Brunch is the one thing absolutely worth getting out of bed for come Saturday morning - because getting a seat at your fave brunch table and outsourcing the avocado smash on sourdough and artisanal cup of Joe to the experts makes the weekday nine-to-five fade into a distant, fuzzy memory. And when it comes to brunching in Sydney, we've pretty much found the pot of gourmet gold at the end of the rainbow. Mouth-wateringly fresh produce, world-class chefery and the home of Bills ricotta hotcakes - our harbourside city has it all.

The food biz is always reinventing, changing and improving so when we started our brunch series back in 2015 we knew there would be an update and here it is, your 2017 guide to the five hottest brunch spots Sydney has to offer:

#1 Bills Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Bondi: 
Bill Granger's eating empire, Bills claims the well-deserved king of the weekend brunch title. Have you ever met a Bills' ricotta hotcake you didn't like? Or a signature plate of perfectly scrambled eggs that weren't mouth-wateringly good? How about the satisfying Saturday morning crunch of Bills' delicious corn cakes and bacon stack? And with three locations in Sydney covering the inner city and beachside postcodes, there's no excuse not to set your alarm for a hit of delicious Bills nosh first thing Saturday morning.

Bondi (79 Hall Street), Darlinghurst (433 Liverpool Street), Surry Hills (359 Crown Street); bills.com.au

Bills brunch

Bills fritters. Image: Anson Smart

#2 Whale Beach Deli, Whale Beach: 
The newest kid on the Northern Beaches booming brunch scene (shout out to Avalon's Relish) comes from the same kitchen genies who brought us The Boathouse. Calling on the same casual beachside vibes The Boathouse is famous for, the Whale Beach Deli is the newest go-to for hungry brunches looking for a delicious (and Insty-worthy) fix. Smoothies, mushroom and avo rolls, locally made muesli, toasted banana bread it's all here and it's all sensational.

1/231 Whale Beach Road, Whale Beach; whalebeachdeli.com.au

Whale Beach Deli

Whale Beach Deli coffee

#3 Lox Stock & Barrel, Bondi: 
This all day diner's food is so good people planning a quick fuel stop on their way down the road to Bondi Beach often don't even make it to the show-stopping seaside - it's that delicious. The menu reads like a hipster food diary (it is Bondi after all) but don't let that distract from how brilliant the brunching here is. Think: hash browns with smoked lox, eggs any way you like 'em, every toast option under the sun from sourdough rye to challah to bagel to gluten-free to panini, ancient grain granola and chia, quinoa and coconut bircher. In a word: yum.

140 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach; loxstockandbarrel.com.au

Lox Stock and Barrel brunch

Lox Stock and Barrel brunch food

#4 The Grounds, Alexandria and Sydney City (opening soon): 
A weekend morning spent brunching at The Grounds in Alexandria is a Sydney must-do. Sitting down to a killer plate of nosh amongst the greenery in the garden or in the pumping café inside feels like a trip to foodie heaven. And with the recent news The Grounds is opening a second location in the CBD it's just that little bit easier to get involved with one of their signature baked goods, freshly roasted coffee, #cleaneating seasonal green bowl or elevated take on avocado on toast.

Alexandria (Building 7A, 2 Huntley Street), City opening at the end of May (500 George Street); thegrounds.com.au

The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds brunch

#5 Burnt Orange, Mosman: 
This North Shore café covers the views with pews portion of the weekend brunch scene offering knockout harbour vistas from its wraparound verandah. And then there's the food, think: fluffy, light buttermilk pancakes, Italian fave bruschetta, eggs Bene, house-made frozen mango yoghurt layered with fresh berries, buttermilk pudding, flamed banana and toasted quinoa and chia crumble. Saturday morning never looked so delicious.

1109 Middle Head Road, Mosman; burntorange.com.au

Burnt Orange Mosman

Burnt Orange brunch

Sydney’s 5 hottest brunch spots for 2017