Find the best cafes in Sydney with our ultimate guide.

Serving your morning cup of wake-me-up and delicious, handmade pastries, brekkies, brunches and munchies, cafes are a relaxing spot to while away the morning and prepare you for the day ahead.

Of course, you could just sit back and chat with that cute, bearded barista behind the counter instead of getting on with things you are supposed to do in the day at one of these caffeine hot spots. We don’t judge. We’ve done it too. Over a well-brewed coffee, naturally.

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    See our handpicked favourite hotspots for breakfast and brunch in Newtown and Erskineville. See opening hours and top menu picks.

  • Stix Desserts, Surry Hills

    Candy coloured sticks of gelato beckon you into Stix Desserts. Grab one, dip it in your choice of sauce, and cover it with your favourite topping.

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  • The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria

    Every weekend, without fail, coffee aficionados and brunch makers line up at The Grounds of Alexandria to pay homage to its exceptional coffees and rustic breakfasts.

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  • Nixon Project, Surry Hills

    Nixon Project is Surry Hills’ answer to cheap, quality eats, in a chilled out sanctum where the coffee is strong and the music runs long into the night.

  • Two Chaps, Marrickville

    The Two Chaps behind your Sticky Chais and Blind Man brews now provide a full dining experience: vegetarian lunches, pastry desserts and quality beverages.

  • Nelson Road Tuck Shop, Bondi Junction

    Close to Bondi Junction is Nelson Road Tuck Shop, a healthy cantina of housemade breakfasts and lunches with some damn fine smoothies to kickstart your day.

  • Greenheart Espresso, Sydney CBD

    La Locanda’s Andrea Vagge and Fiona Bloomer bring us salads in the city, with not a puffy dress in sight (unless its aquamarine green).

  • Fat Rupert’s, Bondi Beach

    Bondi’s Americana tapas bar, Fat Rupert’s, is now open for lunch. That’s classic American sandwiches, packed with Fat Rupert’s killer smoked meats, from 11am.

  • Bootsdarling, Darlinghurst

    There are some places we go to and never want to leave. Bootsdarling is one of them. A chilled vibe, hearty food and just cosy enough to feel like home, Bootsdarling is everything you want in a cafe.

  • Showbox Coffee Roasters, Manly

    Good tunes aren’t the only thing on offer at Showbox Coffee Roasters. An insane range of quality coffee, cafe food turned on its head and a chilled vibe awaits.

  • Rising Sun Workshop, Newtown

    Part cafe, part ramen-bar, part workshop space – have you parted ways with Newtown’s King Street and discovered Rising Sun Workshop yet?

  • One Five Two, Darlinghurst

    Underwood Cafe may have closed for renovations, but that won’t stop them serving coffee and muffins through One Five Two, their city-based pop-up.

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    Cold drip coffee is starting to seep into Sydney. Here’s everything you need to know about cold drip coffee.

  • Shuk, North Bondi

    Shuk is all things to North Bondi locals: cafe, deli, bakery, corner store, and restaurant, all in one. Wander in for authentic Israeli flavours and the “best pancake in the world”.

  • Brewtown, Newtown

    Tucked away in an alley off Newtown’s King St is Brewtown Newtown, home to some of the best coffee in the ‘burb and mouthwatering cronuts.

  • Egg of the Universe, Rozelle

    Doubling your daily dose of wellness has never been easier with Egg of the Universe; a yoga studio and living wholefoods cafe in one.

  • Parliament on King

    Bookshelves reach for the ceilings, a record plays in the background and your servers will offer you anything from jaffles and fairy bread to hot peppermint tea. Unwind at Parliament on King today.

  • 212 Blu, Newtown

    The boys who brought us The Stables in Surry Hills bring their blend of speciality coffee and decadent brunches to the suburban streets of Newtown in their latest venture: 212 Blu.

  • Baker Bros. Espresso Bar, Sydney CBD

    Baker Bros. Espresso Bar is one of those places you could easily walk past, but you’ll be infinitely rewarded if you don’t.


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