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Sydney’s Top 10 Cheap Eats

As much as we all love to be wined and dined at Micheline starred restaurants or the hottest new opening, sometimes the best food comes from small hole-in-the-wall’s and paper trays. From gourmet hotdogs to authentic roti canai, these are the top 10 Sydney haunts to grab a delicious meal.

Per Kilo

This intimate South American café serves food in true Latin style, in large portions paid by weight. Expect to find empanadas, Spanish omelettes, grilled vegies and delicious meats. Pile your plate as high or as low as you can afford and top it all off with a generous splash of chimichurri.

35 Erskine Street, Sydney

Soda Factory

If you find yourself in Surry Hills on a Tuesday evening head over to Soda Factory for their $1.00 hot dogs. Choose from six flavours including The Johnny Drama (beef frankfurter, bacon, sour cream, avocado and tomato salsa) the Buffalo Bill (crispy chicken sausage, spicy buffalo sauce and cheese) or for the vegetarians out there they have the Yoko Ono (veggie sausage, avocado, sauerkraut, tomatoes and American mustard). At only $1.00 each you can try the whole menu for less than $10.00.

16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills

Marrickville Pork Roll

Join the long and winding line outside Marrickville Pork Roll to try a local gem. These fresh Vietnamese rolls will only set you back $5.00 and there are a range of ingredients to choose from. When an eatery only serves one dish then you know they are going to do it well and this café is no exception.

236A Illawarra Road, Marrickville

Bourke Street Bakery

There are not many Sydneysiders who haven’t tried or at least heard of Bourke Street Bakery. Their baked delights range from fresh wholemeal sourdough ($7.00) to pork and fennel sausage rolls ($4.80) and ginger brule tarts ($5.50). Top your treat off with a coffee ($3.00) and you have yourself a delicious mid-week meal.

In various locations around Sydney


Nailing the cuisine of Kuala Lumpur, Mamak is known for their mouth-watering rotis and additional Malaysian dishes. Originally in Chatswood this chain has found fans across Sydney as they’ve expanded their business serving up authentic flavours for street food prices. Try the original roti canai served with two curry dips and sambal sauce for $5.50.

Shop P9, 1 – 5 Railway Street, Chatswood

Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice

Known amongst the hospitality crowds as the late-night venue Frankie’s by the Slice, or Frankie’s as it is commonly referred too, offers retro interiors, live music and as promised, pizza. For $5.00 you can get yourself a giant piece of American style pizza in a variety of flavours. Try the Porchetta Pizza (pork belly, smoked mozzarella and grilled eggplant) or if you prefer the classics the Margarita is always a winner.

50 Hunt Street, Sydney

Harry’s Café De Wheels

A Sydney icon, Harry’s Café De Wheels has been feeding patrons since 1938. They’ve perfected the classic meat pie in addition to a number of gourmet spin offs. They also offer up hotdogs and sides and are open until 4am on Friday and Saturday night. Whether it’s a quick lunch or a midnight snack you can grab their signature dish, the Harry’s Tiger, named after the café’s founder, which comes with mushy peas and gravy, for $6.00.

Corner of Cowper Wharf Roadway and Brougham Road, Woolloomooloo

Zeus Street Greek

A more recent food trend, Greek street food has already taken off and for good reason. You can pick yourself up an Uncle Tzimmy Classic, a traditional Greek pita filled with tender pork, chicken or lamb, tomato, tzatziki, onion, paprika and hot chips for only $11.50 or if you prefer more vegetarian pursuits try the Stavros Stavrou, grilled haloumi, Agean slaw, olive tapenade, caramelised onion, tzatziki, tomato and parsley for $10.50.

187 – 180 Lyons Road, Drummoyne

Norfolk Hotel

After re-opening in 2010 The Norfolk has upped the ante as far as pub food and entertainment goes. Tuesday night is worth a fiesta as all tacos are $3.00 and there are five flavours to choose from, plus a surprise weekly special. Thursdays are also popular with their $12.00 burgers and $6.00 beers.

305 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

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