A weekend in Sydney just isn't complete without brunch. There's something so utterly liberating about waking up late, having eggs all day and cocktails before noon. After reading this list, you'll be seasoned with the self-satisfaction of knowing the hippest and best brunch spots in town.
At La Grand Bouffe, you don't have breakfast, you enjoy le petit dejeuner – sounds much more delicious, doesn't it? Beyond the pain au chocolat and toasted brioche, there's crepes with chestnut and vanilla puree, topped with caramelised nuts and baked eggs cocotte with an artichoke ragout and croutons. There isn't a dish on a menu that won't make you want to jump on a plane to Paris.
Hidden behind the huge grey walls of a Rosebery warehouse, Kitchen by Mike offers a refreshing change to the Sydney scene with a canteen-style dining experience. Ex-Rockpool chef Michael McEnearney is in charge of the pots and pans, serving dishes such as bitter orange waffles with Pepe Saya crème fraiche and chia pudding with coconut yoghurt and rhubarb compote.
Taking inspiration from an Eastern border city in his homeland, owner and Chef Somer Sivrioglu brings Sydneysiders a set breakfast menu ($29 per person) of Turkish delicacies. Located in a restored Victorian mansion on the corner of Darling and Elliot Street, come with an appetite and feast on sujuk spicy sausages, pistachio helva, Turkish tea and curly haloumi.
With the cronut headquarters upstairs, churning out piping hot trays of croissant/donuts to hungry customers in the café below, it's no surprise that this is one of the hottest breakfast destinations in Sydney. Add to the equation a smooth and rich coffee, with beans sourced from fair-trade plantations across the globe, there's no reason to buck the trend. Go on, head to the inner east, snap your #cronut and join the craze.
This trendy espresso bar and café fits in perfectly with the fast paced Potts Point crowd. It takes the art of the local friendly coffee shop back to basics with genuinely good service, great coffee and tasty light snacks perfect for a quick pit stop at any time of the day. Cash only.
If you've got your finger on the foodie pulse, then Single Origin is old news but that doesn't make it any less important. A stalwart in the café scene, Single Origin has a cult following who visit day-in day-out for everything from their caffeine fix and inventive breakfast dishes such as quinoa and smoked trout kedgeree and twice-cooked egg with black pudding.
Sunday mornings don't get much better than this. Come early to snag a seat at one of their picnic tables, that line the former boatshed. Health junkies sip on green smoothies, while foodies tuck into overflowing plates of baked eggs with ricotta and gremolata or caramelised French toast with vanilla ice-cream (who said you weren't allowed icecream for breakfast?).
I'm going to put it out there: best bircher muesli in Sydney? Go for a walk along Bronte Beach and then stroll up the hill to Sydney breakfast hotspot, the Three Blue Ducks. You know a place is good when chef Matt Moran goes here for his weekend post-workout fix.
Are you an adventurous eater? Forget poached eggs and mushrooms, at Kepos Street Kitchen, Israeli chef Mickael Rantissi delivers Middle Eastern fare that will make you rethink your boring breakfast agenda. Go for cous cous trifle served in a parfait jar or treat yourself with the ksk churros served with lashings of salted caramel.
Make the voyage to Jonah's, one of Australia's most stunning ocean retreats and treat yourself to three course dinner. For $50 per person, guests can devour platefuls of mini croissants, house smoked ocean trout with Serrano sourdough while appreciating 180 degree views of Whale Beach and the ocean beyond.