How do you like your pancakes? Stacked high and topped with fruit? Or filled with cheesy, savoury goodness? Or, perhaps, one that’s square and made of semolina? Some swear by the French-style thin crepe; others want a springy, spongy American version perfect for soaking up all that maple syrup. Whatever your pancake passion, Sydney’s breakfast game is strong – batter up.
With three venues in Sydney, Bills’ famous ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter and banana are never too far away. Whether you venture to Darlinghurst, Surry Hills or Bondi Beach, the dish is (fortunately) available all day.
79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach; (02) 8412 0700
433 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst; (02) 9360 9631
359 Crown Street, Surry Hills (02) 9360 4762
A Double Bay institution, Indigo’s pancakes are a permanent fixture on the ever-changing menu – they’re that good. The caramelised banana is the star on top of the stack, finished with a generous dollop of vanilla-whipped mascarpone.
1 Transvaal Avenue, Double Bay; (02) 9363 5966
Does it get better than a fondant pancake? Those in the Inner West are spoilt with this offering from Cuckoo Callay. Filled with lemon and white chocolate and artistically decorated with vanilla crème fraiche, blackcurrant ice-cream, macadamia crumble and sour cherry sauce, it’s the prettiest pancake in Sydney.
Newtown Railway Station, 324A King Street, Newtown; (02) 9557 7006
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Locals flock to Harry’s at Bondi Beach for some of the best coffee in the beachside suburb – and the impressive pancake. If you haven’t already spotted it on Instagram, expect lashings of maple syrup drizzled over the ricotta hotcake decorated with blueberries, lemon balm, double cream and edible flowers.
2/136 Wairoa Avenue, Bondi Beach; (02) 9130 2180
Bread and Circus
You may have to wait for a table on the weekend, but the pancakes at Alexandria’s Bread and Circus are worth it. Banana and ricotta pancakes dished up with maple syrup, lemon compound butter, caramalised banana and strawberries are a favourite on this canteen’s menu.
21 Fountain Street, Alexandria; 0418 214 425
Fika Swedish Kitchen
Just a few blocks back from the shores of Manly’s picturesque beach, Fika Swedish Kitchen serves up a less than conventional pancake, although that doesn’t make the Alandspannkaka any less delicious. The square (yes, you read right) semolina pancake, is generously topped with cream and homemade jam. Hard to say – easy to eat.
5B Market Lane, Manly; (02) 9976 5099
A favourite haunt of Shire locals, Blackwood Pantry’s fruity take on the humble hotcake deserves recognition. Served with passion fruit curd, blueberries, pomegranate and fresh coconut, it’s best consumed after a dip at the beach.
5/33 Surf Lane, Cronulla; (02) 9544 4857
Hale and Hearty
Those with a healthy conscience don’t have to miss out on the pancake parade thanks to health-conscious Hale and Hearty. This unassuming café in Waterloo serves up 12 varieties of pancakes – with both sweet and savoury options that are gluten-free and dairy-free. Craving an exotic stack? Try the crispy bacon and avocado or organic turmeric and mango pancakes.
9/24 Danks Street, Waterloo; (02) 8399 0255
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