Where to Eat and Drink in Sydney
Collected by Serena Renner , AFAR Contributor
While a dinner out in Sydney can often induce sticker shock, you get what you pay for—meaning some of the best regional meat, seafood, and produce around mixed with diverse cooking traditions and a playful Australian spirit.
66 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
My photo doesn't do it justice, but this restaurant is beautiful, located in an art deco building. Chef Neil Perry's food is excellent. Not cheap, but I think it is worth it for a special night. The place has a great buzz. And be sure to ask for...
362 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
In a spare sandstone space in Paddington, Saint Peter puts all the emphasis on the seafood. Whether chef Josh Niland is working with fillets of snapper, Petit Clair de Lune oysters, whole urchin, or tiny herring, he applies the same care and...
210 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
A classic martini poured from a tin can sounds like dadaist nonsense—until you step into The Continental, a deli-meets-cocktail-bar where shelves are stacked with pyramids of house-canned fish, curried lentils, chickpeas in harissa, and...
Banksmeadow NSW 2019, Australia
With eleven locations around Sydney—from a humble flagship in Surry Hills to a shop all the way down in Kirrawee—Bourke Street Bakery is the local master of artisan loaves and such pastries as the giant lamington. The...
277 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
This Newtown patisserie has gained a cult following, and three additional locations, since opening in 2008. Owner Christopher Thé makes all his pastries by hand, forgoing additives and dyes for purely seasonal ingredients. There are savory...
19 Kent St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
One of Sydney’s oldest “hotels” (watering holes with rooms), this Rocks favorite was built out of convict-quarried sandstone in the 1830s and ’40s. The Lord Nelson added a brewery in 1987 and now produces English-style...
1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge NSW 2037, Australia
Housed in the revitalized Rozelle Tramway Depot, Tramsheds has fast become one of the city’s most exciting culinary destinations, thanks to new concepts from some of Sydney’s favorite chefs. Bodega 1904 (from the team behind...
270 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
A North Bondi Beach institution since 1993, Sean’s Panaroma is known for unpretentious yet delicious fare, served in a homey dining room alongside fresh-cut flowers and views of Australia’s most famous beach. The simple chalkboard...
79 Hall St, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
Chef Bill Granger started his first restaurant in Darlinghurst at age 24. Since then, his sunny Aussie eatery (most famous for its creamy scrambled eggs, ricotta hotcakes, and crunchy corn fritters) has spread to Surry Hills as well as Honolulu,...
7a/2 Huntley St, Alexandria NSW 2015, Australia
The Grounds café—run out of a former pie factory in the warehouse district of Alexandria—makes coffee, juices, smoothies, baked goods, and rustic breakfast and lunch dishes with equal care. Order a flat white (a cross between a...
141/143 Macpherson St, Bronte NSW 2024, Australia
Three Blue Ducks draws a queue of Bronte beachgoers every weekend for its famous orange yogurt pancakes and scrambled eggs with black sausage. Besides the friendly staff, graffiti-meets-indie-music vibe (especially cool at dinner), and the...
169 Dolphin St, Coogee NSW 2034, Australia
A quick bus ride from the city (or a refreshing end to the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk), Coogee Pavilion is one of the most happening beach bars in Sydney. The downstairs area is home to a wood-fired pizza oven, oyster bar, juice stall, and...
379 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
After nearly 10 years of serving some of the best wood-fired pizzas in Sydney, Gigi in Newtown did the unthinkable—it went vegan. Some customers panicked but the restaurant continued to thrive anyway, adding momentum to the...
50 Holt St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
This Argentine-inspired grill is cool and kitschy. The decor is a mix of cowhide, faded South American posters, and leather furniture. Whole pigs or lambs roast slowly over an open pit, and the bar upstairs has a killer cocktail list.
35 Oxford St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Slide into a sexy booth or black-velvet armchair at this award-winning French restaurant on happening Oxford Street and admire the grand chandeliers, antique flower pots, oversized clock display, and fabulous French staff. Founded by the famous...
4/256 Crown St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Speakeasies and secret bars are an ongoing trend in Australian cities, namely Melbourne and Sydney. Down an unassuming alley off Crown Street, behind an equally unassuming doorway, lies Shady Pines Saloon—if it weren’t for the...
6 Mary St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Like many of the hippest bars in town, Mary’s is intentionally hard to find. As you make your way down King Street, hang a right on Mary Street and look for a bar on the left with no sign and a rocker crowd. Inside the two-story tavern, a...
1/28 MacLeay St, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia
Long a supporter of organic, fair-trade, and biodynamic food, star Aussie chef Kylie Kwong even took her former restaurant on Crown Street carbon-neutral in 2007. She’s also a pioneer of native Australian ingredients and is responsible for...
46-52 Meagher St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
“Ester is right around the corner from my restaurant in Chippendale. Mat Lindsay's food—roasted oysters, king prawn with capers, dry aged steak on the bone—is some of the most delicious in Sydney," says Sydney-based chef Clayton...
Corner of Pitt Street &, Angel Pl, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
What he lacks in Thai heritage, Australian chef David Thompson has made up for with decades of Thai travel, research, and reverence. At his restaurant Long Chim—a shadowy bunker decorated in disco balls and animal-themed paintings...
393-399 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
This two-level Cantonese palace—connected by an escalator—is lined with tanks of live fish, crustaceans, and bivalves, which the staff will stir-fry, steam, salt-and-pepper, and douse in XO sauce to your heart's delight. There are many...
60-64 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Launched in Surry Hills in 2003 under the name Single Origin Roasters, this coffee company quickly received the Aussie shortening treatment and became known simply as Single O. While most Sydneysiders now understand what single-origin coffee...
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