Located on along Paddington’s Glenmore Road, Eat Thai has so much character, inside and out. In a weathered looking building, step through the doors and you will instantly be transported to another place – warm colours and bamboo throughout. The food is traditional Thai dishes and they have a full bar service.
There is so much to love about this bakery-slash-café. Infinity Bakery has a rustic chic feel to it, the café’s menu is kept simple and naturally focuses on the breads they bake in-house (seriously you need to ty the sourdough). On your way out stock up on their bread and pastry selection.
South Dowling Sandwiches
For over 15 years, the ‘Dowlo’ has been a staple on Sydney’s sandwich scene – and yes, there’s a scene, and it’s a thriving one at that! Here, ordering is easy: just choose white or brown bread, and one of the eight options on offer, and you’ll have a huge sandwich in front of you in minutes.
Black Velvet Sydney
If we had to give an award to the Sydney cake shop with the best window display, it’d be Black Velvet. After travelling the world learning to master the cake-making craft, owner Orlando Sanpo opened the luxe shop in Darlinghurst. The store whips up gorgeous cakes, chocolates and over 100 flavours of cupcakes.
Latin for gratitude, Gratia’s name carries essence in the cafe’s culture and all proceeds beyond operating costs go to charity. It doesn’t feel like a charitable meal, but one of restaurant quality instead. The refined menu features modern, eclectic pairings and you can feel pretty damn good about knowing where your money’s going.For the next three months, the good guys at Gratia have a pop-up cafe with OzHarvest and will be donating 100% of their profits to the food-rescue charity. ...
Chargrill Charlie's Woollahra
Upping the game of the local chicken shop, Chargrill Charlies pairs gourmet salads with succulent barbeque and Portuguese style chicken. Although they’re a takeaway chain that has swept across Sydney, Chargrill Charlies hasn’t lost the local feel that the fabled neighbourhood chicken stores are known for.
Johnny Wong's Dumpling Bar
Plump, juicy Taiwanese -style dumplings of all kinds are made fresh in-house at Johnny Wong’s Dumpling Bar in Darlinghurst. A popular night-time eat, this dumpling bar only seats 30, but the wait is worth it. On ‘Wong Tang Wednesdays,’ dumplings are just $1 each and the music is classic golden-era rap.
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.
Pasta Pantry Woollahra
This shopfront along Queen Street is not only teeming with carby goodness, but it also churns out coffee from its curbside window. Pasta Pantry’s has readymade pasta dishes and salads that rotate regularly. It’s an easy stop to get your caffeine fix and pick up dinner, all at the same time.
Vacanza (Italian for ‘holiday’) is sure to take you on a trip to the heart of Southern Italy. Preaching the Italian pizza philosophy of ‘less is more’, Vacanza is a favourite among Surry Hills locals, and that’s saying something for a neighbourhood that is spoilt for choice when it comes to seriously good pizza.
Amid bustling Oxford Street, BL Burgers serves up Juicy patties and generous fillings that keep locals well-fuelled, especially come the weekend. A spinoff little brother of Bar Luca, BL serves the same burgers as it’s inner-city relation including the acclaimed Blame Canada burger.
In under a year, Fishbowl’s first restaurant in Bondi Beach had become such a success, they opened another much bigger store in Surry Hills. Not your average salad bar, Fishbowl is a sashimi bar (think sushi with more flexibility and customisation). The bowls are a build-your-own style, starting with a rice, salad or noodle base topped with protein, Japanese-style vegetables, a dressing and then a crunchy topping.
RivaReno Gelato is quite simply, legendary. Why? because they take gelato-making seriously. They store the gelato in traditional Italian cylindrical containers so as not to be exposed to the air – meaning the flavours are more intense. Their flavours change weekly, plus you can get the gelato in the form of a cake or on a stick!
Artificer Specialty Coffee Bar & Roastery
The team behind Artificer, a coffee bar and roastery, buy beans in small batches and chooses roasting methods according to the qualities of each batch of coffee. The result is a cup that’s perfectly balanced and meant to be savoured in their minimalist café.
Burgers Anonymous does one thing, and does it well: fuss-free, American-style burgers. They’re stuffed with house-made patties, pickles, tomato, onion and melted cheese, and if you’re feeling fancy, you can ask for double-smoked, triple-glazed bacon or extra cheese. With hip-hop music playing in the background, the team also serves up veggie burgers, fries, and fried pickles.
Gelato Messina Surry Hills
Gelato Messina rounds out Crown Streets foodie scene nicely with their irresistible flavours – over 40 to be exact. Known for their adventurous and original flavours they have a huge loyal following. Those who prefer their gelato to-go can pick up a 1 litre takeaway container or choose from their award-winning cakes.
Cuckoo Callay on Crown
Quirky and downright delicious, Cuckoo Callay is a local haunt that’s oh-so-Surry Hills. The café has a weird and wonderful Alice in Wonderland theme – timber and concrete with pink and teal accents – sounds odd? It’s not because it all comes down to the detail here, including the arty to-go coffee cups complete with pink lids. As for the food, the menu is seasonal and creative.
Bourke Street Bakery
A Sydney institution, Bourke Street Bakery serves up the bready decadence and sweet treats we didn’t know we needed. With bakeries scattered all over Sydney, the Surry Hills based one is the original and still the perfect corner cafe to indulge your sweet tooth or satisfy those carb cravings.
Brewtown Surry Hills
Don’t let Brewtown’s size deceive you. The tiny café nestled on a corner of Crown Street is a favourite among locals for good reason. They boast a hearty menu that will see you through to the evening, and as the afternoon sun fades, coffee is replaced with good vino.
Cali Press Surry Hills
Sleek and buzzy, Brooklyn Hide draws from its NYC inspired moniker through its moody decor and homage to the brunch staple... bagels. All their creative sandwich fillings can be served up on a gluten-free bagel. With nine fillings to choose from, your decision is not always going to be an easy one.