Head to these Sydney cafés for a strong brew and a gorgeous ‘gram.
I love a good café and I love it even more when it’s pretty. Despite a year of lockdowns and uncertainty, cafés continue to push the envelope with super creative menu offerings, fun twists to classic dishes, aesthetics to die for, elaborate neon and floral mash ups, and coffee — lots of seriously great coffee. When it comes to Instagram-worthy cafes, we’re spoilt for choice down here in Sydney. Here’s a lowdown of some of our favourites that more than deserve a spot on your feed.
1. Celsius Coffee Co., Kirribilli
When it comes to nailing the perfect brunch spread, both in taste and presentation, Celsius Coffee Co takes the cake. It’s a small café set against a beautiful backdrop of the harbour with a cosy, old-world feel to it thanks to its rustic, wooden interiors. Be sure to try their legendary eggs benedict and Instagram-favourite waffles with berries and edible flowers. Hot tip: The chill-buttered eggs with braised tomatoes, onion jam and burnt butter are to die for.
2. Cuppa Flower, Waterloo and Mascot
Cuppa Flower is a florist and café mash up so needless to say photo opportunities are abundant. When it comes to the prettiest Sydney cafés, this one is a staple. If you’re looking to brighten your feed, try out the elaborate pancakes, acai bowls and smoothies. With great care for presentation and excellent service, this one is almost a sensory overload- in the best way possible.
3. Two Sis & Co., Pyrmont
This is a tiny little café in the heart of Pyrmont, with a street view of the busy suburb. Popular items include the drinks- right from blue matcha latte to rose pink latte, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to colours and flavours. The mermaid pancakes and the French Toast with the crunchy brioche, nuts and fresh berries, topped generously with fairy floss are hard to beat if you want extra zing to your feed.
4. Social Hideout, Parramatta and Waterloo
Stepping into this café feels a bit like stepping into a floral oasis. The vibe is quirky and vibrant à la Alice in Wonderland. Great food and coffee with splendid attention to detail both in décor and food — this is a must-visit if you’re after a photogenic brunch spot.
5. The Boathouse, Palm Beach
With many locations spread across Sydney beaches, you’re bound to have a great experience along with a scenic meal. We highly recommend The Boathouse on Palm Beach for the stunning location and lively ambience.
6. Speedos, Bondi
Set against the backdrop of the iconic Bondi beach, Speedos has previously been voted as the most Instagrammable café in the world. If you needed an incentive to visit — they offer a sweet treat on your birthday. The stunning views of the beach and the explosion of flavours and colour on the menu make this café experience a real delight.
7. Flower Child, Chatswood and Warringah
Much like the name suggests, Flower Child is bursting with a rich, bohemian vibe. The food tastes great and looks equally beautiful, you’ll be reaching out for your phone with literally every dish.
Not to use the word fabulous loosely but that’s exactly what The Grounds of Alexandria is. It is probably one of the most Instagrammable spots in Sydney. It has so much to offer that it deserves a whole article of its own and we have one for you here. Night or day, there’s always something magical going on. Food, drinks and myriad photo opportunities, believe us, you will want to visit this one.
9. Armchair Collective, Mona Vale
This breakfast/brunch spot has a neat, comfort-filled vibe to it. The décor is excellent and the proximity to the beach makes it a great Instagram-worthy spot. Start your day at this café and end it at the beach for that perfect sun-drenched feed.
10. Concrete Jungle Café , Chippendale
For interior design and plant lovers, the Concrete Jungle Café located in the heart of Chippendale is your new go-to. It ticks practically all the boxes: divine food, brilliant aesthetics and overall great dining experience.
11. Parlour Cucina, CBD, Market Street
Who doesn’t love a 1920-esque décor and an extensive food and drink offering? With the bustle of Sydney behind you, a stylish European-style space and a hearty offering of dishes- this one’s a classic you don’t want to miss. (Picture credit: Parlour Cucina.)
12. The Botanica, Vaucluse
With its own farm-to-table menu and gin, this is an elegant, feminine brunch spot and a proper luxe dining experience. It’s popular pink chairs set against a contrast of green and white give it a very classy and refined feel.
13. Café Monstera, Mosman
A relatively new feature on any pretty Sydney cafés list, Café Monstera has already made quite a mark both on brunch enthusiasts and Instagram aficionados. Located right at the edge of the ferry dock, this café is a generous offering by the owners of Celcius Coffee Co., so you know you’re in for a treat. With lovely green surrounds and a rustic, old row boat hanging overhead apart from the gorgeous blue seas around, the aesthetics are to die for.
14. The Mayflower, Darlinghurst
With its gorgeous pink walls, overhead hanging foliage and floral displays, The Mayflower is the picture-perfect brunch spot. The overall aesthetic is neat and feminine and the food is lovely too (both to eat and to click).
15. Skittle Lane, King Street
When it comes to Sydney cafés, Skittle Lane is a coffee lovers paradise. With their own unique seasonal blend, this is a regular haunt for coffee enthusiasts. But the café itself is lovely too. The space boasts of great natural light streaming from all corners and a chic, modern décor.