A shrine to all things bread, Breadfern is run by the team behind Tapeo, Redfern’s beloved gluten-free bakery. Breadfern’s products though are quite the opposite. Pies, pastries, and five types of bread are on the menu at this carb-loaded cafe. Everything is made fresh daily.
Tapeo Cafe and Tapas Bar
An enduring local haunt that knows how to draw a crowd, Tapeo Café and Tapas Bar serves up Modern Australian food with a Spanish twist. The best part is, they know how to mix up a good cocktail. Their streestide seating is the place to be if you want to people watch over breakfast.
Perched on the city fringe, Three Williams is one of Redfern’s much-loved cafes – and for good reason. The team whips up an all-day menu, and is famous among foodies for its inventive twists on breakfast classics. When the clock strikes 12, feel free to order a bevvy: the café is licensed.
With large windows looking out onto Pitt Street, Hunter’s Corner is a chic, airy café that does cafe food right. A warm and welcoming café that comes complete with interiors that have been decorated with curiosities from the owners’ travels. You need only look to their regular brunch crowd to know that this is the place to be.
When former Bills head chef Kenny Takayama ventured out on his own, we knew it was going to be good – and Café Oratnek has lived up to expectations. This Redfern eatery is cosy and creative, and they’re known for their Asian-inspired brunch. Our pick: Their white chocolate matcha fondue! We can't think of anything better than dipping fruit and marshmellows into this deliciousnes..
Refn Courtyard Cafe
The best seat at this café is outside, in the big, beautiful courtyard. From 6.30am-3pm, Refn whips up hearty breakfast and lunch plates. Come the afternoon, it switches gears and turns into Teppan, a bustling and BYO Japanese restaurant that’s a solid choice for group dinners as well as fun date nights.
A firm neighbourhood favourite, Scout’s Honour serves up excellent coffee, salads, sweets and stacked sandwiches made with Brickfields bread. The space itself is lush, with baskets of greenery, hanging light bulbs, and a long communal table. If you’re hoping to hide or tap away on your laptop, there are high-top tables, too.
La Renaissance Patisserie & Cafe
This family-run bakery sells over 1000 almond croissants per week – so you know they’re delicieux! The cakes, tarts and croquembouche are just as good. Oh, and La Renaissance was the first patisserie in the Southern Hemisphere to be admitted to Relais Desserts, the prestigious organisation that only lets in the very best French patissiers.
First Drop Cafe
Tucked away on a leafy street in Redfern, First Drop Café is a true locals haunt. Surrounded by beautifully restored terrace houses, First Drop has ample seating inside, but it’s the streetside seating that is highly prized. The menu is brimming with hearty brunch dishes that have a Mediterranean twist.
The name says it all and this popular café joint has courageously taken Bondi’s clean eating scene outside the postcode. Bondi Wholefoods has an extensive smoothie range that makes it a perfect stop off between meals, which are gluten-free, dairy-free and always organic.
Fernside Coffee Shoppe
On the blurry border between Redfern and Surry Hills, Fernside Coffee Shoppe has a cool, industrial-chic feel that’s typical of the area: think raw brick walls, vintage signs, and mismatched tables. The outdoor area is dog-friendly and soaks up the sunshine, and the simple and seasonal menu brekkie menu runs all day.
Milk Bar by Cafe Ish
Milk Bar by Café Ish dishes up a heavy dose of nostalgia, along with burgers, all-day breakfast, milkshakes and Instagrammable ‘supershakes’. Walking into the café is like stepping back in time to the 1950s, complete with a jukebox, old-school arcade games, and jars of mixed lollies dotting the counter. The prices fit the theme, too.
This dimly-lit, chic spot in Surry Hills dishes up Mediterranean delights all day. Located on Crown Street, it’s cosy and inviting, and shines brightest when weekend brunch rolls around. You can expect to feast on snack-size plates, main meals and meze platters, plus prettied-up desserts that taste as good as they look.
Yellow Fever burst onto Redfern’s foodie scene last year, and it’s a hit. The Vietnamese eatery is fresh, modern, and best known for its banh mi – the meat is marinated for 24 hours and cooked over a charcoal grill for a deliciously smoky flavour. In the morning, there are breakfast staples and Brickfields pastries on offer.
Redfern is brimming with cafes, and Urban Piccolo is one of its standouts. The wide windows allow light to flood in while customers tuck into classic breakfast and lunch plates, which are refreshingly priced on the low side. The staff are friendly, and there’s outdoor seating available.
Sonoma Cafe Waterloo
In the 90s, Sonoma’s co-founder cheekily smuggled a starter from North California. Now, the baking giant is synonymous with sourdough, known for its delicious, crusty breads. With locations studded around Sydney, over the years the family-run empire has branched out to pastries, biscuits, tarts and mueslis.
Kepos Street Kitchen
A bright, airy space that serves the most Instagram-worthy hummus and shakshuka in Redfern – we must be talking Kepos St Kitchen. Tucked away in Redfern, Kepos St Kitchen has mastered Mediterranean dining with a Middle Eastern twist, and its loyal following is a testament to that.
Ciccone & Sons
A gelato bar where everything is made on-site, Ciccone and Sons has taken Redfern by storm with handmade gelato in a home-style coffee shop. They focus on making everything from scratch and they use original machines imported from Bologna - so you know you're in for an authentic dessert experience.
Little Evie means ‘life’ in Hebrew, and that hints at the eatery’s ethos. The healthy café roasts its own coffee beans and makes whatever they can in-house, and sources the rest of its ingredients from local growers. Breakfast runs all day, and features plates piled high with wholesome ingredients.