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Eat, Drink, North Sydney

Enduring establishments and newbies are fuelling North Sydney’s appetite for good food and a cold brew.

A little metropolis north side of the bridge, North Sydney has long been a hub that caters to the mid-week work crowd. When the weekend rolls around, things may quieten down, but this is when the locals are out, taking advantage of their favourite hotspots – be it eat, drink or shop.

Eat

Five Points Burgers

The American-style burger trend hasn’t skipped North Sydney. Five Points is an ideal Sunday night stop off to absorb what’s left of the wine in your system, or a naughty mid-week indulgence. The menu is small but doesn’t disappoint. Each burger is named after a New York suburb, and tastes like an American dream.  

124 Walker Street, North Sydney

Northside Produce Market

A foodie’s delight, the Northside Produce Market isn’t open during the week but deserves a notable mention. The weekly groceries can be purchased early here, with proud bakers, providores and farmers selling artisan breads, cheeses, vegetables and herbs. The fridge will thank you initially, and your tastebuds a little later in the week.

220 Miller Street, North Sydney

The Roots

An appreciation for quality coffee is required here, with The Roots using Single Origin coffee beans and offering pour-over and siphon options. A carefully curated selection of sandwiches is available and the industrialised fit out is light-filled and raw, moving the focus back onto their main game - good coffee.

Shop 7, 2 Elizabeth Plaza, North Sydney

West Street

Hidden away from the bustle of North Sydney’s business precinct, this small strip of West Street is home to three cafés, Eighty Ate, Sotto On West and West Street Kitchen. Together they are keeping locals well caffeinated and are the go-to any day of the week for brunch or a leisurely lunch at one of the café’s curb side tables. 

West Street (between Myrtle and Emmett Streets), North Sydney

Ryo's Noodles

We may be pushing the bounds of North Sydney here, but this Japanese restaurant is definitely worth a mention. Ryo’s Noodles has amazing ramen that has people lining up out the door every day of the week. It is small and simple with limited seating, but the noodles and rice dishes are so good and well worth the wait, and if you’re lucky enough to nab a table, all the better.

125 Falcon Street, Crows Nest

Bourke Street Bakery 

An adored institution in Sydney, Bourke Street Bakery is a must stop in the area. The store is tiny compared to the bakery’s other establishments, but the hole-in-the-wall cafe plays into its artisan appeal. Pop past for a coffee and pastry on the go, or snag one of the seats inside to savour the moment (and treats). Our advice, get in early on Saturday to stock up for the weekend.

Shop 17, 105 Miller Street, North Sydney


Drink

The Greens 

A bowls club with a twist, The Greens doesn’t just cater to North Sydneysiders wanting to take their shoes off and bowl with a beer in hand, but a coffee in hand too. The refurbished bowling club is open from 11am everyday and is perfect for brunching as well as drinking. Omelettes and porridge are available, which evolves into burgers, beer and champagne later in the day. A sunset bowl is possible, and the Screen on The Green nights every Thursday make for a perfect date night.

50 Ridge Street, North Sydney

Greenwood Hotel

One of the oldest pubs in the area, The Greenwood has undergone a huge refurbishment in recent years and now offers bright courtyards and fruit-infused spirits for patrons. The menu is modern (we’re talking salmon ceviche) and the drinks are affordably priced for a mid-week knock off.

36 Blue Street, North Sydney

TreeHouse 

Hidden away upstairs on Miller Street is an eclectic space called The Treehouse. The moody venue spills outside onto a balcony, so patrons can enjoy an afternoon wine in the sun. The menu is protein-heavy, and share plates are the way to do it. A thoughtful, and character-filled venue to spice up the week.

60 Miller Street, North Sydney

Rag & Famish

A North Sydney institution, the Rag & Famish is a character-filled corner pub that keeps evolving with the times. A bistro and restaurant services the mid-week crowd and keeps things rolling well into the night and on weekends for the locals with live music and yes, karaoke. Staying on point, the pub also has an espresso bar, Lot No. 50 that keeps the work crowd well-caffeinated. 

83 Mount Street, North Sydney

The Union Hotel

Another enduring watering-hole that has evolved with the times, the Union Hotel is located away from the business precinct of North Sydney, but has been drawing the crowds once again for its Parisian-style bistro. The light-filled interiors and courtyard are begging for long leisurely lunches every day of the week.

Corner of Pacific Highway and West Street, North Sydney


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