Australians won’t thank you for thinking that their national dish is the barbecue. No. That honour should go to the great Australian breakfast. With weather this good, and the prospect of a great day ahead of you, no wonder so many Australians have turned breakfast into an art form. Check out our best places for breakfast in Sydney – or brunch, if you’re not an early bird.

1) Mecca Espresso

Let’s start with a coffee. You’ll have three Mecca Espressos to choose from in town, at King Street, Alfred Street and a roastery in Chippendale. All of them are chic and modern – and all about the coffee. The waiters will explain all the options and guide you to the brew that’s exactly right for you.

2) Kepos & Co

Australia is a fascinating mix of east and west, and at Kepos the east comes to the fore. If you’re looking for a Sydney brunch that’s a little different, this place serves up a wide range of salads and breads. Hummus and falafel are staples and you simply have to order them, but beyond that anything goes. There’s even a whole menu dedicated just to teas.
5/18 Danks St, Waterloo NSW 2017

3) Pablo & Rusty’s 

You can have anything for breakfast or a Sydney brunch at P&R’s, as long as it’s green. The emphasis is on ethical produce and sustainability. A bio-generator powers the entire place, which prides itself on homemade teas and bread freshly baked on site.
161 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000

4) Fika Swedish Kitchen

Yup, you read that right. Sweden might seem far away, but Fika brings some fine Scandinavian tastes all the way to Sydney. Try egg and fish roe spread to start off your day, or how about gravlax and boiled eggs? An oven-fresh cinnamon bun along with Campos coffee will ready you for the day ahead.
5B Market Lane, Manly NSW 2095

5) Room 10

Breakfast rice, hand-crafted muesli, just-baked pastries... don’t take too long deciding if you’ve got a full day’s sightseeing ahead of you. Room 10 may seem tiny but it’s big on taste. Peruse the huge range of coffees and loose leaf teas on offer to wash it all down. 
10 Llankelly Pl, Sydney NSW 2011 

6) Left Bower

Make a pilgrimage to Sutherland's Left Bower, a cafe that's small and subtle in size, but rich in quality, community and atmosphere. Left Bower's low-key fit-out and decor intend to replicate the cosy calm vibe of a sleepy 1950's beach-side caravan park, and succeed, completing the effect with formica tables, retro crockery and souvenir teaspoons. Don't let the humble facade fool you - the dishes on offer feature a variety of exotic flavours, expertly and delicately combined to make unforgettable meals. The popular Australian pasttime of brunch offers up delights such as fresh buratta mozzarella with shaved serrano jamon and avocado on sourdough toast, served with herbed tomato salad, local EVO, wild rocket, mint, lemon and sumac. Coffee is homegrown, and skillfully prepared by Left Bower's brilliant (and friendly) baristas.
3/45 East Parade, Sutherland NSW 2232 

7) Axil Coffee & Co

Locations don’t come much better than this. You’ll kick start your day in style as you eat breakfast right on the ferry wharf, with the iconic Sydney Harbour as your backdrop. Milkshakes, muesli, eggs over easy – whatever sweets or savouries tickle your fancy, it’s probably on the menu.
Kirribilli Commuter Wharf.
Kirribilli Wharf, 1/2 Holbrook Ave, Kirribilli NSW 2061 

8) Cornersmith

Why should eating breakfast make you feel guilty? That’s not the vibe at Cornersmith, where all the dishes seem to do you more and more good as you chew. From prunes to kale, superfoods dominate the menu and they all taste super good. The emphasis is on handmade too, and the folk here even make their own honey.
314 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204

9) Kansas City Shuffle

Let’s bow out with a blow out. If you fancy pancakes for breakfast, Kansas City’s got just what the doctor ordered. An inch-thick pancake that’s so fluffy and light it almost floats off the plate. The topping is not for the faint-hearted, and certainly not for those who don’t have a sweet tooth.
195 Gloucester St, The Rocks NSW 2000