Ippudo Central Park
This award-winning international sensation has defined ramen dining. Along Broadway, IPPUDO fast became a Chippendale mainstay with its modern Japanese aesthetic. Popular with office workers and students, the food here is delicious with their speciality being, you guessed it, ramen.
There’s no denying that this Chippendale bar has a love for all things wine and cheese related. Part bar part cooking school, Zigi’s pair the two together beautifully. And although the cheese list is impressive, it is not all that they do here. The restaurant side of the operation also has a seasonal menu that hints at the Mediterranean.
LP's Quality Meats
Tucked away in Chippendale is LP’s Quality Meats. The head chef and owner, Luke Powell’s pride and joy of is the meat smoker he had shipped all the way from Tennessee, giving every cut of meat a crusty finish and smoky, rich flavour. After dining in, stock up on some of their delicious meats.
This buzzy, mouth-watering eatery along Broadway is all about the famed Brazilian churrasco grill. Fogo Brazialia has brought the culinary tradition of Brazil to the shores of Sydney – marinated meats sliced to perfection. With milk crate and wooden pallet tables, this is a popular haunt with uni students and workers alike.
The Nighthawk Diner
Two chefs traded in the hatted Sydney restaurant scene for a food truck of their own, so the menu is as you’d expect; exceptional. The silver retro American-trailer can be found in the city, often in Martin Place, and on Sydney Food Trucks dishing up American classic, but they have since opened their permanent digs on Abercrombie St in Chippendale.
Paris meets Sydney at this exquisite Parisian bistro. Transforming an old rum warehouse on Kensington Street in Chippendale’s culinary precinct, Bistrot Gavroche has become a mainstay among a line-up of renowned restaurants. Classic French dishes hailed from Chef Frederick’s Parisian roots are featured throughout and they match an Australian and French wine list.
The Chippo Hotel
Hands down, this corner pub is a local favourite and why wouldn’t it be when it has retained the original beauty of the building while updating the interiors to be warm, trendy and inviting. From nightly specials to live tunes, The Chippo Hotel on Abercrombie Street knows how to draw a crowd.
Coco Cubano Central Park
Tucked away on the ground floor of the dining piazza in Chippendale’s Central Park, Coco Cubano embraces its Cuban influence. They have a tapas style menu that will take you from breakfast through to dinner and late-night cocktails, and colourful tables and plush chairs - it really is easy to linger here.
Din Tai Fung
After the success of its Taipei restaurants, Din Tai Fung brought its dumplings Down Under, making Sydneysiders very happy. To Din Tai Fung, dumplings are an artform, in fact the eatery is famous for its xiao long bao, pork dumplings filled with meat and hot, soupy broth.
The latest venture from the brother’s behind KOI, Monkey’s Corner only seats 20 and is set within a heritage listed terrace. The bar provides guests an intimate setting perfect for catching up with friends or impressing on your first date. Taking inspiration from Asia, cocktail consultant Quynh Van Nguyen has crafted a cocktail menu big on flavour.
One of the finest establishments along Chippendale’s Kensington Street is Automata. The industrial, minimalist fit out offers a blank canvas for the food – European inspired dishes created from predominantly local produce, and the wine list is curated with a mix of international and Australian wines.
Kensington Street Social
A cafe, restaurant and bar hybrid sitting inside Chippendale’s Old Clare Hotel, Kensington Street Social is the brainchild of Jason Atherton, who has an accolade of Michelin stars to his name. Modern Australian cuisine stars on every plate in a setting that has soaring ceilings and a sophisticated chic décor.
Central Quarter Restaurant
Central Quarter, in the heart of Chippendale's foodie precinct, is more than just your average hotel restaurant. This modern Australian eatery combines premium, local produce with a relaxed setting. The menu is centered around seasonal produce and is presented in a creative yet simple way.
Kensington Street is home to Spice Alley, a tucked away lane of bustling cafes, restaurants and bars with a distinct Melbourne feel. Showcasing Asia’s best flavours – Japanese, Cantonese, Malaysian and Singaporean dishes served up in hawker-style diners with tables spilling onto the street with lantern canopy above.
Alex Lee Kitchen
Taking up position amongst the hawker-style dining options along Chippendale’s Spice Alley, Alex Lee’s Kitchen slings out mouth-watering laksa by the bucket load. Head chef Alex Lee (of Temasek and Ginger & Spice fame) brings Singaporean cuisine to spice loving locals.
A Kensington Street local and neighbour to Bistrot Gavroche is Olio. The Italian restaurant is the brainchild of Sicilian-born Lino Sauro who is quickly made his mark in the precinct. The menu is underpinned by quality seafood, with a notable seafood stew, and the rooftop terrace is a sought-out dining space.
The Old Clare Hotel
The Old Clare Hotel’s boutique rooms beautifully combine contemporary design and heritage features. The Clare is the venue’s public bar downstairs, but for a more intimate drink, head upstairs to the Hotel’s heated rooftop pool with a lounging deck and a tempting cocktail list. What’s more, the Old Clare Hotel has impressive dining options – Automata and Kensington Street Social.
Eastside Kitchen + Bar
From the interiors to the food, this is one chic venue. Adopting the atmosphere of New York’s meat packing district, Head Chef Stanley Wong has put together an American-inspired menu that is touched by the distinctive flavours of traditional Japanese Binchotan charcoal grill.
As the name suggests, this Indochina infused restaurant draws direct inspiration from the Mekong River and the rich cultural influences that feed off it (think Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese and Burmese). A culinary journey like no other, thanks to Head Chef, Tiw Rakarin, formerly of Mama Buoi’s in Surry Hills.
Just walking distance from fine-dining sister venue Automata, A1 Canteen is the casual dining gem on the ground floor of The Old Rum Store in Chippendale. Expect all of the menu-magic synonymous with Clayton Well's; a curation of innovative flavours and ingredients, highlighting the essence of the produce. The setting is relaxed and minimal, with touches of greenery, making it the perfect spot for a quick bite or long lunch.
Cake Wines Cellar Door
After a series of successful pop-up stores, this Adelaide winery laid down some roots in Redfern. Run by young winemakers and enthusiasts, Cake Wines is a cellar door that showcases Australian, boutique and independent wines, which you can sample for yourself in the glossy wine bar.