But first, brunch: some of Western Sydney’s best cafes
Attention coffee addicts, eggs benedict-obsessed enthusiasts and all-around brunch lovers!
As we are power on through these uncertain times with ever-changing restrictions, it’s completely understandable to be feeling a little disheartened or maybe even lonely.
But luckily, the cafés of Sydney are here to cheer us up. It’s no secret that we’re spoilt for choice with quaint coffee shops and uber-trendy brunch spots galore – especially right here in Western Sydney. You’ll feel great knowing you’re helping out local businesses as you chow down on a plate of delicious pancakes.
21 Wentworth St Parramatta
Although Circa Espresso is conveniently close to Parramatta station, there’s no doubt many would travel far and beyond for their quality coffee and famously known Ottoman eggs – poached free-range eggs with crumbed eggplant, labneh and fried leeks on focaccia. Their quirky laneway-style set up provides an out-of-the-box experience for Sydneysiders who are always on the lookout for new and interesting dining experiences. Not to mention – they offer a range of delicious seasonal coffee and tea blends. But be aware: Circa is technology-free so ditch your laptop and simply enjoy the coffee.
53 Ettalong Rd Greystanes
Atlas Café is a family-owned café that is sure to fulfil all your brunch needs and desires. With an innovative menu that transports you around the world (hence the name Atlas), there’s something for everyone. Choose the “Afghan” for a plate of baked eggs and roast vegetables, the “Canadian” for buttermilk pancakes with crispy maple bacon or the “Brazilian” for a fresh acai bowl topped with fruit, granola and shredded coconut. The outdoor garden setting provides a uniquely refreshing ambience, as well as a much-needed breath of fresh air.
Old Boy Café
24 Tallawong Ave Blacktown
With its unexpected and isolated location, Old Boy Café is definitely one of Blacktown’s hidden gems. Upon entering, you’ll find that the café has a unique vibe compared to other Western Sydney cafes with chill beats, vintage-style décor and an array of indoor plants. The café’s quirky ambience is accompanied by their great coffee and a generous all-day breakfast menu. If you live around the Blacktown region – this café is a must-try.
Paper Plane Factory Café
64 Mandoon Road Girraween
Paper Plane Factory is a pleasant surprise to find in Sydney’s West, and another hidden gem tucked away within Girraween’s industrial area. Not only will you enjoy the contemporary and stylish interior of the café, but their affordable prices and delicious food will provide you with a satisfactory brunching experience. You’ll find your brunch classics, alongside other tasty items like brioche buns with pulled pork, jalapeno burgers – and their delicious peanut butter thick shakes.
Plumpton, Wetherill Park, North Parramatta and Kellyville locations
If you’re a Western Sydney local, it’s likely you’ve popped into XS Espresso before. While they’re famous for their extravagant milkshakes and decadent desserts, they also serve great coffee along with tons of brunch options to boot. They have an impressive latté selection where they incorporate new and exciting flavours, including Nutella, Taro and Matcha. Don’t miss out on their new creation: a Biscoff-inspired latté, named the “Lotus Latté”.
Shop 2, 438 High St Penrith
Henric Marc is undoubtedly a local favourite for its Instagrammable plates and rustic, hipster interior. They’re known for their specialty coffee and an impressively long beverage menu with organic hot chocolate and tea options, interesting milkshake flavours and freshly squeezed fruit juices. Their French toast and chai lattés are popular amongst regulars – and very likely to be just your “cup of tea”.
1/8 Victoria Ave, Castle Hill
As the name suggests, this café has a passion and knack for serving great coffee. Coffee Traders takes latte art to a whole new level with their funky 3D designs. To add to this, their lunch menu includes an interesting fusion of Asian and Australian dishes. The owner, James, is well-known in the area for his friendly demeanour and attentive service that tops off a wholesome and equally fulfilling brunch experience.