The Best New Cafes in Sydney

Updated 3 weeks ago

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This is our edit of Sydney’s best new cafes, updated monthly. Some are highly invested in serving excellent food and following the latest coffee trends, while others are just trying to become great neighbourhood catch-up spots. Here’s where we’re going for coffee, pastries and all-day eats right now.

  • The acclaimed Canberra roaster has opened a cafe unlike anything in Sydney. Hit one of three distinct coffee experience bars for filter, espresso or specialty drinks. Then stay for the bumper all-day menu of fancy rolls and bowls.

  • Opening to immediate queues, this is the permanent home for an online bakery made famous by its “brochi” – a brownie-mochi hybrid. It’s also serving pandan buns, brisket hand pies and “kimcheese” focaccia.

  • The team behind Newtown’s Soulmate is bringing chip butties, salad sammies and old-school canteen vibes to Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre.

  • This family-run eatery celebrates Palestinian cuisine and culture. Its broad menu offers something for plant- and meat-based diners alike, across verdant green falafels, fried cauliflower, sayadieh and mini versions of makloubeh.

  • Best brunch on Marrickville Road? This corner cafe is a hot contender. Come for plussed-up brekkies by a Quay-trained chef, pandan custard buns and a strong iced drinks offering.

  • The Surry Hills sequel to the popular Botany bakery serves classic Turkish breakfasts like you'd find in Istanbul. Roll up for simit bagels stuffed with egg and sucuk (spicy sausage), classic Turkish breakfast plates and daily-baked sweets.

  • The lord of handheld lunches is back in South Sydney – with items you won't find at its other shops. Get a whopping schnitzel sanga or a smashed beef burger, plus treats inspired by classic Vietnamese train station bakeries.

  • A top coffee roaster has brought its signature New York-style bagels to the north shore. Plus, cinnamon-dipped crumpets, and cheesy toasties made in collaboration with Melbourne’s Maker & Monger.

  • Tita isn’t your average Filipino carinderia. Hit this cafe and bakery for brekkie muffins stacked with egg and longganisa sausage; classic Filipino breakfasts of garlic fried rice, egg and adobo; and ube soft serve ice-cream.

  • This takeaway window, from the team behind one of Sydney’s top bakeries, has exclusive items you can’t get at the OG. It’s also serving Self Raised staples, from Boston cream doughnuts to God-tier sangas.

  • A light-filled cafe inspired by the convenience stores of Japan. Come for bento box lunches, Japanese soft serve and iced coffees spiked with yuzu. From the teams behind Kurumac and Mapo Gelato.

  • The elite croissants at this north shore bakery take five days to make. The owner-baker is also showing off her heritage with Korean-inspired danishes, which you can pair with some of the area’s best coffee.