When heading to the city, it can be quite a daunting task trying to decide on where to eat in Sydney CBD. Sydneysiders are spoilt for choice but there are some standout precincts and streets that are go-to’s for foodies and locals alike. Whether you are after fine dining, brunch or a quick bite, we have rounded up the Inner City’s best foodie hubs.
In retail mecca Market City, 1909 Dining Precinct is one of Sydney’s newest foodie hubs. At the centre of Chinatown, 1909 rounds up the best in Asian eateries from 10am. It’s already home to Mr Meng, YAYOI, Kogi Korean BBQ, The Dolar Shop and contemporary sushi train Fugetsu.
9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket
Cultivated and grown as part of urban redevelopment The Barangaroo Project, this precinct boasts 41 venues and is a fully fledged cultural, entertainment and dining destination. During the week, Barangaroo is filled with suits looking for quick bites from Sydney faves Belles Hot Chicken and Bourke Street Bakery. Come night time, Cirrus, été and Lotus are popular for fine dining experiences.
Easily spotted by its iconic hanging birdcage installation, Angel Place is one of the Inner City’s best fine dining precincts. The most well-known occupants of Angel Place are the Merivale group with over 10 venues. At one end you have the Ivy Complex and along the laneway, Felix and Ash St Cellar take pride of place. For a quick bite, head to Lorraine’s Patisserie for a delectable beef pie.
Angel Place, Sydney CBD
Steam Mill Lane brings together a unique mix of local and international eateries in the new Darling Square precinct. Steam Mill Lane is the best spot to grab a long lunch, celebratory dinner or afternoon pick-me-up. Toby’s Estate serves their quality beans and Sydney faves, Marrickville Pork Roll, deliver delicious lunch bites, among 65 restaurants, cafes and bars in the precinct.
Darling Square- 35 Tumbalong Boulevard, Haymarket
Officially marked as Sydney’s Chinatown in the 1980’s, Dixon Street pedestrian plaza is filled with hole-in-the-wall eateries, traditional Chinese restaurants and Asian fusion delicacies. Mamak is a crowd favourite, any day of the week, and the most popular late-night eatery on the strip is Golden Century Seafood Restaurant. Gumshara delivers ramen deliciousness and yum cha is the best meal to have at any of Dixon Street’s Chinese restaurants.
Dixon Street, Haymarket
Since emerging in 2015, Kensington Street boasts 26 different eateries and bars. More casual diners head straight to Spice Alley, a mix of Asian fast-food stalls with communal seating. In the Old Rum Store, you have Olio and Eastside Bar & Grill for contemporary dining. For a finer dining experience, two-hatted restaurant Automata delivers modern Australian excellence.
Kensington Street, Chippendale