Foodies all over will undoubtedly agree that Sydney’s restaurant scene is off the charts. Nearly every type of cuisine is represented in the Australian city, with Asian and Californian cooking being hugely influential. Here are some top picks of where to sit, dine and linger for a while in Sydney.
Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool Café
Located on the edge of the Royal Botanic Garden, the Poolside Café is the perfect place to grab lunch while soaking up the rays and enjoying views of the club’s pool and Woolloomooloo Bay. The Poolside Café is open for breakfast and lunch. 1C Mrs Macquaries Rd., Sydney. Tel: +61 2 9358 6686.
Bills Surry Hills
Sydneysiders take breakfast seriously and Bills is the place to go for a great meal to start the day. The restaurant is located in Surry Hills, with additional locations in Darlinghurst and Bondi Beach. The breakfast menu selection is impressive. Be sure to try the ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter or the sweet corn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon. 359 Crown St., Surry Hills. Tel: +61 2 9360 4762.
Located in Chippendale, Brickfields is the corner bakery to visit for delicious breads, pastries, cakes and artisanal coffee. The pastries (including the pistachio and rhubarb) are flaky and otherworldly. Afterwards, head to nearby Central Park Mall, a mixed dining, living and shopping complex for a leisurely afternoon. Brickfields: 206 Cleveland St., Chippendale. Tel: +61 2 9698 7880. Central Park Mall: 28 Broadway, Chippendale. Tel: +61 2 8096 9900.
Gratia and Folonomo
Check out Gratia and Folonomo in Surry Hills for healthy dining options and food that feeds the soul. The café donates 100% of its profits to charity after operating costs. Now that’s profit with a purpose! The café also has an impressive brunch buffet spread on the last Saturday of each month. 370-372 Bourke St., Surry Hills. Tel: +61 2 8034 3818.
The restaurant is located in Sydney’s Chinatown and features award-winning Malaysian cuisine. There is almost always a line of people waiting to be seated. The line moves quickly however, and the wait will be worth it. Head to Mamak for the aromatic and flavorful curries, best mopped up with a flaky roti canai. 15 Goulburn St., Sydney. Tel: +61 2 9211 1668.
Head to happy hour at the Opera Bar located along the concourse just below the Opera House. Be sure to grab a seat at one of the communal drinking tables. Better yet, sit along the expansive perimeter along the edge of the Sydney Harbour for the best views. Sydney Opera House, Macquarie St., Sydney. Tel: +61 2 9247 1666.
Three Blue Ducks
Take a break from the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk and head to Three Blue Ducks in Bronte for breakfast or lunch. The restaurant features creative and healthy breakfast options like mango lassi bircher muesli and first-rate coffee and teas. 141-143 Macpherson St., Bronte. Tel: +61 2 9389 0010.