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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.

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.

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

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.