For those fasting, look away now – for everyone else, we’ve collated our go-to breakfast orders on James St. In the form of fresh facts and must-order menu items, there is something for every appetite. Feast your eyes on our recommendations below.
Cuisine: A broad menu of pastries, fresh salads and all-day breakfast with a Mediterranean twist.
Must Have: Aunty Helen’s Baklava – think buttery pastry layered with crushed nuts and a honey lemon syrup…this, with a morning coffee are a match made in heaven.
Fresh Fact: Cantinho pour Fonzie Abbott Coffee – a nearby coffee roastery, so by drinking local, you’re supporting local too.
Cuisine: Continental dishes inspired by a variety of international cuisines.
Must Try: Shakshuka – a Middle Eastern dish featuring poached eggs in a spiced tomato and pepper sauce, topped with Kasundi and served with sourdough toast to soak up all of the saucy goodness.
Fresh Fact: Become acquainted with Fais Ta Tartine – the make your own toast option at Lobby Bar. Served with two pieces of sourdough toast, a variety of sides like ‘perfect’ eggs, ocean trout, smoky bacon, sautéed mushrooms and more, allowing you to create your ideal breakfast.
Cuisine: Champions of local and sustainable ingredients
Must Have: Start the morning with a Nourish Bowl filled with wholesome ingredients including green hummus, kale, avocado, sweet potato and roasted chickpeas – your metabolism will love you for it.
Fresh fact: A variety of freshly made toasted sandwiches are available daily. Quick, easy, cheesy and delicious for when you’re on the go, fillings include, but are not limited to parmesan cheese, zucchini, red onion, chicken, babaganoush – OK, the options are almost endless.
Cuisine: Coffee and quick eats
Must Have: Avocado toast, need we say more? Enjoy thick cut sourdough with ripe avocado and the option to add toppings like halloumi and sardines.
Fresh fact: Most days the espresso bar’s namesake Jamie will be there to serve you and say hello when you arrive.
Cuisine: Seasonal dishes
Must Have: The portobello mushrooms and lentils on toast with grilled haloumi and lemon is a vegetarian favourite.
Fresh Fact: Affectionately known as ‘Harveys’, the bistro is one of James St’s early adaptors and has become a routine breakfast haunt for locals.
Cuisine: À la carte menu inspired by international flavours.
Must Have: The Eggs Benedict with bacon is their signature dish and for a very good reason – one word, hollandaise.
Fresh Fact: From freshly squeezed juices to smoothies, frappes and milkshakes Spoon has an impressive selection of thirst-quenchers.
Cuisine: Juice bar and gelateria
Must Have: An Açai Bowl topped with fresh fruit, crunchy granola and coconut is a go-to healthy and refreshing breakfast option to kick-start your morning.
Fresh Fact: For our fitness friends, add protein powder to your favourite smoothie for the perfect post-workout smoothie fix.
Cuisine: Gourmet provisions
Must Have: It’s hard to narrow down to just one ‘must have’ at Jocelyn’s Provisions, however it would be a sin to pass up one of their freshly baked croissants.
Fresh fact: Their bread is baked fresh daily and best served with warm butter, in the comfort of your own kitchen to avoid consumption judgement…you’ll see what we mean.
Cuisine: Greengrocer, deli and butcher
Must Have: The options are endless at The Standard Market Company who pride themselves on offering the highest quality fruit, vegetable and deli items. It’s as easy as letting the produce do the talking when sourcing ingredients for your breakfast cook-up at home.
Fresh Fact: Explore the exotic fruit section and add something new to your fruit salad. Our pick is a Mangosteen – native to Southeast Asia it will add a burst of extra sweetness to your morning.
Cuisine: Baked goods made fresh daily
Must Have: Beignets – the pillow like French doughnut comes with an assortment of fillings from chocolate hazelnut, raspberry to lemon. Who said you can’t eat doughnuts for breakfast…their Beignets!
Fresh Fact: Vegans are well catered for with a plethora of loaves and sweet treats to pick from.
Must Have: Eggs with Eggs with Eggs – transport your palette to Greece with sourdough toast topped with boiled eggs, taramosalata and salmon roe.
Fresh Fact: Hellenika is located on level one of The Calile Hotel, enjoy your breakfast poolside under an umbrella. For the ultimate resort-like experience, swap your morning coffee for a refreshing mimosa!
Words by Georgette Bunn
July 20, 2021