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Posted 20 Apr 17

Eat, Drink, Annandale

The inner-west is a bonafide food and wine destination, and Annandale is one of its shining stars. With its leafy streets, village lifestyle and proximity to the city, Annandale is a lovely place to live and visit, and Sydneysiders have caught on to the local talent. 

Here’s where to eat and drink in Annandale.

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Cornersmith

EAT

But first, coffee. For your morning cup, head to The Drop, where the coffee is single origin and no order is too fancy. They also do a great matcha green tea latte if that tickles your tastebuds. While you’re waiting, treat yourself to a jaffle – there’s a whole menu dedicated to the humble toastie, and the locals love it. Another spot to go to for your caffeine fix Trafalgar Street Espresso  – a kitschy space that serves up premium coffee and ridiculously good quiches. There’s outdoor seating just made for people watching, and inside, a bookshelf rotates to reveal a second seating area. No, you’re a nerd.

On those days when you’re craving freshly baked bread or a cheeky pastry, go straight to StonegroundBakery. After the success of their sister stores in Hunters Hill and the Sydney Fish Markets, Stoneground opened up a cosy store in Annandale, and residents couldn’t be happier. Sip on a coffee (courtesy of Will & Co) while enjoying a croissant, pie or Kytherian tart – a Greek custard pastry that hits the spot

When you’re hungry for something more substantial, the hardest part will be choosing where to go. Annandale is a treasure trove of amazing cafes. Cornersmithis a foodie favourite with a culture of kindness. Like its sister site in Marrickville, the vegetarian spot serves up fresh, sustainable eats and the best pickles in Sydney (it’s a picklery as well!). It also has picnic packages on offer, so you can feast in the great outdoors – also known as the lovely park across the street. Revolver is a neighbourhood haunt with a relaxed, hipster feel and plates that are almost too pretty to eat. With a focus on organic, locally sourced produce, anything you order will be a winner, but if you can’t decide, try the vanilla pancakes with rhubarb, apple and orange compote.

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The Drop

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.

DRINK

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

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