More than a modern french bistro, St. Claude’s is the best known secret in Sydney. They have a history of good food from the best souffle to their amazing wines. They have fantastic atmosphere and attentive service without being intrusive. If you love french food, you simply must try this place.
Bold, fresh and exciting! This is how Tequila Mockingbird in Paddington is best described. They offer sensational flavourful food inspired by traditional Latin American dishes in a warm atmosphere with a great beverage list. With that clever a play on their name, it is an indication of your dining experience; cozy, satisfying and looking forward to your next time.
In 1941 the first beer was poured at Paddington’s the Unicorn Hotel. A pokie free, smoke free Aussie pub, they feature a quirky take on traditional Aussie food with excellent drinks and great beer selection. They have a friendly environment and a beer garden nice enough to chill on a laid back afternoon alone or with mates.
In recent years, Yellow Sydney saw the demand for a vegetarian driven menu rise and their team have created a niche with their flavourful and inventive dishes. They still have meat options for weekend breakfast and lunch but not dinner which features their delicious vegetable dishes. Organic, natural and rare wines are served with your food and Saturday nights is reserved for vegan tasting only.
10 Llankelly Pl, Sydney Ph: 0432 445 342
Room 10 Llankelly Place is a hidden gem in Darlinghurst Road. They serve a weekly rotating single-origin option for black and a house blend for milk coffee. Their focus has always been great coffee, quality sandwiches and serves breakfast and brunch to their customers that includes daily commuters of King Cross Station. Their consistency for great coffee is one of their many strengths.
A great place for dining alfresco on pastries, cakes and croissants, Petal Met Sugar is a pretty spot for daintily delightful desserts. It combines flowers, sweets and elegance that it is considered a happy place for many patrons. This is where every dessert dream comes true. Perfect for a first date. And a second, a third…
Paramount Coffee Project is a vision of a collaborated space to showcase different styles and approaches to coffee. They present exceptional local and international roasters in an exciting platform with only the integrity of coffee in mind. Come in for the brew and stay for brunch, PCP is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Try the crumbed eggs or sample the salmon, you can’t go wrong. See that project on the name there? Coffee here will just keep on improving.
Coffee is the ritualistic beverage for mornings. For edition coffee roasters, it is so much more than that. A cafe and small batch roasters, they offer breakfast, lunch and coffee.Their seasonal dishes can be accompanied with your choice of coffee or try some of the tea that they carry. They are open for dinner on Saturdays and Sundays.
433 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst Ph: 02 9360 9631
This sun-drenched cafe is where it all began for Bill Granger. It is the first of a string of restaurants all across the globe including London and Honolulu. His easy going approach to cooking reflects the Australian spirit; generous, relaxed, warm and friendly. His silky scrambled eggs and sweet corn fritters are out of this world and his ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter is pure heaven. Proof can be seen each weekend when queues would snake around the corner waiting for a table. It is often a favourite place for families and out-of-towners as their food is extremely popular. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, cocktails and dinner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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