The Fish Shop
In true Merivale fashion, The Fish Shop is immaculately finished in a delightful nautical style, with head chef Jeremy Strode presenting a rotating menu of sustainably sourced Australian seafood. Located at the neighbourly end of Potts Point, The Fish Shop is popular spot to indulge in a fancier version of fish n’ chips.
The elegant wine-and-dine in Potts Point, Monopole makes for an impressive modern European dining experience. Their menu is crafted to deliver high quality dishes accompanied with a 500-strong wine selection. If a set course extravaganza is a marathon you’re not prepared to get stuck into, the à la carte menu has you covered.
Home to celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, this glossy Potts Point restaurant is one of the go-to for Chinese-Australian fusion fare. Every plate features locally grown produce, with delicious results. When the Kwong cravings strike, be sure to go early – the eatery doesn’t take bookings.
The Farm Café
Take your shopping bags with you when you pay The Farm in Potts Point a visit, as we’ve little doubt that following your coffee, you’ll be unable to resist wandering around the wholefood section before you head home with your arms brimming with deliciously nutritious pantry-fillers.
The Apollo Restaurant
Having been listed in Monocle’s top 10 restaurants in the world, The Apollo is an absolute must for Greek loving Sydneysiders. Drawing on the joint heritage of Jonathan Barthelmess and Longrain’s Sam Christie – their take on the flavours of the Mediterranean (with a strong focus on Greek food) has garnered a lot of attention.
Coffee Tea & Me Potts Point
From its humble beginnings in Redfern, Coffee Tea & Me has expanded into other neighbourhoods, and lucky for Potts Point, they’re one of them. As the name suggests, this small café is focused largely on coffee and tea, but it does perfectly with its cosy communal feel.
Alibi, situated within Ovolo Woolloomooloo, is an entirely plant-based restaurant and bar. Both the food and cocktail menus are full of innovative and out-of-the-box dishes, with whimsical and creative plate ups. With lots of fusion elements, the scope of the menu is broad and does not conform to any one cuisine.
Sitting pretty on Sydney Harbour, Otto Ristorante has a menu that changes seasonally, but you can always count on a blend of modern Italian flavours with fresh, local produce. Call ahead to ask for a table on the outdoor terrace, and if you have the time, linger over the six-course degustation menu and matching wines.
Along Woolloomooloo’s wharf, Crinitis serves authentic Southern Italian dishes, and by that we mean pasta and metre-long woodfired pizza. The food is delicious, and the views are just as impressive, just be sure to ask for a table on the terrace. For dessert, how could you pass up the donut fries rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with lashings of warm nutella.
Perched on Woolloomooloo Wharf, China Doll is sleek and stylish, boasting views of the city skyline. Its menu is pan-Asian, featuring Chinese, Japanese and South East Asian dishes with a modern twist. The plates are made for sharing, so gather a group and while you’re eating, sip on a colourful cocktail inspired by Asian ingredients.
Specialising in premium steaks, Kingsley's Steak and Crab House is a carnivore’s idea of heaven – though crustacean lovers are also very well catered to. Offering something a little different along the Woolloomooloo’s famed wharf, this steak house is a trendy hub with views to match.
Aki's Indian Restaurant
Every neighbourhood deserves a quality Indian dining experience, and Aki's Indian is it for Woolloomooloo. Perched on the wharf, the buzzing restaurant serves up Goan and South Indian dishes. Our advice? Order up one of the chef-designed set menus, and feast on all the spice you can handle.
Dimly lit interiors, red walls and lantern clad lights will transport you to an old-fashioned opium den from days gone by. Nung Len prides itself on serving food that can’t be found in other Thai restaurants in Sydney. Perfect for a quick work lunch or intimate meal, all the food is easily shared and steaming fresh.
Harry's Cafe de Wheels
A staple on Sydney’s street food scene, Harry’s is a bustling food cart that’s been dishing up pies and hotdogs since 1938. It’s open until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, making it a favourite among late-night revellers, but it hits the spot at any time of the day.
A casual harbourside hangout, The Frisco Hotel has 150 years of stories to tell and with an extensive cocktail menu to work your way through, you’ll have plenty of time to soak it all in. A nautical theme runs throughout and the upscale pub food is every little bit delicious. Grab a seat on the upper balcony for the harbour views.
The Tilbury Hotel
Back in 2015, The Tilbury got a swish makeover that put it on the best-dressed list. The interiors are bright and fresh, with airy, open spaces and the new courtyard is another delight for design lovers. It has pops of bold colour, and its varied seating and laid-back vibe make it the perfect place to go for a sunny Sunday session.
With high ceilings, botanical wallpaper and wicker furniture, the restaurant has a chic French colonial vibe. But its piece de resistance is its lush terrace, which has panoramic views of the Sydney skyline. The menu is made up of small and large share plates, and the cocktail list is impressive, to say the least.
Housed in an elegant art deco building that only Potts Point can deliver, Poho is where locally grown florets and bright bunches star. Owner Barnaby Wilshier leans toward native varieties and they will put together the most beautiful arrangements for your home, but sculptural arrangements are their speciality – simply breathtaking, they appear at events, weddings and restaurants.
For a caffeine fix, go to Room 10– a cosy café with a warehouse-chic vibe and plenty of regulars. It really is tiny, so keep your eyes peeled as you walk down the side street so you don’t miss it. When you get there, sip on a single-origin coffee. Before long, the barista will know your name. It’s that kind of place.