Our ‘Where to Eat’ Guide
At Freelance Shoes, we’re all about experiencing the best cafes that Sydney has to offer. And while we’re obsessed with shoes, the other love in life tends to rotate around brunch.
Here is our list of the 5 best Sydney cafes for brunch. We can assure you that we’ve taste tested all of these (and they’ve passed with flying colours!).
1. Sub-Station, Alexandria.
This is one electrical substation that has definitely not gone unnoticed. No. 124 on McEvoy Street underwent a major renovation to become the trendy and boutique coffee spot that is has now turned into. Sub-Station Cafe is a perfect oasis from its industrial surroundings, and features the best of the inner west vibes: an open kitchen with industrial light globes, vintage advertisements, vertical gardens, canteen-style counters, and cosy courtyards.
Our brunch tip? You can’t go wrong with ‘the big one’. It’s an amazing spread of tomato, avocado, ricotta, ham off the bone, free range eggs, and a paddle board Luxe Bakery’s sourdough toast. Yummmm.
Address: 124 McEvoy Street, Alexandria.
2. Flower Child Cafe, Brookvale.
Inspired by The Grounds of Alexandria, the Flower Child Cafe team has now expanded to a second location at Westfield Warringah. The same vibes that made them famous are still around — and amplified; this new venue doesn’t just feel like it is outside, it actually is.
The whole menu here is centred around the notion of brunch, and is the perfect place to gather with the girls on those sometimes-rough Saturday mornings. We recommend Nik Jovicki’s French toast, with banana mascarpone, dark chocolate crumb, fresh berries, and salted toffee. It’s honestly one of the best things we’ve ever put in our mouths.
Address: 145 Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale.
3. 1989 Kitchen & Arcade, Newtown.
What’s better than combining food with arcade games? Uh, nothing? This is a brunch that any partner will enjoy coming along to; immerse yourself in those classic childhood days when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons, and Street Fighter II reigned supreme.
We recommend ‘The Carnivore’: crispy fried chorizo, bacon, pulled pork beans, two poached eggs, whole grilled field mushrooms, roasted tomato, potato rots, and homemade baba ghanoush served with sourdough toast and butter! (Honestly, it’s heaven).
While you’re at it, try to nail a high score. You’ll get a free coffee (and it’s really, really good).
Address: 22-24 King Street, Newtown.
4. Three Blue Ducks, Roseberry.
You’ll be amazed as soon as you walk into the Three Blue Duck’s Roseberry location. It’s grand — to put it lightly. Imagine: concrete floors, enormous dining spaces, courtyards, exposed bricks, beams, and garage roller doors (we’re obsessed with them at the moment). Its basically, a super luxurious garden shed that offers some of Sydney’s best brunch.
We recommend the Poke Bowl: cucumber, avocado, radish, kimchi, brown rice, seaweed, soy & soft egg. And if you’re feeling super luxurious you can even add some raw kingfish.
Address: 85 Dunning Avenue, Roseberry.
5. Two Chaps, Marrickville.
Two Chaps is located behind a garage roller door. You read that right. Sydney has become all about taking advantage of unorthodox places that might previously have remained unused or abandoned.
Originating in the Blue Mountains, Two Chaps has moved into an industrial Marrickville neighbourhood, and features: vast brick walls, colourful murals, hanging bikes, and scattered milk crates (of course). The menu may not be the most extensive, but the philosophy at Two Chaps is all about quality over quantity. The menu changes on a daily basis depending on the local produce that is on offer.
Our recommendations? Everything. None of it will disappoint.
Address: 122 Chapel Street, Marrickville
Tried these amazing places or have other brunch cafes to recommend? Comment below and let’s talk food!