Simply Hummus Bar
For hummus lovers, this is the place for you. Darlinghurst is home to Simply Hummus, the city’s first bar dedicated to the famous Israeli dip. Upgrading the humble chickpea infusion from side dish to main meal, Simply Hummus serves up a range of chickpea blends with pita bread, sourdough, and falafel on the side. Both delicious and affordable, you can expect to pay just $13 for a delicious, warming hummus-filled meal.
Simply Hummus Bar
For hummus lovers, this is the place for you. Darlinghurst is now home to Simply Hummus, the city’s first bar dedicated to the famous Israeli dip. Upgrading the humble chickpea infusion from side dish to main meal, Simply Hummus serves up a range of chickpea blends with pita bread, sourdough, and falafel on the side. Both delicious and affordable, you can expect to pay just $13 for a delicious, warming hummus-filled meal.
Steeped in family tradition, Almond Bar is an award-winning Middle Eastern restaurant that is run by two sisters. The dishes are served tapas style with a host of vegetarian delights and the interiors are warm and inviting – perfect for a date night or intimate dinner with friends.
With a prime corner position, Darlo Bar is a retro pub and a much-loved local haunt. Downstairs is strewn with fairy lights, and marked by cosy couches, pool tables and chilled-out music. Upstairs, you’ll find an open-air courtyard with a rooftop garden, plants climbing the walls, and a DJ on the decks on weekends.
Located on one of Sydney’s favourite eat streets, Zushi has become a reliable Japanese mainstay in Darlinghurst. Head Chef Lee paves the way with a blend of sushi and Izakaya inspired dishes to ensure your lunch or dinner is utterly satisfying - and they have plenty of healthy options as well.
Homey and chic, A Tavola is pasta heaven. Owner and head chef Eugenio Maiale’s cooking philosophy is all about fresh ingredients, and by fresh we mean handmade a few minutes before it lands on your table. The house menu is where you’ll find reliable Italian staples and the specials board is where Maiale’s latest creations are listed.
Buffalo Dining Club
Buffalo Dining Club in Darlinghurst has a thing for mozzarella. Sounds weird, but it’s not. This restaurant is Italian and it’s delicious, and as the name suggests, the restaurant is all about buffalo cheese – they have grown popular for their huge pecorino cheese wheel which doubles as a pasta bowl for big groups.
This restaurant-slash-bar are the masters of the bloody mary. Set in a fresh, chic place with a cute courtyard, Bloody Mary’s is situated in the Kings Cross end of Darlinghurst. They blend their own tomato juice in-house which they turn into their signature drink – ideal for whether you’re trying to cure a hangover or kickstart a night out.
Black Bottle brings the aperitivo tradition to Sydney. The wine bar offers an affordable list of drops, craft cocktails, and Mediterranean share plates – but there’s no menu. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure: the fridge is full of fresh fish, veggies, and condiments, and cured meats hang from the ceiling. When you’ve decided what you want, the chef will whip it up.
Buon Ricordo Ristorante
If restaurants could be heritage-listed, we’re certain Buon Ricordo would be first on the list. Buon Ricordo has been a staple on the Sydney Italian dining scene since the 80s. Naples native and head chef, Armando Percuoco has been cooking since the age of 14, and it shows. The Italian artwork and decor will make your night out all the more authentic.
Sir Allen Taylor & Co
Smack-bang in the middle of the Oxford Street hub, this all-day eatery was named after Sir Allen Taylor, the Sydney mayor who was famous for prettying up Darlinghurst. The menu is simple and satisfying, and the bartenders kick off boozy brunch at 10am. After 3pm, finger foods take over, and customers scurry to score an outdoor table.
Located inside a beautiful corner building, Casoni is a stylish upmarket Italian restaurant along Darlinghurst’s Bourke Street. The interiors are warm and inviting and the food is every little bit delicious. In the warmer months the outdoor streetside seating is highly prized.
Johnny Fishbone Wine Parlour
Buffalo Dining Club’s younger brother, Johnny Fishbone is a 1920s-style wine and tapas bar from the same talented team. They have a seafood-focused menu and the space itself is sleek – all leather and marble – but the friendly staff and wine wall is what will make you go back time and time again.
Malabar South Indian Restaurant
Specialising in Southern Indian flavours, Malabar is a local favourite in its two locations, Darlinghurst and Crows Nest, and for good reason. The restaurants, which has been around for more than two decades, boasts a menu that is rich in authentic flavours and the restaurant’s fit out is intricately decorated and atmospheric.
The Oxford Hotel
Occupying Oxford Street for over 100 years, this hangout is an iconic local institution. It’s made up of four distinct spaces: the chilled-out Polo Lounge; Ginger’s, a cabaret venue; and Oxford Bar, which has live entertainment including dancers and drag queens and Oxford Underground a nightclub with a range of different events.
From the interiors to the food, The Kindness Café is fresh in every sense of the word. A vegetarian restaurant in Darlinghurst who specialise in Thai meat-free curries and stir fries – this means no fake meat either. A dinner destination most nights of the week, but come the weekend you can enjoy some over lunchtime too.
Phamish Vietnamese Cafe
A block away from Oxford Street in Darlinghurst is Phamish Vietnamese, it can’t be missed with its bright red interiors. They’re renowned for their fresh and fast Vietnamese street food and they cater well to the vegetarian and vegans. Plus, they’re pet friendly so you can bring fido along too.
Lucio Pizzeria Darlinghurst
More than your average pizzeria, Lucio’s Pizzeria is helmed by an accomplished Pizzaioli, Chef Lucio De Falco. This local woodfired pizzeria is a proud member of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN), the highest pizza honour, and it shows with locals lining up for a slice of this rustic-style pizza.
Yachiyo Japanese Bistro Darlinghurst
More than a sushi destination, Sushi Yachiyo is a Japanese bistro that’s helmed by Chef Mitshuro, who hails from the Southern Japanese Island of Tanegashima. Now a Darlinghurst mainstay, Mitshuro visits the Sydney Fish Markets each market to ensure every dish features only the best.
East Village Sydney
The rooftop terrace at the newly refurbed East Village Hotel is the perfect place to settle in for a chic-pub-do. The semi-private dining room on the rooftop is available to be reserved for groups of up to 20 people while the Athletic Club and Sports Bar, with its leather-clad chesterfield – on the level below is an old-worldly haven to retire to once the sun is set.