Cafes and Restaurants in Sydney’s Inner East


The Winery
285A Crown Street, Surry Hills 2010 Ph: 02 8070 2424

The Winery is a happening place tucked away in a luxurious garden. It’s relaxed, casual, down-to-earth and at night, epitomises our sassy Sydney vibe. The Winery has an elaborate all-day food menu and a wide selection of award-winning wines and cocktails. Choose the garden for moonlit encounters or cut the air with beautiful folk interiorly.

Mohr Fish
202 Devonshire St Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Ph: 02 9318 1326

Mohr Fish is a small, unassuming local chippy in a corner terrace established for more than 20 years. An oasis for seafood lovers, this restaurant serves excellent traditional fish and chips and the freshest and tastiest seafood in NSW. Their food is so good you’ll end up saying Mohr please.

Marque French Restaurant
355 Crown St Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Ph: 02 9332 2225

Marque offers creative and modern French cuisine with an Australian twist. The service is friendly and excellent and the wine recommendations are top-notch. The food is exceptional with an unexpected burst of flavour. If you want a special fine dining experience, Marque has to be on your list.

Low 302
302 Crown Street, Darlinghurst NSW Ph: 02 9368 1548

Low 302 is an intimate cocktail bar and restaurant. It’s a sneaky little charmer – warm, inviting with friendly, welcoming staff. Low 302 has a great ambience, a satisfying drinks list and occasionally groovacious bands. A funky under-the-radar hang-out for nibbles and cocktails with mates old and new.

Trinity Bar & Bistro
505 Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010 Ph: 02 8333 9999

Trinity Bar is one of Surry Hills’ oldest pubs. It has a reputation for delicious pub food, warm service, and a cosy atmosphere – while its outdoor street-level balcony pretty much always has competition for tables. Recommended is nabbing a table for lunch with friends on the outdoor terrace area – preferably on a warm summer’s day or tucking in to a hot meal in the bar when the weather gets chilly. Hop in to this trad local pub and feel the buzz.

Christo’s Five Way Pizzeria
224 Glenmore Road Five Ways Paddington Ph: 02 9360 6796

Christo’s Five Ways Pizzeria is all about serving up homemade gourmet pizzas in a friendly, warm atmosphere. The unique flavour of their pizza comes from the wood burning oven they use which gives that authentic traditional pizza flavour from Italy. Christo’s Five Way Pizzeria is not your ordinary pizza place, it has that Paddo vibe which cannot be found elsewhere.

Bar H
80 Campbell St, Surry Hills Ph: 02 9280 1980

Hamish Ingram’s Bar H is a stylish restaurant with fast and friendly service. It’s set on a corner location which provides visibility in and out and offers modern Asian foods which are simple yet full of flavour. If you want great food and cocktail on a casual night out, Bar H is the place.

Toby’s Estate Coffee
129 Cathedral St Woolloomooloo NSW 2011 Ph: 02 9358 1196

The original and the best! Toby’s Estate Coffee is the ultimate caffeine-lover’s destination in Woolloomooloo. This fab coffee shop offers classes for barista training and has a casual ambience with uber-cool yet nevertheless welcoming staff. Their coffee is as you’d imagine, consistently excellent and their coffee art is usually an unexpected delight too. Breakfast menu simple but darn good.

Devon Café
76 Devonshire St, Surry Hills 2043 Ph: 02 9211 8777

You cannot wander down Devonshire Street and bypass Devon Café. Laid back and debonaire, it’s the place to go for an awesome brunch. They have fresh homemade cakes and pastries baked daily and coffee which will delight anyone who visits, even the world’s greatest baristas.

Café Mint
579 Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney Ph: 02 9319 0848

Have you always wanted to go to Morocco? Sample a selection of modern Middle Eastern dishes at one of the best cafes on Crown Street. You’ll be easily transported to North Africa, Turkey & beyond when you savour the Hugh Foster’s exotic flavours at Café Mint.

Café DOV
130 Victoria St Potts Point NSW 2011 Ph: 02 9368 0600

Café DOV has been a favourite Sydney café for more than a decade. This fully licensed café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a delightful wine list. Expect friendly and efficient service with excellent food, especially at night where their diversity wows the local foodie crowd. If you’re in the Kings Cross / Potts Point area, this café is well worth a visit.

Lumiere Café & Patisserie
425 Bourke Street Surry Hills Ph: 02 9331 6184

Lumiere is one of Surry Hills’ most unexpected licensed cafés. This casual French patisserie is well known for its all-day breakfast and some of the finest coffees in the East. The ricotta hot cakes and the hearty Lumiere breakfast are a must-try. They also have spacious indoor and outdoor seating which caters for up to 120 people, rare in the inner East.

Toast Café
45 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010 Ph: 02 9280 2615

Toast Café is a chic hangout for foodies from all over Sydney. This fabulous cafe offers gourmet delights dedicated to using quality organic ingredients and has a scrumptious selection of bread, cheese, olive oil, pasta, jams, coffee, tea and more. Their food concept – fresh quality produce used creatively and simply.

Cafe Hernandez
60 Kings Cross Road Potts Point NSW 2011 Ph: 02 9331 2343

Café Hernandez opened its doors in 1972 and has not closed since then. It’s a brilliant little institution open 24 hours, seven days a week throughout the year. Café Hernandez has a great range of blends and they always have the freshest coffee (they roast the beans on-site). They also have the best churros accompanied by a thick and rich chocolate! If you’re after superb coffee with a history, Café Hernandez is the place to drop by.

Twig Café
357 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills Ph: 02 8021 6406

Twig Café is a garden café run by husband-and-wife team Richard and Lorraine Francis. They’re seriously devoted to using organic sustainable produce that is fresh and wholesome. It is a great place for a healthy and tasty breakfast, lunch or cake and coffee.

Best Thai
261 Victoria St Darlinghurst NSW 2010 Ph: 02 9356 4944

Experience the best in one of Sydney’s most consistent Thai cafe/restaurants. This restaurant has an extensive menu of authentic Thai cuisine with special herbs and spices obtained direct from Thailand. Find yourself sitting in a lovely atmosphere of genuine Thai decor and open-to-the-street format, just like you’ll find on the streets of Bangkok, if you’ve ever been.

The Rustic Pearl
415 Crown Street, Surry Hills 2010 Ph: 0413 444 161

The Rustic Pearl is a lovely little café inspired by Balkan Aegean and French influences. Experience a fusion of Balkan, Greek, Mediterranean, Turkish and French cuisine when you dine at the Rustic Pearl.

The Factory Grind
1/344 Bourke Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010 Ph: 02 8084 1466

The Factory Grind is a freshly minted, cool little corner spot in Surry Hills which serves European and South American inspired breakfast and lunch. They also serve espressos and lattes with beautiful caffeine art.

346 Liverpool St Darlinghurst, NSW 2010 Ph: 02 9331 8749

There are many great little places in Darlinghurst and Onde is one of them. This restaurant is great – buzzing atmosphere, fast and friendly service and a comfortable dining room. Onde’s menu is a fresh and seasonal take on a traditional French bistro and the wine list is reasonably priced too. Onde delivers and does not disappoint.

Reuben Hills
61 Albion Street, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010 Ph: 02 9211 5556

Reuben Hills is one of those flavours of the month that just keeps giving – a truly exciting Surry Hills cafe. This hipster hangout remains one of the locals’ favourite spots, but equally it’s full of mega-successful trendoids from as far as MacArthur & Cabramatta – groovesters from anywhere making it big and knowing what’s in. Their signature dish the NOT Reuben Sandwich is a must as well as their impeccable coffee and world-famous-on-instagram salted caramel shake.

Billy Kwong
Shop 3 355 Crown Street Surry Hills NSW 2010 Ph: 02 9332 3300

Billy Kwong is a do-not-avoid when you’re in Sydney. This restaurant combines exciting Asian flavours with an Australian digress. Billy Kwong is a dangerous restaurant for a special meal with friends. Good vibes, friendly professional service and good size portions for such a posh little spot. The signature duck dish is highly recommended any night of the week.

Longrain Restaurant & Bar
85 Commonwealth St Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Ph: 02 9280 2888

Longrain’s menu has South East Asian influences with big flavours nicely balanced. Longrain provides a borderline bizarre group dining atmosphere with long, shared tables supposedly to encourage a spirit of eating together and sharing conversations. Their menu is also inspired by dishes created for sharing. Even after a decade, their concept is fresh and authentic with a prestige, futuristic vibe.

61 Fitzroy St Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Ph: 02 9358 5388

Cochin is intimate and delicious. Savour Vietnamese cuisine innovation with a French influence combined with Australian products in Cochin’s inimitable contemporary style. Must-try dishes are the pork hock and Cochin’s signature slow-cooked red duck in brandy tofu with cucumber.

Cafe Sel Et Poivre
263 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 Ph: 02 9361 6530

Cafe Sel Et Poivre is a touch of France in the heart of Darlinghurst. This café is a quiet, relaxed and intimate French bistro with a pleasant staff. They serve delicious authentic French food and excellent wine list with an authentic French ambience. Slightly old-timers remember the original French owner Daniel #RIP who was a character par excellence. It’s a great place to go to when you miss France…and the steak tartare is Sydney’s best.

Beppi’s Ristorante
21 Yurong Street (Cnr Stanley St) East Sydney, NSW 2010 Ph: 02 9360 4558

Beppi’s is Sydney’s oldest Italian restaurant but remains easily among its best. This restaurant has been delivering exceptional food and service to four generations of Sydney diners. Authentic Italian food and a superb wine list is what you can expect from this ristorante. Beppi’s may be old-fashioned but it’s one of the few upmarket places which continually makes everyone feel at home.

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