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.
4 Ounces Burger Co
On the quieter side of Alexandria, 4 Ounces Burger Co is a hip hop burger joint with an ethical slant. They are all about sourcing their food locally and sustainably and the menu is kept simple enough with a range of burger options. The minimalist interiors highlight the street art across one of the walls.
The Little Marionette Wholesale
Once a small café-slash-roaster in Balmain, The Little Marionette is at the forefront of boutique coffee roasting. For the best experience, visit their St Peter's cafe for a coffee made just the way you like, with the help of their single origin batch roasts. For quality coffee at home, you can buy their specialty beans either in-store or online.
What started out as a small takeaway shop in Rosebery, making pasta to sell wholesale and retail, Adamo Pasta had to expand to cater to their growing popularity. Now a retail store with a dining area they make the most delicious pasta dishes. They also make premade dinners to take home.
ASLAN Coffee Roasters
Aslan Coffee brings a little bit of Indonesia to St Peters and a bright, technicoloured lion to its streets. The cafe’s street art and orange sign bring in locals but the coffee from the Indonesian archipelago keeps diners coming back. All coffee is roasted and brewed in the cosy café and the meals are hearty and casual.
Zeus Street Greek
A simple philosophy of serving, this booming bastion of Greek cuisine is adored by Greek fanatics across the city. Zeus Street Greek in Rosebery comes across as less late-night kebab shop, more chic Mediterranean isles with food presented on ever-trendy wooden boards
Gelato Messina Rosebery (HQ)
Hardly needing introduction, the dessert gods have looked upon Rosebery with favour and graced the suburb with one of Sydney’s favourite gelato stores. Using only the best ingredients to create unique (and outrageously indulgent) flavours, Messina also offers five weekly specials that are celebrated by connoisseurs forever looking for gelato with an edge.
Traditional Gyradiko Rosebery
Looking every bit the typical Mediterranean Island eatery, Traditional Gyradiko on Gardeners Road is the place to venture if you’re after a dose of Greek hospitality. With their meat roasted in the traditional way on a vertical spit, your gyros will have that quintessentially Greek flavour that’s difficult to find outside of Mykonos.
After reaching Instagram fame, Kat Logan’s hand painted buttercream cakes now have their own store and lucky for St Peters, it’s inside Precinct 75. The contemporary cakes, which are commonly ordered for birthdays and weddings sit pretty in the new store looking more like MOMA than a bakery. Pop in for a look, and maybe a bite with cupcakes, cake pops and brookies (part brownie, part cookie).
Redfern is brimming with cafes, and Urban Piccolo is one of its standouts. The wide windows allow light to flood in while customers tuck into classic breakfast and lunch plates, which are refreshingly priced on the low side. The staff are friendly, and there’s outdoor seating available.
Sample Coffee Pro Shop
It may be tiny but Sample Coffee boasts some of the best coffee in Sydney. The refurbished warehouse dons white walls, wooden floors and tables with a polished Scandinavian feel leaving the coffee the star attraction. From beans to home brewing equipment for sale, at Sample Coffee you can sip in or sort your caffeine hit at home. The constantly rotating range of beans on offer always keeps it interesting, and avid coffee drinkers coming back.
Chapter Five Espresso
Before hopping on the train, Redfern locals caffeinate at Chapter Five Espresso. A welcome escape from the station scene, the café is cosy and tucked inside a terrace. The Mediterranean-influenced menu is scrawled on butcher’s paper, and the baristas whip up coffee using the café’s special house blend.
For deliciously crusty Vietnamese bread and pastries, it’s hard to look past Taste. The brainchild of a French baker, the baguettes are baked on-site every day – and every 15 minutes during the lunch rush – and stuffed with grilled meats and fresh salad ingredients. We’ll take one for now, and one for later, please.
It’s easy to miss this hole-in-the-wall as you’re strolling down the street, but those in the know are treated to delicious Vietnamese food at a cheep and cheerful price. Peek at the tables and you’ll see people tucking into steaming bowls of pho, Vietnamese sandwiches, rice paper rolls and doughnuts for dessert.
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or the biggest carnivore in Sydney, you’re bound to find something that tickles your tastebuds at Oriental Healthy – and it’ll be healthy to boot. The Thai eatery has a meat-free version of almost every dish on the menu, making it the perfect spot for groups with different dietary requirements.