Hidden away in the backstreets of Paddington, Underwood Café offers rustic, home-cooking, from freshly baked pastries to bacon and egg rolls. In short, this café is nothing less than an excellent place to go for a great late-morning feed. The outdoor terrace offers a great space to dine, decorated with foliage and rustic-style lamps, but if the weather isn’t to your liking, you can go inside, where the atmosphere is relaxed, warm and secluded from Paddington’s hustle and bustle.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8am-4pm
Watch out for: traditional rustic themed décor
Open sixteen hours a day, seven days a week, Micky’s offers an excellent breakfast menu that includes freshly squeezed juices and great yogurt or ice-cream based smoothies. A range of different cuisines from around the world are included on this menu, from French to Mexican and even Japanese, as well as your classic breakfast favourites. If you were worried that you wouldn’t be able to get those pancakes you’ve been craving, don’t stress, because the breakfast menu runs all the way til 5pm.
Micky’s, 268 Oxford St, Paddington NSW, Australia +61 2 9361 5157
Ampersand Café and Bookstore
Cafés have become more than just a place to get a coffee and maybe a bite to eat, they have become spaces to hang out in, where you can relax and read a book, study or get some work done. Ampersand Café & Bookstore takes this philosophy one step further, as both a café and a bookstore, this is the ultimate location to chill-out, reflect and start your morning on the right page.
Sonoma Café is a place where you can find traditionally produced, great tasting fresh bread. This bakery and café is open every morning to provide tasty fresh food that ensures you have a healthy, nutritious breakfast option. On top of the breakfast menu, the café also offers great coffee to give you that morning kick-start, and don’t forget to check out the fresh desserts and pastries, baked on premises.
Sonoma Café, 241 Glenmore Rd, Sydney NSW, Australia +61 2 9331 3601
On the edge of Paddington and Darlinghurst is a café that doesn’t adhere to the modern trends of contemporary chic cafés. Instead, Bootsdarling focuses on simplicity, a passion for good food and love for great coffee. The baristas’ skill for brewing excellent coffee along with the great, classic brunch food from the kitchen are two assets in this café’s arsenal that are more important than any fancy light fixtures or mahogany table-tops.
Bootsdarling, 333 South Dowling St, Darlinghurst NSW, Australia +61 421 181 534
Located across from the 19th century Army barracks, which is now open to the public as a war museum, is Jackies Café. Split up into two areas, the outdoor area mixes modern, uniform furniture with rustic, bricked walls, while the indoor space brings that same aesthetic inside. On top of the wide selection of traditional breakfast foods, Jackies also provides sushi, prepared on premises and a great selection of soul-warming lunch dishes.
Jackies Café, 1c Glenmore Road, Paddington NSW, Australia +61 2 9380 9818
In the heart of Paddington, providing great espresso coffee every day of the week, Tiger Mottle is a casual spot for a late breakfast. Three things are important here: food, coffee and music. At Tiger Mottle, you’ll be able to chill out while listening to some cool tunes coming from the turntable. That’s right, you won’t find CDs here, only authentic vinyl records playing, while you enjoy your great breakfast and double ristretto coffee.
Tiger Mottle, 248 Glenmore Rd, Paddington NSW, Australia +61 402 520 516