If you're of the mind that brekkie is the most important meal, Sydney's ready to make your day. We're competitive about our breakfasts here. From clean-eating staples like acai bowls and kale smoothies to decadent brunches of truffled French toast, there's always the chance to reach new heights of breakfast inspo. Set yourself up for success with Sydney's best breakfasts.
1. Hills Bros
Brought to you by the talented team behind Reuben Hills and the Paramount Coffee Project, Hills Bros is perhaps breakfast café numero uno in the Sydney CBD. It gives the humdrum breakfast bowl a shiny Latin-America-meets-Asia update. We need to talk about the brown rice congee with poached chicken. It's one of the café's best sellers, offering soft brown rice porridge capped with tender poached chicken and an egg. What really makes the congee so addictive though is the bacon jam lavished on top. It's all about the condiments here: banana, peanut and espresso bread comes with salted caramel butter, and the Bircher muesli with a coffee, cherry and rhubarb consommé. And for something on the lighter side, house-made raw cacao balls and seasonal cold pressed juices will rev you right up.
2. Devon Café
Like the menu at Hills Bros, fusion reigns supreme at the Devon Café thanks to the creativity of head chef Zachary Tan. The café's 'Breakfast with the Sakuma's' has reached legendary status among local foodies, combining miso grilled salmon with smoked eel croquettes, a 63-degree egg and radish salad. The Dr Seuss is possibly the most playful breakfast in Sydney. Thick-cut bacon, hash browns and an egg are dressed up with green ketchup, pea puree and edamame for a grown-up version of green eggs and ham. You'd be a fool not to say yes to Sam-I-Am here. It's not all experimental whimsy though. Basics like toast are also done very well, with a smorgasbord of options whether you like yours gluten-free with vegemite or multigrain with house-made preserves.
3. The Nine
You'll start the day with a real taste of Sydney at The Nine. This easy breezy Bondi café has a commitment to local suppliers like Field to Fork Butcher and Coffee Bondi Beach. Organic, ethical ingredients contribute to the feel-good vibes. If you're after a bit of next-level avo toast, you can't go wrong with the Coastal Avocado Smash. It's a fitting tribute to Bondi, with the avocado seasoned by salty feta and seaweed flakes, nutty tahini and a bright splash of citrus.
4. Two Good Eggs
Did you keep hitting the snooze button this morning? No worries, Two Good Eggs has your back with their all-day brekkies. Jazz it up to your liking with a long list of extras like roast tomato, sautéed spinach, double smoked ham, smoked salmon or halloumi. All the breakfast basics go the extra mile at Two Good Eggs. Buttermilk pancakes get a little something special with toppings like vanilla mascarpone and blueberry-rhubarb compote, while the 'goats on toast' features drizzled honey and goat's cheese on a slice of sour cherry fruit toast. You'd be forgiven for taking the all-day breakfast concept quite literally with choices like this.
5. Joe Black
Try a buzz-worthy brew with a cup of the cold drip coffee at Joe Black. If you're struggling to get going with your day, you can even order it blended with Canadian maple syrup or coke to give it an extra jolt. Pair the black stuff with excellent breakfast standards like eggs benny or crunchy granola muesli. And when you've woken up with a serious appetite, you can't go wrong with the slow cooked pork belly panini.