A glorious ritual that allows you to sleep in past nine and still get your hands on coffee, eggs and sometimes mimosas, brunch is quite possibly the best thing to happen to weekends in a long time. If you’d like to spoil yourself this weekend and celebrate your love of the midmorning meal, head to one of these popular Parramatta brunch spots.
Bringing quaint village vibes to bustling Parramatta, Circa Espresso is where you’ll find much of the City brunching on the weekend. Whether you’re relaxing inside the skinny warehouse-style cafe or soaking up the sun on the sidewalk, Circa Espresso’s French toast piled with fruits and soft meringue, smashed avo with ricotta, and legendary baked eggs with sujuk will hit the sweet spot. And for a hit of caffeine, their Little Marionette roasts will keep you buzzed all day.
21 Wentworth Street Parramatta 2150; Open weekdays 7:00am – 3:00pm and weekends 8:00am – 3:00pm.
Big Tree House Cafe
Look out for the retro peppermint green cafe in Rydalmere, and you’ll find yourself in brunch heaven. Grab a table in the back courtyard and enjoy the shade of the great magnolia tree or cosy up inside and mingle with the locals. Don’t be fooled by Big Tree House’s dinky fitout because the food here is gourmet, to say the least. Take your pick of ricotta pancakes, homemade granola, golden corn fritters, mushroom crepes or classic bacon and eggs. Add a cup of robust Campos coffee to your order, and you’ve got a pretty great start to your day.
88 Calder Road Rydalmere 2116; Open daily 8:00am – 4:00pm (closed on Tuesdays).
Paper Plane Cafe
A hub for bean-hunters and brunchers, Paper Plane Cafe serves wholesome Australian fare to the masses every weekend rain, hail or shine. The rustic fitout and comforting menu set the tone for a homely meal and quality time with family and friends. Brunch starts with a robust dose of Little Marionette coffee followed by creative comfort foods such as peanut butter and bacon burgers, turkey and cranberry French toast, or scrambled eggs with truffle oil. Portion sizes are hefty at Paper Plane Cafe, so make sure your cruisey brunch is followed by a snoozy afternoon.
5/2 Horwood Place Parramatta 2150; Open daily 8:00am – 2:00pm.
Pancakes on the Rocks
If your idea of brunch includes pancakes, pancakes, and more pancakes, you can’t go past Pancakes on the Rocks Northmead. Scrambled eggs with pancakes, bacon with pancakes, sausages with pancakes – whichever brunch food you’re craving, it comes with a serving of delicious buttery pancakes. Along with freshly brewed coffee and a wide selection of teas, brunch in Northmead has never tasted so good.
100 Briens Road Northmead 2152; Open Sunday – Thursday 7:00am – 11:00pm and Friday - Saturday 7:00am – 12:00am.
Toted for having some of the best smoothies in Parramatta, Social Hideout has quite a reputation to uphold, and it does so with gusto. The always buzzing, laidback brunch spot delivers quintessential brunch plates (smashed avo, eggs benedict etc.) as well as some inventive flavours like their z’atar poached eggs with beetroot hummus. For those with a sweet tooth, Social Hideout’s cakeshakes and smoothies will prompt you to have a religious experience.
2/20 Victoria Road Parramatta 2150; Open weekdays 6:00am – 3:30pm and weekends 7:00am – 3:30pm.
The Emporium Parramatta
If your Sunday brunch isn’t complete without crystal glassware, candles, and shiny silverware, The Emporium Parramatta is right up your alley. Modern Australian cuisine with a touch of Mediterranean flair is on the menu at this chic brunch spot. They roast their own beans, so you know you’re in for a robust caffeine hit before tucking into your mains. The Emporium’s all-day breakfast menu is succinct and stylish, with steak and vegetable omelettes, sausage eggs benedict, banoffee, cheese and berries, and sautéed mushrooms with kale. Enjoy!
51 Phillip Street Parramatta 2150; Open weekdays 7:00am – 10:00pm and weekends 8:30am – 10:00pm.