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.
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.
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.
Koi Dessert Bar
Ever since he wowed the crowds with his delectable desserts on MasterChef, Reynold Poernomo has been busy building a sugary empire. His Indonesian-inspired dessert bars are seriously the stuff dreams are made of. Instaworthy Koi Dessert Bar is just as delicious as it looks.
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.
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 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.
N2 Extreme Gelato
Trending for years on social media, N2 is known for their innovative combination of liquid nitrogen and gelato. Their outposts are kitted out like a science laboratory, with staff donning white lab coats and mixing concoctions in beakers. With their focus on creating a visual journey for dessert aficionados everywhere, N2 takes their creativity and literally injects it with bold flavours and textural depth.
This patisserie may be small, but it packs an almighty flavourful punch. Pastry prodigy Lorraine Godsmark is the genius behind the little shops melt-in-your-mouth tarts, pastries, cakes and famous rhubarb pie. The open-plan boutique gives sugar fiends the freedom to watch their treats being whipped, baked and sliced right before their eyes.
Tucked away in The Rocks Centre is Sticky, a confectionery store with a twist…literally. More than a store to buy your favourite sweets, it’s an educational experience on the art of making rock candy. You can watch the folks behind Sticky at work, handcrafting these colourful sugar creations.
Brooklyn Bridge Deli
Modelled on the bulging sandwiches served in New York bodegas, the Brooklyn Bridge Deli makes just about everything in-house, from the pastrami and corned beef to the sauerkraut and dressing. And don’t forget your coffee – it comes in ‘Biggie’ or ‘Smalls’, and with a free mini Oreo.