Elbow Room Espresso
You’ll need little convincing to extend your morning coffee into a full blown brunch, once you take a look at the inventive menu at Elbow Room. Grab a table in the sun, perch at the window bar or stretch out with a paper and a specialty cold drip or aero press coffee. They have your standard cappuccinos here as well, but you’re in a hipster café, have a hipster coffee too.
Baodao Taiwanese Kitchen (Chatswood)
Baodao’s reputation for top quality Taiwanese fare is unrivalled on the Chatswood food scene and the constantly packed eatery is testament to that. The bao buns are the stuff of legends, they’re velvety and fluffy and we strongly suggest getting them in pairs. The culinary philosophy at Baodao is 'eat often and eat well', and Baodao makes us want to do both.
A hidden gem on Bart Street, Camperdown's Runcible Spoon is a local favourite for delicious modern Australian fare. This hip cafe is open from breakfast to lunch every day, serving up consistently good coffee and scrumptious treats. Bright and fun, the cafe provides a lush, greenery-filled oasis to uni students and hospital workers based nearby.
A small rustic bakery, that originally hailed from the inner west, has been busily churning out breads and pastries, and locals can’t get enough of it. Victorie made a name for themselves with their widely adored sourdoughs, croissants and painfully crisp pastries. Take our advice and pop in early because they sellout fast.
RAW & WILD Market & Cafe
Positioned at the top end of Bong Bong Street, RAW & WILD is a wholefood café-slash-fresh food market. They have an all-day menu that’s brimming with wholesome goodness, and they’re fully licensed (or you can BYO). The outdoor deck is the perfect place to refuel before shopping for dairy, meat, poultry and organic groceries. They have bulk bins filled with nuts, grains, mixes, Fair Trade coffee, plus so much more.
For a refined Italian affair, Onesta Cucina in Bowral is the venue to venture. The family owned and operated restaurant focuses on traditional Italian cuisine that takes advantage of exceptional local produce. Braised beef cheeks is the signature dish and you’d be wise to slowly make your way through their considered wine list.
Spring Street Social
Spring Street Social is what happens when a pharmacist and truffle farmer opens a bar. It’s inventive, experimental and a little bit quirky. Inspired by the golden age of cure-all elixirs, this tapas and cocktail lounge has plush seats, bar stools, live music and a seriously cool ambiance.
The guys at Ryo's Noodles have earned themselves quite the reputation in Crows Nest for their incredible ramen. Lucky for Bondi Junction locals, they have brought the same great flavours to the East. Even though ramen is their thing, you can still find other Japanese staples on their menu.
Blanca Bar & Dining
Meaning blank canvas, Blanca is a welcome addition to Bondi Beach’s dining scene. Mixing Mediterranean flavours with Japanese style cooking – an interesting mix, but it works. The restaurant is spread over two levels, a vibrant atmosphere downstairs and a cosy one upstairs.
The historic ambience of The Berry Hotel creates a hub for travelers and locals to meet, relax and enjoy a bevvie or two. Built in 1863, the buildings’ remnants and collectibles are on display and are a very present reminder of the charm of yesteryear. Modern bistro fare can be enjoyed in The Coach House restaurant by one of their many open fires!
Savannah Cafe & Bar
Situated off the main street in a beautiful arcade, Savannah café brings South African cuisine to the Berry foodie scene. Their tasting plate is perfect for two and an easy way to try all of the signature traditional dishes. After dining, perouse their range of ethically sourced and fair trade African craft work for sale.
A must-visit foodie destination on the South Coast, The Hungry Duck is a fine dining Asian gem. Chef David Campbell takes a ‘locavore’ approach to cooking, which means he relies heavily on his on-site garden for veggies and herbs and he sources his duck, wagyu and alpaca – yes alpaca – from regional farmers. The space is chic and intimate and the food is made for sharing – so you don’t have to worry about getting food envy for your ...
Berry Donut Van
If it’s socially acceptable to have a donut for breakfast, then The Famous Berry Donut Van will sort you out with the goods, and by goods we mean piping hot, freshly made cinnamon donuts. They’re rustic in shape and generously rolled in cinnamon sugar – and are a delicious accompaniment to your morning coffee. This donut van is famous for a reason, they’ve been a fixture on the scene in Berry for nearly 60 years.
Bottom of the Harbour Seafoods
This Hamptons style institution is chic, low-key and has idyllic views of Balmoral Beach and the harbour. The hordes of people waiting around for their food is a testament to how good this place is. Not into seafood, that’s ok because non-seafood and vegetarian options are also available. Grab a seat at their curbside seating or settle by the water’s edge.
Located in Balmain's White Bay, Mantecato is a rustic-chic restaurant that serves up sophisticated comfort food, as if you were eating at Nonna's table. Diners indulge in their extensive range of Italian wines and soak up the authentic, sensory experience that Mantecato offers.
A go-to mid-week dinner stop, Rosso Pomodoro brings authentic Italian to Balmain. The fit-out is bright and basic, but the dishes are exceptional. Simple, quality Italian is brought to customers at an affordable price, and when pizzas are paired with $0 corkage (BYO wine only), a mid-week dinner between friends is made easy for everyone.