Asking people where to get the best breakfast in Mosman will always stir up a debate… especially because there are so many excellent options.
Whether you come for the food, the coffee, the people or the view, you have no shortage of choice when it comes to breakfast and brunch locations.
We have rounded up some of the top-rated cafes and venues, plus nominated one of our own. Some are suited to long lazy weekend breakfasts, while others are great for a quick bite.
Crepes are underrated in Australia but Four Frogs is changing that, one venue at a time. Open from 7.30am, Four Frogs in Mosman serves sweet and savoury delights, with plenty of options for children, vegans, vegetarians and those on gluten-free diets.
Reviews give this venue a near five-star rating, saying the food is delicious and the service excellent. You will have to turn up early to be guaranteed a table at peak times on the weekend as they do not take bookings during the day on Saturday or Sunday.
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The Boathouse Balmoral Beach
Breakfast is served at The Boathouse from 7am until 11.30am. The menu includes ricotta hotcakes, smoked salmon fritters, green bowls and traditional bacon and egg rolls. Cold pressed juices, smoothies and coffee will complement your meal.
This waterside location shines and is an excellent place to bring guests so you can show off an idyllic Sydney beach.
Avenue Road Cafe
Reviews talk about how this cafe is busy but well-organised and how it always serves tasty food. Choose a traditional dish like a brekky roll or be adventurous and sample the Southern Fried Benny; eggs benedict with crumbed fried chicken, bacon and chilli hollandaise.
Located in the heart of Mosman, the cafe has a relaxed atmosphere and welcomes walk-ins.
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Ideal for lingering over brunch, Burnt Orange evokes the feeling of days gone by.
Find a seat on the wrap-around verandah and enjoy sweeping views of the National Park and Harbour. On the menu are banana hotcakes, breakfast bruschetta and eggs benedict. Booking is recommended, with breakfast starting from 8.30am, Wednesday to Sunday.
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Located in the heart of Mosman, The Source roasts coffee beans onsite so you know you are getting top quality cappuccinos, espressos and long blacks.
As one reviewer explains, what’s special about this place is that “The Source has a good feel and camaraderie about it …. you can talk to anyone like old friends”. More of a casual venue, it specialises in all-day brekkie. The coffee machine fires up at 6am so you can get your caffeine hit early.
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Parlez-vous delicious? Staffed by French speakers, this cafe is located in Headland Park and welcomes families, cyclists, dog walkers and out-of-towners as well as locals.
Frenchy’s is a bush walk away from popular landmarks including Balmoral, Chowder Bay and Taronga Zoo. This cafe is one of our picks because it is close to the De Brennan Property office.
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What makes an excellent Mosman coffee?
Ever wondered why some coffee shops nail it every time while others don’t always deliver on quality, heat or flavour?
More often than not, the secret is in a combination of an excellent barista and a premium machine. If you love a consistently good coffee, check if the venue has a double or triple boiler coffee machine. This helps keep the water at a consistent temperature so the quality is easier to control. While most machines can make a reasonable coffee, you get more reliable results with a high-end machine.
Everybody has their preferences but keep an eye out for brands like Slayer, La Marzocco and Synesso and Sanremo.