9 unusual brunch spots in Sydney

The Sydney brunch scene is saturated with more avocado on toast than you can handle, so we’ve compiled a list of unique spots that will take your brunch game to the next level.

Saint Peter

The lemon tart at Saint Peter. Image: Sarah Han

The awarded fish eatery Saint Peter treats brunchgoers to unconventional dishes like sea urchin crumpets and fish sausage sandwiches. While it’s definitely heading more into lunch territory, it also means you can score their famous lemon tart to cap off your breakfast.
Find it here: Saint Peter, 362 Oxford St, Paddington, Sydney, Australia.

Pinto

For a traditional Japanese breakfast, make a beeline for Pinto. Order the salmon rice set, which comes with a perfectly soft boiled egg, miso soup and all the trimmings (think little bowls of natto, seaweed, or salad). And if your brunch buddy isn’t too keen on straying away from a typical Sydney brunch, there’s also avo on toast.
Find it here: Pinto, 645/40 Campbell St, Haymarket, Sydney, Australia.

Boon Cafe

Whether it’s congee or a Thai omelette, it’s brunch with a Thai twist at Boon. From 11am onwards chilli and holy basil-laden sandwiches start on the scene. Got a sweet tooth? The croissant smothered in pandan is worth the trip to Boon alone. Don’t forget to wash it down with a matcha latte or a Thai tea.
Find it here: Boon Cafe, 1/425 Pitt St, Haymarket, Sydney, Australia. 

Yellow

With its 100% vegetarian menu (and vegan options), Yellow is definitely out of the ordinary. On the weekends, brunch is equally experimental and veg-friendly with the likes of kohlrabi and celeriac gracing the menu. And even before its transformation into a vegetarian menu, the licorice bread already made a name for itself on the brunch menu.
Find it here: Yellow, 57 MacLeay St, Potts Point, Sydney, Australia. 

Cafe Rumah

The chilli pan mee at Cafe Rumah. Image: Sarah Han

If you like your breakfast Malaysian style, head to Cafe Rumah. You can’t go past the housemade kaya toast with onsen eggs, but specials like chilli pan mee are also a winner. Don’t leave without trying the made-to-order madeleines with kaya.
Find it here: Cafe Rumah, 71/73 Campbell St, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia. 

Kepos Street Kitchen

At Kepos Street Kitchen, modern Middle Eastern food is the focus. Some of Sydney’s best falafels are found here on a breakfast plate with hummus, tomato, cucumber, labneh, chilli, a soft boiled egg and sourdough.
Find it here: Kepos Street Kitchen, 96 Kepos St, Redfern, Sydney, Australia.

A1 Canteen

Curried egg at A1 Canteen. Image: Sarah Han

A newer kid on the block, A1 Canteen’s brunch staples take on curried eggs, grilled mortadella, and blood cakes. A daily selection of top notch pastries and cakes sweeten the deal.
Find it here: A1 Canteen, 2-10 Kensington St, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia.

Hong Kong Bing Sutt

French toast at Hong Kong Bing Sutt. Image: Sarah Han

While regular French toast is easy to find on plenty of Sydney cafe menus, it’s got nothing on the fluffy fried Hong Kong French toast with condensed milk at Hong Kong Bing Sutt. On the more savoury end of the spectrum, HK signature scrambled eggs on white toast or baked pork chop rice are also on offer.
Find it here: Hong Kong Bing Sutt, 8/11-15 Deane St, Burwood, Sydney, Australia.

Efendy

It’s hard to beat an all-inclusive, leisurely Turkish breakfast for only $35 per person. Efendy’s shared board of olives, cheese, dips, fruit and an assortment of bread is completed with Turkish tea or coffee.
Find it here: Efendy, 79 Elliott St, Balmain, Sydney, Australia. 

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