Food and Wine
Dining in comfort
Sydney is one of the world’s great dining destinations. You can dine by Sydney Harbour in award-winning restaurants, enjoy a traditional pub nestled in history or simply take in the views at a cool rooftop bar.
The city centre is another magnet for eclectic new tastes. Restaurant Hubert inhabits a jazz-infused basement space with intriguing features including a wine balcony and a small theatre.Nomad’s Nathan Sasi brings Spanish and Moorish influences to his Mercado, in the same building as Indu’s village-style southern Indian fare.
Also in the city you can enjoy some superb cocktail bars. Sample delicious cocktail and food at the award-winning prohibition-themed Palmer & Co. The Darlo Country Club gives nearbyDarlinghurst an inner city cocktail oasis inspired by grand old Californian country clubs, and opulent cocktail bar Della Hyde adds more glamour to Oxford Street’s mix.
The Wilmot showcases modern, Asian-themed expressions of European and Australian classics from exec chef Ryan Hong. At Barangaroo, recent openings include Gin&It, a bar from The Barber Shop’s team boasting Australia’s largest gin collection, nestled beside cult food outlet Belle’s Chicken.
Chatswood is Sydney’s north-side Asian eating hub with temptations to rival Chinatown. The District dining precinct boasts 13 international outlets, including Australia’s first Tim Ho Wan dim sum house as well as the first north-of-the harbour outpost for dessert king Adriano Zumbo.
Hawker Lane, a bustling bazaar of Asian flavours, has transformed the lower level of Westfield Chatswood into a major foodie destination. In Chippendale, Spice Alley’s Kopi-Tiam delivers another aromatic powerhouse of hawker-style diners.
Sydney’s pub scene is enjoying its biggest revolution in ages, with imaginative operators, next-gen chefs and talented designers creatively rebooting historic venues. Beachside Coogee Pavilion is a new-age pub poster child, with its mix of casual dining, indoor and outdoor bars, and games area all crowned by a rooftop with wraparound ocean vistas.
Oxford Street’s The Paddington boasts a rotisserie-led menu by ex-Momofuku chef Ben Greeno in a plush refit The West Village in Petersham has a former Catalina chef rustling up swimmer crab rolls in its refreshed 1886-building and Public House Petersham is now serving craft brews, street art and house-made fare. Or enjoy the warm bustle of The Henson Park Hotel, a hip yet family-friendly Gastro Pub in nearby Marrickville.
Northern beaches waterside landmark, The Newport, is reemerging as an outdoor playground with landscaped gardens, multiple dining spaces, a patisserie and charcuterie, plus badminton and ping pong. The Village Inn in Paddington now has a clean, clubhouse look and glamorous upstairs cocktail bar, The Print Room. Nearby, The Unicorn serves delicious pub grub from cult burger joint Marys inNewtown. Other artfully reimagined pubs in the eastern suburbs include The Tilbury, The Bellevue and The Light Brigade.
Check out the ever-increasing number of new bars in Sydney, especially in the city centre and surrounds. Many of these buzzing venues are run with a personal touch and a bit of local flavour by enthusiastic young owner-operators.
Sydney has a way of putting you in the mood to try something new, especially when it comes to eating out. Chippendale and Rosebery have undergone an exciting urban renaissance as fabulous food hotspots.
The diversity of Sydney’s population is reflected in its extensive range of multicultural cuisine available across the city and its suburbs. Explore Sydney’s oldest Chinatown and discover its newest Thai Town.
Beachside hangouts, rooftop bars and glamourous wharf restaurants make Sydney’s alfresco dining options enticing year-round, while lush outdoor gardens offer inner city havens.
Brunch is possibly Sydneysiders’ favourite meal of the day, with stellar coffee joints, freshly baked bread and original creations that have developed cult followings.
Sydney’s growers’ markets take produce straight from the earth and deliver it direct to shoppers. Enjoy the freshest local produce while supporting local growers.