Non-Indigenous Australia has a pretty short culinary history. The First Fleet arrived here in 1788, when Chinese cuisine was already well over a millennium old. But while many of our chefs can't draw on generations of tradition, they're also not constrained by it. They can experiment as much as they like.

Despite this, Sydney's superb breakfast menus can sometimes get a little samey. At heart, many dishes are just clever iterations of toast, eggs or granola.

If you're nodding, you'll appreciate this collection of non-conventional options. For many people, pho, congee or spanakopita are a normal way to start the day. For most Sydneysiders, they're totally novel. And we think that's exciting.

X23 Asian Fusion Cafe

Go here for Malaysian-fusion dishes such as sambal-egg-stuffed croissants, waffles with pandan, and nasi-lemak burgers.

102 18 Park Lane, Chippendale

Cafe Monaka

In Mona Vale, experience a classic Japanese breakfast alongside cafe favourites.

2 24 Waratah St, Mona Vale

Hungry Paulie

Peppery pork buns and Taiwanese congee with doughnut dipping sticks for breakfast

Shop 1B 182/178 Rowe Street, Eastwood

Lankan Filling Station

The Toasted Godamba Roti is one of the killer dishes on Lankan Filling Station’s recently launched brunch menu. Flaky, buttery roti enveloping melted cheddar cheese, and bacon if you want. Green chilli and red onion give it a little kick, and aromatic curry leaves are like flavour bombs exploding with every bite.

Ground Floor 58 Riley Street, Darlinghurst

Devon North Sydney

This Devon offshoot brings Southeast Asian and Japanese fusion but with a few healthy twists.

Greenwood Plaza P01/36 Blue Street, North Sydney

Saint Peter

The Saint Peter menu changes all the time, but there are two constants on the breakfast menu: it will be weird and it will be delicious.

362 Oxford Street, Paddington

Devon Cafe

Best known for Breakfast with the Sakuma’s – miso grilled salmon, 63-degree egg and smoked eel croquettes. Also in Barangaroo.

76 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills

Rising Sun Workshop

Rise with a hearty bowl of ramen.

1c Whateley Street, Newtown

Balkan Oven

Burek from 6am, every day of the week.

Shop 2 1-3 King Street, Rockdale

Fika Swedish Kitchen

Get acquainted with the Swedish way of life.

5B Market Lane, Manly


On weekends, the Turkish restaurant runs huge breakfast feasts, where $35 per person buys you a 30-item, meze-like spread.

79 Elliott Street (corner of Darling Street), Balmain

Boon Cafe and Jarern Chai

Get some Thai in you.

1/425 Pitt Street, Haymarket

Cairo Takeaway

Enliven your weekend with some Egyptian street food.

81 Enmore Rd, Enmore


Try the nom banh chok - a Cambodian dish of fermented rice noodles, fish paste, fresh fish and veggies in a thin curry.

14-16/70 John Street, Cabramatta

Albee's Kitchen

Some of the best Malaysian breakfast in Sydney.

470 Anzac Parade, Kingsford

Brainwave Cafe

A playful mix of Thai cuisine and old-school cafe grub. And it's 100% vegetarian.

94, 732 Harris Street, Ultimo


Here, there's a continental buffet with some great Japanese options (spicy salmon udon, mushroom omurice).

Level G, The Darling at The Star 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont

Camellia Fusion Cafe

A Malaysian-Indian diner hidden in a decommissioned industrial area serving up Saturday morning banana-leaf breakfast spreads.

21 Grand Avenue, Camellia