Oh, The Hills. Sydney’s north-west hub for the best brunches and cocktail bars your heart desires. We’ve jam packed our favourite cafes, tapas bars and of course our top picks on where to eat and drink while enjoying life on the (better) side of the bridge.
Wolfe & Co.
538 Old Northern Road, Dural NSW
Wolfe & Co. strive to source their fresh produce and supplies locally, even making their own in-house granola, ice-cream and preserves. The cafe is open plan, making it the perfect food and coffee haven. Don’t leave without trying their Pecan Pie French Toast complete with maple custard and caramelised banana. More than just coffee and great food, be sure to check out their in-store or online shop too, and stock up on homewares, beauty products and more!
Castle Towers, 461/4-16 Castle St, Castle Hill
Castle Hill’s bustling, industrial styled cafe is the perfect place to get those caffeine vibes flowing and the good times rolling. Open from 7-3pm, 7 days a week, there’s no excuse not to visit. Established in 2013, The Baron thrives on supporting local farmers and delivering unreal food and coffee. It’ll be your new ‘local’.
78 Glenhaven Rd, Glenhaven
Situated in the sunny suburbs of Glenhaven, The Tuckshop is the place for all your milk bar style cravings. There’s room to park your pushbike, sit inside (or out) and if you’re up to making the most of the weather you can grab one of their picnic blankets and head to the nearby park to really make the most of your weekend (or weekday!) Don’t leave without trying their cheesy burger with fries.
250 Old Northern Rd, Castle Hill
This not so hidden cocktail bar is exactly what the Hills was waiting for. The decor is impeccable, cocktails unbelievable and the food is deliciously created to a T. There’s no real need to head to the city for a cheeky amaretto sour anymore, especially with this good ol’ establishment. Their prawn toast is a must to start your weekend off right, and for all your event needs – they cater for that too.
2/250 Old Northern Rd, Castle Hill
A Hills favourite, Youeni is a cafe full of wholehearted goodness. The hanging greenery, smell of freshly baked granola and of course their minimalist cafe feel only highlights the ethos of this plant based cafe. Order the berry buckwheat and sorghum pancakes with one of their coffee brews – good decisions are made here.
Wild Pear Cafe
658 Old Northern Rd, Dural
If you’re looking for a good view and ambiance to match, look no more as Wild Pear Cafe is your new brunch spot. It ticks all the right boxes for amazing food, enriching coffee and of course is definitely insta-worthy! Update the gram’ after you’ve ordered the turkish delight pavlova with a rosewater milkshake to match!
E205/24-32 Lexington Dr, Bella Vista
Influenced by California and good times – Cheddr was created and the Hills is ever so thankful. With a variety of cocktails, share meals and cheese plates you’ll be in for a memorable night. Immerse yourself in Cali vibes with a luxurious twist whilst sipping on a Passiflora Jazz. If you’re looking for a boozy mid-week lunch spot – Cheddr is now open Thursdays and Fridays from 12pm onwards.
The Lane Wine and Tapas Bar
270C Old Northern Rd, Castle Hill
Just as the name states, The Lane is one alley you will want to head down. With platters and tapas plate produce sourced from the likes of Byron Bay and The Hunter Valley – you can rest assured the food and wine is on par with any inner city local, with an extensive wine list to match.
The House of Herbs and Roses
745 Old Northern Rd, Dural
A nursery with a difference. Situated on busy Old Northern Road, it’s a cosy oasis that’s not to be missed. Stop by for a high tea that is filled with home-made scones, cakes and a tea list that’s incredible. If you’re stopping by for lunch, their warm lamb salad is easily the best thing you’ll ever try. With warm and inviting staff – it really is the place to go.
Hidden Jem Cafe
10/4 Nelson St, Kenthurst
This cafe is truly a hidden jem. With perfectly themed decor as well as being the ultimate foodie haven that Kenthurst has seen. They even cater for events! Hidden Jem is a must pit stop for lunching with the ladies, or grabbing a coffee and cake with the boys. After all, what are Saturdays for?
When she’s not globetrotting, Caitlin Martin loves to scope out Sydney’s hidden gems, with a camera and coffee in hand. Follow her adventures @caitlineliseeee
Image credit: Crooked Tailor, Hidden Jem Cafe, Wolfe & Co, Cheddr.