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A Foodie Favourite: Chippendale's Must-Try Restaurants

A university enclave that packs a culinary punch, Chippendale is a food hub worth knowing about. Ever since Ester first swung open its doors back in 2013, it's since welcomed a torrent of hip bars and trendy restaurants. Now a gourmet’s go-to, you’ll find everything from cold drip coffee and hearty pub classics, to fancy fine dining and sizzling street eats – Chippendale is one Sydney suburb with serious foodie credentials. Whether you fancy tasting plates at Automata or succulent steak at LP’s Quality Meats, we’ve tasted our way around the best restaurants in Chippendale, to bring you the ultimate foodie edit. 

A1 Canteen

The latest venue from Clayton Well's of fine-dining venue Automata, A1 Canteen is the casual dining gem that delivers menu-magic without the price tag or stuffy setting. Serving up a curation of creative flavour combos, the restaurant is relaxed and minimal- allowing the food do all the talking.

2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale

LP's Quality Meats

Tucked away in Chippendale, follow the smoke straight to LP’s Quality Meats. At the centre of this local fave is their Southern Pride meat smoker, shipped by owner and head chef Luke Powell all the way from Tennessee. With a sizeable menu of cured and smoked meats, carnivores are spoilt for choice.

16/12 Chippen Street, Chippendale

Koi Dessert Bar

Dessert bar, café and cooking school rolled into one sugary empire, Koi Dessert Bar knows the importance of a good dessert. Ever since he wowed the crowds with his delectable desserts on MasterChef, Reynold Poernomo has been dishing up his insta-worthy Indonesian-inspired treats. For the ultimate treat, opt for the five-course set dining experience.

46 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Olio Kensington St

Taking up residence in The Old Rum Store, Olio provides the simplicity of Sicilian cuisine with an injection of luxury. The menu from head chef Lino Sauro is underpinned by quality seafood and provides a refreshing take on traditional Italian dining. To make the most of your evening, head to the rooftop terrace for a pre-dinner drink and nibble.

2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Viet

Just downstairs from Mekong in The Old Rum Store, Viet serves up street-style Vietnamese cuisine. Focused on flavour, Chef Bee (ex-Longrain) pairs fresh ingredients with invigorating spices to create a comprehensive menu of well-loved dishes; think spring rolls, dumplings and pho.

14 Kensington Street, Chippendale

The Rose Hotel

A stone’s throw from Sydney University, The Rose has had a workout with thirsty students but a trip to the pub will have you understanding their regular return. The beer garden is the drawcard here, with large picnic benches and big groups creating a warm atmosphere under the twinkling fairy lights. The menu is extensive, from burgers and snacks to salads and vegan-friendly options.

52-54 Cleveland Street, Chippendale


Automata

For those feel fancy, the most supreme of establishments along Kensington Street is Automata, which offers an ever-changing five-course menu. The industrial, minimalist fit out offers a blank canvas for the food – European inspired dishes created from predominantly local produce. The wine list is curated with a mix of international and Australian wines. A perfect date spot, or dinner to celebrate a special occasion.

5 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Spice Alley

This hawker-style food court brings a little bit of Singapore to Sydney’s inner west. Sitting in the heart of the recently refurbished Kensington Street, Spice Alley is a lantern-filled courtyard culturally rich and cash free. Stop by for dinner, top up a Kopi Tiam card and fleet between food outlets serving Singaporean, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese dishes. A casual, memorable bite worthy of a pre-or post-dinner drink.

Kensington Street, Chippendale

The Clare

A well-known all-rounder on Chippendale’s dining front, The Old Clare houses a handful of bars, restaurants and cafes inside the industrial building. Sitting adjacent to hotel reception is The Clare Bar, which was once a preferred watering hole for indie rockers and artists and now a sought-after drinking spot for suits and foodies. Pop in for a pre-dinner drink and bar bite, solely to check out the interiors.

1 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Ester

Firmly cementing itself as a foodie institution, Ester is a destination restaurant drawing in diners from all over Sydney. Share plate style, the seasonal menu showcases masterful pairings of local produce. Seafood, meat and salad heavy, the dishes are exotic and full-flavoured while the fit out is minimal and intimate. Ideal date spot, or fancy dinner with a large group.

46/52 Meagher Street, Chippendale

Mekong

As the name suggests, this Indochina infused restaurant draws direct inspiration from the Mekong River and the rich cultural influences that feed off it (think Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese and Burmese). A culinary journey like no other, thanks to Head Chef Tiw Rakarin, formerly of Mama Buoi’s in Surry Hills. Take a group so you can dine from set, banquet menu, well worth exploring.

Level 2, 14 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Eastside Kitchen + Bar

From the interiors to the food, this is one chic venue. Adopting the atmosphere of New York’s meatpacking district, Head Chef Stanley Wong has put together an American-inspired menu that is touched by the distinctive flavours of traditional Japanese Binchotan charcoal grill. And when you’re having a little trouble choosing from the a la carte menu, then opt for the five-course tasting menu. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

Level 1, 2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Kensington Street Social

A cafe, restaurant and bar hybrid sitting inside Chippendale’s Old Clare Hotel, Kensington Street Social is the brainchild of Jason Atherton who has an accolade of Michelin stars to his name. The breakfast menu is short and sweet with boozy accompaniments including the Bloody Mary and Long Island Iced Tea. They offer a two-course express lunch, matched wine and all, and the dinner menu is seafood and meat-heavy, shared plate style.

3 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Bistrot Gavroche

Paris meets Sydney at this exquisite Parisian bistro. Transforming an old rum warehouse on Kensington Street in Chippendale’s culinary precinct, Bistrot Gavroche has become a mainstay among a line-up of renowned restaurants. Classic French dishes hailed from Chef Frederick’s Parisian roots are featured throughout and they match an Australian and French wine list. 

Level 1, 2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale

The Duck Inn

A neighbourhood pub hidden away in the back streets of Chippendale is loved as much for its warm, laidback ambience as for its craft beer and menu that has a strong showing of pub classics. But it’s the signature dishes that keep people local, think the eight-hour braised lamb shoulder and whole baby snapper duck for two. Whether you’re in the beer garden or one of the cosy nooks inside, The Duck Inn is as welcoming as they come.

74 Rose Street, Chippendale

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