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The Best Cafés In the Inner West for a Brunch with Bite

With smashed avo and espresso's en masse, the best cafés in the Inner West prove this area may well be Sydney's café capital.

First Drop

There’s no doubt about it - the Inner West is a foodie’s idea of heaven. Along with time-tested staples, new places are popping up all the time, giving locals a slew of choices for breakfast, lunch and a quality cup of Joe.

From Marrickville and Newtown to Ashfield and Erskineville, the Inner West is home to a string of cafes that are serving up some of the best brunch in the city.

Rise and shine – the coffee’s brewing and delicious meals are waiting for you at the best cafés in the Inner West! 

The Best Cafés in the Inner West: Burwood

The Antique Cherry

The Antique Cherry

A cafe where the meals are almost too pretty to eat, The Antique Cherry is one of the best cafés in the Inner West for a girls brunch with a side of Instagrammable dishes.

Their plates loaded with pancakes, eggs, burgers and salads that pair nicely with the delicious teas, shakes and sodas. Plus, from 11am, you can try a refreshing matcha or strawberry Bingsuu for a sweet treat.

If that hasn't won you over, did we mention this is a dog-friendly cafe with plenty of outdoor seating for you and your furry friend to soak up the Sydney sunshine?

5 Unity Place, Burwood


Coffee lovers, gear up because you're not going to find a finer drop in all of Sydney. Making artisan coffee accessible to everyone, Pillar does everything right. From the pared-back interiors to the single-origin sourced beans, they've left no stone unturned in the quest for perfection. 

Choose from their carefully sourced pour-over reserve coffee, incredible batch brews or classic coffee menu before tackling the food. Freshly baked daily pastries are on offer on top of a selection of Japanese-fusion brunch dishes. The Chashu Mashu is their take on the classic bacon and egg and includes braised pork belly, egg salad, pork floss, furikake, red chilli yuzu kosho mayo, Quinby's chilli honey, chives and shokupan. Out of this world. 

Sitchu Tip: Pop by on a weekend if you fancy indulging in a slice of 15cenchi Basque Cheesecake with your coffee. 

Shop 1, Unity Place, Burwood 

The Best Cafés in the Inner West: Marrickville

First Drop

First Drop Marrickville

First Drop, a fixture with 20 years of Redfern charm, now graces Marrickville with its simple yet delectable offerings. The café is known for classic breakfast favourites with a fresh twist, with bowls and deli-style sandwiches.

The lunchtime deli sandwich lineup is a feast, but our eyes are fixed on their Burrata Bella sandwich. If you're not a fan of cream cheese, First Drop will treat you to a hefty selection of hearty salads, burgers, spanakopita, and more.

Best cafés in the Inner West? First Drop is undoubtedly in the mix.

Shop 4 and 5/76A Edinburgh Road, Marrickville

Two Chaps

Two Chaps

What will it be: stuffed French toast with fruit puree, custard and berries? Or perhaps the seasonal salad bowl with fresh produce and zesty dressing?

At this Marrickville hotspot, almost everything on the menu is made from scratch, and if it isn’t, it’s sourced from local growers. Before you leave, grab one of Two Chaps’ famous house-made doughnuts to nibble on later - a must at one of the best cafés in the Inner West. 

122 Chapel Street, Marrickville


It’s official, Marrickville (and all of Sydney for that matter) has a massive crush on Valentina’s, the inner west’s beloved all-day diner.

They’ve got all-day breakfast with biscuits and gravy, short stack pancakes with butter and maple syrup or you can commit fully to their American dream and get a slice of pie and a snickerdoodle.

From 11 am you can order from their lunch menu. Think fried sandwiches and yummy chicken biscuits! This Inner West café is well worth the trip!

132 Livingstone Road, Marrickville

The Best Cafés in the Inner West: St Peters

Aslan Coffee

Aslan Coffee

Aslan Coffee brings a taste of Indonesia to St Peters and a bright, technicoloured lion to its streets.

The cafe’s street art and orange sign draws in locals and intrigued visitors, but the coffee from the Indonesian archipelago keeps diners coming back.

All coffee is roasted and brewed in the cosy café, and as for food, with everything from Balinese chicken burgers to beef rendang, the meals are hearty and casual.

1 Council Street, St Peters

Sample Coffee Roasters

Sample Coffee Roasters

The refurbished warehouse of Sample Coffee Roasters boasts white walls, wooden floors and tables with a polished Scandinavian.

The minimalist interiors leave the coffee to do the talking. From beans to home brewing equipment for sale, you can sip in or sort your caffeine hit at home.

The constantly rotating range of beans on offer always keeps it interesting, and avid coffee drinkers coming back to try the latest brew.

Suite 1.03 75 Mary Street, St Peters

The Best Cafés in the Inner West: Erskineville

Naked Brew

Naked Brew

If you bring anyone along with you to Naked Brew - make sure it's your furry friend.

This Inner West café is so dog-friendly there's a menu dedicated entirely to the pups that includes a peanut butter donut your pooch is sure to love!

For the humans, choose from a range of sweet and savoury dishes served all day long. With everything from healthy veggie bowls, eggs any way, burgers, waffles and French toast - this is likely to become a new favourite after just one visit.

110 Swanson Street, Erskineville

Blackbird & Co.

Blackbird & Co.

This charming corner café in the Inner West has something for everyone, with ample outdoor seating, pet-friendly policies and garden views that are particularly appreciated on sunny days.

The all-day brunch menu has an Asian influence, with creative dishes made from fresh and local produce, and there's Acai on tap for smoothie days.

Your coffee needs will be sorted thanks to Gabriel Coffee from Kenya, and there's even space for private dining - Blackbird & Co. really have it all!

Shop 1/177 Mitchell Road, Erskineville

Fleetwood Macchiato

Fleetwood Macchiato

When the temperatures drop, life is all about those simple, homely pleasures – and Fleetwood Macchiato delivers.

The team makes everything from the cakes and baked goodies to yoghurts, preserves and condiments in-house, and the menu features fresh yet moreish dishes.

Bonus: it runs all day, so no need to rush in. The space is cute and cosy, with its friendly vibe making it even warmer and one of the best cafés in the Inner West.

43 Erskineville Road, Erskineville

The Best Cafés in the Inner West: Newtown

Soulmate Coffee

Soulmate Coffee

If the calm interiors, relaxed vibe or friendly service doesn't immediately have you hooked, the delicious all-day brekky menu with sandos and scrambles at Soulmate Coffee should do it.

No list of the best cafés in the Inner West would be complete without this gem where you could easily lose track of time over an overdue coffee catch-up with friends.

Unit 12/39 Phillip Street, Newtown



If you’ve never had the pleasure of dining at Brewtown before, this is your sign to go immediately. The roastery, cafe and us, it’s all good!

With Eastern and Northern outposts, the Newtown hub just off King Street caters to locals getting their morning coffee and freelancers needing a work spot with an all-day menu.

6-8 O'Connell Street, Newtown

Black Star Pastry

Black Star Pastry Newtown

From their humble beginnings in Newtown, Black Star Pastry quickly became a household name across Sydney for their Instaworthy Strawberry Watermelon Cake.

They have since opened more aesthetically pleasing stores across Sydney, Rosebery being one of them, where they continue to hand make all their treats with no unnatural ingredients.  

1/325 King Street, Newtown

The Best Cafés in the Inner West: Annandale

Black Toast

Black Toast

This vibrant cafe in the Inner West is brimming with character and charm, with a dedication to a Christmas or Halloween theme we can't help but admire.

If you're not visiting at the most wonderful time of the year, you'll still be treated to warm hospitality in an open converted warehouse space, along with fresh breakfast and lunch dishes and steaming hot cups of coffee.

One of the best cafés in the Inner West for great morning vibes and banter, we always recommend a visit to Black Toast.

43 Booth Street, Annandale



A sustainability star, the breakfasts at Cornersmith are fresh and flavoursome. The menu changes all the time according to what’s in season, but you can expect a range of savoury and sweet plates, many of which are garnished with pickles from the café’s picklery or honey from the rooftop beehive.

Our favourite is the Scondo Breakfast – a bowl of boiled eggs, cultured butter, cheddar, pear and a pot of apple and quince jam that pairs well with a Mecca coffee.

88 View Street, Annandale 



Located in a restored 1890s corner store, Revolver is laidback and a little bit hipster. Its vintage-chic feel is instantly welcoming, and the menu boasts comforting classics, like bacon and egg rolls and cinnamon chia porridge with stewed rhubarb and honey. When lunchtime rolls around, the lamb shwarma, warm salad, and – if you’re feeling indulgent – cheeseburger really hit the spot.

291 Annandale Street, Annandale

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