FOOD & DRINK Features
Sydney’s Best Breakfast Spots
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why stick to cereal for one when you can catch up with friends and hear the gossip from the week over breakfast in one of Sydney’s coolest cafes. So put away that burnt toast and check out these fresh breakfast spots that will have you coming back for more.
43 Erskineville Road, Erskineville
02 9557 9291
Don’t get us wrong – there’s nothing we love more than the straight up bacon and egg breakfasts. But its good to keep the body guessing and give it something healthy from time to time. Fleetwood Macchiato are pioneers of the healthy breakfast trend. Everything has a flair to it, from the jerk salmon with black beans, corn, radish, kale and poached egg, to the fresh fruit option of peach and watermelon with pistachios and lemon myrtle yoghurt. Throw in some lovingly prepared espresso or filter coffee, and Sundays are a little more special.
30 Llewellyn St, Marrickville
02 9519 0101
If popularity is anything to go by, West Juliett is one of the best cafes in town. On Saturday mornings expect a queue, but this cafe is worth the wait. What looks like a plain and simple shop in Marrickville backs up its reputation with some mind blowing brekkies. Try the scrambled eggs with salmon, fennel, and yoghurt with a few sides, or even the French toast with rhubarb, salted caramel and ricotta. Reasonably priced, every portion is guaranteed to fill you up and want you coming back for more!
The Boathouse Balmoral
2 The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach 2088
02 9974 5440
This café is exactly what it sounds like – a converted boathouse on Balmoral Beach, furnished to maintain that nautical theme. Owned by the same people who own The Boathouse in Palm Beach and Moby Dicks on Whale Beach, it’s worth the trip simply for the décor and the view. It’s a favourite among locals because of the fantastic food they dish up, all from fresh, local produce. Fresh juice in a carafe, a milskshake, and the poached eggs with ham and pesto – sorted!
17 Willoughby St, Kirrbilli
02 9954 4057
It’s normally a lunch restaurant and bar so the Botanist only do brunch from 11am until 2pm on weekends, but it’s definitely worth hanging out for. It’s a simple menu, but there’s absolutely something for everyone. From eggs Benedict with ham or salmon to the Mexican baked eggs with avocado and salsa, a lazy weekend brunch is covered. Throw in a variety of breakfast cocktails, and that hangover simply disappears.
139A Queen St, Ashfield
02 9799 3240
When it comes to bringing out the classics with a contemporary twist, Excelsior Jones are really making a name for themselves. In the heart of the inner west, they are dishing out your favourite dishes, like eggs benedict and the bacon and egg rolls, alongside modern stunners, like the hash with pearl shallots, buckwheat and salmon or pork, and sourdough pikelets with custard and strawberry compote. Excelsior Jones swung open its doors for the first time January 2013, and this award winning café is already becoming a big player in the Sydney café scene.
Writer & Photographer - James. W