Where are you taking your Mum to breakfast this Mother's Day? Hint: you’ll find your answer here.
What is it about Mother's Day and taking your Mum out to breakfast? It just works. It feels right. And not least because breakfast is the greatest meal of the day…
Mother's Day falls on 13 May this year, which means you still have a bit of time to plan how you're going to spend it. We've compiled a guide to the best of the best breakfasts in Sydney to take her to this Sunday.
She might be disappointed in your life choices, career, significant other, and dress sense the other 364 days of the year, but she won't be disappointed in your choice of breakfast. Winning!
BONUS: Why not surprise mum by picking her up in a swanky car? Uber can take to and from your brekky spot without blowing your breakfast budget.
Bondi and the Eastern Beaches
It's a big, breezy establishment that's got the whole shebang: cafe, bakery, deli, and grocery. On the more traditional end of Shuk's breakfast menu you have silky smooth eggs and fresh ocean trout, while the more daring favours a few variations of the Israeli classic: shakshuka. Perfect for mid morning brunching.
Address: 2 Mitchell St, North Bondi
You have to love a place that has a dedicated brunch menu. Offerings here are along the lines of avo on toast, gluten-free muesli bowls and full Hardware breakfasts of eggs, bacon and hash brows. Go all out and grab a cocktail or two, because who says breakfast can't be boozy?
Address: 39 Hall St, Bondi
A classic that cannot be overlooked, Three Blue Ducks now takes bookings for breakfast so if you're set on starting her day right book a spot so you can walk straight on in and into your feast of granola, housemade vegemite, corn fritters and spanner crab.
If you're up for a cheeky one with mum, Three Blue Ducks starts shaking up mimosas, bloody Mary's and coolers from 10am.
Address: 141-143 MacPherson St, Bronte
Definitely not your traditional breakfast, these guys are all about the healthy twists; here pancakes are made with peas, and served with avocado, feta and mint.
The place has that rustic vibe that seems to just make the food taste twice as good.
Address: 17/110 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi
Bootsdarling does all day breakfast, so you can tick getting up early off the list. It's a quaint joint with hearty food and quality coffee, where an open kitchen means watching somebody else poach your eggs and slice your bacon.
Actually, Bootsdarling is a touch more exciting than your average cafe; we'd recommend the Boots Baked Eggs for feta, flaked almonds, and mint with your eggs and baked beans.
Address: 333 South Dowling St, Darlinghurst
More and more venues might be emulating their mode of paddock-to-plate but we could never forget about The Grounds. Who could, when you have a wholesome and rustic menu to choose from, rich coffee to down, and a petting zoo to fawn over?
Address: Building 7A, 2 Huntley St, Alexandria
Camperdown's hidden gem finds itself moments from Parramatta Road but world's away from the busy street. Its a dining space coupled with pocket city farms allowing for a farm-to-table experience right before your eyes.
Call it one of The Grounds' competitions. Call it somewhere new to try. Call it a place for mum on Mother's Day with a la carte and set menus dripping with house baked breads, autumn risottos, cured salmon and more available for the pickings.
Booking are essential and kids are welcomed.
Address: 31A Mallett St, Camperdown
If your Mum fits into the "loves Chai tea" category, you'll have to take her along to Two Chaps. (Don't worry, coffee fits into the equation, too.)
Here, you've got a seasonally driven menu that changes daily, so come in with an open mind – just don't expect any meat. In need of a present? Pick up a bag of their coffee and chai to take home with you.
Address: 122 Chapel St, Marrickville
The Stables' new offering in Newtown is swiftly gaining a separate, loyal clientele since opening earlier this year, with locals popping in for steaming hot coffee and smashed avocado breakfasts. If your Mum is more inclined to eat in the great outdoors, ask 212 Blu for a picnic pack and take breakfast down to Camperdown Memorial Park.
Address: 212 Australia St, Newtown
The only thing you won't find here is a boring breakfast. Toast comes with myrtle cured ocean trout, eggs come with free-range braised pork, charred corn succotash and you're more likely to find smoked chilli and chorizo in the brekkie roll than bacon.
Stand out coffee is, of course, de rigueur.
Address: 43 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville
Aside from eating in one of the most beautiful spaces in Sydney, you'll be dining on a top quality breakfast that's still within price range.
The buttermilk pancakes are an indulgence worth spoiling her with, while corn fritters, acai bowl and shakshuka make up the healthier end of the menu.
Address: 2a The Esplanade, Mosman
Surrounding by bushland, right on the water? Yep, you'll actually forget you're in Sydney. Bring your dog (they're pooch friendly) and if it's a chilly morning, warm up with the heaters and steaming hot coffee – and maybe a walk on the beach afterwards.
Address: 15 Normac St, Roseville
Salvage is breathing new life into Wilkes Ave. Tables spill outside, and eating is a little more gourmet than your average breakfast.
If there's a short wait for a table, grab a (standout) coffee, and chill on a bench nearby.
Address: 5 Wilkes Ave, Artarmon
Early risers can hit Fika Swedish Kitchen up from the crack of dawn AKA 7am to get their coffee and brekky fix. Those less akin to the morning rise can tuck into the all day menu which runs until 3:30pm after which you'll be hitting up a dinner joint nearby, no doubt.
It turns out the Swedish have excellent taste in breakfast, with dill and lemon mayo in their toasts and quinoa, coconut and lingonberry dust in the porridge. Yum.
Address: 5b Market Lane, Manly
Feature image: Fika Swedish Kitchen
The name might confuse you, but these guys do a mean breakfast as well as top quality vino.
Its speciality is toasties (our pick is the chicken mayo) but there's enough of the egg and toast variety to keep everyone satisfied.
Address: 8-13 South Steyne, Manly
Unless it's actually raining, there's no better way to spend a morning than in the company of a steaming hot espresso and quinoa bircher on The Boathouse's deck. (And your Mum, of course.) Feeling decadent? Go for the croissant French toast instead. Yes, it's a thing.
Address: Governor Phillip Park, Sydney
Just the thought of Bourke Street Bakery can send mouths salivating. Think of the soft and flaky croissants, the flavoursome tarts and the warm sausage rolls... you're practically there right now, aren't you?
The Parramatta outfit is on the outskirts of the eating district and is just minutes from Westfield Parramatta and Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Italian restaurant. Give in your cravings: make it a day of catching up with mum with brunch at Bourke Street Bakery and dinner at Jamie's. You know you want to.
Address: 1/186-190 Church Street, Parramatta
Parramatta's worst kept coffee secret opens its doors at 8am on Sundays. Be there early before all the other children wishing to treat their coffee fiend mums to possible the BEST coffee in the West.
Worst case scenario, head down the road to its sister cafe: Three Ropes. The coffee is just as good.
Address: 21 Wentworth Street, Parramatta
When XS (excess) is in order, XS Espresso Lunch and Belgian Dessert Bar will do the trick. The cafe is renowned for bringing the "freakshake" to the West and changes its flavours often. Before you attempt to take on the phenomenally constructed desserts, tuck into some of their delicious coffee and food offerings which include a signature XS chicken burger and crepes.
Now, to the freakshakes!
Address: 9a /1183-1187 The Horsley Dr, Wetherill Park (also now open in Parramatta)
Mother's Day breakfasts and morning tea activities
Gourmet Harbourside breakfast from RedBalloon
Treat your mum with a gourmet hot breakfast whilst enjoying the stunning view of Darling Harbour.
Hotel stays with breakfast and wine from Groupon
Give your mum a break with an overnight stay at Coogee Bay Hotel. Includes breakfast and a bottle of wine.
All-day breakfast with coffee from Groupon
Celebrate right with an all-day breakfast menu that you can choose at The Arch, Darlinghust.
Chandon breakfast by the Harbour from RedBalloon
Start the day with a sumptuous breakfast for two at Chandon and enjoy the beautiful view of Cockle Bay Wharf Darling Harbour.