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Delis of the Inner West

There is nothing like a well-stocked deli cabinet to get us drooling, and the Inner West provides a veritable cornucopia for the foodie set. With French, Italian and Greek influences lending a heavy hand, these delicatessens stock the best produce (both local and imported) to fill your pantry.


Paesanella Food Emporium

The family name behind one of Australia’s leading cheese brands, Paesanella has been providing Australians with creamy soft-cheese heaven for over 50 years. Founder Umberto Somma passed his skills and booming business down to his sons who opened the food emporium on Marrickville Road. Fresh mascarpone, burrata, mozzarella, three types of ricotta and a host of other cheese delights are made in their factory just down the road. The Emporium also stocks international cheeses, wood fired bread, a swathe of sauces and artisan pantry fillers. If you’re feeling bold, try one of the buffalo milk coffees in the café, using buffalo milk pasteurised in the Paesanella factory.

150-152 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

The Deli Erskineville

A fine food store that is packed to the rafters with local and imported treats including antipasto, charcuterie and cheese. The Deli is the place to stock up to make sure unexpected guests are never without nibbles – tea, cheese, muesli and drinking chocolate tastings are all par for the course at this quaint Erskineville deli – making visits less of a chore, more of an addiction. Prepared meals made in house including pastas, Greek dishes (hellooo spanakopita) are also the perfect answer to a fuss-free dinner when you can’t bear the thought of another Thai takeaway night.

110 Erskineville Road, Erskineville

Salt Meats Cheese

The franchise Sydney has fallen for, Salt Meats Cheese brings a mouth-watering array of pasta, pizza and cheeses to their six Sydney restaurants. The Salt Meats Cheese deli sits within Harris Farm Markets along with Hudson Meats and Sydney Fresh Seafood, making it a veritable one-stop shop for even the longest of grocery lists. Drummoyne’s Restaurant and deli is no exception, with a myriad of heavenly cheeses to sample and take home and plenty of cured meats, your next party platter is a guaranteed success.

125 Victoria Road, Drummoyne

Grocery & Grog at The Henson

Situated in the midst of Marrickville’s beloved pub, The Henson, Grocery & Grog brings together hospitality and retail in the most charming of ways. The deli-come-bottle-shop is quintessentially Marrickville; kitchen condiments, charcuterie and dips fill the deli’s cabinets, while the cellar aspect of the store maintains a clear focus on promoting local products. Lined with Australian spirits, wines and beer, Grocery & Grog is the perfect place to pick up a few goodies after a relaxing catch-up at The Henson.

91 Illawarra Road, Marrickville

Papa Joe & Co Balmain

This Balmain-bred family-owned market has been serving the food-obsessed locals of Balmain for 52 years.  Mama Maria, Papa Joe’s other half, cooks up a raft of treats, from ravioli, lasagne, arancini, sauces and soups to sweet seasonal jams. Fresh fruit, veggies and bread are always in stock, and the range of Australian and imported artisan smallgoods means you’ll find something new to take home every visit. Regardless of whether you’re after a bunch of fresh basil or a celebratory panettone, Papa Joe’s has you covered.

196 Darling Street, Balmain


Raineri’s Continental Delicatessen

Why bother with a flight to Rome when Raineri’s is literally on your doorstep? Shelves are lined with packet after packet of Italian products, making it hard to believe that this old-school delicatessen is in Five Dock, not nestled in the streets behind the Colosseum. The range of antipasto is second to none, and the cured meats and cheeses don’t have the hefty price tag you’ll find at most large chain supermarkets, so it’s definitely justifiable to indulge in a wedge of the truffle pecorino.

97 Great North Road, Five Dock

Jean Louis Joseph, Drummoyne

This European inspired deli cafe is the perfect place to unwind after a manic morning exploring outlet stores in the waterside Birkenhead Point. Jean Louis Joseph does cheese like few others, with a colossal range from France, Spain, Italy and Australia. Cured meats and gourmet food products also pull their weight, with jamon, San Daniele prosciutto, pancetta, salami, bresaola and plenty more consistently filling the glass deli cabinet. T2 teas, gourmet sauces, pasta, artisan chocolate and a healthy spread of fresh tarts and cakes demonstrates how Jean Louis Joseph has a way of testing your commitment to the summer diet.

Birkenhead Point, 146/19A Roseby Street, Drummoyne

Lamia Super Deli

The Greek deli that has taken culinary care of the residents of Marrickville for over 30 years providing an impressive range of Greek products, cold cuts, olives and cheeses (helloooo Greek fetta) is charmingly authentic. Homous, taramasalata, eggplant, tzatziki and garlic dips are all made in house, same goes for the ever-popular Turkish delight and mountains of moussaka and fresh salads ready to be gobbled down for a hearty dinner. The Marrickville institution is always crowded and the affable staff will go out of their way to construct the perfect sandwich for you to tuck in to come lunch break.

278 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

The Delicatessen by Gino & Mary

Intrigued by the lure of taleggio? A morsel of torrone tickle your tastebuds?

Modelled on Southern Italian local delicatessens, this Marrickville Deli is loved by locals who frequent the shop for their crunchy Italian style loaves, hard-to-find Italian products and an impressive range of salumi strung from the ceiling. Arrive in time for lunch and you can ‘make your own’ panini; we’d devour a salami, provolone and tapenade in mere seconds. If you have plans for entertaining, just let Gino know and they’ll sort out a perfect antipasti platter for you.

560 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill

Deli Mercato

Leading providores of fine Italian food in the Inner West is the charming Deli Mercato. Nancy Rafanaci Murdica, the store’s much-loved proprietor goes above and beyond to ensure that her customers find what they are looking for among her shelves. Dedicated to the tee, the olives sold over the cabinet counter are imported from Italy and marinated in store by Nancy herself. Expats find a home away from home in the Italian deli, dropping by for a Panini or a fresh wedge of Parmesan to hurry home and devour.

107 Great North Road, Five Dock

The Larder Epicerie Fine

Unusual cheeses and top-quality stored goods are the order of the day at The Larder in Dulwich Hill. Stocking a range of pantry fillers from an impressive list of artisan brands, you’ll no doubt be leaving with an armful of goodies. Conserves, chutney, mustard, herbs, chocolates, coffee, sauces, stocks and oils fill the shelves, and with a cabinet brimming with Australian and exotic charcuterie, you’ll be tempted to add a fresh baguette to your order and recover from a tough day of shopping with a gourmet platter at 5pm.

489 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill

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