The top 10 Australian cafes around the world

1. LANTANA, LONDON

Australian-style cafes are popping up all over the world, and some of the first were found in London. Lantana has been a fixture in London's Fitzrovia district since 2008. At breakfast it serves classics such as smashed avo and corn fritters, along with more adventurous dishes such as the Buddha Bowl which features cauliflower quinoa "rice" with edamame. The in-house coffee is excellent, and the hot chocolate comes all the way from Koko Deluxe in Melbourne. See lantanacafe.co.uk 

2. LITTLE COLLINS, NEW YORK

Space is at a premium in Midtown Manhattan, so this café is squeezed into a compact Lexington Avenue shopfront. It's busy but cheerful, the menu featuring simple brekkie dishes along with inventive salads and sandwiches. They include the Charcoal Chook with mashed peas, bacon and chipotle mayo; and the Holy Shishito, made from lavain batard bread with shishito pepper scrambled eggs. See littlecollinsnyc.com 

3. HARDWARE SOCIÉTÉ, PARIS

The owners of Melbourne's popular Hardware Société have opened a branch in the City of Lights. Its already European-inspired menu translates well to a Parisien oeuvre, and the Montmartre location can't be topped. Rendezvous here for the likes of croquetas crevette et petit pois (prawn and pea croquettes) or salmon millefeuille, and coffee from Melbourne's Padre roasters. See instagram.com/hardwaresocieteparis 

4. ALLAN'S BREAKFAST CLUB, BERLIN

What do you get when you cross a Frenchman with an Aussie café in the capital of Germany? That's the intriguing set-up for this venue, its owner having spent years living in Sydney. It's a cosy space with a long dining table, and turns into a wine bar by night. There are plenty of vegetarian options on the menu, including shakshouka, and a green lentil du puy salad. See facebook.com/allansbreakfastclub 

5. BILLS, TOKYO

Bills Tokyo at the upmarket Omotesando shopping strip
Photo: Petrina Tinslay
Bills Omotesando
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Photo: Petrina Tinslay

Sydney chef Bill Granger's name adorns a chain of cafes across Japan, with four in the capital. The branch on the upmarket Omotesando shopping strip resembles an Aussie cafe lofted into the sky, with loads of natural light, pine tables and sand-coloured tiles. It's a busy space full of Tokyo-ites enjoying sweetcorn fritters, ricotta hotcakes, and the Fresh Aussie, featuring gravlax and poached eggs. See billsjapan.com 

6. ESPRESSO ALCHEMY, HONG KONG

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Espresso Alchemy, Hong Kong

This small chain has a Chinese-Aussie owner, and the Quarry Bay outlet is very much a "local": a small, friendly space on a street lined with local shops and residential towers. Food ranges from an all-day big breakfast to the likes of a smoked salmon and avocado burger for lunch. In addition to its various coffees, there's a selection of both Western-style and traditional Chinese teas. See alchemycoffee.net 

7. PARAMOUNT COFFEE PROJECT, LOS ANGELES

This Aussie-owned café certainly looks the part, within a narrow interior with concrete floors, timber panelling and a wall hung with potted plants. There's filter coffee as well as espresso, and dishes like The Paramount, composed of scrambled eggs, mahon cheese, Worcestershire mayo, shallot jam, and a salt and pepper biscuit. See pcpfx.com 

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8. COMMON MAN, SINGAPORE

Common Man Coffee Roasters. 22 Martin Road, Singapore.Common Man Coffee Roasters. 22 Martin Road, Singapore.
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Founded by a Western Australian, this roaster's main outlet is a big, stylish venue. The menu is delightfully eclectic: at breakfast the Veggie Wonderland offers a meat-free feast; at lunch the crab salad with sugar snaps, avocado and a mango mint dressing catches the eye. There's a wide range of espresso, filter and even nitro brews. See commonmancoffeeroasters.com 

9. CAFÉ MELBOURNE, MONTREAL

The bilingual menu at this cafe in Canada's coolest city is short but enticing. For brunch the standout item is the Jungle Bird, a breakfast burger in brioche with a mango salad; at lunchtime there's a Persian toastie with eggplant, tahini and the spicy sauce zhug. Try a Lucky Charms café latte, with pieces of the breakfast cereal scattered over the top. See facebook.com/melbcafe 

10. CARAVAN, SEOUL

This Australian-owned café in upmarket Gangnam is decorated in appropriately Gangnam style, with a stylish fitout of coloured marble and timber floorboards attracting fashion-conscious patrons. The inventive menu ranges from Breakfast Asparagus to the Chef's Burrata, a cheesy dish involving olive crumble and a passionfruit gel. There's a second outlet in the hip Hapjeong district. See instagram.com/caravanseoul 

Tim Richards was hosted by the Korea Tourism Organisation and Caravan in Seoul, and by Bills Japan in Tokyo.

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