CloverCafé is another local go-to, and with its innovative menu, art-adorned walls and seating that spills onto the footpath, it’s easy to get hooked. Go hungry, so you can tuck into French toast or the Clover baked breakfast hot pot, with baked eggs, cured chorizo, sumac beans and goats cheese. And if you’ve slept in past midday, make your way to Black Toast, an airy space that dishes up an all-day brunch (opt for the beetroot crepes or rainbow salad), as well as great Campos coffee.
When dinnertime rolls around, pay Lemonia a visit. The family-run restaurant is bright and homely, with a Mediterranean menu and cocktail specials on Sundays. Booth Street Bistro serves up European-style food in a chic setting. Go all out with wine and dessert – the vanilla crème brulee and banoffee pie are both divine. In the mood for seafood? Fish & Co will sort you out with sustainable fish dishes bursting with flavour.
For a trulysatisfying meal, cook it yourself! Casa Barilla is an Italian cooking school that offers small, interactive group classes – so you learn, cook and eat in the space of a couple of hours (with a glass of prosecco in hand). There are also chef tasting masterclasses for those who aren’t so confident in the kitchen.
This pocket of the inner-west is home to a few fun watering holes. The Annandale Hotel is the most iconic, with a friendly, welcoming vibe, great tunes and cocktails. There’s always something happening, and the same goes for the Empire Hotel. Here, you can choose to settle in with a beer and some pub grub at the main bar, or the Lounge Bar, a sophisticated space with an extensive wine and craft beer list, as well as champagne high tea. Speaking of craft beer, Wayward Brewing Co has earned many fans. Hidden down Gehrig Lane, the brewery boasts award-winning beers and events that keep the community coming back for more. Brewhouse yoga, anyone?
To explore all that Annandale has to offer, visit our suburb guide