The creativity and energy of Sydney is evident in the many lively independent businesses you’ll find in its central neighbourhoods. Recently, we’ve been checking out some recommended by our followers, and were pleasantly surprised by their suggestions.

Here are a few winning eateries to check out this weekend—all perfect for celebrating spring with a delicious brunch. Let us know how you find them, and please feel free to share your recommendations.

Bellevue Cottage

This beautiful Glebe restaurant is located in a gently restored, heritage-listed waterfront building overlooking Blackwattle Bay. It’s headed up by chef Antoine Moscovitz, who worked in Paris under world-renowned chef Alain Ducasee. The alfresco dining and light-filled dining room make it the perfect location to celebrate spring. His menu features lots of respectfully prepared local ingredients, and his brunch menu prides itself on offering something different from avocado toast – think spanner crab scrambled eggs, suckling pork belly, and croque madame.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, be sure to visit for that special occasion or just a weekend breakfast.

55 Leichhardt St, Glebe

Yuga Flora Cafe

Another gem in Glebe—here you can surround yourself with beautiful flowers and artworks while you enjoy breakfast at the Yugo Flora Cafe. Setsuko Yanagisawa founded this floristry business and offers hand-crafted floral arrangements with Japanese and French influences as well as floristry workshops.

The cafe at Yuga Flora is open for breakfast and lunch, as well as morning and afternoon tea, with an alfresco deck for warm spring days. And you’ll even find a small art gallery showcasing the work of local artists. However, if you can’t make it here in person, you can also order flowers online, including red roses, seasonal wildflowers and Setsuko’s Japanese-style arrangements.

172 St John’s Road, Glebe

Goose Bakery Cafe

This is the place to head to for freshly baked sourdough and brioche, macaroons, cheesecake and sandwiches to take home. And what makes it extra special is that the wonderful food offerings are accompanied by a friendly welcome from owners Toshiyuki Miyazawa and Heejung Kim.

With a big communal table inside and bench seating outside, you can linger for a while with a Five Senses coffee.

38 Ross St, Forest Lodge

Garcon at Tramsheds

Drop by this French-inspired venue, where you can start the day with chia pudding and house-made crumpets, enjoy a lazy lunch, or indulge in wine, cheese and other small plates.

Enjoy the warmer weather here from one of the shady alfresco tables. A big green space nearby makes this a great destination for families, too.

1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge

Valhalla Social Club

If you’ve had a late night and are in need of a traditional fry-up, Valhalla is the place to go.

Here, you’ll find classic brunch food such as Eggs Benedict and the classic Valhalla Plate, piled with bacon and eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, sausage, spinach and baked beans. You can also enjoy the sunny terrace on a beautiful spring morning.

166 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Chiswick at the Gallery

Conveniently close to our offices in Hyde Park, the Art Gallery of NSW is one of Sydney’s best cultural experiences. What’s more, the quality of the in-house restaurant, Chiswick at the Gallery, is an added bonus that complement the artworks on display.

Headed by chef Matt Moran, the restaurant has been warmly received by its guests. Those who come here praise the incredible views over the Harbour and Woolloomooloo. Many also love the appealing seasonal menu, child-friendly service and lively atmosphere. And if you follow it with a stroll through Hyde Park, this is a classic Sydney day out for both residents and visitors.

Chiswick at the Gallery, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW, Australia

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Where are your favourite spots for a sumptuous weekend brunch? Please share your tips with us – we love giving a shout-out to Sydney’s great local businesses.

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