Sydney

The Best Breakfast Spots In Sydney

Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

In Sydney, breakfast is not just another meal, it’s a social institution. Weekends are reserved for smashed avo toasts, bottomless mimosas, and good times with friends, while weekdays are spent lining up for a drop of the best coffee beans in the city, and early work meetings over fresh oven-baked pastries. 

That’s not all. Sydney’s breakfast scene is diverse and oh so good. You have your classic eggs benny, acai bowls, and bacon and egg rolls, but our multicultural playground has also opened opportunities to Mediterranean breakfasts, American fare, and European delights. 

From Western Sydney to Bronte, here, best breakfasts Sydney has to offer.

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The Mayflower

Darlinghurst
Peach hues, floral murals, onyx tables and a hanging floral display are just the beginning of Darlinghurst’s newest cafe. The former art deco florist front shop serves refined dishes, including caviar and truffle, but at average Sydney prices. No wonder people are lining up around the block for a seat. Fan favourites include the truffle Croque Monsieur, Mayflower Roll and Ocean Trout Gravlax. You can also pay $22 for a few shaves of truffle on any dish you choose. 
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Acre Artarmon

Artarmon
This one is for all the home improvement, plant parents, and interior designers out there. Yes, we are talking about Acre Artarmon, a new 2000 square metre cafe destination in Artarmon’s Home HQ. The light-filled space reads more like a greenhouse than a restaurant, but its focus is on farm-to-table dining and outdoor terraces bring a fresh perspective to breakfast and brunch. Try the Italian restaurant for brunch or pick up fresh baked goods including country-style pies and sausage rolls. The kid’s playground, chicken coop, worm farm, and surrounding greenery keeps the experience organic. 
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Shuk

Bondi, Chatswood and Elizabeth Bay
The food at Shuk is similar to what you would get growing up in Israel, with a twist created by owners, Yoni Kalfus, Erez Beker, Ariel Hefer and Chef German Sanchez. Expect shakshuka, including a vegan option, cilbir bagel, teff pancakes, and a Middle Eastern tartine with babaganoush, avocado, smoked almonds, feta, and more. Don’t forget your side of falafel. There are three locations: Bondi, Chatswood, and Elizabeth Bay. You can also pick up fresh bakery items from the locations, in case you want to try your own Middle Eastern breakfast at home. 
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Single O Surry Hills

Surry Hills
Single O was a pioneer in Sydney’s coffee movement and still remains one of the best drops of espresso in the city. Their specialty coffee is beloved by Sydneysiders, they even started a shop of which coffee fanatics can buy the blends and opt-in for a coffee subscription. As for breakfast, Single O Surry Hills is packed with diners munching on epic banh mi rolls, avocado toasts and a range of other creative dishes, including the mothership bowl, filled with nutritious goodness. 
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Avocado toast and poached egg
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Three Blue Ducks

Bronte and Roseberry
Masterchef favourite, Andy Allen’s Three Blue Ducks is all about the no-fuss way. Ingredients are local and ethically farmed, each location pays respect to its area, whether it’s an 80-acre farm in Byron Bay or the new intimate farm-to-table establishment in the snowy mountains. For those local to Sydney, the Bronte location offers their famous homemade vegemite with a side of the sea breeze. Other options include muesli, a bacon and egg roll with chilli jam, corn fritters, and black sausage with scrambled eggs and red currant jam.
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Bowery Lane

CBD
Bowery Lane sits centre stage in the CBD, which makes it a popular choice for office workers and corporate lunches. Beware of the suits. Breakfast is either a quick grab n go or a sit down for the pancakes with rhubarb compote and mascarpone, eggs benedict, or the chorizo, manchego omelette with crispy leeks and chilli oil. The atmosphere is great too with an industrial-chic fit-out resembling a New York loft. 
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Bills Bondi

Bondi
No list is complete without mentioning the person who popularised the great smashed avo toasts. Yes, we’re talking about Bill Granger and his iconic breakfast joint, Bills in Bondi. For the sweet tooth in your life, you can’t go past the ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter. Of course, you can try the avocado toast which is served on toasted rye and comes with an optional poached egg. There are big breakfasts and plates on the menu too. The elegant dining room, clad in marble and soft tones, works for the breakfast crowd as much as it does for the dinner service. 
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Ham sandwich
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Cavalier 2.0

St Leonards
Sometimes breakfast is quick and comes in the form of a gigantic, gooey, multilayered sandwich. Where can you get one? At Cavalier 2.0 in St Leonards. They use thick-cut rye, loads of ham (we mean layers upon layers), and gooey Australian cheddar cheese to make their jaffles and sandwiches. The octopus salad on rye sourdough is also worth a try if you’re feeling adventurous. As for the sweets, the truffle cheesecake always sells out and is only served by the slice. Get in quick. 
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Quick Brown Fox Eatery

Pyrmont
Did someone say bottomless brunch? The only difference, bottomless brunch is every day at the Quick Brown Fox Eatery. It’s $30 for bottomless mimosas or you can level up to bottomless Aperol Spritz, Bloody Mary or Espresso Martini for $40 per person. Just add it to any of the all-day menu options they have including the grilled halloumi, banoffee pie waffles, and mushroom toastie—just to name a few. 
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Brewtown

Newtown
What rhymes with Newtown? Brewtown, of course. This popular neighbourhood cafe slings specialty coffee every day and a food menu reflective of Australian brunch culture. Bistro-style breakfast includes the classics: eggs benny, bacon and egg roll on a milk bun and some twists on breakfast favourites, including a breakfast roll with Scottish sausage, bacon, and scrambled eggs or a halloumi panini. Upstairs, you will find baked bread, a selection of pastries, cakes, cinnamon scrolls, and other artisan goods. 
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Calibrate

Roseville
This trendy whole in the wall cafe is mere steps from the Roseville train station, yet is not your average small street cafe. Instead, Calibrate focuses on specialty coffee and quality food. During weekdays, locals are lined up outside, waiting for orders or a seat at the beloved spot. The food is simple but executed well. Expect to find thick-cut sourdough toast with a choice of spread, crispy bacon and fried egg roll with tomato relish and chai spiced banana loaf. You can pick up a ginger and turmeric cleansing soda or a caffeine fix. The choice is yours.
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Brickfields

Chippendale and Marrickville
For those seeking good bread, the kind you want to dip in olive oil and a touch of balsamic vinegar, then Brickfields should be on your list. Here, you can pick up a loaf of sourdough, rye, and other specialty bread, while you savour a bacon sandwich. But this is no ordinary bacon roll, it comes with manchego, pickled cucumber, aioli & cavolo nero. Other popular breakfast items include the quiche with a side salad, a classic toasted croissant, and any of the gooey melts they have.
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Percy Plunkett

Penrith
There’s a reason people drive an hour for a seat at this popular cafe. It’s the deep dish pancake, or is it the lamb eggs benedict? There are so many reasons to visit this small neighbourhood cafe in Western Sydney. Inside the heritage-listed cottage, you will find millennial pink and a floral display. As for the menu, dive into a cornflake crumbed chicken burger or take on the BBQ plate, with 24 hours slow cooked BBQ style brisket, grilled chorizo, pickled onions, chips, and more. Healthy options include the Percy’s Garden Bowl which is a local favourite and comes with sweet potato falafel, pumpkin, avocado, cucumber, and tahini dressing drizzled on top. 
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smashed avocado toast
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Paramount Coffee Project

Surry Hills
This industrial-chic cafe, with high ceilings and natural light, turns out creative diner-style -food and specialty coffee. You will find beans from local and international roasters, along with Paramount Coffee’s own brew. On the food menu, there’s a variety of dishes from savoury to sweet and healthy. The burnt fig muesli is a crowd-pleaser, however, if you’re looking to wrap your hands around something scrumptious and a little bit naughty, the fried chicken burger with soy mayo and lotus root chips should satisfy the craving. 
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Lox Stock and Barrell

Bondi

There’s no doubt, Australian food is influenced by other cuisines. American cuisines have become widely popular over the last few years and this includes an iconic breakfasts staple: a bagel. Although in true Aussie fashion, we tend to lean to the healthier side of life. The smoked lox at this New York-style deli is chewy and delightful. You can choose from a Reuben style bagel to avocado or chopped liver. There is also a breakfast menu filled with yummy options such as the brioche french toast, zucchini omelette and a healthy bircher. 
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Saga

Newtown
Enmore road is no stranger to packed cafes and restaurants, but Saga seems to draw in a crowd every weekend. The cosy establishment is laid back and features showstopping cakes from Hartsyard ex-pastry chef, Andy Bowdy. Here, Bowdy indulges his diners with mini versions of his cakes including the Anzac-biscuit-style granola with honey rosemary yoghurt, white peach jam, and tiramisu. All pastries are made in house, so you will have to go and see what they have available that day. They also have a menu dedicated to sandwiches; the Brekkie Sanga, the Alex B, with herb crumbed eggplant, and the Shaz, with smoked salmon, herb and lemon cream cheese, pickled fennel on an everything bagel. 
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Two Chaps

Marrickville
This cafe in Marrickville opened during a time when vegan and vegetarian options were scarce in the city. Today, it thrives on locals indulging in Mediterranean salads and sandwiches. There’s not much to this cafe in terms of size. The fit-out was curated out of second-hand finds and their back to basics approach is admired. They make all their bread and pastry by hand using sustainable and organic flours. Sustainability is a major focus at Two Chaps. The menu changes, but expect to see things like kimchi and mushroom burger, chilli con jackfruit bowl, sourdough crumpets with orange labneh and coconut pancakes. 
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Sydney

The 12 Greatest Beaches in Sydney

They're all within an hour from the CBD

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Sydney is a city known for its stretches of sand, which means there are plenty of options when you want to soak up the sun. But beyond the tourist traps of Bondi, there are more than 100 beaches located around the city and along its coastal reach. Whether you’re seeking bikini-clad bods and waterside cocktails, or Herculean waves and locals-only hangouts, Sydney has a beach scene for every type. Here are the 12 best shoreline spots in town.

Coogee Beach
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Coogee Beach

Arden Road, Coogee
The final stop on the city’s famed coastal walk does not disappoint with its dramatic cliffside pathways and ocean views. Coogee’s buzzing beach scene also features a two-story restaurant and bar where you can post up for a bit before the long Uber ride back to the city. Sip tasty cocktail creations at Coogee Pavillion and grab a wood-fired pizza. The restaurant also features a barber shop downstairs for the drunk and ambitious.

Little bay beach
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Little Bay Beach

Murra Murra Place, Little Bay
During the summer months, Sydney’s bigger beaches are barely visible thanks to the droves of tourists taking up prime sand real estate. For fewer crowds, head to the hidden beach at Little Bay, tucked away at the end of the Prince Henry development. The beach is divided by a protrusion of rock, and offers a more relaxed vibe than the big waves and even bigger crowds at more mainstream spots.

Manly Beach
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Manly Beach

South Steyne, Manly
This golden, mile-long stretch is one of many on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, but it’s certainly among the best, and part of that reason is how you get there. Take a ride on Manly ferry to see the sights inside of Sydney’s harbor, and grab a drink at Manly Wharf Bar before a quick stroll down the promenade to reach the Oceanside. Described as “five miles from the city, a million miles from a care,” Manly is one of Sydney’s most charming spots to get lost. Stay for lunch at the Boathouse at Shelly Beach and drinks at Daniel San. One caveat, though: while wandering the shoreline, you’ll likely find this writer.

Store Beach

Collins Beach Road, Manly
This beach is only reachable by water, which makes for a fun afternoon kayak ride. Pack a lunch and a bottle of wine and spend the afternoon working your tan under the Southern Hemisphere sun. Protip: Keep an eye out for Manly’s endangered population of Little Penguins, which are supposedly spotted at Store Beach.

Beach and cliff
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Freshwater Beach

Moore Road, Freshwater
A close neighbor to Manly, “Freshie” is a protected beach carved out along the northern coastline. The teal-hued waters still manage to heave massive waves despite a more hidden feel, making it ideal for an afternoon dip. Freshwater is also a great alternative to Manly when the masses arrive during the summer months. Granted, you have to ascend a nightmarish hill, but that makes it worthwhile when you finally arrive — and eat a monstrous burger at JB & Sons. Don’t skip out on the nachos.

Palm Beach Sydney
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Palm Beach

Ocean Road, Palm Beach
Home to Sydney’s elite, Palm Beach is a star-studded hangout where you can pretend to have money. Located about 45 minutes from CBD, the famed beach is also the backdrop to the longstanding Aussie soap opera Home and Away. Lunch among billionaire locals at the Boathouse and take a dip before a long, sad ride home to contemplate how much you just spent on lunch.

Rockpool at Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach

Campbell Parade, Bondi
Okay, we’d be remiss to leave Australia’s most famous beach off the list. Though the beach is often bursting at the seams with tourists, (you can’t walk 10ft without tripping over a backpacker), Bondi is also home to some of the city’s most stylish residents, making for an interesting scene when they intersect at local hangouts. North Bondi is best if you’re looking to take a dip. For a stunning backdrop, head to Icebergs for Instagram-worthy views.

Tamarama Beach
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Tamarama Beach

Tamarama Marine Drive, Tamarama
“Glamarama,” as this beach is referred to, is a scene for the beautiful and the hard-bodied. Though small in comparison to its neighboring beaches along the Bondi-to-Coogee walk, Tamarama is actually quite dangerous thanks to the number of rips coming in from both sides of the bay. If you’re looking to impress a tanned body or two with your superior swimming skills, you might try your luck at Tamarama.

Balmoral Beach
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Balmoral Beach

The Esplanade, Balmoral
For a more relaxed vibe, try Balmoral beach near Taronga Zoo on the north shore’s Middle Harbor. Though it’s popular for families, the beach features a more intimate, sleepy experience for those looking to nod off into the afternoon. Grab a bite at Public Dining Room and slink back to the shore to soak up stunning views and sparkling, still waters.

Garie Beach Sydney
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Garie Beach

Garie Beach Road, Royal National Park
For a more adventurous beach trek, take a drive about 34mi south of Sydney to check out Garie Beach. Located in the Royal National Park, Garie Beach is a great departure from the city’s usual spots, and requires a bit of hiking before you can relax. The sprawling beach is obviously fairly quiet, but rewards its guests with spectacular views.

Little Congwong Beach

Henry Head Lane, La Perouse
If you’re after a tan-line-free swim (read: boobs), head to Little Congwong Beach in Botany Bay. Most local spots take a “clothing-optional” approach to sunbathing, and this little beach is no exception. It tends to be pretty quiet, which means you can spy naked babes from behind your Ray Bans in peace. If it’s all a bit too much, head next door to Congwong Beach for a more appropriate, swimsuited affair.

Milk Beach Vaucluse
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Milk Beach

Vaucluse Road, Vaucluse
Tucked away behind the Strickland House, up in the hard-to-reach Vaucluse area, is one of the city’s best vantage points and small beaches. Milk Beach is worth the walk to catch a view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge while soaking up Sydney rays. It’s a residential area, so expect a few families, but that doesn’t keep it from being a perfect spot for a boozy beach afternoon.

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