A Guide to the Best Cafes on Sydney’s North Shore

The North Shore has plenty of selling points, from its storybook homes and leafy streets, to prestigious schools and village café scene. While each neighbourhood has its own vibe, they all share a love of good food and quality coffee. Whether you’re a caffeine fiend or brunch buff, there’s a café that will suit your style. When the weekend rolls around, do as the locals do and make a beeline for these cafés.

Cedarwood Café – Wahroonga

Always busy and happening, Cedarwood is a very popular, local institution. With wood panelling, pendant lighting, this cool, artsy space is loved equally for its atmosphere and quality eats. This family-friendly café serves a fusion-influenced fare. Whether you’re feeling like fluffy pancakes or the classic smashed avo, Cedarwood has you covered!


Chalkboard Café - Gordon

For early risers, Chalkboard Café in Gordon is the place for breakfast. Close to the station, this neighbourhood hangout serves Danes Specialty Coffee and modern Australian fare with a twist. During the week, expect a line of commuters waiting for their morning coffee and come the weekend, couples and families with their furry friends trying to decide between their omelette offering or sourdough stack.


Stanley St Café – St Ives

This breakfast hotspot, just off the buzzing St. Ives strip, provides the perfect afternoon stop off. Grungy yet relaxed in vibe, the open space reflects the service; warm and inviting. If you hang around longer than your caffeine hit, you’re sure to be impressed by Stanley St Café’s Middle Eastern inspired menu offering. Think labne and zaatar with your eggs; delicious.


The Runaway Spoon - Lindfield

The Runaway Spoon brings honest quality meals using fresh seasonal ingredients to Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Polished timber furnishings and bright red pendant lamps inject inner city chic to this popular Lindfield neighbourhood local while service remains constantly friendly. Early risers can look forward to breakfast dishes such as quinoa power porridge with yoghurt, mixed berries and poached fruit while lunch patrons can share a plate of slow roasted duck spring rolls before enjoying double baked spinach and ricotta soufflé with roast tomato sauce and parmesan. A selection of local wines is available by the glass in addition to mouth-watering desserts such as chocolate ganache mud cake.


Pottery Green – Turramurra & Gordon

With two locations on the North Shore, Pottery Green is a certified local institution. This French-Vietnamese fusion café-slash-bakery does pretty much everything well; from pastries and pho, to coffee and juices. Rustic in vibe, this all-day eatery is the perfect one stop shop for you to pick up a fresh loaf of bread, grab a bite to eat and get your caffeine fix.


Flower Child - Chatswood

The ultimate pitstop for shoppers, Flower Child is a garden oasis in Westfield Chatswood. Set within a greenhouse styled space laden with vines and greenery – complementing the botanical vibe of each carefully plated dish. With the pastries, cakes and coffee courtesy of The Grounds, you know you are in for a delicious breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up. The French toast and acai bowl are must-try’s!



The Butchers Block – Wahroonga

People from all over Sydney flock to this North Shore institution for their breakfast Bellini’s and impressive brunch offering. The Butcher’s Block is a family-run eatery that boasts chic interiors filled with natural light and bordered by a lush herb garden; a true oasis. Take a seat at one of their rustic wooden tables and indulge in a mimosa with a side corn fritters.