Eat – Casual
Queens Court, 118 Queen Street, Woollahra / +61 2 9328 7997 / 7 days – 7.30am – 5pm
Though not just a breakfast restaurant, this is one of our favourite breakfasts in Sydney. We cannot go past the scrambled eggs. They are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Once you have tried them – you will understand. Incidentally, Bill Granger is one of our favourite chefs, and his cookbooks make up a large portion of our cookbook collections. Bills also has a restaurant in Darlinghurst and Surry Hills. Woollahra is our favourite for breakfast though – you can’t beat that courtyard in the sunshine. No bookings. Put your name down for a table and take a stroll down Queen Street while you’re waiting – you’ll love it.
56 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach / +61 2 9365 6044 / Mon – Fri – 7.30am – 3.30pm, Sat – Sun – 8am – 4pm, Trio Nights – Wed – Sun – 6pm – late
You just can’t beat Bondi Beach on a sunny morning. And, this place has a fab view for people watching. The food is fantastic. Service is fast and friendly. You’ll find yourself coming back here time and time again. Note: Trio is also open nights Wed – Sun.
12-16 Challis Avenue, Potts Point / +61 2 9357 1744 / Mon – Sat – 7am – 11pm, Sun – 7am – 6pm
We love this place. Italian waiters sing the menu to you with their lush Italian accents. Admittedly, we usually have no idea what they are saying, but we sit there and listen intently and begin to imagine we’re sitting in a cafe in Rome. This is not the place for your standard ‘big breakfast’. But, if you’re a ‘foodie’, you’ll be more than happy with your choices.
Frateli Paradiso website
Cafe Sopra Walsh Bay (Fratelli Fresh)
16 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay / +61 2 8243 2700 / Mon – Fri – 11am – 7pm, Sat – Sun – 10am – 7pm
Fratelli Fresh is a small chain of greengrocer/provodore’s, which we can get lost in for hours. Cafe Sopra is the attached eating place, and there are also locations in Waterloo, Potts Point and now in the city. We love Walsh Bay for lunch. You can go for a stroll around the Marina after your meal. No bookings – it gets busy – be prepared to wait for a table. But with a bottle of wine while we’re waiting – that never bothers us.
Cafe Sopra website
Ripples Milson’s Point
Olympic Drive, Milson’s Point / +61 2 9929 7722 / Mon – Sun – breakfast, lunch from 12pm, dinner from 6.30pm
Think all restaurants with a view of the Harbour Bridge are overpriced? Then, you’ve never been here. You can book for lunch, the view is to die for, and the food is reasonably priced. Nothing fancy, but good, quality food. We can never go past the fish and chips. But the best thing about this restaurant – it’s BYO – so bring that bottle of Champagne and make the most of it!
248 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst / +61 2 9357 2688 / Tues – Sat – 6pm – 9pm, Sun – 5.30 – 9.30pm
We love Vietnamese food. Phamish is a tiny, no nonsense restaurant. Sit on your plastic stool, drink your (BYO) wine out of a tumbler, and bask in the exquisite flavours of Vietnam. Two words – Duck Pancakes – dee-lish. No bookings. Insider tip: Put your name down and go and have a drink at nearby East Village Hotel (234 Palmer Street), while you wait for your table.
Bourke Street Bakery
633 Bourke Street, Surry Hills / +61 2 9699 1011 / Mon – Fri- 7am – 6pm, Sat – Sun – 8am – 5pm
Bourke Street bakery is a Sydney institution. Expect to see snaking lines of eager patrons lining up for their bakery fix. The bakery is so popular, it has now opened stores in Potts Point, Alexandria and Marrickville.
Bourke Street Bakery website