Throw in a solid smoothie selection, a water view (or an industrial fit-out) and a menu of both healthy and not-so-healthy options (what we feel like depends on the night before, you see) and we're very happy brunchers indeed.
In Sydney we're spoilt for choice when it comes to breakfast dining, so we can afford to be picky. No Sydneysider worth their Bassike tee hasn't tried the ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter at brunch institution Bills, or sampled the wholesome delights of The Grounds while catching up with on-site pig Kevin Bacon. Those staples aside, there's a bevy of other brunch options that are well worth waking up early for. So, in no particular order and after much research (and a few too many cronuts), here they are: the five best Sydney brunch spots.
1. Porch & Parlour, Bondi
At risk of rivalling the country's most iconic beach for attention, Porch & Parlour always draws a crowd for its fresh fare and laidback vibe. Perch at the centre bar and choose from the wholesome Green Breaky Bowl, $17, a mix of kale, spinach, quinoa, herbs, eggs and avocado, or Scrambled Tofu, $17, with semi-dried tomato, basil, spinach, red onion and hummus. The coffee is Will & Co, there are plenty of smoothie options and fresh coconuts to boot - everything you need for a virtuous start to the weekend.
17/110 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi; porchandparlour.com
2. Bread & Circus, Alexandria
Suffer from the sweet or savoury dilemma every time you see a breakfast menu? Bread & Circus caters for both palates, with an almost equal sweet/savoury split. The menu changes daily at this hole-in-the-wall wholefoods canteen, but a good feed is always guaranteed. Currently on offer: Foxy Autumn Porridge, $15, organic rolled oats with baked pears in syrup, crunchy granola and hazelnuts and an optional dollop of organic clotted cream and Parmesan Not-So-Scrambled Eggs, $20, with fresh chilli or truffle oil, avocado, baby spinach, tomato and sourdough. Added bonus? Juices are cold-pressed on site.
21 Fountain Street Alexandria; breadandcircus.com.au.
3. The Boathouse, Palm Beach and Balmoral
Heading north? You can't miss The Boathouse - either at Balmoral, Palm Beach or the soon-to-open Shelly venue. The menu might be simple but the views are simply unbeatable, whichever location you choose - each is positioned right on the shoreline. Try the Boathouse Muesli, $18, mixed with coconut yoghurt, almond milk and fruit, or the Salmon Eggs, $24, served with beetroot pancakes, pate and watercress. Post brunch, why not pick up a bunch of fresh flowers out front?
Barrenjoey Boathouse, Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach or 2 The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach; theboathousepb.com.au.
4. Yellow, Potts Point
Housed in a historic building that was once an art gallery home to the works of John Olsen and Brett Whiteley, Yellow delivers a sophisticated brunch experience - but not so much that you have to change out of your boyfriend jeans. There's always a tempting array of pastries and tarts, as well as heartier savoury dishes, such as Baked Eggs with Chorizo and Spiced Yoghurt, $17. Try the Toasted Licorice Bread with fresh cultured butter, $8, washed down with a watermelon and mint frappe or a fresh peach iced tea.
57 Macleay St, Potts Point; yellowsydney.com.au.
5. Three Blue Ducks, Bronte
Matt Moran is a fan, and it's easy to see why: just up the hill from the beautiful Bronte beach, Three Blue Ducks is a mecca for foodies Sydney-wide. Expect a slightly more refined take on standard cafe fare, from the coconut and lime rice pudding with strawberries, rhubarb, amaranth, chia and brazil nut crumble, $18, to the scrambled eggs with black sausage, dill, cucumber yoghurt salad and red currant jam, $22. The emphasis here is on sustainably sourced produce, with many ingredients picked straight from the on-site kitchen garden.
141-143 Macpherson St, Bronte; threeblueducks.com.