five). No matter what style makes your taste buds tingle, Sydney has the pancake for you.
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Alexandria café COOH is all about, delivering a healthy yet unique café experience. Despite being focussed on wholesome, organic dishes, their buckwheat hotcakes have become a firm favourite on the menu. Expect a delectable fluffy buckwheat, coconut and berry pancake stack, topped with seasonal fruit, organic coconut yoghurt and toasted coconut chips.
90-96 Bourke Road, Alexandria
This North Bondi cafe is all about clean eating and gluten-free – but that’s not to say they don’t have a truly decadent pancake on the menu. Making its way on our top picks of pancake hotspots is the caramelised banana and chia vegan pancakes topped with poached berries, pistachio crumble and maple will leave you feeling satisfied without the guilt. With a relaxed vibe and beach vistas, there's no better place to enjoy your Saturday morning pancake feast.
126 Ramsgate Avenue, Bondi Beach
Japanese cult chain store, Gram Café & Pancakes, has just opened its first Australian store in Sydney’s Chatswood Interchange and is set to become one of the best new cafés in Sydney. Sydneysiders will now be able to get a taste of the much-loved soufflé pancakes that have been lighting up Instagram feeds far and wide. The coveted pancakes, which are as light and soft as clouds, come stacked three pancakes high and drizzled with syrup. Now, that’s our kind of breakfast.
When you’re south side, make a beeline for Blackwood Pantry and make the most of their all-day breakfast menu. Equal parts inventive and mouthwatering, the coconut hotcakes with fresh blueberries, pomegranate, passionfruit curd and sliced coconut are delectable. Take the team's recommendation and order them to share after your meal. Make sure to start with Turkish poached eggs.
5/33 Surf Lane, Cronulla
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The ricotta hotcakes served at Bill’s are the stuff of legends. With banana and honeycomb butter accompanying the fluffy cakes of heaven, you’ll question every supermarket-bought pikelet of your youth and vow to never sink to such lows again. Team your brekkie with a white peach bellini with prosecco and white peach purée or a signature Bills spiced bloody mary.
Bondi Beach, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills
Renowned as the place to be seen brunching on a Saturday morning in North Bondi, Porch and Parlour dishes are just begging to be ‘grammed. The green pea pancake is a popular option, served with a *porched* egg, whipped feta, house relish, avocado, zucchini, and mint and snowpea salad. You will be left feeling mighty virtuous without forgoing the best pancake fix..
17-18/110 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi
An Eastern Suburbs’ all-day-brekkie haunt, sprawled across the ever-chic Transvaal Avenue, Indigo serves up some of Sydney's best stacks. Their pancakes with caramelised banana, maple syrup and vanilla whipped mascarpone is heaven on a plate and teams swimmingly with a strawberry, hibiscus, apple ice tea.
1 Transvaal Avenue, Double Bay
With a prime spot on Manly Beach, The Pantry serves up delicious brunch fare that will kick off your Saturday morning right! Spoilt for choice, their buttermilk pancakes come with your choice of two toppings: banana, candied walnuts and honey or fresh berries, coulis and ice cream. Too hard to choose? Take a friend, order both and go halvsies.
Ocean Promenade, North Steyne
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In Alexandria, this wholefoods café is bright, cheery, and bustling every weekend. Changing menus daily, Bread & Circus focus on fresh, seasonal produce, with many vegetarian and vegan options. For pancake lovers, their caramelised lemony banana pancakes do not disappoint. The combination of the banana, ricotta and biodynamic egg flourless pancake with maple syrup, lemon butter, caramelised banana and strawberry will leave you feeling satisfied.
21 Fountain Street Alexandria
Pretty as a picture, Harry’s blueberry ricotta hotcake is plated with such care that you will honestly feel as though you’re committing an offence by tucking in…not that that would stop us. Topped with summer berries, passionfruit, toasted almonds, and vanilla bean double cream, the ricotta hotcakes sell like…hotcakes…and you can always round out the best weekend pancake fix with a cold-pressed juice.
2/136 Wairoa Avenue, Bondi
Beloved inner-city haunt Kansas City Shuffle serves up their plate of pancakes with lemon curd, cream cheese parfait, seasonal berries and smoked almonds. Just the thing to ensure an extra pick me up before facing the music (i.e. work). An organic orange juice will give you the effervescence you need to smile through your day; failing that, a stiff double espresso will do the trick.
195 Gloucester Street, The Rocks
A staple on every hitlist for the best pancakes, this Sydney institution has an enormous menu brimming with equally enormous pancakes of near any variety you wish.. The Bananarama buttermilk pancakes with grilled banana and butterscotch sauce is a crowd-pleaser while the Devil’s Delight is a chocolate lover’s bliss. Their savoury crêpes and pancakes are also on offer for those looking for something a little bit different.
Beverly, Hills, Campbelltown, Darling Harbour, and The Rocks
Just to cover all bases, while the Vietnamese pancakes on offer at Phamish Vietnamese are of the rice flour, turmeric, and coconut milk variety, they are on another level. Offering two choices, the duck and prawn and the chicken and prawn pancakes, these sizable portions are utterly moreish and you’ll definitely be ordering another round before mains.
248 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst