The suburb of Darlinghurst, just south-east from Sydney’s CBD, is widely considered the city’s hub for culture, bars and food. It is also is a great central location for brunch or breakfast in Sydney. Here is our list of the best places to eat.
The Commons Local Eating House
There’s another reason for you to look forward to the weekend in Darlinghurst, and that’s the all-day brunch menu at The Commons Local Eating House. From the old Australian classic, vegemite on sourdough toast, to the sandwiches that change daily, this place provides a huge range of great brunch food. The Commons endeavors to use only ethically sourced produce, and is a supporter of the Bread and Butter Project, which supplies great fresh bread and invests its profits into baker training and employment.
The Commons Local Eating House, 32 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW, Australia, +61 2 9358 1487
Cafe, Coffee, Tea , Australian, $$$
Café Hernandez is one of the few places that are open all day and all night and it provides perfect coffee from freshly roasted coffee beans at any hour. Since opening in the early 1970s, Café Hernandez has been known as one of Sydney’s premier places for great coffee, with a range of more than a dozen different coffee blends that are roasted fresh every morning to ensure the maximum taste. The brunch selections on offer here are mainly Spanish-inspired. Afterwards, treat yourself to one of the delicious cakes, muffins or sweets.
Café Hernandez, 60 Kings Cross Rd, Potts Point NSW, Australia, +61 2 9331 2343
Third Village Coffee
Between the expertly trained baristas, producing perfectly extracted coffee every time, and the signature blend of freshly roasted coffee beans, the coffee at Third Village Coffee is nothing less than exceptional. Such excellent coffee is, of course, one of the most important ingredients to a great brunch, but it’s certainly doesn’t stop there. Third Village also serves an array of incredible breakfast and lunch options to round out and completely satisfy your perfect brunch experience.
Third Village Coffee, 80 Stanley St, Darlinghurst NSW, Australia, +61 2 9361 5826
Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
Name after the well-known vodka and tomato juice based cocktail, the name of Bloody Mary’s is a perfect fit for this café, restaurant and bar. This infamous cocktail is widely regarded as the mother of all hangover cures, and this venue takes that reputation to the next level. It offers a huge choice of breakfast and lunch options that are sure to be exactly what you need after a big night out. Or even if you haven’t had a big night the day before, hangover food is the best food, so you’re sure to enjoy it, no matter what. Don’t forget to order one of their Bloody Marys – they’ve arguably got the best ones in the city.
Bloody Mary’s, 332 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW, Australia,+61 2 9360 5568
Cafe, Italian, Australian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Coffee, Tea , $$$
After opening in 1980 as a humble cafe on Victoria Street, just down the road from King’s Cross Station, Tropicana Caffe has boomed in popularity. This is thanks to its authentic Italian-style cooking, friendly service and becoming the home of the iconic Tropfest Short Film Festival, the world’s largest short film festival. Now Tropicana Caffe has evolved into a cafe and restaurant that is open from breakfast until dinner every day of the week. It offers a wide selection of brunch options and, in true Italian-style, great coffee.
Tropicana Caffe, Top of the Town Hotel, 227 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW, Australia, +61 2 9360 9809
During the 1980s and 1990s, Darlinghurst underwent urban renewal in order to transform it from a slum and a red-light district into the cultural, cosmopolitan inner-city suburb it is today. Bills is one of the few businesses still running from this era. Having opened in 1992, this small kitchen and dining room underwent a lot of changes before becoming a breakfast and brunch hotspot in the suburb. Fresh flavors and produce are what make this cafe so popular, along with cooking techniques and different ingredients from around the world.
Bills, 433 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst NSW, Australia, +61 2 9360 9631
Restaurant, Australian, German, European, $$$
The cuisine from Central Europe is all about comfort food -warm, heavy and meaty dishes. Una’s Restaurant provides this chunky kind of cooking in Darlinghurst, and what’s on the menu is a range of choices inspired by the cuisine of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Hungary. Una’s Restaurant has a wide range of breakfast options on top of their lunch and dinner menu, which is packed full of schnitzels and German sausages.
Una’s Restaurant, 340 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW, Australia, +61 2 9360 6885