Weird and Quirky Cafes in Sydney, Australia

The Grounds of Alexandria interior
The Grounds of Alexandria interior | © The Grounds
Tom Smith

Fancy your morning cuppa with a dash of personality? Then pop into one of these quirky cafes. From comic books and contemporary art to decommissioned incinerators and vegan delis, grab a coffee at these weird and wonderful brunch spots around Sydney.

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The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds of Alexandria interior

This mega-cafe is a Sydney institution, and its quirkiness is key to its popularity. Occupying a heritage-listed industrial precinct in the inner-city suburb of Alexandria, the Grounds is made up of a huge cafe, restaurant, bar, garden, bakery, patisserie, coffee roastery, markets, florist and even an animal farm, which is home to resident pig Kevin Bacon, pony Turbo, and goats Goldy Horn and Margoat Robbie.

View from Celsius Coffee Co

Plenty of Sydney establishments boast about harbour views, but this cafe truly delivers. Attached to the Kirribilli ferry wharf on the leafy Lower North Shore, Celsius literally floats above Sydney Harbour, making this postage-stamp-sized eatery one of the city’s most unique brunch spots. Squeeze into one of the window seats for uninterrupted vistas of the water to go with your cappuccino and scrambled eggs.

Little Lord

Little Lord interior

Having brunch at this Camperdown cafe feels a bit like popping over for tea at your grandma’s house, if her interior designer was Wes Anderson. With pastel pink walls and retro 1950s furniture as the backdrop, Little Lord has embraced a meat-free food menu in 2018, displaying its ever-changing selection of dishes on chalkboards at the counter. Oh, and the service is always as friendly as your grandma’s, too.

The Incinerator

This architectural landmark was designed by famed Australian architect Walter Burley Griffin in the 1930s before being decommissioned in 1967, then revived as a cafe only four years ago. These days, tables in the shadow of the venue’s distinctive peaked roof are hot property among North Shore locals – the Incinerator plates up a lengthy menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner options.

Shift Eatery

Think a deli needs meat products? Think again. Shift Eatery is Sydney’s first vegan deli, aiming to change minds about plant-powered food one plate at a time. Shift serves a huge range of meat-free products – sandwiches, health bowls, vegan meats, cheeses, ice cream, chocolates, the list goes on – complemented by an impressive speciality drinks menu, including coffee from Marvell Street and tea from Tea Craft.


Sydney’s original cat cafe doesn’t just give visitors the opportunity to make some new feline friends – Catmosphere partners with two rescue groups to not only care for displaced cats, but also find them a new home. This Surry Hills establishment offers a series of different experiences – kittens, movies, and even yoga – as well as coffee, of course, in 30-minute or one-hour stays.

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