Finding the best brunch in Sydney is probably an impossible task because there are just so many options. Brunch is Sydney’s favourite pastime, so it goes without saying that most locals know where to find a bottomless mimosa or eggs with a view on the weekend.
Whilst this list definitely doesn’t cover every single brunch spot in the city and surrounds, it’s definitely a comprehensive starting point for visitors looking to partake in our sport of choice.
What is it with Sydney’s obsession with brunch?
I guess Instagram has definitely helped raise the stakes of Sydney’s brunch game with weekend feeds filled with vibrant breakfast bowls, impossibly stacked plates of pancakes and of course flutes of bubbly.
Breakfast is simply too early on a lazy Saturday, so brunch is usually closer to lunch than breakfast. 11am is my kind of brunch time.
Where to find the best brunch in Sydney?
My top 8 venues are right here.
The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria
No list of brunch destinations could be possible without featuring the breathtakingly gorgeous Grounds of Alexandria. Who would have thought that a café, restaurant and market complex out in industrial-cum-chic Alexandria would be the number one brunch destination in Sydney?
The Grounds (as it is affectionately known) has plenty of brunch options for visitors who don’t mind queuing up to enter its beautifully decorated outdoor setting. The grounds brunch is a bit more on the breakfast side of brunch and finishes at 11.45am, but it is definitely worth getting up a littler earlier for.
If you don’t want to head all the way out to Alexandria, you can always head to the Sydney CBD to visit their sister café The Grounds of the City. It is also extremely picturesque, though I would say you must experience the Alexandria site at least once.
Indigo, Double Bay
Don’t let appearances fool you. Indigo might look like an unassuming little café nestled away in the Eastern Suburbs, but the brunch here punches well above its weight. For the most Instagrammable meal, definitely order the Indigo Ocean Bowl which has to be the most colourful breakfast bowl going around thanks to the organic blue spirulina in it.
It’s not usually too busy here, and there’s outdoor seating which is always nice in the warmer months. The coffee is great too, so if you’re not in the mood for brunch, it is still great for a coffee date.
Flowerchild Café, Chatswood
Hidden away in the middle of Chatswood’s Westfield Shopping Centre is a true gem. Hanging baskets adorn this adorable FlowerChild Café which has an all-day breakfast menu for any sleepy heads amongst us.
The Acai Bowl is gorgeous here and tastes fantastic, but if you’ve had enough of breakfast bowls then the decadent French Toast or Tiramisu Waffles might pique your interest. Remind you of somewhere? This beautiful café is actually the brainchild of a former manager of The Grounds of Alexandria and was designed by the same team.
To top it off, Flowerchild get a daily delivery of fresh pastries from The Grounds and use the famous Grounds coffee – so you know it is going to be good.
Butter, Surry Hills
Fried chicken and booze? Sounds perfect at any time of day. Butter is a Surry Hills staple famous for late night chicken and champagne, but you might not be aware that it also offers up a brunch banquet on the weekends for $38 per person (excluding drinks).
Pay an extra $39 per person and you’ll have free-flowing NV Chandon Blanc de Blanc for 90 mins. Alternatively, you could get really fancy and pay $80 for free flowing Verve Cliquot for the duration of your brunch sitting.
Bills, Darlinghurst, Bondi and Surry Hills
Often credited with sparking the brunch phenomenon in Sydney, Bills is a quintessential brunch experience. The brainchild of chef Bill Granger, there are now several Bills in Sydney serving up brunch daily.
Bills is best done as a boozy brunch, because you absolutely can’t visit here without a spiced Bloody Mary. There’s plenty of goodness on the menu here, but its best to keep it simple – Bills scrambled eggs are absolutely delectable.
They’re actually so good, that I realised as I typed out this post – I forgot to take a photo!
Overdose Specialty Coffee, Ramsgate Beach
Overdose is one of my favourite local cafes and is perfectly situated for a beach stint following brunch. Just across the road from the gorgeous Lady Robinson’s Beach, overdose do a fantastic brunch with excellent coffee.
Basically, everything here is good, but for my money the bircher muesli or chili scrambled eggs are the way to go. Sit outside in the sun and bring your swimming costume for a quick dip after your meal.
The Winery, Surry Hills
For a packaged up bottomless brunch, The Winery in Surry Hills is hard to beat. For $79 per head, two hours of bottomless bellinis and three courses of food is a pretty good deal in Sydney.
The setting is beautiful here and whilst the food is geared more towards the lunch end of brunch, it is still one of the city’s best for a boozy brunch deal.
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