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Where to Head for Lunch in North Sydney

We love a bowl of granola as much as the next girl, but if you’re craving something a little more substantial, there’s nothing better than a lunchtime treat to keep you going throughout the day. From healthy bowls of poke to naughty cheese-laden burgers, North Sydney has plenty of places to indulge when the midday mark rolls around. Whether you’re working or enjoying your weekend, these are our go-to North Sydney lunch spots, serving up delicious plates every day of the week.


Five Points Burgers

Sometimes, you just need to sink your teeth into a big, juicy burger. When the cravings hit, get a classic, American-style burger at Five Points. Each one is named after a New York suburb, and filled with perfectly grilled patties and layers of melted cheese. The menu is small, but that’s how we like it: it means you can place your order faster!

124 Walker Street, North Sydney

Sitchu tip: Hip hangout Charlie & Franks is also known for its burgers. Before you leave, grab a coffee (courtesy of Pablo & Rusty’s) to fuel your afternoon.

Sotto on West

There’s no shortage of lunch spots on leafy West Street – but this sun-drenched corner cafe is one of our favourites. Sotto offers an all-day breakfast, though come lunchtime, the tide turns to the falafel sandwich and finger-lickin’ good lamb salad with sticky Szechuan sauce. The cheery cafe is great for grab-and-go diners as well as those who want to sit down and savour their meal.

67 West Street, North Sydney 

Hunter Gatherer

If you’re feeling virtuous, head here for a healthy lunch. At the canteen-style eatery, you can mix and match ‘hunted’ and ‘gathered’ ingredients to create your own colourful meal (and wash it down with a not-so-cheeky natural wine). With meat-, dairy- and gluten-free options on the menu, it caters to all tastes and dietary preferences.

Greenwood Plaza, 36 Blue Street, North Sydney

Rengaya

At this cosy Japanese restaurant, you can pick a bento box on the way back to the office, or settle in for the full experience. The menu is impressively long, and wagyu is the star. Choose your cut, and then watch it sizzle on your tabletop barbecue along with some veggies. Rengaya is on the exxy side, so make it your top choice for client lunches!

73 Miller Street, North Sydney

Nudefish Poke

When the boys behind The Bucket List crossed the bridge to open their new venture, Nudefish, we knew it was going to be a gamechanger. The team has put a Sydney spin on Hawaiian poke, and the lunch line says it all. Thanks to its ‘boat to bowl’ philosophy, every bowl is bursting with flavour and sustainable Aussie seafood, free-range poultry or biodynamic tofu. 

Greenwood Plaza, 36 Blue Street, North Sydney


Din Tai Fung

When the clock strikes 12, treat yourself to the ‘world’s tastiest dumplings at Din Fai Tung. After the smash success of its Taipei restaurants, the dumpling chain made its way Down Under and into Greenwood Plaza. It’s most famous for its xiao long bao, a pouch of deliciousness filled with pork and hot, soupy broth. Not a meat eater? Don’t worry; the seafood and veggie options are just as good. 

Greenwood Plaza, 36 Blue Street, North Sydney

The Greens

Celebrate that win with a long lunch in the sun at this northside institution. With its palm trees and harbour views, The Greens is gorgeous. The menu is as diverse as it is delectable: think empanadas, salads, seafood, pasta and the bestselling braised lamb shoulder. While you’re waiting for your good, sip on a coconut cocktail and play a game of bowls.

50 Ridge Street, North Sydney

Devon Café

Just like its locations in Surry and Barangaroo, this cafe takes your tastebuds on a trip. Executive chef Zachary Tan (ex-Bistro Guillaume) serves up a playful Australian-Asian menu that’s a slice of Devon. If you can’t decide between the crispy Japanese omelette, the veggie bowl with zucchini fritters, or the truffle-topped toastie,don’t stress. You’ll be back!

Greenwood Plaza, 36 Blue Street, North Sydney

THR1VE

Come lunchtime, the #cleaneating crew descends on THR1VE for build-your-own buddha bowls, smoothies and salads. The café gives the corporate crowd exactly what they want: slow fast food. To ward off three-thirtyitis, order the supercharged Mountain Coffee: a blend of coffee, grass-fed butter and MCTs, a healthy fat that boosts your energy and metabolism.

Greenwood Plaza, 36 Blue Street, North Sydney

Treehouse Hotel

For a relaxed lunch, pull up a (mismatched) chair at the Treehouse. The eclectic bar-slash-restaurant has a modern Australian menu that’s made for sharing. It features delights like slow-cooked lamb, market fish and handmade spinach and ricotta gnocchi. When the weather’s warm, patrons spill out onto the balcony to soak up the sun over a wine or ice-cold beer.

60 Miller Street, North Sydney

Sitchu tip: Rag & Famish Hotel and Le Bistro at the Union Hotel serve up great, gourmet pub grub. The former also has an espresso bar, Lot No. 50, that offers sandwiches, pies and pastries until late afternoon. 

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