The hottest brunches in Sydney

From gourmet spreads to eggs different ways, all with a side of great coffee, these are the best Sydney spots for a laid-back brunch.

Man pouring coffee into a tea cup.
  • Emily Lloyd-Tait
  • October 2018

Harry’s Bondi

They run a tight ship at this beach café. Service is swift and people are seated in record time for such a popular spot. Breakfast walks a fine line between healthy (chilled quinoa porridge) and delicious (blueberry ricotta hotcake). If you want a treat, order an artisan icy pole for dessert.

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Dead Ringer

From 11am on weekends, head to this Surry Hills restaurant for a boozy brunch that raises the bar for morning dining (we’re talking slow-roasted chicken or a savoury ricotta tart with capsicum and olives). To taste a bit of everything, opt for the AUD $39 six-course set menu. Add bottomless mimosas for an extra AUD $30 per person.

Lemon juice being squeezed onto a prawn dish.
You can find a gourmet set menu brunch at Dead Ringer in Surry Hills.


This Canberran coffee roaster has set up a café in Marrickville where seven grinders ensure the perfect blend for your milk, black or pour-over coffee. They also sell Short Stop doughnuts (try the gingerbread and sticky date), a rye waffle with orange mascarpone and drool-worthy toasties.

Darlo Country Club

For something a bit different to scrambled eggs and bacon, this Darlinghurst bar does a set menu for brunch from 11.30am on Saturdays, with six courses of share plates that include salmon gravlax and bagels. There’s also a roving cocktail trolley – time to embrace the morning Martini. Dress up but be warned: this is a very generous gastronomic offering so don’t wear anything too tight. You want to make it to the Nutella French toast, don’t you?


There’s a reason this is a Sydney brunching institution – no-one does a quintessential brunch better than Bills. With locations in Bondi, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, you have no excuse not to get your hands sticky with the ricotta hotcakes, fill up on corn fritters and coconut bread or toss back a Bloody Mary.

Bills is a Sydney brunch institution.

Palace Chinese

Not after eggs? Sydney is a yum cha town – fill your morning with dumplings at this traditional restaurant.