Best Breakfast in Sydney

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then Sydneysiders take this mantra very seriously.

There are literally hundreds of cafes, bistros and restaurants in the city that serve all manner of brekkie delights. From artisanal pastries and delicious toasties to the ubiquitous avo smash and international dishes that tantalises with their exoticism, the good people of Sydney are spoiled for choice.

Definitely the best way to set up your day, going out for breakfast is the quintessential Sydney experience. If you need some ideas of where to go, then let this list inspire you.


Avo Smash is one of the most popular items on any breakfast menu and the man who popularised it was Bill Granger. Therefore his caf', simply called 'Bills', is the perfect place to eat it.

Served on rye, with the option of adding a poached egg, the taste and presentation of this dish is simply magnificent.

An institution in Sydney, Bills is now located at several locations across Sydney (Surry Hills and Darlinghurst) and is also renowned for its outstanding corn fritters ' which many people believe are the best in the city.

If sweet is what you are craving, then the ricotta hotcakes, which they serve up with banana and generous lashings of honeycomb butter, is perfect for you.

Reuben Hills

If you are a bit bored of avo smash and a fry up for breakfast, then Reuben Hills will provide you with something completely different.

Based in an industrial style caf' in Surry Hills, Reuben Hills is a funky establishment offers a range of fresh and exciting Central and South American inspired dishes for your first meal of the day.

This includes the likes of huevos divorciados, which is a fried egg tostadas that is served with salsa and smoked cheese, and lamb barbacoa tacos.

Their coffee is exceptional too, with blends originating from Honduras and Panama, as well as Kenya and Ethiopia.


Still on an international theme, Shuk is a legendary North Bondi eatery that offers a fabulous range of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern breakfast options.

We are talking teff pancakes, cilbir bagels, shakshuka and a delicious Middle Eastern tartine that features babaganoush, feta, smoked almonds and avocado. The kind of food the owners ate at home growing up in Israel.

As well as the Bondi location, Shuk have venues in Elizabeth Bay and Chatswood too. They even offer freshly made bakery items from all these locations; in case you want to eat something at home, or on the run.

  • 61-69 Roslyn Gardens, Elizabeth Bay NSW 2011
  • 2 Mitchell St, North Bondi NSW 2026
  • Shop R03/260 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067

Dead Ringer

Dead Ringer is a caf' that is proud to offer no eggs or avo smash on their menu. Instead bottomless mimosas and a delicious set menu is the go here.

Based within a stylish heritage townhouse building that is located near to where Darlinghurst, Paddington and Surry Hills combine, their menu features a range of unusual breakfast delights.

This includes the likes of baked ricotta tart, cured salmon, pulled pork & black bean tostada, and labneh and pickled fennel.

Boasting stylish counter-top dining and a garden terrace, Dead Ringer do not serve coffee. But there is an establishment next door where you can order one from.

Blackwood Pantry

Who says you can only have breakfast in the morning' Not Blackwood Pantry, who serve up a range of sensational breakfast items that sit proudly on an all-day menu.

Run by three friends who grew up in the Shire, this cutting edge eatery is breaking the mold for breakfast.

Offering fantastic food that has been inspired by the fine dining scenes in both Australia and Europe, you can treat yourself to Grilled Western Australian Octopus, seared sumac salmon or even a prawn poke bowl, for your first meal of the day.

It's a concept that works really well, as evidence by the fact they are always busy.

Other Notable Breakfast Spots in Sydney

Sydney is definitely not a place which has a shortage of breakfast options. Here are 5 more venues we think you should check out.

Porch & Parlour

Devon Caf'


Four Ate Five

The Little Kitchen Coogee