The New York City food scene has been skewing more plant-based and (to borrow from Bon Appétit) healthy-ish than ever before, and we’re loving it.

At some point during our quest to eat all the avocado toast in the tri-state area, we noticed a smaller trend of sunny, casual, and fresh food-forward restaurants and cafés that all happened to be Australian (and yes, all have avo toast on their menus).

As a New Yorker who lived in Australia for four years and recently returned to Brooklyn, it’s been really exciting to see little slices of what I loved about dining out in Australia make it all the way to my current home.

So, what makes a café decisively Australian (besides the owner’s accent)?

Five Leaves owner Jud Mongell says he likes to focus on “fresh, high-quality cuisine paired with an impeccable coffee and cocktail program, but with the atmosphere of a very casual, fun neighborhood hangout.” Sweatshop’s co-founder, Luke Woodard adds that it’s all about the “Melbourne-esque aesthetic and feel from a coffee point of view, coupled with some classic Aussie brekkie options, and a super-chilled vibe.” I of course, think it all comes down to the avocado toast.

Here are eight New York-based Australian restaurants to check out if you’re looking for produce-driven dishes (hello avocados, seasonal vegetables, and fresh seafood), a relaxed attitude, and damn good coffee.

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Sweatshop
This cool little spot in Williamsburg takes its coffee seriously and has a menu that we just want to keep coming back to.

Food options include açai bowls with coconut yogurt, a great Avo Smash, and a selection of jaffles (a pressed grilled cheese) including a vegemite option, for the homesick Australians and the adventurous.

Two Hands
An mbg staff favorite, Two Hands has breakfast salads, açai bowls, and matcha lattes on lock. They do a great banana milkshake, too (which is a key component of a good breakfast menu for my husband).

Little Collins
Named after a street in Melbourne, Little Collins offers up lots of yummy things on toast and bread. We would happily eat their avocado toast, banana bread toast with ricotta and berries, and butternut squash sandwich on the regular.