Sometimes it feels like Sydney gets a new cafe every day. But what makes one opening stand out from another? These are the new cafes you should know about.

Back & Forth, Castlecrag
The Ritual Coffee Traders team has opened a bigger cafe in Castlecrag, Back and Forth, with a focus on clean eating. The deconstructed acai bowl is popular with the locals. It comes with a generous helping of Hippie Lane RAWnola, blueberries, figs and strawberries. Other options include the gluten-free seeded loaf topped with avocado, tomato, feta and a drizzle of balsamic. There’s also burgers and pancakes.

Left of Field, Rhodes
With fine-dining chef Ashley Patfield running the kitchen, this is not your standard cafe. These guys take poached eggs very seriously. They come with gin-and-juniper-cured ocean trout on grilled rye, a fennel salad and yuzu foam. For something sweet, try the hotcakes with caramelised banana, Earl Grey custard and maple popcorn. The fit-out is elegant; high ceilings, minimalist furniture and a pale colour palette.

The Picnic, Burwood
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or light lunch in Burwood Park, under the open-air gazebo. An Instagram-worthy menu includes a tower of crispy French toast with chunky watermelon sprinkled with Persian fairy floss, a berry reduction, dulce de leche, fresh fruit and edible flowers. The authentic Lebanese breakfast board comes with #yolkporn-worthy za’atar fried eggs, haloumi, labneh, pickles and a choice of either bacon, air-dried beef or lamb sausages. Or plan ahead and order one of the picnic baskets with cured meats, cheese, salads, sandwiches, pastries and cold-pressed juices.

Draft Coffee Roasters
David Wu knows his coffee. His constant search for the best-tasting brew has led him to open this cafe with his wife, Louisa Sui. He believed there could be better coffee out there and set out to achieve it with this cellar-door approach to serving coffee. There is no drinks menu, which encourages conversation between the customer and the barista. Focusing on beans from South America, Wu roasts them on-site. The sophisticated specialty coffee shop also has a select offering of sweets and sandwiches made with sourdough from Brickfields Bakery.