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A Foodie Guide to Sydney's CBD: Your Lunch Hour Sorted


When it comes to eating out, Sydney is a city that loves to keep on out doing itself. So, whether you prefer to fine dine at some of the city’s most awarded restaurants or grab take-away from your office’s local eatery, our Foodie’s Guide to Sydney CBD is a roundup of some of our favourite places to hangout during the working week.  

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From coffee to brunch.

We’ve heard it from the experts, skipping breakfast is a big no-no. Lucky for us, breakfast is arguably our favourite meal of the day, and these coffee and brunch hotspots have made our Foodie’s Guide to Sydney CBD hit list.

Bowery Lane's curated menu is bursting with fancy touches like swiss chard dukkah and truffled duck eggs.

Cross Eatery is a scandi-influenced eatery known for quality takeaway coffee and eats.

The Grounds of the City has a loyal following of city workers that pre-order their breakfast online for pick up. Genius

Klink is a cafe in an old Police Station using awarded ‘Golden Cobra’ coffee and specialising in toast.

Pablo & Rusty’s has got your coffee and breakfast cravings covered. Miso buttered mushrooms on toast anyone?

The Walrus is a insta-worthy stop off, perfect for those with a sweet tooth, with their French toast with caramelised banana, flaked almond, fresh berries and maple syrup.

The long and short of lunch.

Why let deadlines and meetings get in the way of some seriously good food? Quick bites to leisurely lunches, our Foodie Guide to Sydney CBD has marked the places you need to get to. Pronto.

Encasa is all about Spanish tapas. The chorizo poached in red wine and grilled prawns are a must!

Fratelli Fresh, a favourite among the 9 to 5 set, provides quality pizza, pasta and cheese.

Lotus is perfect for a Shanghainese lunch. Top pick: the steamed mud crab and pork xiao long bao.

Mary’s earned its reputation in Newtown, and its CBD outpost is just as good, serving up burgers, mashed potato and gravy.

Mr. Bao serves up gourmet pillow-soft steamed buns with everything from karaage chicken to crispy prawn.

Rockpool Bar & Grill is hard to go past for a fine dining experience. Order a steak…you won’t regret it!


Dinner dates and after work bites.

Why high-tail it home when the city is overflowing with eateries and restaurants with menu’s that delight. With our Foodie’s Guide to Sydney CBD, you will have you eating out every night of the week.

Alpha is raising the Greek food stakes. The spanakopita and saganaki cheese are heaven.

Aria, a two-hatted restaurant is just across from the Opera House forecourt, is based on the paddock to plate ethos.

Barangaroo House is the latest addition to Barangaroo, featuring modern Australian restaurant Bea.

Hubert, an upscale venue to experience classic French cuisine with a twist. Think escargot with XO sauce.

Long Chim,  located in a basement, is great for street-style Thai food and fresh cocktails.

Mr Wong is the place to go for Chinese food in the heart of the city. You cannot beat the mud crab, dumplings or pippies.

Sasaki one of our top picks for 2017 is all about authentic Shimane region Japanese. Takikomi gohan hotpot for the win.

Food with a side of drinks.

Late-night bars and swanky hotels, these are the hangouts that are winning us over with their drink and food menu worthy of our Foodie Guide to Sydney CBD.

Beta Bar, just above Alpha, Beta Bar boasts an extensive martini menu and delicious shared meze plates. Perfect after work hang out.

Door Knock down the stairs and behind the brass pineapple, is a winner with their sherry menu and corndogs. 

Duke of Clarence delivers an authentic 18th Century English tavern experience. Think roast bone marrow and fish finger sandwiches.

Grasshopperone of Sydney’s quirkiest laneway cocktail bars, delivers perfectly paired cocktails and dumplings. Need I say more.

Kittyhawk, the WWII French liberation themed bar, has decadent cocktails and food to match. Duck liver pate and moules-frites. Yum!

Lobo Plantation, down the curved staircase, serves up delicious empanadas, croquetas and spiced rum.

The Rook, tucked away on the 7th floor of an office building, is known for three things. Lobster, burgers and quality liquor.

With our Foodie Guide to Sydney CBD, your mid-week dining is well and truly sorted. If you’re looking to spice things up, Sydney is at the top of its game with eateries and restaurants that champion authentic dishes that hail from afar. Check out our top picks for the best Sushi Train or the most indulgent French restaurants


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