Every neighbourhood needs a good Thai joint, and Kukthai is it for Woollahra. A bustling little eatery along luxurious Queen Street, Kukthai serves traditional Thai dishes in a contemporary setting. The banquet menus are designed for two, otherwise they have an extensive list of curries, stir fries, soups, noodles and grills.
Celebrity chef Matt Moran is known for his farm-to-table philosophy, and at Chiswick, every dish is as fresh as the next. Sourcing produce from their on-site kitchen garden and the Moran family farm in the Central Tablelands, you're guaranteed the food is fresh and seasonal. As for the setting, well it’s as beautiful as the suburb it’s located in.
Lord Dudley Hotel
While there’s no shortage of English-style pubs in Sydney, few possess quintessential British charm quite like this corner pub. The redbrick exterior looks more like a Tudor-style manor than a pub while the old-world charms of Old Blighty continue inside, with gold-rimmed portraits of dukes and duchesses and a room dedicated to mohair sofas circa 1930s. Btw, the food is amazing too.
The Wine Library
Nestled between boutiques at the top of Oxford Street, in a sleek and intimate space, The Wine Library is the perfect watering hole for locals, date nights, or groups. The fit out exudes a contemporary wine bar feel and the resident sommelier, Tim Perlstone has selected a cellar consisting of roughly 2,500 bottles, with 460 labels. Many of them are small boutique producers with a story to tell.
The Light Brigade
On Level 3 of The Light Brigade in Woollahra, you’ll find yourself an open rooftop refuge from which you can bask in spectacular views across Sydney’s city skyline. With woodfired pizzas, share plates and pub classics, you can soak up the atmosphere with an alfresco meal.
As glamorous as the suburb it’s located in, Woollahra Hotel not only has a rooftop bar with a retractable roof, but it also boasts the sophisticated Bistro Moncur, a French-style restaurant. The restaurant is a destination within itself (and for good reason), but the rooftop bar’s resident DJ gets the dance floor pumping on weekends.
Bistro Moncur Woollahra
Forming part of Woollahra Hotel, the French-style bistro, with its curved timber ceiling, art adorned walls and spacious dining room, has been charming locals with its classic French cuisine. Naturally, Bistro Moncur keeps the theme going with its curated French wine collection
Overlooking Sydney’s Centennial Parklands, Hotel Centennial does relaxed sophistication faultlessly, with a cracking menu by Justin North to match. Showcasing modern comfort food with that fine dining flair Sydney has come to adore, The Centennial opens its arms to those looking for a touch of gastronomical TLC.
Featuring a cultivated modern Malaysian menu with Chinese and Indian influences, Chinta Kechil, along bustling New South Head Road, is a great hangout with a rooftop terrace. Inspired by the hawker vendors cooking from the wooden carts over hot coal stoves and blackened woks, Chinta Kechil really is a fusion of mouth-watering flavours.
Saké Restaurant & Bar
Being one of Australia’s most awarded Japanese restaurants, there is little surprise that they have set up a location inside the exquisite InterContinental Sydney in Double Bay. It’s a culinary experience that delves into Japanese culture through creative and inspired dishes.
Hailing from his family’s pizzeria in Sydney’s Inner West, owner Mark Paterno’s pizza making skills are simply impressive. Trained by a world champion pizza maker in Italy and having worked in various pizzeria’s in Australia, Paterno has now settled in Double Bay and needless to say, Arte Bianca pizzas are amazing.
Just like the rest of Double Bay, this modern Australian restaurant is stylish. Pink Salt's interiors are head turning in themselves with a plant-filled outdoor area and spacious rustic chic interiors. The food itself has a sense of comfort, mainly because everything is made in-house.
Inside Double Bay’s boutique 5-star luxury hotel, InterContinental Sydney, is the exclusive Stockroom Restaurant. Offering a culinary experience that draws on botanical inspired dishes, everything about this restaurant exudes elegance. From the perfectly executed interiors to the insta-worthy dishes.
Over in Double Bay, this sun-drenched café and bistro pulls in crowds for its creative menu, and modern yet beautifully subtle design. The props go to interior designer Cameron Krone (from Smith and Carmody), who made the small space feel bright, airy and intimate at the same time. If it’s warm, nab a seat by the window.
Royal Oak Hotel
Along Bay Street in leafy Double Bay, the Royal Oak Hotel is an enduring neighbourhood pub that ticks all the right boxes – a great terrace area, classic pub eats with weekly meal deals and Live DJs. There are multiple bars to choose from, each with their own chilled out vibes.
Stillery Cocktail Bar
Sitting snug in Double Bay’s InterContinental, The Stillery has an unabashed focus on gin, with more than 100 different styles on offer, including a handful that are limited-edition and vintage varieties. The Stillery also offers a range of share plates, charcuterie and sweets specially chosen to elevate the flavours of a gin-based tipple or two.
Paying a visit to this Double Bay institution is always a good idea – be it for a quick cocktail, a night of dancing. The courtyard offers a glorious position for you to soak up the sunshine amid lush green ferns and summery pastel vibes. Sink in to a sofa or perch on a stool by the bar for prime viewing.
Sitting atop the luxurious InterContinental Hotel is the Rooftop Bar & Lounge. Only open to the public during the summer months, it is a brunch destination that comes complete with beautiful Harbour views. The pool itself is only available to hotel guests, but the bar is where the real action is.