Surry Hills is a tranquil residential neighbourhood in Sydney. It has a certain old school charm, with streets lined with leafy trees and quaint identical townhouses. It is also home to various famous cafes and coffee spots.
Go on a clear lovely Sunday and pick a table by the sidewalk. Munch on some classic brunch favourites, read a magazine and sip on some famous OZ coffee while you watch the world go by. Don’t know which cafe to pick? Here’s our quick guide to the many Surry Hills cafes!
Bills is a neighbourhood name when it comes to breakfasts. Touted to serve “the best breakfast in the world”, Bills has several branches in Sydney as well as outside Australia. The Surry Hills cafe is always super bustling. Go for their famous ricotta hotcakes. The dish comes with three slices of hotcakes, bananas, maple butter and syrup. The portion is quite big though, and in our experience it’s good to share.
Bills Address: 359 Crown St, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia Phone: +61 2 9360 4762 Website: http://www.bills.com.au/
Boscage is located in a quiet part of Surry Hills, with warm wooden interiors that make you want to stay all day. I went there to do some work and the staff was super friendly, accommodating our requests to find a table near a power plug and connecting our laptops to the wifi. The cafe itself specialises in sandwiches for lunch, but I’m actually not a big fan of sandwiches and I ordered an Asian-inspired noodles soup dish. It wasn’t the best, and if you do pay them a visit my advice is to just stick with the sandwiches 😉
Boscage Address: 15/425 Bourke St, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia Phone: +61 2 9357 3427 Website: http://www.boscage.com.au/
Rustic Pearl serves classic Australian brunch dishes, but the star of the menu is definitely their Bosphorus Benedict. It’s a variation of the classic dish of eggs benny, with bay lobster meat and smashed avocado topping the eggs and toasted bun. Again it doesn’t come cheap, but especially if you are a lobster fan, it is definitely a dish to try 😉
Rustic Pearl Address: 415 Crown St, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia Phone: +61 406 930 083 Website: https://www.facebook.com/rusticpearlcafe/
Bourke Street Bakery
Bourke Street Bakery is a hole-in-the-wall local deli for baked goods, where the locals visit to grab a quick sausage roll for lunch. They serve a tantalising array of tarts, pastries and cookies. There are two small tables inside, and more outside. So visit on a clear day if you want to sit there and enjoy your treats, to increase your chances of getting a table. I LOVE their chocolate tart, and my colleague loved the ginger brulee tart. On one of the days I also tried their pork sausage roll for lunch. The pastry crust was warm and buttery and crispy and the sausage inside was packed with flavours. Definitely a must-visit!
Bourke Street Bakery Address: 633 Bourke Street, Surry Hills (corner of Devonshire and Bourke Street) Phone: +61 2 9699 1011 Website: http://bourkestreetbakery.com.au
Devon Cafe is a Japanese-Scandinavian-inspired cafe famous for what a friend touted as “the best salmon dish ever”: Breakfast with the Sakumas. It consists of a piece of miso-grilled salmon, smoked eel croquette, 63 degrees egg, radish petit salad and kewpie mayo. For AUD 24.5 apiece it certainly isn’t cheap, but it’s still a dish to try 😉 The cafe has two branches in Sydney – one in Surry Hills near Central train station, and another, Devon on Danks, in Waterloo.
Devon Cafe Address: 76 Devonshire St, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia Phone: +61 2 9211 8777 Website: http://www.devoncafe.com.au/#hello
Orto Trading Co
This hidden gem of a cafe is located in one of Surry Hills’ many back residential alleys, amidst a row of white-washed townhouses and tall leafy trees. The cafe itself was dominated by white interiors, with tall ceilings and glass walls that let in plenty of natural light. I spent a morning there just sipping a really fresh glass of fruits juice and munching on fried cauliflowers. It gets quite busy during lunch hours, but other than that it’s a perfect place to spend the entire day just doing work and chilling. The staff members, like mostly everywhere else in Sydney, are really friendly too!
Orto Trading Co. Address: 38 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia Phone: +61 431 212 453 Website: http://www.ortotradingco.com/
This cafe serves Israeli inspired dishes and specialises in Middle-Eastern flavours. I didn’t actually go and give it a try because I’m not a fan of ME food, but my two colleagues totally gave this cafe raving reviews. They even came back a few times during the week just to eat breakfast here. So if you are bored of the usual brunch suspects and fancy something different, Cafe Shenkin is a good option to try! Besides the one in Surry Hills, it also other branches around hipster Newtown.
Cafe Shenkin Address: 290 Crown St, Surry Hills Sydney NSW 2010, Australia Phone: +61 2 9357 7495 Website: http://cafeshenkin.com.au/