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.
Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie
When a Michelin-trained patissier and an expert baker joined forces to open Textbook in Alexandria, we knew we were in for a treat. And we were right – the pair play to their strengths with the result being an incredible line-up of desserts and bread that pare beautifully with one of their coffees.
Sushi Jones Japanese Bistro
A local eatery that is all about seriously good Japanese dishes. Sushi Jones covers all the bases – from sushi to rice bowls to Japanese-style curry and everything in-between. They’re family-friendly, dog-friendly and offer plenty of options for vegetarians and those with gluten intolerances.
Pairing organic ingredients and sustainable produce with their outstanding knack for savoury snacks. Bake Bar’s success in Randwick has been followed by the opening of two new stores in Double Bay and Alexandria. Designed as an open bakery, you will be entertained by the latest batch of brownies being whipped up.
After the success of its North Curl Curl location, Cooh expanded to Alexandria, and the space is lush. When you’re with your furry friend, head to the verandah (dedicated to dogs), and feast on the menu of organic, wholesome dishes. COOH sources organic produce, and makes almost everything else in-house, so their dishes are bursting with flavour and nutrition.
L’americano Espresso Bar
Set in Coco Republics Alexandria showroom, L’americano is the first cafe offering for this premium lifestyle brand. The café itself is a destination. It exudes old world charm of a 1950s Italian espresso bar on the Riviera. They craft artesian coffee and have a menu offering that celebrates the Italian Riviera heritage.
Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen
This utterly ‘grammable haunt in Alexandria is the ideal location to set up shop over a breakfast, lunch or stream of coffees. This vibey yet relaxed café gets busy over lunch, but their immaculately presented plates and always-impressive floral and fruit displays offer plenty of visual stimulation to get the creative juices flowing.
The Grounds of Alexandria
Sydney favourite, The Grounds, is a great place to spend the day with friends and family. With its signature laidback, organic vibe, this popular Alexandria oasis is an all in one produce market, florist, café, restaurant, bar and bakery. All linked by outdoor paths, it is the best place for weekend coffee dates with your pooch.
Grandma's at McEvoy
Set in a lush 70s style space complete with high ceilings in Alexandria, this cafe has a warmth just like, well, Grandma’s! The specialty here is home-style cooking and while patrons feast on one of the hearty meals the chefs are busily at work, baking and cooking the bountiful meals that are designed to be taken home.
Bourke Street Bakery
A Sydney institution, Bourke Street Bakery serves up the bready decadence and sweet treats we didn’t know we needed. The perfect corner cafe to indulge your sweet tooth or satisfy those carb cravings – it really is no wonder that they have stores all over Sydney (11 to be exact).
Sonoma Bakery Cafe
Sonoma is a family-run empire and they have been baking and delivering delicious, crusty breads to cafes and restaurants across Sydney since 2001. Producing a slew of baked goods plus a chain of cafes across Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and Inner West, the Sonoma name is synonymous with wholesome and delectable sweet and savoury treats.
A funky local watering-hole that loves their craft beer and pinball machines, the Lord Raglan has stood the test of time by staying true to its roots. The hotel retains many of its original features and the food is classic yet hearty and pairs nicely with the craft beer on offer.
Fratelli Fresh Alexandria
Fratelli Fresh is synonymous with Italian dining with a twist. Located across Sydney, each one of Fratelli Fresh’s locations are that little bit different. Here in Alexandria they are a restaurant-slash-retail store, where after dining-in, you can stock up on gourmet Italian products and freshly baked goods.
Chargrill Charlie's Annandale
Sydney-wide chain Chargrill Charlies is known for their delicious BBQ chickens. In Annandale, the store takes pride of place on Johnston Street and draws a crowd most nights of the week. Perfect for a quick takeaway meal or catering for your next event, make sure you check their blackboard specials that rotate daily.
Bar Asia (Annandale)
Bar Asia dishes up authentic Asian street food in the main hub of Annandale. Their menu is teeming with classic Vietnamese and Thai flavours and they also offer gluten-free options. Take a seat in the minimalist restaurant that has cool wall art or take your meal to go.
Located in a restored 1890s corner store, the café has a relaxed, hipster feel and a menu that’s made to be mulled over. This local favourite focuses on free-range, organic and locally sourced (where possible) produce, and the results are as delicious as they are ideal for anyone with dietary requirements.
Café on Johnston
Family-run and community-minded, Cafe on Johnston is passionate about providing Annandale with an ethical, health-conscious eatery. The cafe resides in an old converted brick house providing diners with a cosy and eclectic space to dine in. Serving up breakfast and lunch dishes influenced by Middle Eastern cuisine, family recipes and traditional cooking methods underpin the seasonal menu.
The Drop Espresso & Juice Bar
For your morning dose of caffeine, head to The Drop, where the coffee is single origin and no order is too fancy. Allow the fresh, locally supplied menu of modern Australian classics tickle your taste buds, from the all-day brunch offering to the dedicated jaffle menu. Consistently delivering quality bites and beverages, the friendly, warm service keeps the locals coming back.
Black Toast Cafe
Taking pride of place on Annandale's main street, Black Toast is a popular local hangout. Set within a converted factory and split over two levels, this trendy, urban-styled cafe delivers delicious brunch fare all-day. For coffee aficionados, the beans are Campos and for in-house diners, the sun-drenched courtyard at the back is the place to be.
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.
The Annandale Hotel is one of the most iconic pubs in the Inner West and is known for its friendly and welcoming vibe.There’s always something happening at The Annandale with great tunes providing the soundtrack to a typical night at the pub. The classic pub fare has been curated by Burgers by Josh and no visit to The Annandale is complete without sampling one of their cocktails.
Thai Number One
Thai Number One is an award-winning restaurant with an affordable menu which is, most importantly, fast. Be it for a night in or a quick bite out, when it comes to Thai classics, this restaurant does it well. The fit out is basic here, leaving the dishes the flavoursome attraction.