Sydney’s Best Cafes, Dining, Restaurants, Bars


Bellagio Cafe

Cafes come and go, especially in the hip and trendy Eastern Suburbs. If you last five years you’ve done very well for yourself, if you push beyond ten years you’ve become an institution. The Waverley cafe Bellagio has been in its corner spot, on Bronte Road, is now in its lucky thirteenth year. Now, that’s some feat! They’ve not changed in any radical way, but they’ve fine-tuned their menu over the years, especially in recent ones, and especially since their sister establishment, The Nelson Road Tuckshop in Bondi Junction, which is where they bake their bread, make their legendary condiments (more on that later!), and smoke their meats and pickle their gherkins. Some of this goodness can be purchased at Bellagio….

Cali Press Juice

Cali Press lives clean by staying true to offering organic as we know the body benefits the most from produce free of harmful chemicals, toxins & pesticides. Cali Press lives large by taking a realistic and wholly pragmatic approach to the challenges involved in balancing fun and looking after your health. With this in mind, we aim to provide accessible healthy products on a daily basis.Lastly, in today’s busy lifestyle, Cali Press acknowledges the need and benefits of loving life by providing fast, ready access to premium quality health foods. Cali Press can be delivered to your office, your front door or can be bought in any of our cafe locations around Sydney.

The Rusty Rabbit

The new cafe owners have kept the gorgeous, rustic interior space, with its sandstone walls and wooden finishings, and simply dressed it with a colourful, but not too ostentatious, pop culture vibe with all that Funko Pop toy doll element. Single Origin is the base bean. Toby’s Estate provides the bean, and the current custom blend is notable for being sweet, bold and round. I had a flat white and it tasted great, with a nice kick. They do an iced coffee too, and with summer on its way, a cool caffeine hit on the rocks is a real treat. But if coffee is not your bag, Rusty Rabbit serve a bunch of teas, a chai, and they do a dairy milk hot chocolate for those that like to indulge

Ze Pickle

You’ll need both hands on deck for these juicy babies, but very much big in flavour and in satisfaction. There are eight wagyu mince burgers, two chicken breast burgers, and a vegetarian option (which doesn’t look half bad). The Ze Pickle signature, and most popular burger on the menu, is the “3AM”, a hand-pressed wagyu beef patty, maple-smoked bacon, kanye’s fried cheeze (sic) sticks, guacamole, and zp sauce. There’s a pickle speared to the top of the burger through the fantastic, exclusive recipe, sesame-sprinkled brioche buns. My bro allowed me a few mouthfuls of his “3AM” and I gotta say, it’s a real contender for the Sydney Cafes crew’s best burger ever. An amazing amalgam of taste and texture (filling)

Village On Cloey

Village on Cloey has been opened by a couple of enthusiastic old buddies, Diogo Ferreira and Simon Ruc. It’s been trading for six months and is enjoying a healthy patronage. The weekends, especially, are busy as, with a wide demographic eager to get a table, keen to hang around on the sidewalk until one of the small tables inside becomes available, such is the life of the cool café hungry. Diogo and Simon have kept things quite simple on the design front, exposing the concrete ceiling in that deconstructed industrial chic, utilising cork on the seats – an age old Portuguese tradition. The open kitchen is fitted out in a rustic display of brick and metal, with hanging utensils, and large jars of the house-made pickles

The Hottest, Newest, Trendiest Cafes in Sydney

bondi chai It’s been inevitable that, inspired by this immediate era of food bloggers, mers and “world-of-mouth”, we would yet see another “new wave” of trendy, insta-friendly cafes emerge across many of the sauvviest districts of Sydney. Spanky cafes are now easier than ever to track down thanks to the the frenetic postings of ming foodies, and some of these cafes are now reporting “we’ve never yet cooked a dish, or made a coffee, that hasn’t been instagrammed”. One cafe even kicked out a customer for notinstagramming their soy latte. We’ve been digitally phollowing the insta-herds and feel it’s now time to congeal their virtual wisdoms into a prime list of cafes delivering the best brews, uber-aural cafe music, photogenic food and frameable urban environments. Hope you enjoy this new list, and if you have any tips for as-yet unlisted caffeinated hubs just jump on our Facebook page and tell us about them

Italian Cafes & Restaurants

Ciao! Taste authentic Italian cuisine at these 20 Great Italian Cafes and Restaurants in Sydney. Since Italian migrants introduced us to pizza, pasta and fresh salads we have embraced this wonderful, satisfying cuisine and it’s now firmly woven into our national culinary culture … LOU LAPSO selects 20 favourite Italian food haunts. Got a craving for traditional wood-fired pizza? Macchiato offer delectable pizzas with slow-rise crusts and a variety of innovative gourmet toppings. Then wash it down with a fortifying creamy coffee. Home of top-notch pizza, pasta and coffee, along with speedy, friendly service in a stylish and relaxing atmosphere

Brazilian Restaurants

In the last decade Brazilian restaurants have taken off in Sydney. Brazilian-born SydneyCafes writer CATHERINE BLUM details many of the hottest, sassiest, tastiest Brazilian restaurants on the Sydney dining scene. With the World Cup and the Olympics coming up, Brazil is more than ever in the spotlight. If you’ve heard of Brazil before I’m sure you’re familiar with samba, Carnival and football. But Brazil is much more than that. The world’s fifth largest country has in its history a mix of many different cultures, including Indigenous, African, Portuguese, Italian, German, Dutch and numerous others. The combination of all those backgrounds reflects on the country’s traditions, which can vary depending on the region. South of Brazil for instance has a big European influence, mainly German, whilst the north has a great

Best Japanese

If any cuisine is resting far too much on its laurels, it’s sushi. Fifteen years of popularity among Sydneysiders means that it’s same old, same old for many sushi bars. Freshness has ceded to formula, and often we’re amazed at how lame many of the menu offerings have become – there’s no originality at all any more. It probably doesn’t help that most Japanese restaurants and sushi bars and in Sydney are not owned by Japanese people – who might uphold national pride a lot better than what passes for their much-loved cuisine. Nevertheless there’s still some places doing an excellent job, and so here’s 20, nay 22 of the best Japanese restaurants in Sydney – if we’ve missed your local favourite, email us the details for consideration

Forage Tapas Bar

Local real estate has attempted, with very little success, to hype Marrickville up as “the new Paddington” for the last five years – annoying the hell out of residents who want Marrickville to stay as it is – as a bypassed alterno-hub which fosters creativity and offers much of the best Vietnamese pho, pork rolls and el-cheapo barbers’ cuts in the country! However some new things are worth having, and seeing the excellent coffee resoucre Cafe New Deli reinvent itself as “Forage”, with Thurs-Saturday nights dedicated to gourmet Australianised tapas and wine heralds the best thing to have happened to the ‘Ville in a decade. Owners Ken and Billy have very quickly transcended the recent stereotype of Marrickville as being the new inner-west coffee-central as their food is some of the best we’ve had in Sydney in ages

Be The Dcider

While cider has been produced in Australia since settlement, in the past few years it’s seen a massive increase in popularity so that it’s fast becoming the drink of choice across the board, with local producers barely able to keep up. One innovative new cider maker is Jeff Aston of Dcider. Jeff is a winemaker so he makes his cider with a vigneron’s methodology, not a beer-brewer’s technique – the results are so refreshing that Jeff has rapidly become the man behind a most flamboyant new cider – the mouth-watering pink-labelled Dcider. We drove out to Sutton Forest, near Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands, to meet the man behind a drink which has certainly got social media tongues a-wagging

Linen Sheets

If you enjoy the fine coffee and goodies at Sonoma Bakery Cafe in Woollahra, you may well know the face of Peta Drake, an expat Perth lawyer and businesswoman who’s made Sydney her home, yet who hopes, if not to conquer Australia with linen, at least to drape it across our nightlife, the somniac version anyway. Peta formerly owned Lucienne Linen in Mosman which she sold to focus on other interests, however the lure of this luxurious cloth drew her back into its fold, no pun intended. Embracing the new digital age, Peta has eschewed the bricks and mortar business model in favour of running her business through her Simply Linen website. It’s a business model that promises the allure of an idyllic life running her business in harmony with her lifestyle, which we guess may mean quite a few more coffees at Sonoma, likely with us discussing SEO and social media

Tours From Sydney

world, with the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach being a must for any visitor, not to mention taking the Manly Ferry. Sydney’s natural beauty is overwhelming, but for some it will stir up a desire to connect closer with the Australian landscape. For that it’s better to set aside a few days and ideally to venture forth with an experienced tour guide who can share the love of the land with you in an informed and impassioned way. Here’s a range of tours from Sydney which will help you discover the true essences of the Australian soul

Finger-lickin’ Films about Food

Some foodie flicks whet your appetite, and some ruin it. If you’re a noodle-lover you’ll need a bib while watching Tampopo, but you may not want to go near a BBQ for a whole month after the fried corpse scene in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. As the writer says, “I’ve always been partial to a good food flick, a movie that indulges the mind, the body, and the soul, in a truly gastronomic way. Now when I say “tastiest”, these movies are not always the most appetising, but they all satiate in a unique and delectable way, whether it be food for thought, or simply scenes of cooking and eating that make your mouth water.”

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