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Time for Takeaway! The Best Inner-City Takeaway Spots

When it comes to Friday night feasting, nothing beats an Uber Eats to wind down after a busy week at work. In the couch v. kitchen battle, the sofa is always going to win. Whether you’re in the mood for pizza, pasta, dumplings or fried chicken, the Inner West has a bunch of restaurants that dish up delicious food to meet every mood and budget. And they do it quickly, so you can hurry on home as soon as you’ve ordered – which basically means you get more precious time to sprawl out on your sofa. So, to help we’ve taste-tested our way through the Inner City’s tastiest takeaway spots, for the ultimate weekend slouch-fest.

The Grounds

The ultimate mash-up, The Grounds is a fresh produce market, florist, café, restaurant, bar and bakery all rolled into one pretty package. To skip the queue, you can pre-order your breakfast or lunch online and pick it up at the designated takeaway window. The ‘to-go’ menu is almost identical to the usual one, with wholesome meals, plus coffee and chilled drinks.

Shop 7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria

Lucio Pizzeria

Chef Lucio de Falco has a soft spot for the city fringe. His pizzeria has outposts in both Darlinghurst and Zetland. This isn’t just ordinary pizza – Lucio is a proud member of the AVPN (Italy’s pizza police), and every slice sails out of the woodfired oven with a thin base and perfectly bubbly crust. While you’re there, grab the crab pasta for tomorrow’s lunch…

Darlinghurst and Zetland

Salmon and Bear

Seafood is the unofficial cuisine of Sydney, and this sustainable eatery serves up some of the best. Pop into the Alaskan-inspired log cabin for good ol’ fish and chips or the daily catch, which the chefs cook over charcoal. If you’re craving something light and fresh, go for the salmon, tuna or sweet prawn poke bowl on a bed of salad, rice or noodles.

6 Defries Avenue, Zetland

Top tip: In Surry Hills, Mohr Fish serves up fish just how you like it: grilled, barbequed, fried, or in the form of bouillabaisse, fish pie and fish cakes. Swing by for lunch or on your way home.


We don’t know what we love the mostabout Mamak: the mouth-wateringly good Malaysian food, the cheap-as-chips prices, or the fact that their entire menu is available for takeaway. You may need to join the line snaking out the door, but as soon as you sink your teeth into the roti, fried chicken or spicy curries, you’ll know it’s worth the wait.

15 Goulburn Street, Sydney


For the best Turkish food this side of the motherland, eat at Erciyes. The restaurant started as a humble takeaway shop, and has grown into a 150-seat venue. While it’s fun to watch the belly dancers, if you’re in a rush, Erciyes has you covered. The takeaway menu is packed with pides, kebabs, salads and sides, plus desserts. The Nutella pide is a must.

409 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

Zeus Street Greek

When your tummy’s growling, go to Zeus Street Greek, which has two locations in the Inner City. Be warned, you’ll want to order everything, and there’s zero judgement in that. Leave with a feast of spanakopita, haloumi chips and feta filo fingers drizzled with honey and sesame, or load up on the souvlaki. It comes in chicken, lamb, pork and vegetarian varieties.

Surry Hills and Rosebery

Top tip: If you’re in Enmore, Kafenes Greek serves up a similar street food-inspired menu. Our advice? Go hungry!

Dumpling and Noodle House

In a prime position on Victoria Road, this tiny shopfront doubles as one of Sydney’s best dumpling spots. It’s cheap, cheerful and very cosy, so we have a sneaky feeling that the team probably prefers people to ‘grab and go’. There’s an array of steamed, boiled and fried dumplings on offer, as well as hand-stretched, heart-warming noodles.

Shop 1, 165 Victoria Road, Potts Point

The Chicken Institute

The Chicken Institute’s ‘Damn Good Chicken’ does exactly what is says on the tin: serves up damn good chicken. It’s succulent, juicy and bursting with flavour. The shop offers fried and roasted chicken marinated in garlic, peri peri or peanut butter, and Chef Heaven Kim even whips up a minced chicken miso with thick noodles, cucumber and egg. Whatever you do, order a side of BBQ corn topped with cheddar and chipotle.

61 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills

Top tip: Can’t go past Southern-style fried chicken? Treat yourself to takeaway at Belle’s Hot Chicken(Barangaroo) or Thirsty Bird (Potts Point).

Da Mario

The star of this industrial-chic restaurant is the bright red pizza oven, a three-tonne masterpiece shipped over from Naples. Da Mario has the AVPN’s seal of approval, and the pizzaiolos flip woodfired pizzas like the pros they are, topping them with a range of fresh ingredients. They’re all available for takeaway, along with handmade pastas, antipasti and salads.

36 Morley Avenue, Rosebery

Top tip: Over in Potts Point, Society Pizzeria di Catania does delish woodfired pizzas and calzones. You can ask for gluten-free dough, too.

Spice I Am

If you can handle the heat, swing by Spice I Am to pick up lunch or dinner. Chef Sujet Saenkham is famous for his authentic Thai menu, and for growing much of the restaurant’s produce on his farm in the Kangaroo Valley. As the name suggests, most dishes are on the spicy side – but the Thai iced tea or fresh coconut juice will cool you down!

Surry Hills and Darlinghurst

Top tip: If you don’t know what you’re craving, Spice Alley will inspire you. In Chippendale, the lane is lined with lanterns and street food stalls serving up Japanese, Cantonese, Malaysian and Singaporean delights.


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