Spring Street Social
Spring Street Social is what happens when a pharmacist and truffle farmer opens a bar. It’s inventive, experimental and a little bit quirky. Inspired by the golden age of cure-all elixirs, this tapas and cocktail lounge has plush seats, bar stools, live music and a seriously cool ambiance.
The guys at Ryo's Noodles have earned themselves quite the reputation in Crows Nest for their incredible ramen. Lucky for Bondi Junction locals, they have brought the same great flavours to the East. Even though ramen is their thing, you can still find other Japanese staples on their menu.
Bottom of the Harbour Seafoods
This Hamptons style institution is chic, low-key and has idyllic views of Balmoral Beach and the harbour. The hordes of people waiting around for their food is a testament to how good this place is. Not into seafood, that’s ok because non-seafood and vegetarian options are also available. Grab a seat at their curbside seating or settle by the water’s edge.
An inner-city fave, hidden high above the hustle and bustle, The Rook has unveiled a fresh new look and menu. Known for it’s innovative cocktail list and skyline views, rooftop bar The Rook has entered a new era; now drenched in dusty pinks and burgundy, with deep tan leather seating and a striking feature wall adorned with abstract street art. Its moody, dimly-lit bar features beautiful dark pink marbling and a terracotta bar, where guests can enjoy a range of ...
St Dreux Espresso Bar
Serving their own roasted beans, expect a delicious cup of coffee that comes with details on where it is from and flavour profiles. During the morning coffee run and lunchtime, don't let the queues deter you as their delectable breakfast and lunch treats (Nutie Donuts FTW), are worth the wait.
East meets West at Boon Table, an Asian-inspired takeaway hotspot in the heart of the CBD. This fast-paced eatery serves up some seriously delectable dishes, all ready to be packaged up for the diner on the go. Not only are they delicious but each dish is wholesome and puts health first. From custom sandwiches, salads and bowls, to Vietnamese rolls, juices and Single O Coffee, there is much to love about The Galeries' newest lunchtime hotspot.
Renowned New York bar Employees Only will open in Sydney this Saturday, 24th November. Located in a heritage-listed basement on Barrack Street, Employees Only Sydney will make its mark on Australia’s hospitality scene with flawlessly-executed cocktails and refined food, served in a beautiful space without pretence.
All Hands Brewing House
All Hands Brewing House on King Street Wharf is an iconic harbourside microbrewery and public house. Drawing inspiration from the history and tradition of the King St docks, whilst celebrating the art of contemporary brewing and modern dining, the venue features a menu with a focus on Southern-style comfort food and ocean-fresh seafood. All Hands Brewing House is a place for after-work drinks, family lunches, craft beer connoisseurs and postmatch pints.
Located on Military Road, this is the second outpost of the famed Brookvale bakery. The Lower North Shore carb-lovers line up to get their fix of mouth-watering Berkelo sourdough, but this isn't your regular loaf. It's wholesome and honest – no refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, bleached or commercial flours. Grab it to go, or stay a while and enjoy it with house churned butter and heirloom honey.
Since its opening in 2008, Small Bar has been touted as one of Sydney’s original, well, small basr. Occupying a three-storey terrace, the rustic bar serves craft beer, Aussie and New Zealand wines, and simple share plates. There are plenty of places to settle in for the night, but our pick is the laneway or sandstone cellar.
Papa Gede's Bar
Voodoo decor, monthly comedy and creative cocktails? We’ll meet you there. Down a cobblestone laneway off Kent Street, Papa Gede’s is a cosy bar that’s all about the cocktails, whose names stick to the voodoo them. Dimly and mysterious, the bar is vibey and dog-friendly to boot.
The Royal George
The Royal George is a warm and welcoming watering hole with legions of fans. The English-style pub has a chilled-out vibe: you can catch a game, play pool, or sink into a leather couch and sip on a drink. Happy hour runs from 5-7pm and involves discounted drinks and wings, and there’s a full gastropub menu too.
Oh!Matcha by Chanoma cafe
Parfait, please! In the Sydney CBD, this Japanese café is mad for matcha. Chanoma Café is famous for its creative takes on the green tea blend, and uses it in just about everything, from the drinks to the mains and desserts. It also has a range of Japanese fast food, like tonkatsu hot dogs.
Uccello is the kind of place that was made for long, leisurely lunches. Part of the Ivy Pool Club, the rustic-chic rooftop restaurant has been a staple on the CBD scene for years, and it’s not hard to wonder why. As people frolic in the pool below, Uccello dishes up regional Italian food with the freshest ingredients.
You might recognise the owners of Two Fold, Vikki and Helena Moursellas, from the 2014 season of My Kitchen Rules. Located at the Civic Hotel, the restaurant is as laidback as its location. It serves Greek fare and classic pub food with a European twist (think sausage rolls stuffed with haloumi and spinach), plus hard-to-find Greek wines.
If we had to use one word to describe The Muglan, it’d be ‘vibrant.’ From the printed red walls to the menu, which is a flavourful fusion of Nepalese, Indian, Chinese and Tibetan dishes, it’s a hoot. Located on Liverpool Street, the restaurant is run by three brothers, and is popular for its lunch specials.
Wander down Barangaroo’s tree-lined Wulugul Walk, and you’ll come across Lotus Dining. The chic Chinese restaurant is right at home on the waterfront, and takes advantage of its location with outdoor seating. Seafood is the star of the menu, as are dumplings with both traditional and creative fillings.
THR1VE Pitt Street
Want to eat healthy, but don’t have the time to whip up a wholesome meal? That’s where Thr1ve steps in. With locations on Pitt Street and in the MLC centre, the café does healthy fast food for city folk. Come lunchtime, it’s busy with people ordering buddha bowls, smoothies, and healthy, hearty items from the all-day breakfast menu.
Din Tai Fung
After the success of its Taipei restaurants, Din Tai Fung brought its dumplings Down Under, making Sydneysiders very happy since. Dubbed the home of the ‘world’s tastiest dumpling’ by chef Ken Hom, the eatery is famous for its soup dumplings. They’re made methodically: each is filled to a precise point and cooked for exactly three minutes.
Mary’s has well and truly nailed the art of the burger. Its Newtown location is wildly popular, and the CBD location was the natural next step. The menu is small but big on flavour – the signature burger is made up of beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and Mary’s secret sauce, and tastes even better with mash and gravy.
Gong Cha | Sydney CBD
A Taiwanese trend, bubble tea’s made its mark in Sydney. Seasoned sippers love Gong Cha, where you can customise the coldness of your tea (a lot, a little, or no ice), but also its level of sweetness on a scale of zero to 100. You can also tailor the toppings, flavours and fruits to suit your tastebuds.
Tucked away from Military Road, BomBom serve up delicious Asian fusion salads. They really nail the brief of a not-boring salad with their colourful and textural creations and dressings that really pack a punch. The interiors are full of warmth and freshness with potplants lining the walls and windows.
Kazzi Beach Greek
You would be excused for thinking you’ve been transported to a harbourside fishing village on one of the Greek Islands when dining at Balmoral's Kazzi Beach Greek. Located just back from the beach, this Hellenic hideaway serves Mediterranean crowd favourites to beachgoers and boaters alike.
This plantation style bar, with unparalleled vistas over Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge offers a select food menu with Caribbean inclinations, a curated cocktail list and ample choices of dark liquors – rum and whiskey being the natural preferences. At Hacienda, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the pastel-heavy palette with greenery artfully strewn throughout.