Sydney's Cafe Culture
The discerning traveler may have heard just how great Sydney's cafés are. There is no doubt that the Harbor Bridge and Opera House are impressive and a must see on your visit to Sydney, but stop a while and relax in one of its many cafés.
Australia is actually well known for its exceptional coffee and the locals really do nothing nothing better than having a late breakfast (brunch) on the weekend with at least a couple of cups of the cities finest coffee, while reading the local paper.
There are lots of great cafés where you can enjoy a good breakfast. The best place for something a little different is Kazbah at 308 Darling Street in the suburb of Balmain. You can catch the ferry over to Balmain East from Circular Quay. It really is worth the walk (or bus ride) up the hill.
You will be guided by the middle Eastern offerings here including the breakfast tagine. But you can also order fresh juices, turkish toasts and eggs. If you can get a table of 8 together then I can not recommend enough the degustation menu which is just $ 20 for a feast. You will not need to eat until that evening and you will get to try some really interesting and incredibly tasty food. Make sure you remember to book in advance though.
There are lots of great places to enjoy breakfast with a view too in Sydney. If you have the cash, try Bathers Pavilion in Balmoral near Mosman at 4 The Esplanade. You can not get much closer to the water and the view is lovely. The food is also fantastic but prices are a little steep at $ 20 a dish. It's worth it though just for that view.
What about heading to Bronte Beach near Bondi Beach? Take the 378 bus down to the beach and take your pick from the colorful strip of cafés offering a wide selection of juices, coffees and breakfasts. Afterwards, take the picturesque walk from Bronte to Bondi along the coast and be blown away by the views.
Perhaps you have heard of the famous Australian Chef, Bill Granger. He has three cafés / restaurants in Sydney and makes the best scrambled eggs in town. Choose from Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Woolhara. Get there early as you can not book.
It's hard to find a cafe in Sydney that does not do great coffee. Whilst some may look no more than a small hole in the wall, these are often the best places to get a great cup of coffee. It is such a part of the culture here that many locations attend coffee courses. For $ 150 you can learn everything you need to know about coffee, the espresso machine and how to texturise the milk.
As part of your visit to Sydney, act like a local. Kick back, relax and watch the world pass you in one of Sydney's infamous cafés.