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 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.
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.
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.
Wise Food Cafe
With their feet firmly planted in the health-food realm, you will find a plethora of organic, raw, vegan and gluten free options ready to nuture you into a state of wellbeing. Campos Coffee is available for your caffeine fix and wholesome takeaway options are perfect for a day at the beach.
Bringing contemporary Italian fare to the sun-soaked Central Coast, you’ll find the European delights of Bombini ready to enchant. Situated on two acres of rolling greenery, the restaurant is committed to practicing sustainability with a seasonal menu and diverse wine list shaped by their own produce.
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.
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.
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, kids will be entertained by the latest batch of brownies being whipped up while you enjoy a coffee and zingy lemon tart.This Easter, Bake Bar has created deliciously moreish hot cross buns filled with organic currants, sultanas and raisins, then lightly spiced ...
El Camino Miranda
El Camino Cantina is bringing their bespoke Tex-Mex experience to Miranda. Humming with trademark, cool tunes, colourful sombreros, delightful margaritas and tasty eats, you can always expect a party at this eclectic cantina. Perfect for budget-friendly, week-day meal deals to casual, sundowner sessions – El Camino Cantina is always a good idea.
Contemporary French and European cuisine have arrived in Potts Point, courtesy of Franca Brasserie. Sitting pretty on Macleay Street, the bright, ornate interiors of this fine diner, along with the bold flavours from the menu, transport diners to the heart of Paris. If you have the time, the Le Classic set menu is worth a look. From beef tartare and tuna sashimi nicoise, to celeriac tart and hazelnut millefeuille, you will be hard-pressed to select just one dish for each ...
Lovedale Smokehouse Gourmet Pantry
Aside from its cafe offering, Lovedale Smokehouse Gourmet Pantry provides the opportunity to purchase from their extensive range of smallgoods, including smoked ham, turkey, and bacon, as well as other locally-made produce such as olives, cheeses, and sauces. You can even choose from their selection of take-home platters, perfect for a picnic lunch.
Domaine de Binet
A local gem, the cellar door at Domaine de Binet features a decked outdoor setting, perfect for wine tasting while soaking in the sunshine, year-round. This small yet stunning cellar door focuses on a mixture of traditional and new winemaking techniques, creating wines that are truly like no other.
Leaves & Fishes – The Restaurant
Perched over a pond of friendly fish, overlooking luscious lily pads, Leaves & Fishes Restaurant provides a truly unique dining experience within the Hunter Valley. The restaurant’s seafood-focused menu with an Asian twist is a winner, served inside its carefully curated space, where antique details and modern makes are blended beautifully.
Margan Restaurant & Winery
A true gem, Margan Cellar Door is a well renowned state-of-the-art winery, boasting over 300 acres of old, established vineyards. The estate’s award-winning wines continue to attract a loyal following among wine lovers and critics alike, making this venue a ‘must visit’ when spending time in Broke. What’s more, during the evenings, the cellar door transforms into a casual wine bar, so don’t hesitate to schedule in some time for that, too.