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Best New Cafés in Sydney: 2021's Hottest New Openings So Far

From buzzy newcomers to old-school staples, these are the best new cafés in Sydney your 2021 calendar – and Instagram account – are crying out for.

The Goodsline
The Goodsline

Much to the delight of coffee fiends and brunch-loving Instagram addicts, there's always a new café swinging open its doors in Sydney, each with its own unique twist to make it stand out from the crowd.

From trendy newcomers to long-standing local haunts spreading their wings across the city, here's our handpicked edit of the best new cafés in Sydney. These brunch spots are so worth queuing up for.

The Goodsline  

If you haven’t yet experienced the Goodsline, Sydney’s our charming albeit miniaturised answer to New York’s Highline, then why not make a day of it and walk down the former railways and stop in for a bite at this brand-new café. Aptly-named The Goodsline, you’ll find a brand-new café from hospitality veteran and co-founder of The Grounds, Jack Hanna. As well as world-class coffee, the café is an aesthetic treat thanks to the design choices from Luchetti Krelle, a world-class The aptly-named, Goodsline is a community café with world class coffee and a chic yet casual feel thanks to the mixed design and perfectly chosen finishing from Luchetti Krelle. The brasserie style menu features classic brunch faves including French toast with espresso mascarpone, caramelised walnuts and orange curd and an ‘all aboard’ breakfast board with free range eggs, blistered tomato, potato latkes and more. Little ones are taken care of with the ‘future train drivers’ menu and half-priced family-friendly main meals from Monday to Wednesday. They’ll also be looking after furry friends with a bespoke Poochie and Pups menu – we can’t wait!

19A Harris Street, Pyrmont

LODE Pies
LODE Pies
LODE Pies

These delicate pastries are butter-filled perfection! These masterful viennoiserie, pies and pastries from LuMi Chef Federico Zanellato and Chef Lorenzo Librino these flaky layered of goodies are truly impressive. With sweet treats with a white chocolate croissant wreath and blueberry tarts and savoury pies and eggplant stuffed clabrian croissants, these treats are absolute must tries!

487 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Tiny’s Sandwich Bar

Opening at 6am each weekday, this is a venue that seriously commits to the day-to-night vibes. With a bartender, barista, baker, chef and DJ coming forces, Tiny’s is a café and sandwich bar by day and a cocktail bar by night. Expect mouth-watering fillings in their signature bread made for them exclusively at a small Vietnamese bakery. Come night-time you can expect tiny bottled cocktails and seriously big vibes.

1/55 Clarence Street, Sydney

Seven Shores
Seven Shores
Seven Shores

Just 100 metres from Clovelly Beach, this cozy café is beloved by locals. Previously known as Clovelly Social House, in late 2021, they rebranded as Seven Shores and after a major facelift started welcoming their beloved locals back for coffee, breakfast, brunch (bottomless or otherwise!) or dinner!

334 Clovelly Road, Clovelly

Best New Cafés in Sydney: November

Malika Bakehouse

From the team behind Above Par, one of our favourite new restaurants, comes another Turkish spot. Malika Bakehouse is a new school bakery where Turkish bakers are turning out traditional goodies from savory borek, sweet baklava and acma a soft Turkish bagel. In terms of heartier meals you can pick up simit sandwiches, menemen which are Turkish one pan eggs, lanefe

1631 Botany Road, Botany

Best New Cafés in Sydney: October

Valentina’s

It’s official, Marrickville’s (and all of Sydney for that matter) has a massive crush on Valentina’s, the inner west’s new 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 11am you can order from their lunch menu. Think fried mortadella sandwiches and fried chicken biscuits!

132 Livingstone Road, Marrickville

Charcoal Fish
Charcoal Fish
Charcoal Fish

At Charcoal Fish, the name of the game is making restaurant-quality Australian seafood more accessible. Charcoal Fish is the brainchild of Julie and (seafood god) Josh Niland. They will be focusing on Murray Cod and learning how to absolutely perfect it in an affordable way. Pick up a rotisserie Murray Cod and gravy roll, a double Yellowfin tuna cheeseburger or a classic fish and chips stepped up with yoghurt tartare and pickles.

670 New South Head Road, Rose Bay

Gram Pancakes, The Galeries

Gram Panckaes, aka. the home of the internet famous soufflé pancakes. Since opening their first stop in Chatswood in early 2020, Gram Pancakes has been taking Sydney by story. Now, in part of a four store expansion plan, they’re setting up shop in the CBD with an all-day dining café. Pop into their store and, as well as the traditional sky high stacks of souflee pancakes, you can enjoy mochi pancakes, French toast, savoury benedict panackes and even the eponymous ‘The Galeries Premium Pancake’ with three fluffy pancakes filled with Nutella cream and topped with fresh banana and toasted hazelnut. They’ve also expanded their takeaway offerings for time poor CBD workers!

Shop RG016, Ground Floor, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney

FSH MKT
FSH MKT
FSH MKT

From the team behind FISHBOWL and FISH SHOP, Sydney is scorring another takeaway only fish venue. Located on the park at Glenayr Avenue in Bondi, FSH MKT is an ode to the beachside fish market. Buy seafood by the kilo or pick up a fish burger, salads or treat yourself to their ‘build your own picnic menu’ with fresh oysters, taramasalata and prawns.

87-89 Glenayr Street, Bondi Beach

Goodwood Bakeshop (Image credit: @meetmeinmarrickville)
Goodwood Bakeshop (Image credit: @meetmeinmarrickville)
Goodwood Bakeshop

If there’s one thing we can always agree on, it’s that there’s always room for more croissants in Sydney. And, the brand new Goodwood Bakeshop in Marrickville is making some seriously impressive croissants. Since they opened, locals cannot stop raving about their chocolate croissants and the sourdough – safe to say it will put anything you cooked up in lockdown to shame! Otherwise, they’re keeping the menu simple with cookies, cakes and Deluca coffee. We can’t wait to see what they do next!

297 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

Frank's Deli (Image Credit: @lollieats)
Frank's Deli (Image Credit: @lollieats)
Frank’s Deli

A family run deli in the heart of Waverly, Frank’s Deli is about to become your sandwich go-to. We absolutely love a good deli, and this newly open spot is slicing up meats and cheeses and making some of the city’s most sought-after sandwiches. Paying tribute to the Polish roots of brother sister team Sammy and Alek, expect sandwiches which would be winners even in Warsaw.

279 Bronte Road, Waverly

Effie's
Effie's
EFFIE’S

Local Northern Beaches legends, Sam and Aniella Batten, have just opened a sister venue for their much loved Aggy’s Corner. A sleek coffee shop by day, complete with Skittle Lane coffee, a coastal chic, white-washed interior and even a marble takeaway window this is the coolest new place on the Northern Beaches. There’s even plans to turn it into a wine bar come evening time with Lo-Fi wines and antipasti share plates!

281 Sydney Road, Balgowlah

Best New Cafés in Sydney: July

Good Ways Deli

Two words, gang: finger buns. The adorable corner bakery on Cooper Street in Redfern is opened during lockdown and has been churning out nostalgic faves. They have delicious sandwiches including a refreshing cheese and apple but, where they really shine is with their delicious baked good. They've got everything from lamingtons, ANZAC bickies, wattleseed brownies and delicious cheese and vegemite scrolls. They've also got a great house thick shake if you're looking to commit to full treat-yourself vibes (it's so worth it!). Expect the vibe of your primary school morning tea but ten times tastier.

Shop 1, 20 Cooper Street, Redfern

Best New Cafés in Sydney: June

Stitch Coffee
Stitch Coffee
Stitch Coffee

Beloved Sydney coffee roaster, Stitch Coffee, have recently opened their doors with a flagship café at Broadway. The perfect mélange between a coffee bar and a retail offering, Stitch invite coffee lovers to indulge themselves and sample a range of ethically-sourced signature blends. Helmed by roasting royalty, Nawar Adra (Circa Espresso, Brewtown Newtown), this new venue has well and truly earnt its stripes. The space is beautiful and the coffee is soul-healing. Need we say more?

80 Bay Street, Ultimo 

Best New Cafés in Sydney: May

Picco Leo
Picco Leo
Picco Leo

The little brother to Restaurant Leo, this Inner City hangout delivers big on deliciousness. From pastries and snacks, to freshly-baked bread and aperitivo, this Picco Leo brings a taste of Italy to Angel Place. To make the most of their offering, pop in for lunch and pair their simply decadent fare with a healthy serve of Campari.

2 Angel Place, Sydney

The Fold. Sri Lankan Inspired

Taking inspiration from their Sri Lankan heritage, two generations unite to serve up seriously good eats at The Fold. Expect authentic flavours and innovative dishes, spanning brunch favourites and pastries, to signature dinner dishes like curries and hoppers. Get in early each day to have you pick of the pastry cabinet, or indulge in a sumptuous dinner from Thursday to Saturday night.

402 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill

Best New Cafés in Sydney: April

The Boathouse Rose Bay
The Boathouse Rose Bay
The Boathouse Rose Bay

Finally making their way across the harbour, Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore fave The Boathouse now has an outpost in Rose Bay. Expect everything you love about this café hotspot at their new harbourside digs. From sumptuous breakfasts to delicious pastries, The Boathouse Rose Bay will be your new weekend hangout.

594 New South Head Road, Rose Bay 

Sammy Junior
Sammy Junior
Sammy Junior

Get ready for something new! Sammy Junior, the little sibling to the iconic cocktail bar Maybe Sammy, have recently opened their gold gilded doors in the CBD. Dedicated to the two liquids that make life worth living, Sammy Junior is an espresso and cocktail bar. 

In the AM, they offer coffee made with a bespoke Spiritual Coffee blend created by Spiritual Coffee founder, Sammy Junior co-owner and all-round coffee connoisseur Martin Hudak, as well as specialty teas, chais and hot chocolates. You can also expect a breakfast and lunch menu curated by Blackwood Pantry’s Rob Lechowicz and Sonoma pastries. Enjoying your treats inside the 50-seat pistachio hued eatery or on-the-go. 

66 King Street, Sydney CBD

Soul Tree Café

Summer Hill’s newest café, Soul Tree, promises a variety of healthy and hearty dishes made with a whole lot of soul. The café’s open and relaxed interiors create a welcoming atmosphere, making for the perfect addition to Summer Hill’s Flour Mill precinct. Customers can expect European and Middle Eastern-inspired dishes such as baked Turkish eggs and French Toast with cinnamon sugar, blackberries, black figs, freeze-dried mandarin and Golden Gaytime ice cream. Delicious!

107/5 Mungo Scott Place, Summer Hill

SOUL Dining & Deli

Bringing soul to Sydney’s Korean food scene, Daero Lee and Illa Kim have brought a unique take to Korean food. With a menu they call contemporary Korean their first restaurant SOUL Dining, launched in December 2018, combines ingredients and cooking styles from a wide range of international foodie hubs. They were inspired to create a menu that showcased food from their memories. Having made a name for themselves they have recently opened SOUL Deli, Sydney’s first Korean brunch café and deli. SOUL Deli combines a deli and a café offering sit-down and takeaway dining. Offering uniquely Korean dishes like KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) and smashed avo with white kimchi. The venture was inspired by a COVID innovation, the SOUL Dining team started selling takeaway rice and galbi bowls. If you want to take the magic of SOUL Deli home with you, you can check out a range artisan and ethically-sourced Korean products.

SOUL Deli, 185 Campbell Street, Surry Hills / SOUL Dining, 204 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills

Best New Cafés in Sydney: March

Black Star Pastry
Black Star Pastry
Black Star Pastry

Making a stylish and long-awaited return to Newtown this month is Black Star Pastry. The new location is positioned on Newtown’s main shopping street, just steps from Black Star Pastry’s original home. The space is warm and inviting, with high ceilings, original floorboards, marble benches and arched windows bathed in the warmth of the morning sun. 

While you're there, make sure to check out their ornate rolling pin ceiling installation -  a tribute to the timeless art of baking. You can expect their usual line up of cakes, along with new additions including a range of quiches, pies, sausage rolls, pastries, croissants and an egg and bacon breakfast roll. We guarantee that this will be your new go-to coffee spot in Newtown.

1/325 King Street, Newtown

Best New Cafés in Sydney: February

Humble Bakery (Photo credit: Caroline McCredie)
Humble Bakery (Photo credit: Caroline McCredie)
Humble Bakery

For sweet, sweet pastry treats and heartwarming baked goods, Humble Bakery is the new morning go-to in Surry Hills. This foodie gem, brought to life by the teams at Porteno and Bodega, has all your carb-cravings sorted from breakfast to the early afternoon. On your next visit, we recommend picking up one of their delectable focaccias and scoop of their housemade gelato. Molto bene!

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills

The Navy Bear

Sitting pretty on the harbour, The Navy Bear makes for a picture-perfect brunch destination. Serving up all your breakfast faves, alongside plenty of dietary-friendly options, you can't go past the hungry bear breakfast with roast tomato, mushrooms, eggs your way, crispy bacon, avocado and sourdough. A brunch feast fit for a queen!

1C New Beach Road, Darling Point

Best New Cafés in Sydney: January

Lamin8
Lamin8
Lamin8 Patisserie

The new kid on the Lane Cove block, Lamin8 Patisserie specialises in viennoiserie; think flaky, decadent pastries like croissants, danishes and palmiers. Harnessing traditional methods to create inventive creations, expect bold flavours and out-there colours. 

Shop 11, 115-119 Longueville Road, Lane Cove


Has this list of the best new cafés in Sydney inspired you to explore the coffee scene? Don't stop at this round-up. You can check out our favourite cafés across Sydney, from Alexandria and Manly, to Surry Hills and Ultimo. Looking for a productive café? We have discovered Sydney's best café offices that offer delectable breakfast eats with a side of wifi. Design lovers, we haven't forgotten you! Sydney is also home to a plethora of cafés with beautiful interiors that will spark your Insta-dreams.