Are you looking to shake up your breakfast routine?
Are you tired of waiting in line at Sydney’s most popular breakfast spots every weekend?
Or, are you ready to uncover the hidden brekky gems in your very own backyard?
Well you’re in luck, because we have put together 7 of Sydney’s best hidden gems that will help you find the best breakfast in the city.
Dodge the crowds, keep money in your pocket, and leave feeling happy and full.
Here’s where you need to go…
1. Braza Churrascaria (Darling Harbour)
Brazillian for breakfast?
Trust us when we say the answer to that is a resounding YES.
With Brazillian-style menu items that you don’t normally come across in Sydney, Braza’s authentic cuisine is a great way to expand your horizons and gain extra foodie cred. Showing off your knowledge and explaining to your friends what a ‘Misto Quente’ is, tastes almost as good as actually eating one (but not quite).
FYI, Misto Quente is a traditional Brazillian smoked ham and cheese toastie that will have you wondering how you ever started your day without one.
And is there anything better than house-made streaky bacon? (Trick question. No there isn’t).
Braza’s stuffed cheese bread with house-made bacon and free range eggs will have you ready and raring to take on the day from the moment it’s set down in front of you. Just another example of the blend between Brazilian and local brekky options. Which means you can try something new, or settle for a classic with a Brazilian twist.
And just because it’s a barbecue restaurant doesn’t mean the vegetarians have to miss out! The mushroom burger is a must try, stuffed with gouda & blue cheese and served in a bun with salad and white BBQ sauce.
Wash it all down with one of Braza Churrascaria’s exotic superfood juices (Did you know one glass of Acerola juice contains the same amount of Vitamin C as FOURTEEN glasses of orange juice?) and you’ll be on top of the world.
We recommend the Cupuaçu juice – an antioxidant and vitamin rich delight that will improve your brain function and boost gut health. All while tasting great.
2. Mo’st (Sydney CBD)
This little CBD cafe is serving up rou jia mo, a traditional Northern Chinese street food that is considered to be the oldest sandwich in the world.
Not literally of course.
Rou Jia Mo (Chinese: 肉夹馍), meaning “meat sandwich”, are flat dough buns stuffed with delicious spiced meats, herbs and veggies. They reportedly date back all the way to Zhou Dynasty, 2300 years ago, and are now a staple street food in the Shaanxi province.
But you don’t need to head to China to experience this exotic breakfast delicacy. You can go round with the world without ever leaving Sydney.
For first time visitors, stick with the
traditional option and get the Classic
Brekky Mo. Filled with succulent spiced pork belly, capsicum and coriander,
this is a morning mouthful you’ll absolutely adore. Or, if you’re an
eggs-for-breakfast type of person (who isn’t?), then the Egg Brekkie Mo is for you. With roasted egg, pickles, peanut and
soy bean paste (and add pork belly for extra deliciousness) this hidden Sydney
gem is ready to be found.
And if you’re a lover of Chinese tea, then you’re in luck. Good quality Chinese tea can be hard to find outside yum cha restaurants. But Mo’st offer up a range of traditional tea options that compliment the Rou Jia Mo perfectly.
3. Cook and Archies (Surry Hills)
Tucked away in a side street of Surry Hills (like many of the best cafes throughout Sydney), Cook and Archies is a hidden gem that you should definitely make the time for.
It may be a bit odd to recommend toast from a cafe, but Cook and Archies’ Pecan and Raisin toast is here to change the preconception that toast is dry and dull. Served with ricotta and a poached pear, this is definitely not your standard ‘twice-cooked-bread’. Definitely worth a try., just don’t come running to us when you realise we’ve ruined all other toast for you for good.
After a slightly more adventurous option? The Strapatsada — Greek scrambled eggs — is another exciting option. Loaded and dripping with fresh tomato, rich feta, aromatic basil & lemon myrtle pesto, thyme, and basil salad, this is a salad you’ll want to come back to again and again.
In short, Cook and Archiled is a modern Australian cafe with a menu that will have you struggling to choose!
Each item has a unique twist. So don’t be surprised if you end up going back to try one of everything before you can choose a favourite.
4. Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore (Paddington)
On the hunt for a new book and hungry for a good breakfast?
Lucky for you, Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore has got you covered.
A hybrid between a 3-story second hand bookstore and a cafe, this is a must try for book lovers and breakfast fiends if you are ever in Paddington. Their huge book selection will have you in awe with no shortage of titles to catch your eye and spark your imagination. While the inviting and cosy environment is the ideal spot to curl up with a good coffee and an even better book – both of which are in abundance.
The only problem is you may never want to leave…
After Breakfast will do exactly what its name implies and perk you right up
after a big night out. With crispy bacon, smooth eggs, roasted field mushrooms,
gourmet lamb & rosemary sausage, potato rosti, house baked beans &
crunchy toast, you’ll be leaving feeling energised and ready for the day ahead
Not that this hidden gem only provides positively perfect plat fillers. As an affordable and mouth-watering option, the Ricotta and Pumpkin Stuffed Field Mushroom is a stand out among a menu of stand outs.
To be quite honest though, any one of the affordable breakfast options at this cute little cafe is going to leave you feeling satisfied.
5. The Thievery (Glebe)
For an epic spread of middle eastern breakfast options, head over to The Thievery this weekend.
With bottomless booze from 10am to 4pm on weekends, at just $35 a head, there’s nowhere else you’d want to spend a sunny Saturday or Sunday morning.
If you’re looking to get your fill of hearty, exciting food, It’s hard to go past the Breakfast Mezze. With a range of middle eastern delights to keep you interested throughout your entire meal, The Thievery is a delight in every way.
But, if you’re feeling hungry, the Breakfast Kebab is an absolute winner. Filled with a sujuk pattie, spicy tahini, a hash brown, caramelised onions, fried eggs and creamy goat cheese – prepare your tastebuds for an epic adventure.
Not to be confused with a pancake, the Tahini Panned Cake is fluffy on the inside, and crispy on the outside, and definitely worth your while. Served with sesame ice cream, pumpkin seeds and hazelnuts, ginger paste, burnt honey, it’s an indulgent dish that will not disappoint.
Who knew a place named ‘The Thievery’ would give you so much joy!
6. Cafe Cre Asion (Surry Hills)
Japan is known for their attention to detail and celebration of food, and this is exactly what Creasion aims to bring to Sydney.
As an ode to
Japan’s quaint coffee shops, Cre Asion offers up a range of sweet treats, all
day breakfast and an extensive list of Japanese teas.
Matcha lovers rejoice because there are plenty of options that feature our favourite green powder.
From 3 different matcha latte options, to matcha infused sweets like the matcha chiffon cake and matcha tart, you can indulge in these sweets while still holding on to the illusion of health because they’re packed full of antioxidants.
If you don’t have a
sweet tooth, don’t fret, as there are a number of options for you. The tomato,
olive, basil, avo & bocconcini sandwich is an epic combination of textures
and flavours that will have you trying to recreate it at home the next day
(it’s never quite the same, we can confirm).
But the best part of this delightful little japanese cafe? Their housemade chai and matcha lattes come served in a bowl, so prepare to feel like you are wrapped up in the warmest, cosiest hug the entire time you sit there sipping on liquid joy.
7. Zero Point Six (Alexandria)
Alexandria may be known for its eclectic mixture of cafes and eateries, however there are a number of hidden gems tucked away in this inner west foodie hub that are definitely worth the visit. And right now we’re talking about Zero Point Six.
Serving up dishes that are impossible not to share on Instagram and Facebook, Zero Point Six is found in an on-trend converted warehouse that is bright, breezy and welcoming.
Their food can be best described as colourful and modern, with a slight asian influence, and you’ll find a wide assortment of people sharing the space in harmony. Our number one recommendation for breakfast here would be the Sealy Bagel. Topped with cured salmon, avocado, poached eggs, cucumber, homemade dill dressing & tobiko – this is one you’ll want to savour.
Or, try something completely new in the form of a Moffle, a delightful cross between mochi and a waffle (yes, that’s a thing!). The Lost in Space Moffle is another standout we just had to mention; served with homemade salted egg sauce, peanut, black sesame paste, and your pick of ice cream & berries.
It’s great. As is everything at this hidden breakfast gem.
So where are you going this
Why not try something new this weekend?
It’s always good to expand your horizons, and you may actually be able to hear what your mate has to say away from the crowded cafe crowds.
The food is sure to be tasty, and you will gain some great recommendations to boost your reputation as the breakfast guru in the office.
So the only question left to answer is…how are you possibly going to choose where to go?!
Let us know your favourite hidden Sydney breakfast hotspot in the comments!
Julian Parsons is an Australian writer and a business administration student living in Sydney. He is passionate about financial data and project management. Julian enjoys photography and when he’s not studying or writing, you’ll find him outdoors capturing shots of nature.