Non-Indigenous Australia has a pretty short culinary history. The First Fleet arrived here in 1788, when Chinese cuisine was already well over a millennium old. But while many of our chefs can't draw on generations of tradition, they're also not constrained by it. They can experiment as much as they like.

Despite this, Sydney's superb breakfast menus can sometimes get a little samey. At heart, many dishes are just clever iterations of toast, eggs or granola.

If you're nodding, you'll appreciate this collection of non-conventional options. For many people, pho, congee or spanakopita are a normal way to start the day. For most Sydneysiders, they're totally novel. And we think that's exciting.

Balkan Oven

Burek from 6am, every day of the week.

Shop 2 1-3 King Street
Rockdale NSW

Boon Cafe and Jarern Chai

Get some Thai in you.

1/425 Pitt Street
Haymarket NSW 2000


Where to go for a Japanese breakfast platter.

Level G, The Darling at The Star 80 Pyrmont Street
Pyrmont NSW 2009