I could write for a year and I would not cover your choices as to where to eat in Sydney. More so than not the restaurants here fall into the first class category; while still offering plenty of cheap and cheerful options. Sydney is divided in suburbs where different ethnic groups have settled, thus you can go to the appropriate area when you have a craving for a particular kind of cuisine. This post is about two must-try classy cafes that are the epitome of the good life for Sydney locals.  

The Boatshed establishments have Sydney, great food and water views down to a fine art. All that Australia does so well is on display for you: Fresh fruit, fresh flowers, friendly young staff and a great mix of people and families are welcome with children.

When I was at Balmoral I saw a large group of mothers with their little ones in their arms having a catch up. The menus are diverse and all about fresh produce that is in season and cooked to perfection. However if all you want is a coffee and a treat you are still welcome. On the weekends there is often a queue, so if you can, visit on a weekday.

They have two locations, The Boatshed at Balmoral Beach and The Boatshed at Palm Beach and you will need a car to access both. Palm beach is an hours drive to the north of Sydney, but well worth it. They are open for breakfast and lunch and Balmoral offers baskets to take away so you can take your delicious meal to go and enjoy this beautiful part of Sydney.

For breakfast you might enjoy some of these:

Poached eggs with grilled leg ham, roast tomatoes + basil pesto on sourdough. Avocado Toast, Avocado with crispy bacon on thin seeded rye + cherry tomato salsa Green Eggs + Ham or Fruit salad w yoghurt & local honeycomb.

For Lunch, this can give you an idea of how difficult it is to choose:

Sydney Rock Oysters wakame, fresh lemon. Trout Board , Smoked trout pate, pancakes, & pickled cucumber. Local Battered Flathead with tartare, fresh lemon + chips or a Boathouse Salad. Green leaves, lentils, pumpkin & pomegranate and octopus.

I am sure you will delight in the meal just as I have and want to return, often.

This guest post was brought to you by Jacqueline Guglielmino, an expert cook and world traveler who shares her love of both with wit and charm on her blog.