A local haunt, Ashfield Cafe is all about authentic Malaysian cuisine. So, whether you’re craving chicken satay, nasi goreng, curry or a laksa, it’s all here with an affordable price tag. Housed in a nondescript corner store, it’s easy to miss (or misjudge) but live like the locals do and pop in for a dish - or four.
Envy Deli Cafe
A laid-back hangout, Envy Deli Cafe is a local fave in Summer Hill. Serving up Toby's Estate coffee, all-day breakfast, lunchtime bites and homemade sweet treats, there is something for every occasion. For the best daytime spot, either take a seat in the sunny courtyard or curbside for people watching.
Heritage Coffee Brewers
Heritage Coffee Brewers is a friendly, neighbourhood cafe. This laid-back eatery is rustic in its design with exposed brick walls and beautiful wood furnishings. Serving up modern Australian cafe fare, with a Euro-twist, Heritage Coffee brews consistently good coffee and has a range of dietary-friendly options.
Summer Hill Village Patisserie
Summer Hill Village Patisserie is a favourite with locals. Known for their delicious baked goods, the patisserie creates an array of sweet and savoury pastries. Open Monday through Saturday, a visit to Summer Hill Village Patisserie would not be complete without picking up one of their signature tarts.
Plunge No. 46
Summer Hill cafe Plunge No.46 combines Middle Eastern cuisine and brunch-style dining. Pairing artisan coffee with their delicious menu, Plunge No.46 has been a local favourite since opening in 2004. The cafe fitout is sleek with a minimalist vibe, and offers ample seating; curbside and out the back in the courtyard.
On the fringe of Summer Hill's shops, Goodbye Horses is a cafe with a nostalgic vibe. On arrival, patrons are greeted to the sounds of retro beats and a minimalist fitout, think white walls with lots of greenery. This cool cafe serves up all-day breakfast and lunch from 11am. All the classic modern Australian brunch dishes are represented but not in the way you would expect.
Goblin Kitchen & Bar
Located near Summer Hill train station, Goblin Kitchen and Bar is a cosy eatery known for serving up all-day breakfast. With wood interiors, a courtyard and friendly staff, the vibe is relaxed at the Goblin. In the morning this cafe is a local coffee pit stop and come lunch time the courtyard is filled with hungry diners.
In Ashfield, this corner café attracts foodies from all over with locals and visitors alike happy to line up for brunch at Excelsior Jones. ‘Excelsior’ means ‘ever upward’ in Latin, and every breakfast here is better than the last.The modern Australian menu also attracts attention for its malted milkshakes, which come in a range of flavours. The buzzing, light-filled neighbourhood eatery boasts beautifully curated interiors; think copper pendant lighting, wooden floors and scattered greenery.
Stranded Deli Cafe
Easily spotted from the street with its green-tiled facade and scandi-style alfresco seating, Stranded Deli Cafe is a local favourite. This cafe is known for its fun atmosphere and ability to deliver quick, friendly service. This trendy eatery serves up quality breakfast, brunch and lunch 7 days a week with the locals arriving en masse each weekend.
Sideways Deli Cafe
In the quiet streets of Dulwich Hill locals have tried hard to keep this local gem quiet. An impossible feat when Sideways Cafes is consistently serving up great coffee with amazing comfort-style food. The space is casual and laid back with streetside seating, and if you are in a rush, that's ok because they are known for their quick and friendly service.
Caffettiera Kitchen & Espresso
A popular local hangout, Caffettiera Kitchen & Espresso Bar delivers quality coffee and delicious Mediterranean-inspired fare. Set on Georges River Road, this eatery serves up an all-day breakfast menu along with hearty lunch options. Diners can either settle into the dark-wood interiors, take their lunch to go or order for the office through the catering menu.
Hungry Grasshopper Café
The beautiful wooden and teal exterior filters throughout this Haberfield cafe. The Hungry Grasshopper is known for its consistently good coffee and creative brunch fare. This hidden gem serves up a modern Australian menu and offers streetside tables so you can enjoy your meal in the sunshine.
Campos Coffee Dulwich Hill
Considered Australia’s favourite roaster, Campos has a scandi-industrial cafe in the heart of Dulwich Hill's foodie hub, on Marrickville Road. Serving up their house blends and single-origin coffee, diners can enjoy a hearty breakfast or afternoon sweet treat.
Sitting pretty in a prime corner location, this café is a local go-to thanks to its organic dishes, locally roasted coffee, veggie patch and outdoor area that catches the sunshine. The vibe at Dear Delicious is relaxed and welcoming – furry friends are allowed, and there are colouring books, crayons and a special menu for the kids.