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9 Beautiful Places to Brunch as the Seasons Change

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by Katherine Thomas (subscribe)
Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Published April 6th 2014
Waterfront, wood tones, indoor gardens and more
They say we eat with our eyes; and as they days get colder the motivation to get out from under the covers seems to dwindle. So why not make sure that your brunch location is as beautiful as the food.

Here are 9 of Sydney's most beautiful brunch locations that won't lose their charm despite the weekends losing their heat:

1) Dunbar House – Watson's Bay.

The charm of an old-school manor house only grows in Autumn and Winter. Rising out of the foreshore park just behind the Watson's Bay wharf is iconic Dunbar House. Popular for weddings and celebrations alike, you don't need to be a bride to enjoy the culinary delights. The Dunbar House café offers breakfast from 8am to 12pm. Despite the grandeur of the venue, brunch prices are extremely reasonable so you'll leave feeling like you've lashed out without breaking the purse strings. Offerings range upwards from $10 for your standard 2 eggs and toast up to $18 for Alaskan crab omelette.

Dunbar House, beautiful breakfast, brunch Sydney
Dunbar House is a picturesque location for brunch


2) Gin Garden; Establishment – 252 George Street

Now whilst many are aware of Establishments evening appeal, few realise that this Merivale venue serves up a smacking good breakfast! The goodies start from $7 a piece (Bircher muesli with lychee and maple crème fraiche) and go upwards to $21 for Eggs Benedict with salmon ceviche. All in all the menu is varied, inviting and reasonably priced, and once inside the designer garden with its glass roof you can enjoy the feeling of being outdoors indoors!

Gin Garden, garden brunch, Sydney, breakfast
Dine in the outdoors, indoors at Establishment's Gin Garden


3) The Commons; 32 Burton Street, Darlinghurst

If the weather is cold and you want to disappear for the day then there is nowhere more inviting than The Commons in Darlinghurst. Wrought from sandstone the intoxicating décor entices you to linger The breakfast and brunch menu is seriously extensive and caters to those who fancy the lunch style fare over traditional brekkie items. From lamb salad and risotto to eggs Florentine, panna cotta, beef hash and even a haloumi stack there's something for everyone! Unlike some of the other venues listed here breakfast is available until 3pm so enjoy a bit longer under the duvet; you won't need to rush until your stomach dictates!

The Commons, brunch, breakfast darlinghurst, beautiful
Beautiful relaxed brunch at The Commons


4) The Botanic Gardens Restaurant
Many are aware that one of Sydney's premier function venues lies within Sydney's most beautiful gardens; the Botanic Gardens Restaurant. Popular for weddings, parties and corporate affairs it's little thought of as a breakfast venue. But what a venue! Open for breakfast 9.30 to 11.30 on Saturdays and Sundays, the Gardens make a gorgeous backdrop as you breath in the scents of fauna and flora at its best. There is great diversity in the menu with croissants, sautéed cherry tomatoes and persian feta on toast right down to salmon with salsa verde. All items come in well under the $20 mark so get your wellies on and enjoy a leisurely morning in the gardens with fantastic service.

Buttermilk pancakes with raspberry compote amidst the fauna at Botanic Gardens cafe
Buttermilk pancakes with raspberry compote amidst the fauna at Botanic Gardens cafe


5) Plonk Beach Café - Ferguson's Boatshed Marina, Spit Bridge Mosman

No matter the season it's always lovely to sit by the water watching the boats bob up and down. There are few locations in Sydney that can beat Plonk Beach café in terms of serenity and sensational food. Breathtaking views, colourful décor, tasty food and upbeat service make this a gem. Breakfast options range between $7 and $20 and offer some items to deviate away from the usual eggs, toast and muesli fare including spring onion & sweet corn fritters with hollandaise! Breakfast is available until 11am, the lunch menu kicks in at midday.

Plonk Beach Cafe, brunch Mosman, beautiful brunch, affordable waterfront dining
Head to Plonk Beach Cafe for water views


6) 1888 Hotel – Pyrmont

You don't have to be a hotel guest to enjoy the stylish surrounds of the best boutique hotel in Pyrmont; just visit for breakfast! 1888 Eatery and Bar has all the romanticism of the hotel for a fraction of the price offering numerous breakfast options from $5 baked goods right up to a contintental breakfast buffet with accompanying eggs on toast with coffee included! Our pick of the litter is the 1888 vegetarian big breakfast which has wilted spinach, goats cheese, avocado, potato hash, tomatoes, cooked beans and eggs for $18. Exposed wood, luscious Chesterfields and dramatic lighting complete the experience, we guarantee you won't want to leave so at least there are rooms close by!

1888 Pyrmont
The rustic tones of 1888 will warm your heart in winter


7) The Treehouse – North Sydney

North Sydney residents cheered the day The Treehouse came to town. Finally a local venue had caught up with the nostalgic and fanciful décor that so populated the East! Saturday brunch served 8am-3pm is the perfect time to visit as you escape the evening crowds and the accompanying price jumps. With menu items such as Tuscan baked eggs with chorizo, mushrooms and ciabatta clocking in at $19.50, Avocado on sourdough with lemon at $10.50 or simple croissants at the $5.50 point, there's so much to like and nothing not to! Located next to North Sydney's Greenwood plaza ensures you can make it from train to table in less than 10 minutes; just perfect if inclement weather is forecast!

Treehouse hotel, North Sydney, brunch Sydney, beautiful
Beautiful inside dining option at Treehouse North Sydney


8) Anvil Coffee Co – Kirribilli

Located directly next to the Kirribilli wharf is the Anvil Coffee Co, a small boutique café with a small but perfected offering of brunch items. The kitchen is open between 8am and 3pm on weekends (7am midweek), with the venue shutting at 4pm. The ambience of the busy kitchen mingles with the serenity of the surrounding water to create a restful yet awakening experience. The coffee is strong, the cakes are delightful and even better they have plenty of gluten free offerings. If you're more of a luncher than a breakfaster there's a house cheeseburger for $12, and if you love your morning eggs well they have buttered Arabian eggs for $16. Rain or sun it's a beautiful ambience so don't be dissuaded when you can't see it from the street, make your way down to the wharf and you won't be disappointed.

Anvil coffee, Kirribilli brunch, Kirribilli wharf, coffee
Brunch on the water at Anvil


9) Simmer on the Bay cafe– Dawes Point

If the weather is fine there are few places on the harbour that are more perfect for a breakfast treat than Simmer on the Bay café. Nestled amongst the wharves is a boutique open air servery offering wholesome foods at great prices. Breakfast options include the humble bacon and egg roll $7, mini pan breakfast along with other traditional options. A healthy extras menu means you can customise your meal to your hearts content. The décor is weather beaten French chic, think riviera come to the harbour. Obviously not a great wet-weather option; we suggest you reserve this quaint café for days when the weather is fine, coffee will warm your insides whilst a good scarf will warm the outside!

Simmer is a slice of continental Europe on our harbour
Simmer is a slice of continental Europe on our harbour
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Your Comment
All the venues look stunning. They each have their individual style, but all feel very country and welcoming.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12030) 1629 days ago
Fab article Katherine! Looking forward to trying a few places I didn't know existed in our beautiful city.
by ROF (score: 2|313) 1626 days ago
Nice work on the article :)
by RC (score: 3|1221) 611 days ago
Thanks for the great feedback guys - really nice of you! Love exploring new places so always good if you can share the good ones with other people!
by Katherine Thomas (score: 1|22) 1626 days ago
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