Brew Ha Ha Coffee Roasters
Lilyfield's Brew Ha Ha Coffee Roasters are well-known for their coffee roasting and cafe fare. Amongst the central transport hub, Brew Ha Ha is a popular takeaway coffee spot for morning commuters, boasting modern yet non-hipster interiors (just the way the locals like it). The breakfast, brunch and lunch offering is modern Australian inspired and each week the changing specials board is an interesting read.
About Life Double Bay
If there was a star of the health food stores, About Life would be it. With several stores throughout Sydney, About Life have mastered the combination of organic grocery store meets café. Not only do they stock ethical, sustainable and organic products but their café produces some of the tastiest meals around.
Simmone Logue Double Bay
Simmone Logue is a name that is synonymous with beautiful wholesome meals – so much so that she has multiple cookbooks and two cafes. In Double Bay her store-slash-café has the homestyle cooking edge that we’ve all come to love, and the best part is you can take some of the goodness home with you.
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.
A mainstay on the Double Bay foodie scene, Café Perons has been around since the 80s, but everything about this place is stylish and contemporary. Their menu has a strong lean towards health-conscious eating and they cater to multiple diets, so the vegans, vegetarians and gluten intolerant amongst us will be well looked after.
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.
Bibo Wine Bar
Very chic, very Double Bay; Bibo Wine Bar is the brainchild of chef Jose Silva (ex-Guillaume) and sommelier Louella Mathews (ex-Rockpool Bar & Grill). About 150 bottles of mostly Aussie wines accompany Portuguese share plates, with a ‘museum’ list of 50 bottles from architect Paul Jones’ cellar. Jones was the man who once owned the space and, yes, it means Penfolds Grange is on the menu.
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.
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.