There are two types of people in this world: those who are “extra” and those who are “basic”. Are you the type of person who, at brunch, is looking for the ultimate Instagram-worthy shot? Would you move around your plates and cups for it? If you’re like me and you’re guilty of doing this often, I’m honestly not sure what category you’d fall into. Everyone has a different opinion!
There are a few cafes which go above and beyond to create dishes that satisfy not just your tastebuds but also the eyes of you and your iPhone lens. With options you often can’t find anywhere else, how could these places possibly be basic?
So here are 5 of my favourite cafes in Surry Hills which are just that little bit extra:
> Reuben Hills: Inspired by the cuisines of Central and South America, Reuben Hills serves up a Latin-style brunch like nowhere else. Their menu stretches from classic baked eggs to next-level tostadas and in-house roasted coffee (with their own almond-macadamia milk blend!). You might forget to stop ‘gramming and start eating!
> Paramount Coffee Project: Sitting right next to the Golden Age Cinema, Paramount Coffee Project is the perfect place to get brunch before a matinee showing. While they’re focused on brewing their own specialty coffee, their menu items take inspiration from classic American dishes – think biscuits & gravy and fried chicken & waffles.
> Devon Café: Devon accurately describe themselves as a café that serves “brunch favourites with a quirky twist”. There are dishes that have names like “Breakfast with the Sakumas” and “Lost in Devonshire” (the to-die-for French toast). So naturally, they are the epitome of extra. Devon’s Barangaroo outpost also offers soft serve with hot chips as an optional dessert.
> Haven Specialty Coffee: Haven’s niche lies in specialty coffee – tailored to your liking based on their unique combination of different criteria (aroma, grind size, etc). Taking inspiration from Hong Kong, the various egg waffles and “kimcheese” burger are the key standouts from the food menu.
> Meet Mica: The latest addition to Surry Hills, the meals at Meet Mica are inspired by Asian and Nordic flavours (think lobster congee, banana yuzu porridge). If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to try their lava matcha French toast! Your eyes and your iPhone will salivate when that matcha pours out from under all that brioche.
What are your favourite Instagrammable spots in Surry Hills? Let me know – I’d love to check them out!