Sydney brunch hit list – bring on the summer!

Brunch is my favourite meal, period. Particularly in Sydney, where you are spoilt for great cafes that really make you appreciate the city’s beauty. Given we are already a month into Spring, I thought I should put together a list of 5 new places to try over the coming months – this list is a combination of inspiration from friends who have recommended great places or just places I’ve read about but haven’t yet got around to trying.

The Boathouse, Balmoral (photo courtesy of them)

The Boathouse, Balmoral (photo courtesy of them)

1. The Grounds, Alexandria: yes, that’s right, I still haven’t been. But for good reason – this place is always packed, with wait times of around 1 hour on weekends. Who wants to wait 1 hour just to have some brekky? I guess many and there’s a reason why The Grounds has won many awards since opening, including best cafe of the year. I’m intrigued to see how the food, coffee and literally “the grounds” can be so good as to justify a 1 hour wait time.

2. The Boathouse, Balmoral: for me, brunch in Balmoral has to date been synonymous with the Bathers Pavilion. However, I am super excited to hear about a new entrant to the scene in Balmoral – The Boathouse, which is brought to you by the folks from The Boathouse, Palm Beach and Moby Dick’s, Whale Beach. Located in the old boatshed, BB looks absolutely stunning and full of character. Cannot wait to try!

3. Panama House, Bondi: two words – heuvos rancheros!! Heuvos rancheros is my favourite breakfast dish of all time, picked up while I was in the US. Fairly uncommon in Australia, it’s basically eggs, black beans, salsa, guacamole and a tortilla all in one – divine goodness! I’ve heard Panama House does a mean one, perfect with their Panama Mary (yes, their bloody mary).

4. Three Blue Ducks, Bronte: I was unfortunate enough to have walked into TBD a couple of weeks ago on (i) a Monday on one of the rainiest days this year and (ii) missed breakfast (I think only lunch is available on Mondays). I was so bummed that I decided I didn’t want to compromise my first experience there, so left with the intent of returning on a perfect sunny day on the weekend so I can enjoy their renowned brekky in peace. Now, I just need to find that perfect day…

5. Bird and Bear Boathouse, Elizabeth Bay: now, this is a cafe that has come up in many different conversations. People love the view!! However, I have heard one or two people complain about the food. Still, I’m curious to see what all the fuss is about – in my opinion, in Sydney we are spoilt for places with great views so no view can justify average food. Stay tuned.


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