Aimee O'Keefe
26 Best Brunch Spots in Sydney | Man of Many
With an office situated right in the heart of Sydney and a team of keen foodies, Man of Many has the unique opportunity to sample brunch from the best spots in Sydney. Where they haven’t had a chance to visit, they’ve turned to food critics and expert reviews in compiling their list. Man of Many’s editors have taken into account, price points, coffee, and food choices, while also making a concerted effort to highlight a few brunch spots outside the CBD. Now, let’s check out the list below.
How Man of Many Chose The Best Brunch Spots in Sydney
Our list of best places for brunch in Sydney goes like this.
Best Brunch Spots in Sydney at a Glance
As you’d expect from one of Sydney’s leading coffee roasters, it’s all about the coffee here, however, you can still feel confident you’ll get some tasty bites to eat as well. With a menu full of your classics and some exciting options like a roasted pumpkin salad with cous cous and blood orange, everything is made on-site and bread and pastries are sourced across the pond from Brickfields and Flour and Stone. We also love the space — think high ceilings and long tables — the perfect backdrop for your morning cup of joe.
1 . Mecca Coffee
At the Goodsline Eatery in Pyrmont, you can find speciality coffee and food without any of the pretentiousness, which is why we love it. With a long history of great coffee-making behind its belt, founder Jack Hanna the 2007 World Latte Art Champion and part of creating some of the biggest coffee brands in Australia, including The Grounds, you can trust these guys know what they’re doing.  Serving up The Beanstalker blend from The Grounds Roastery, the coffee is accompanied by a world-class menu curated by hatted head chef ‘AC’ Acagra that focuses on seasonality and fresh produce.
2. The Goodsline Eatery
With a menu inspired by the vibrant flavours and textures of the Middle East, Circa Espresso is Paramatta’s answer to cosy vibes and comfort food. Alongside some of the best coffee west of the CBD you will find a menu that is bound to make an impact — we can’t say no to the ottoman eggs and crispy sourdough waffle. This is also a good option if you’re a fan of shared plates for brunch.
3. Circa Espresso
Not just another Newtown brunch spot to add to the repertoire, Soulmate Coffee manages to stand out, and for good reason, too. At soulmate, things are kept nice and simple, with an all-day menu that caters to those mid-week cravings—think toast, rolls, salads and sangas, with plenty of brews and a damn delicious green smoothie that is just what you need to refuel. You can even grab a locally brewed beer to enjoy alongside your brunch if you feel inclined.
4. Soulmate Coffee
Did someone say caviar? Yes, that’s right, The Mayflower, located in the heart of Sydney’s buzzing Darlinghurst serves up brunch options including caviar and Croque monsieur, perfect for those who only know how to do things the boujee way. The space is just as enticing as the menu—designed in a collaboration with a number of recognised Australian Artists, Designers and Florists, bringing the Mayflower’s history as an Art Deco Florist in the 1990s to life, with an intimate, floral-drenched dining room to boot.
5. The Mayflower
Not your average cafe, Rising Sun Workshop is a communal motorcycle workshop meets restaurant, and we’re here for it. The menu takes inspiration from Asia, with countless ramen options for lunch and bánh mìs for dinner. If this isn’t enough to get you planning your visit, the space itself should do it—with two levels sprawled over a vibrant dining zone and a buzzing workspace down below.
6. Rising Sun Workshop
Located in Sydney’s trendy Marrickville, Two Chaps offers up delectable pastries by day and decadent pasta by night, and who can say no to that? The menu is constantly evolving, making for new surprises every time you visit. All the bread and pastry are made by hand, daily, using sustainable and organic Australian flours. Coffee is roasted nearby by Single O Coffee Roasters, oh, and the pasta is handmade, too.
7. Two Chaps
A Bondi institution in its own right, Bills offers one of the best brunch spreads in Sydney. Bills are famous for its delicious take on traditional favourites like corn fritters and scrambled eggs. Be warned, on weekends a long wait to grab brunch at this Sydney café is pretty much guaranteed. Our favourite dishes on the menu? That would have to be the gravadlax toast with labneh, celery, tomatoes, pickles and capers.
8. bills
This one is for the more adventurous brunch-goers. Situated in the semi-rural Dural in Sydney’s North West, Benzin means fuel in German. Serving up Gabriel Coffee, this is the perfect spot to fuel up and fill up with their variety of brunch options when you find yourself in Sydney’s northern suburbs. We love it here because it’s laid-back, peaceful and the perfect place to fuel up when you’re feeling extra hungry. The batch brew is always a winner, and the classic ‘Benzin Eggs’ with salmon and hashbrowns are simply next-level.
9. Benzin Cafe
The perfect spot for your casual brunch, Pina Potts Point has become Sydney’s most popular brunch spot. Tucked away down a quiet Darlinghurst side street, Pina serves some of the best coffee, brunch, and lunch to Sydney’s trendiest celebrities and influencers. It’s a cosy spot that gets extremely busy so expect long waits. We can’t go past their bacon and egg roll, it could be the best in Sydney.
10. Pina Potts Point
The queen of Sydney brunch fare, this multi-layered café and restaurant in Sydney’s Alexandria has it all – even farm animals! An innovative and sustainable initiative, the café covers a huge outdoor space with various sections, like a café, a restaurant, lemonade stand and an organic garden. We recommend hopping between the different cafes and stalls for the ultimate Grounds experience.
11. The Grounds of Alexandria
A former convenience store transformed into a busy beachside café, Three Blue Ducks is a favourite spot for brunch in Sydney. Not only does this place do top-quality breakfast and brunch, but also is a restaurant by night and prides itself in keeping things sustainable. We love this place for the good vibes, fresh food and rural feel—they even have a backyard kitchen garden with their very own banana trees and chooks!
12. Three Blue Ducks
This Alexandria corner café loves to put a twist on our classic brekky favourites. The smashed avo has additions of house-pickled chilli and yuzu sesame seeds, turning the traditional favourite into a flavour extravaganza. Quality coffee is also guaranteed, offering a house blend designed by Coffee Alchemy. We love their take on Turkish Cilbir Eggs, with chilli, halloumi, mushrooms, yoghurt and toast.
13. Meet Gerard
This vibrant Surry Hills bar and restaurant also has one of the best boozy brunches Sydney has to offer. You’ll find the menu isn’t limited to breakfast foods, but things you’d often expect to see in the dinner menu. Coffee is not the beverage of choice at this Sydney Brunch spot, but rather a refreshing cocktail or killer wine. Why do we love it? Boozy brunch. Say no more.
14. Dead Ringer
Fancy a trip to Sydney’s stunning northern beaches? Stop by Oceans in Narrabeen. Their extensive menu has something for everyone, with plenty of fresh seafood options to complement the ocean breeze. The location makes all the difference for an enjoyable meal here. Try the acai bowl and pair it with cold-pressed juice for the perfect post-swim feed.
15. Oceans Narrabeen
This huge warehouse space houses one of the best breakfast spots in Sydney. With unusual takes on traditional café fare, combined with a serious approach to quality coffee, all coffee here is roasted around the corner at Gypsy’s roaster and coffee school. When it comes to the menu, you really can’t go wrong, but if we had to pick our favourite menu item, it would have to be the white truffle mushroom bruschetta, because who doesn’t love truffle? The interior is designed by The Guru Projects, and almost outdoes the coffee in taste!
16. Went to See The Gypsy
Social Hideout is fondly known as one of Sydney’s prettiest, most Instagrammable cafes. With locations in Paramatta and Waterloo, the food is so pretty it almost makes it a crime to bite in and ruin it. Their main attraction besides the flowered ceilings is the bright purple taro hotcakes, a visual and taste extravaganza. We love this place for its pretty, cosy vibes.
17. Social Hideout
Sitting on one of the sunniest corners of Redfern, Kepos Street Kitchen is prized real estate for that Sunday hangover brunch cure, and the long lines show for it. Stocked with coffee from the Ground Roasters and plenty of variations of café classics with a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern twist on the menu, you’ll be leaving feeling full and well-nourished. Try the Sardines on rye toast, pesto, pickled onions, kipflers, dukkah, soft boiled egg, for something different.
18. Kepos Street Kitchen
The perfect spot for a coffee while you work, you never know who you may get chatting with at the large communal table. On a quiet corner opposite a quaint playground, grab some food and coffee to go and have the kids occupied too. The menu changes seasonally, so regular visits are a must. We love the location of this little nook—the quintessential neighbourhood corner cafe lives on.
19. Cornersmith
Fika Swedish Kitchen is a Swedish café with coastal locations in both Manly and Bondi. The café serves a menu of homemade Swedish classics like meatballs and the famous fika pastry. If you’ve ever been to Sweden, this place will take you right back to the narrow, cobbled streets and will leave you feeling full and happy.
20. Fika Manly
In terms of an all-rounder Brunch in Sydney, Single O is one of the pioneers in the Sydney Breakfast revolution. The café has a self-serve batch brew bar as well as a seasonal menu. Compact and cosy, Single O’s dedication to quality coffee means it’s the perfect spot to bring your Melbourne coffee snobs pals on their annual visit to Sydney. We can’t go past their Mothership Bowl, packed to the brim with poached eggs, red rice, avo, sweet potato cheese, red kraut, pickled cauli and greens.
21. Single O
Reuben Hills has become a must-visit in the Sydney brunch scene. With offerings of quality coffee and hearty sandwiches, grab a takeaway or sit down in the industrial-style café. Sourcing coffee beans from Central and South America, the menu follows a similar suite – the NOT Reuben sandwich is our personal favourite.
22. Reuben Hills
This deli-style café prides itself on the many sandwiches on offer which change regularly to mix it up. They go down a treat alongside a Reuben Hills coffee, which is the coffee that is sold here. Our favourite is the Al green vegan sanga, with kale puree, avocado, lettuce, apple, pepita and alfalfa on a fresh panini.
23. Smalls Deli
Three mates from the shire opened up Blackwood Pantry intending to create a relaxing, communal space in Cronulla, which they have achieved to a tee. With exceptional food inspired by Europe and Australia’s fine dining scenes and quality coffee, this café offers good times and effortlessly nurtures a sense of community through café culture.
24. Blackwood Pantry
A fine addition to the infamous north shore brunch scene, Goodfields Eatery is a trendy addition to the leafy suburb. The all-day breakfast menu is a huge drawing card for the industrial café. Our favourite is the crumbed eggplant that comes with poached eggs, labneh and coriander.
25. Goodfields Eatery
We all know how delectable an Israeli breakfast can be, and Shuk knows this all too well. The café is renowned for its healthy twist on the Israeli classics we love. Our recommendation is to try the shakshuka, we bet it will be some of the most authentic you’ve ever had.
26. SHUK
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