Darlinghurst and its mass of small bars might feel most alive at night, but the area isn't lacking when it comes to daytime options, either. After all, this is where Bill Granger first introduced Sydneysiders to the pleasures of smashed avo and ricotta hotcakes. Bills remains one of the suburb's best cafes, though it has some serious competition, as this list illustrates.

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Bills Darlinghurst

Where Bill Granger first made a name for himself.

433 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst
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Ovo Cafe

A small, easy-to-miss cafe serving incredible Brazilian cakes and home-style meals.

13/63 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
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Fable Coffee Sydney

Expect rainbow-coloured brunches and a showcase of NSW produce.

128 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst

Son of Frank

Italian that starts with a boozy breakfast.

263 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

Sandoitchi

Cheap pork-katsu sangas, “sort-of-poke bowls” and Single-O brews.

Shop 3 113-115 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Toastie Toast Co.

Takes comfort eating to its logical conclusion with classic cheese toasties and some more sophisticated options too.

3 113-115 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Organic Bread Bar Darlinghurst

Breakfast and lunch from the much-loved bakery.

354 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Pablo’s Vice

A bona fide favourite with a takeaway window.

3 257 Goulburn Street (crn Crown Street), Darlinghurst

The Bunker

A carefully considered hole-in-the-wall cafe.

399 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Stop Valve Espresso & Bar

An industrial car-park cafe.

70 Riley Street, Darlinghurst

Latteria

A busy hole-in-the-wall cafe.

320 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst