Best brunches in the Shire

Lazy brunches are a staple of Australian lifestyle. Lining the shores and streets of the Sutherland Shire is an array of bustling breakfast spots. Choosing where to feast can be an overwhelming task for any brunch hunter. To make the choice a little easier, here is a list of the best bacon, flat whites and smashed avo in the Shire.

The Nuns’ Pool, Cronulla

The Nuns Pool takes its name from the ocean pool across the road at Shelly Beach where local nuns once bathed. With sweeping terrace views through the pine trees to the ocean and beachside esplanade, this restaurant, located down the southern end of the Cronulla peninsula is one of the most popular.  Here, the region’s best and freshest produce takes centre stage, with dishes like sweetcorn fritters with smoked salmon making the perfect brunch. 

KIN, Burraneer

Sealevel Restaurant & Bar and the adjoining Next Door now have another next of KIN. Literally. Take your time with an all day breakfast, brunch and lunch menu. If we were to nominate the star dishes on the menu, we’d go for the pumpkin fritter for brunch.

Our Father, Burraneer

This family-run business doles out dishes that will satisfy the mightiest MAMIL-clad weekend warriors: on offer here is avocado by the truckload and healthy(ish) comfort food of the highest order such as a bacon and egg roll and overnight oats Maple Syrup, Coconut Milk and Shredded Apple.

Milkhouse, Kurnell 

As the name indicates, Milkhouse heralds the dairy delight, milk as a staple on their menu. Try their mouth-watering lime milkshake for a milk sensation with a difference. Time your visit on a Sunday and explore their monthly ‘Street Food Sundays’, a foodie experience from Uruguay. Picture flaky empanadas and sweet churros and you’re in Milkhouse heaven.

HAM (Harry and Mario), Cronulla 

Award-winning café deli HAM is a family run institution standing near the shores of Cronulla. Enjoy dishes with fresh produce from the in-house deli and fresh bread from local bakery Thoroughbread. Relax with your coffee in the light-filled café, with hanging deli hams and leafy plants cascading the walls at the perfect beachside brunch spot.

Blackwood Pantry, Cronulla 

The all-day menu at Blackwood Pantry is a feast for the eyes and the stomach, filled with technicolour plates and a bustling atmosphere. Sip expertly made coffee in the pastel hued interior and enjoy dishes with the freshest of ingredients like the latest addition to the menu, creamy burrata. This pink tinged plate also comes with prosciutto, heirloom tomatoes, strawberry gazpachio, crusted pistachios, basil and garlic rubbed sourdough- heaven on a plate.

Hazelhurst Café, Gymea

For bright bowls, gorgeous grounds and delicious drinks, Hazelhurst Café is the place for you. Set in the hidden oasis of the Hazelhurst Art Gallery is a produce driven menu with breakfast delights including crispy sweet potato waffles and bumble bee chia cup granola. While away the hours with your picture-perfect breakfast in the gardens of Gymea then peruse the latest art collection in the gallery.

Bianco Nero, Gymea

Zucchini and feta fritters, chorizo brioche and a smoked salmon plate with spiced avocado, goat’s cheese and pesto are just some of the delectable plates found at this simple café. If you thought breakfast was good why not try Friday night tapas, serving a tasty menu of small plates packed with flavour and local beer.

7TH Heaven, Kirrawee & Sutherland

The quirky menu at 7th Heaven Café is like an exercise in blue-sky thinking with nothing on the menu that could darken your mood! Choose from neon-bright wellness bowls, spiced butterfly pea lattes, and a plate of pond-green smashed avo with a plant-based poached egg that is the colour of sunshine. It’s playful, fun and wholesome and the perfect fodder for your Instagram feed.

West End Espresso, Jannali

After visiting Jannali and struggling to locate a coffee shop, brothers Jake and Luke decided to fill the gap with their own beans. For bread lovers, you won’t be disappointed by West End Espresso’s gourmet sourdough sandwiches. Sip Reuben Hills beans expertly brewed by resident barista Jake Bonning in this cosy café.

The Boatshed, Woronora 

Set on Forbes Creek, this local favourite serves all day breakfast in an idyllic setting. Try locals favourite, the boatshed breakfast platter packed with all the usual suspects of waffles, avocado, eggs cooked two ways, hollandaise sauce, sourdough and much more. Once you’ve chowed down, rent a canoe on site and tackle the Woronora river.

Audley Dancehall Café, Audley

Nestled in the Royal National Park stands the Audley Dancehall Café. Relax by the Port Hacking River and tuck into a menu of wholesome food and peaceful atmospheres. For the hungry ones, tackle the Audley big breakfast with all the trimmings.

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