Sydney is a city that takes brunch very seriously and there’s one item that absolutely must feature on the menu: pancakes. From your humble breakfast stack to super over-the-top creations, there is no dearth of options if you’re looking to get your hands on these thick slabs of delicious buttery goodness. March 1 is ‘Shrove Tuesday’ or ‘Pancake Day’ giving us just the excuse to head out and gorge on some of these brilliant pancakes around town. Whether you like yours drowning in maple syrup or with a big helping of fruit and bacon, these 9 pancake spots around town are a must-visit.
1. Gram Cafe & Pancakes
Gram’s three-tiered, souffle-style Japanese pancakes are some of the most sought after in the city and rightfully so. Customers can choose from eight sublime varieties including mochi pancakes, French toast, and the new savoury favourite, the Benedict. Gram has recently opened a new branch at The Galeries but be ready to wait your turn to get your hands on these bad boys because the cafe is almost always packed.
Find all the details about Gram on their official website.
2. Pancakes on the Rocks
Pancakes on the Rocks is an old fixture on the Sydney foodie scene and continues to serve up their world-famous buttermilk pancakes, both sweet and savoury depending on the mood. Even better — they’re open 24/7 so you know where to head to on your next night out.
Check out their menu here.
This little cafe in Haymarket is a haven for those craving some Indonesian comfort food. But one of it’s specialities that you absolutely must try is the Kopi Pancakes served with ice cream, peanut butter, chocolate drizzle and palm sugar syrup dressing. And it won’t hurt your Instagram feed either.
Find their opening hours and menu details here.
4. Bay Vista
This bar and cafe knows how to serve up a mean stack. On the menu you can find everything from pancakes to waffles and crepes in every flavour you desire. Dig into some blueberry ricotta pancakes or try the New York cheesecake — whatever you pick, you’ll leave feeling content and smiling.
Check out their pancake options here.
5. Speedo’s Cafe, North Bondi
Speedos serves up some of not just Sydney, but the world’s most Instagrammable dishes. Their caramelised banana and chia pancakes are a true sight to behold and they’re vegan. Just look at them. Topped with seasonal berries and fresh fruit, a pistachio crumble and drenched in maple syrup, this is sweetness overload done right.
Check out their menu here.
6. Lumiere, Surry Hills
Lumiere offers an excellent brekky experience with the chance to sit back and take in the Surry Hills life. If you’re looking for their famed hotcakes, you won’t be disappointed because these hot little things are topped with a mixed berry compote, mascarpone and pure Canadian maple syrup. We’d call them perfect, but we think we need to try them a few more times just to be sure.
Take a peek here.
7. The Brothers Cafe
The Brothers Cafe is a small hidden gem and a personal favourite of mine. Serving a variety of divine soufflé pancakes, the menu consists of everything from Thai tea pancake with Thai tea cream sauce, white Timtam crumble, seasonal fruit and vanilla ice-cream to Tiramisu pancake for chocolate and coffee lovers. Their tagline says that they try to make everyone’s experience ‘unforgettable’, and that they certainly do.
Take a look at their official website here.
For the uninitiated, the ricotta pancakes at Bills caused quite a stir when they first made an appearance on the brunch scene. And they continue to set the standards in Australia especially when it comes to their pancake dishes. If you’re a brunch enthusiast and haven’t tried their selection of pancakes yet, you’re seriously missing out.
Keen to know what all the hype is? Head to their website now and get planning.
9. Four Frogs Creperie
Looking for a slight departure from your regular pancake offerings? Head to Four Frogs Creperie and dig into some truly fantastic French crepes. Offering over 40 different types of crepes, both sweet and savoury, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. Their nutella and strawberry crepe is an ever-popular staple on the menu along with their butter and Belgian chocolate crepe which never disappoints.
Check out all their menu offerings here.
10. COOH, Alexandria
If being health conscious is on your mind, then COOH in Alexandria definitely needs to be on your radar. Their nature-inspired creations are truly delectable with their buckwheat pancakes taking the cake as one of their most beloved menu items. Topped with seasonal fruit, organic coconut yogurt and toasted coconut chips, you can fill up your plates with these pancakes without feeling guilty.
Head to their website for more.