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 of rice, pan-seared salmon, miso soup and tamagoyaki (a rolled Japanese omelette), alongside cafe favourites. Think avocado on toast, acai bowls and solid coffee. The raw oak tea-house aesthetic is fitting – aromatic, flavourful green teas imported from Japan are brewed here daily.

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

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



For spanakopita and other Greek classics.

238 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

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