Chelsea Hotel Chatswood
The place is known for Friday night after work drinks, but The Chelsea Hotel is so much more than a local watering hole. With a recent refurbishment, the hotel is an oasis in the middle of Chatswood, with an outdoor terrace, up-market pub fare and a selection of craft beers, wine and cocktails.
Tim Ho Wan Chatswood
From a hole in the wall to a Michelin star restaurant, this Chinese eatery has come a long way, but stayed true to their original culinary traditions - and price! The Tim Ho Wan name is synonymous with top shelf dimsum and dumplings that will have you begging for thirds. Seems like everyone’s in on the secret though so get in fast as they don’t take bookings.
The authority on culinary good taste, Simmone Logue’s Cammeray deli-café is an homage to impeccable food. Good luck prying your eyes away from the glass cabinet lined with treats, let alone departing the store without armfuls of edible souvenirs. But there is no need to rush, stay awhile because their café offering is seriously good.
Maggios Italian Bakery & Pasticceria
This Italian bakery and pasticceria is an off-shoot of the highly popular Maggio’s Café (which is only a few doors down the road). The bakery may be on the smaller side but step inside and you will see the bakers busily at work and an outrageous array of sweet treats from cannoli to gianduia to biscotti and pastries.
Three Blue Ducks
The story of Three Blue Ducks all started here in Bronte. Helmed by a trio of former fine dining chefs, the café serves innovative, modern Australian food that shines the spotlight on local produce. It even has its own garden with herbs, vegetables and a chicken coop for eggs. On weekends, there’s almost always a wait, but it’s worth it.
Keeping freshness and fun at the fore of their attention, this Bowral venue effortlessly sashays from breakfast, to lunch, to dinner without a hint of pretension or drama. Inventive, excellent quality fare by Joshua Huxtable that is best enjoyed when shared with friends in this vibrant space.
Sonoma Cafe Bondi
Baking some of the best sourdough loaves around. Sonoma is a family-run empire and they have been baking and delivering delicious, crusty breads to cafes and restaurants across Sydney since 2001. Branching out to pastries, biscuits, tarts, muesli and their own chain of cafes, the Sonoma name is synonymous with wholesome and delectable sweet and savoury treats.
When Bills arrived in Bondi Beach, it was the ‘it’ restaurant – and that hasn’t changed. The space is light-filled, airy and casual, and the food is modern Australian with a twist. Celebrity chef Bill Granger studied interior design and fine art before becoming a restaurateur, so it’s no surprise that his eateries are stunning spaces.
Up South Bondi
A prime corner location with head turning street art, you can’t miss Up South. Formerly known as Bondi @2026 this brunch spot has a great vibe. The streetside tables are a great place to sample one of their wholesome smoothies and inventive brekkies. Their motto is 'there is no love sincerer than the love of food', and eating here couldn't make that any more true..
The Corner House
Run by the same guys behind Panama House, Corner House knows exactly what locals want: a relaxed, casual atmosphere, simple and seasonal food, and space to move around. The dining room dishes up fancier Italian fare, while the upstairs bar is all about pizzas, cocktails, charcuterie and cheese boards. There’s also an outdoor area that beckons on balmy nights.
This quaint venue is all about the café classics, from the full breakfast and omelettes to the trusty steak sandwich there is something to suit everyone. The café’s homestead-style verandah offers the perfect vantage point to take in the comings and goings of the charmingly laidback Southern Highlands town.
Upscale dining in the Southern Highlands hardly gets better than the modern Australian fare on offer at this much-loved Berrima institution. Situated within one of the area’s most significant heritage buildings, you’ll fall in love with the restaurant well before you get to catch a glimpse of the beautiful cuisine created with ‘an elegant and understated sense of occasion.’
With three locations in the region, Gumnut Patisserie is a quintessentially Southern Highlands haunt, boasting a vast range of traditional French pastries crafted daily. Be sure to be punctual with your visit, as afternoon patrons are often left to make do with the morsels remaining after lively morning mobs get their pick of the blissfully brimming display cases.
The Bathers' Pavilion Restaurant
A Mosman stalwart, Bathers Pavilion overlooks the picturesque Balmoral Beach and across to Manly’s North Head. The seaside esplanade is dotted with elegant dining options, yet the Pavilion holds a charm that none have successfully managed to replicate. Offering set menus of Modern European cuisine, the restaurant part of Bathers Pavilion is intimate and chic.
La Banette Patisserie Boulangerie
A slice of downtown Paris in Avalon, La Banette will transport you to Paris with one bite of their chocolate éclair. The teeny-tiny shopfront exudes French provincial charm with its distressed wooden shelves, chic striped awning and smorgasbord of glazed fruit tarts, cronuts, miniature gateaux, chocolate éclairs, homemade pies and fresh bread.
When meal time rolls around, locals pay Lemonia a visit. This bright and homely cafe is set in a humble homestead with exposed-brick walls and alfresco seating. Boasting a Mediterranean-inspired menu and cocktail specials on Sundays, this family-run gem is a favourite among locals for its quality food and friendly service.
Brunch & Co
Tucked away from Alexandria’s bustling industry, is Brunch & Co a mainstay on the local brunch scene. A cosy café with a bit of industrial edge to it with seating that spills out onto the footpath, the guys here offer all the staples you would expect and the servings are hearty and delicious.
Botanic House Sydney
Just moments away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD, the Royal Botanic Gardens is now home to the ultimate dining destination Botanic House. Bringing together beautiful, leafy surrounds, stunning interiors and a modern Asian menu designed by celebrity chef Luke Nguyen, diners are in for a real treat. Upstairs is for boozy brunches and long lunches (think Vietnamese red curry and traditional dumplings), and downstairs at Farm Cove Eatery it’s all about casual, takeaway eats.
Offering a truly unique experience, Saltire Cellar Door provides guests with a glimpse into the world of winemaking, by intentionally placing their cellar door inside their industrial winery. Sit back and watch the press, tanks and equipment, all work their magic, as you get a taste of the estate’s finished product.
Lovedale Smokehouse Cafe
Famous for their share-style charcuterie platters, Lovedale Smokehouse is a popular artisan smokehouse local, with both a cafe and a gourmet pantry. Not only do their platters offer a taste of their smoked and cured cold cut meats, cheeses and chutneys, but their menu also features low 'n slow USA barbecue smoked meats.