The food is excellent. The beer is cold. The sun nearly always shines. There is coffee on every corner. Life doesn't get much better than this.
– Bill Bryson
Futuristic Willy Wonka-esque dessert shop located in The Star Casino & Hotel complex. Pop in for a treat to go or stay and enjoy the sushi train style dessert bar, where Zumbo's sweets wiz by on a conveyor belt for your taking. Don't miss the zambarons (macarons), which come in a range of inventive flavors like salted gianduja caramel, watermelon and orange, and cola.
A favorite of design lovers, the restaurant’s rough concrete and desaturated colors are a great stage to show off Australian-Greek cooking. Order the full Greek menu, a mélange of classics like saganaki cheese, Greek salad, and slow cooked lamb.
Australian chef Bill Granger's specialty is breakfast and specifically scrambled eggs. His secret: he uses cream instead of milk, making them the fluffiest you'll ever taste. Things get crowded during peak hours, so arrive early or plan to wait. Additional outposts are in Surry Hills and Woollahra.
Charming seaside shack in the northern most suburb of Sydney. Sit on the deck at one of the outdoor picnic tables and watch the seaplanes land while enjoying classic beach fare like fish and chips, crab cakes, and burgers. Make an afternoon of it and visit one of the local beaches or take a walk up to Barrenjoey lighthouse.
A neighborhood bakery known for artisan bread, fresh sausage rolls, and delicious meat pies. Lines are long but move quickly. Try the ginger brûlée tart — it will more than make up for the time you spent waiting.
Named after the Italian word for 'upstairs', this casual spot is a favorite of the locals and sits atop Fratelli Fresh, a popular gourmet grocer from the same owners. Dishes are simple and wholesome with generous prices considering the quality of food you're getting.
Gourmet take-away chicken shop that is a favorite of locals and known for their use off fresh and wholesome ingredients.
Cozy French provincial cafe with a little shop in the front selling homewares and gourmet food. Sip your coffee on the front porch where the regulars spread out with laptops and papers or stay inside for baked eggs with shaved black truffle. Evening visitors have wines and French cheeses.
Gardenside dining with a menu designed for sharing. The bright white space is naturally lit with floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors. Much of the produce is grown in their 150 square-meter vegetable garden, and the wood-roasted lamb comes from the owner’s farm.
Any night of the week this Mexican pop-up (that's staying for good) is jam-packed with all of the city's trendies. They have tacos, jalapeno margaritas, colorful stencils in sunset colors, Mexican oil-cloth, and a DJ spinning on weekends.
Upscale fish and chip shop where the waiters wear blue-and-white striped shirts and diners post photos of their best catch on the fishing club wall.
Visit for a truly original dining experience with the freshest of ingredients and most innovative of cooking techniques. The restaurant inhabits Sydney's Barcelona building, where both the inside and outside are unmistakably Gaudiesque in design. The food is best suited for adventurous eaters who won't pause at names like 'calamari crackling and ink sauce' or 'textures of duck.' The presentation is almost as exciting as tasting the food itself and will have your table deconstructing the various components of each dish as they appear before you. Don't miss out on their signature 'Liquid butternut gnocchi', which consists of small hollow gelatinous balls that burst in your mouth revealing a delicious mushroom flavored broth.
Historic pie cart that's been around since the 1930s. Try their signature beef pie, Harry's Tiger, which is topped with a scoop of mash & gravy and a heaping pile of mushy peas.
A can't miss Sydney dining experience serving modern Mediterranean cuisine. The panoramic views of Bondi Beach are what you're really paying for. Book in advance and ask for seating next to the window.
Chic Italian restaurant housed in Sydney's contemporary performing arts center, CarriageWorks. The structures historical lineage and primarily white and black décor lends the restaurant a mod industrial feel. Fun accents include graphic Marimekko prints and unexpected details like fringe hanging from the ceiling. The menu is centered around seasonal produce with standouts being the rosemary focaccia and roast pork with fennel.
Take a trip down memory lane at the canteen-style dining hall that will have you reminiscing about school days. Fresh and simple preparations are served from behind a long counter, where daily offerings include everything from Kurobutta ham to wood-fired pumpkin with nigella seeds. The former warehouse is shared with design shop Koskela, which produces the majority of its furniture locally.
Quaint French inspired concept store that sells European-sourced homewares and houses a café whose menu features everything from lattes and Belgian hot chocolate to house-cured salmon and confit duck tartines.
Chef David Chang's first restaurant outside of New York does not disappoint. A new kind of fine dining experience for Sydney with its semi-casual atmosphere, loud hip-hop music, and single menu offering of a multi-course digestion tasting. Those lucky enough to be seated at the counter will enjoy a behind the scenes show as each of their dishes are prepared and plated. Like Chang's other restaurants, reservation are necessary and tricky, but those in the know are aware of the five seat bar, with it's special menu that ranges for AUD$4-25 and only accepts walk-ins.