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.
On the smaller side, The Bunker is a hole-in-the-wall café that Darlinghurst locals love to drop in to. Rustic brickwork and natural wood tables create an inviting space and the streetside seating gives a little more room to spread out to enjoy either their breakfast or lunch menu.
Everything about this restaurant is beautiful, from its minimal yet warm interiors to its insta-worthy meals. Which is what you would expect from one of Australia’s most well-known restaurateurs, Bill Granger. Bills is a foodie destination for every meal of the day, so take our advice and book ahead.
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.
An enduring café that has become the stuff of local legend, Bar Coluzzi is hard to miss with their bright red exterior and on-fuss interiors. These guys have been pouring coffee and whipping up café classics for over 60 years – and they’re still busy every day of the week.
Black Velvet Sydney
If we had to give an award to the Sydney cake shop with the best window display, it’d be Black Velvet. After travelling the world learning to master the cake-making craft, owner Orlando Sanpo opened the luxe shop in Darlinghurst. The store whips up gorgeous cakes, chocolates and over 100 flavours of cupcakes.
Infinity Bakery Darlinghurst
Starting out as Sydney’s first organic sourdough bakery, Infinity quickly expanded to other baked breads and pastries. Now this bakery-slash-café is set in a fresh, rusty chic place with a menu that changes with the season, but the one thing that remains the same is their bread.
Berkelouw Café 1812 is a cosy café and bookstore that’s fast becoming a Paddington haunt. With dark wooden interiors, leather armchairs and woven rugs, it’s the most inviting place to spend the afternoon curled up with a book. Inspired by the European salons, where creatives would gather to chat, drink and bounce ideas off each other, the café also has a warming menu.
Perched above Tatler (the speakeasy), 169 Darlinghurst is a café by day, and wine bar by night. The sleek fitout is all timber and brass, and the wine list is just as sophisticated, thanks to ACME sommelier, Gavin Wright. Breakfast focuses on crowd favourites, while dinner is creative, and touches on a few cuisines.
Hidden away in a laneway in Darlinghurst, Salvador Coffee is a compact café that roasts their own coffee beans on-site, in full view on the mezzanine level. Downstairs they turn the beans into delicious cups of coffee that pair beautifully with their breakfast staples.
Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore
No one is disappointed when brunch turns into a novel adventure and Ampersand is the place where this evolution regularly occurs. Housed inside a two-story cafe which sprawls onto an open terrace, Ampersand serves exceptional coffee and breakfast dishes that won’t disappoint. Lunch is also notable and the book selection is varied with the opportunity to find a good read - a chance always worth taking.
Proteini has made a name for themselves on Darlinghurst’s café scene with their health-minded and inventive menu. Most things are made in-house, including the raw, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free sweet cabinet. Their all-day menu is brimming with preservative-free dishes and reworked classics.
The Pie Tin
The Pie Tin serves up steaming sweet and savoury hot pies as well as coffee, wine and craft beer. All of the pies are freshly baked on-site, and stuffed with seasonal ingredients – so depending on the quality of produce and the time of year, some flavours might be off the table.
White Carrots Café
White Carrots has a cute story behind its name – it’s what the owner’s brother used to call parsnips growing up. The café itself has a similarly charming vibe: the split-level interior is decked out with communal tables, and the menu is simple and seasonal, and features plenty of vegetarian options as well as sweet treats.
Synonymous with Paddington, Jackie’s is a stylish café that locals swear by. An easy, yet reliable café that has outdoor seating and Japanese inspired dishes – perfect for brunch with the ladies. Positioned along Glenmore Road, Jackie’s is a quiet retreat from the bustling Oxford Street.
Wilde & Co
A greenery-laden oasis in the heart of Darlinghurst, Wilde & Co injects a touch of Mother Nature into the local café scene. With white walls, natural furnishings and hanging plants, this health-focussed eatery lets the food do the talking –think raw, ethical and colourful. All your fave dishes are given a healthy-twist. Stop in on the morning commute for a quick coffee and bite or make the pilgrimage on the weekend for a brunch that won’t leave you feeling guilty.
Edition Coffee Roasters
At this Nordic-Japanese café, the baristas go above and beyond with their brews. They roast the beans in-house and offer a range of methods: pour-over, batch brew, aero-press, cold brew, and Japanese drip. Yep, when you go to Edition Coffee Roasters it is purely about the coffee with a side of yummy dishes.
Toastie Toast Co.
As its name suggests, this casual eatery is all about the humble toastie. The chefs source fresh, local ingredients from Two Providores to create a few incarnations of the comfort food; from the classic ham and cheese to more gourmet combinations. With windows overlooking Oxford Street, the grilled sandwiches come with a side of people-watching.
A standout on Sydney’s Israeli scene, Shenkin Eatery is famous among foodies for its falafel and haloumi dishes, as well as its burekasim (savoury pastries). Sitting on the border of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, this branch serves up breakfast and lunch seven days a week, as well as grab-and-go coffees and baked goods.
Café Hernandez has been around since the 70s, and they still know how to make a gloriously thick hot chocolate. A 24-hour café in Kings Cross, this café is a go-to for the hospitality crowd and late-night keyboard warriors. The coffee (which is roasted on-site) hits the spot every time.
Taking up a stretch of pavement on the blurry border between Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, this hole-in-the-wall has been a local institution since 1996. The coffee comes courtesy of Campos, and the menu – which features an all-day breakfast – is scrawled across a chalkboard wall. Outside, customers perch on bench seats and chat while they wait.