Sydney takes its coffee seriously and long, weekend brunches are encouraged.
Kitchen By Mike is part café/part canteen style restaurant set in a funky warehouse. Take a plate and pick what you want from platters piled high with fresh seasonal produce. Greedy breakfast options, amazing salads, pork belly to die for and delicious home made cakes and desserts. Worth the queue.
85 Dunning Ave, Roseberry (02/ 980 0999 www.koskela.com.au
The Boat House is the coolest, laid back place to enjoy breakfast overlooking Palm Beach. You queue to place and pay for your order, grab a table or put out a picnic rug on the front lawn and enjoy fresh modern Australian cuisine. Very popular with the locals.
Barrenjoey Boathouse, Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach 2108 (02) 9974 3868 www.theboathousepb.com.au
Three Blue Ducks is café by day and smart casual diner by night. Delicious breakfast fare and coffee and a firm favourite with the locals. Pop up the road to Sonoma bakery (www.sonoma.com.au) to take some bread home for later then head down to the beach.
143 Macpherson St, Bronte (02) 9389 0010 www.threeblueducks.com
Jellyfish Café opposite Manly beach is perfectly located to serve the surf hungry and laid back locals. Go for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Just don’t let on I told you!
Shop 5, 93-95 North Styne, Manly (02) 9977 4555 www.jellyfishmanly.com
Feeling Thirsty? Give one of these local favourites a try.
Sticky is one of those secret laneway bars that may be hard to find but is lots of fun when you do. Charming staff, delicious cocktails, wine and beer all served in an upstairs space above dinner-party restaurant Table for 20.
Level 2, 182 Campbell Street, Surry Hills (0416) 096916 www.tablefor20.blogspot.com.au
The Victoria Room is the place for serious cocktails (or high tea no less) with a backdrop of British Colonial elegance. Theme nights and live music add to the fun.
Level 1, 235 Victoria St, Darlinghurst (02) 9357 4488 www.thevictoriaroom.com
The Wine Library is the perfect place to pull up a bar stool, order a plate of charcuterie and enjoy a selection of fine wines.
18 Oxford Street, Woollahra 2025 (02) 9360 5686
Palmer & Co is a laneway bar with a speakeasy feel. Hard core cocktails and a selective crowd make this a stylish spot for a CBD drink.
Abercrombie Lane, Sydney 2000