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Darling Street, Balmain. A Foodie’s Hangout.

Whether you’re in search of food or simply a good brew, you won’t be looking for long in this Inner West neighbourhood. Balmain has a plethora of dining and drinking options, on and off Darling Street, but for now we are only interested in one thing – the best places to eat and drink along Balmain’s much-loved village, Darling Street.

East Village Hotel

Don’t be deterred by the grungy exteriors of this local watering hole. The interiors have been beautifully refurbished and the beer garden is the place to be on a balmy day. Family-friendly and amazing pub grub – burgers, roasts, schnitty and seafood. They love their craft beer and they have curated a wine list around small independent wineries. 

82 Darling Street, Balmain East


A morning institution among Balmain foodies, Kazbah is the answer to the Middle Eastern breakfast. The fit out is basic, leaving innovation to the dishes - and disappoint they don’t. Order one of the signature breakfast tangines or gather a group of ten and try everything on the menu for $25 each.

379 Darling Street, Balmain


The name says it all really, and Kafeine is a reliable morning pitstop. Serving Campos coffee (win!) and freshly-squeezed juices (double win!), the cafe offers enough health food to make you a morning person. Kale continues over to lunch, but for those wanting to indulge a little it’s hard to go past their burgers.

260 Darling Street, Balmain

The Workers

A hip watering hole with a nod to the Labor Party, The Workers dons large posters of Bob Hawke and Gough Whitlam amongst bright, colourful furniture. The cocktail list here is impressive and the food menu approachable. We’re talking chicken wings, tacos and peanuts for those focussing on their beverage.

Level 1, 292 Darling Street, Balmain

The Cottage Bar and Kitchen

It didn’t take long for this little gem to become a local favourite. A beautiful cottage on Darling Street turned bar-slash-restaurant, has a Grandma’s farmhouse kinda feel but a vintage chic vibe. It’s different and we love it, from the courtyard and garden to the modern Australia share plates and cocktail list.

342 Darling Street, Balmain

Contessa Balmain

A darling of Darling Street, Contessa Balmain is a local favourite. Italian meets American here with lunches of burgers and pasta. Serving coffee from The Grounds of Alexandria and sweets by Luxe, breakfast brings in equally appreciative crowds. Order the breakfast bruschetta or concede to order envy.

371b Darling Street, Balmain

The Lodge

A classy drink can be found at The Lodge, where leather booths accompany an extensive wine list and impressive liquor cabinet. A seasonal menu keeps the hungry happy who can pair wines with shares plates of cheeses, olives and gnocchi. Stop by for a wid-week nightcap otherwise their Sunday long lunch is hard to pass.

3/415 Darling Street, Balmain

Alegrias Spanish Tapas

Hidden in Darling Street’s Institute Arcade, Alegrias Spanish Tapas does both ends of dining well. A quiet, cosy haunt for couples on weeknights becomes a bustling establishment on weekends with live bands accompanying paella and sangria-filled dinners. Stop by for your Spanish fix, but pick your day wisely.

9/322 Darling Street, Balmain

Le Caféier

A recently new contender on Darling Street, Le Caféier has made its mark at breakfast with Toby’s estate coffee and hearty breakfast options (order the chorizo omelette). At lunch, the menu turns wholesome with a range of protein heavy salads keeping those on their white stools pleasantly surprised - and light.

314-322 Darling Street, Balmain

The London Hotel

A colonial era building complete with sandstone walls, this is a great place for a cool bevvy, especially on the veranda with views of the harbour bridge. If you’re feeling peckish, take a look in at the bar menu which is all about traditional pub grub, or step it up a notch with a fine dining experience in their restaurant, that nods to modern Australian cuisine.

234 Darling Street, Balmain

Euforia Espresso

Rustic façade and impressive views of the Harbour Bridge, this humble, but trendy local café, is a local hangout. Although loved for their all-day breakfast menu, it is the American Bacon Breakfast that steels the show. Pair it with a gelato milkshake and you will be set for a day wandering the streets of this peninsula.

58 Darling Street, Balmain East

Cappello Pizzeria

It may be small, but it’s definitely a Balmain goodie. Sandstone walls are the backdrop to delicious gourmet pizza and Nonna-style pasta dishes. Popular among families, Cappello has a cosy but vibrant atmosphere, but hold out until a little later and you will have the perfect setting for a romantic dinner for two.   

79 Darling Street, Balmain East


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