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.
Gowings Bar & Grill
In the quirky QT, Gowings Bar & Grill is a European-style brasserie that’s a treat for the senses from start to finish. It begins with the elevator ride up, where the music changes according to how many people are inside. You’ll step out into a cool, contemporary space, and peruse a huge menu, but you will quickly notice that the restaurant has a wood-fired rotisserie.
Mercado is a dining experience that brings the tradition of old-world kitchen skills into a modern setting. Think animal butchery, meat curing, cheese making, bread making and preserving – and it shows throughout a menu that is constantly changing, depending on the small farmers and growers that they work with.
In the Establishment Hotel, renowned chef Peter Doyle has created an award-winning, fine dining experience. est. boasts an Australian-French fusion menu, which is creative and best enjoyed via the two, three or four-course Chef’s Menus. The dramatic space, with its floor-to-ceiling white columns, sets the scene. To take your meal up a notch, pair your plates with the matching wines.
Nestled in the heart of Sydney’s Pitt Street, Mejico pairs chic styling and Mexican frivolity with mouth-watering dishes. A strong market to table philosophy with fresh ingredients sourced directly from producers, ensures that every dish is the most authentic Mexican around town.
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Rockpool Bar & Grill, a two-hatted fine dining restaurant in a stunning Art Deco building is the mastermind of celebrity chef, Neil Perry. Rockpool is known for its woodfired steaks and seafood, but if you’re feeling indulgent, go for the eight-course tasting menu.
Kittyhawk captures the essence of Liberation Day in Paris – when everyone was out dancing and drinking champagne to celebrate their freedom from WWII. The 1940s theme is continued with hand-dyed khaki leather booths, antique mirrors, vintage French tiles, and upholstery and wallpaper from the era complete with authentic artefacts like WWII squadron hats and Morse code devices. The attention to detail is amazing. And don't get us started on the drink selection.
Palmer & Co
A speakeasy-style bar that’s a throwback to the Prohibition era of the 1920s. They stick to its sophisticated theme with the help of exposed brick walls, timber accents and dim lighting, as well as decorations by the deft hand of Sibella Court. The dapper staff and flapper waitresses add to the basement bar’s speakeasy vibe, as do the live music performances.
Taylor's Rooftop Bar
On the third floor of the Republic Hotel is a much-welcomed rooftop bar - Taylors Rooftop Bar. It’s an open-air space with a lush vertical garden. In incremental weather they have a retractable roof and if you’re feeling pekish they have playful bar menu on pub classics.
Balcón by Tapavino
An award-winning Spanish restaurant, Balcon by Tapavino on Bligh Street, doubles as a wine bar and tapas-style restaurant. It’s a popular haunt among the mid-week work crowd, and for good reason. Wine racks line the walls and large framed windows lookout over the city streets.
The Baxter Inn
In the basement of a Clarence Street building, The Baxter Inn serves an extensive list of whiskies paired with complimentary pretzels. The long, dimly-lit bar’s walls are lined with more than 800 whiskies and a wide range of liquors. For the full experience head to the whiskey room hidden in the cellar. For the non-whiskey lovers, they also have classic cocktails and an extensive wine list.
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.
The swansong of Matt Moran and Bruce Solomon, the two-hatted restaurant delivers ‘haute cuisine’ with a gastronomic artistry rarely matched in Australia. Just steps away from the Opera House, Head Chef Matt Moran is an advocate for local produce, obvious in every dish, which are full of flavour and impeccably presented, and the menu changes with the seasons.
On the ground level of the ever-present Quay Grand in Circular Quay, Eastbank Café pairs their delicious Italian menu with jaw-dropping views of Circular Quay and out towards the Harbour Bridge. Floor to ceiling windows plus outdoor seating beneath umbrellas ensures every table is met with a view.
Bulletin Place Bar
A cosy small bar in Circular Quay (and by cosy we mean they only seat 45), Bulletin Place has garnered a lot of attention for their cocktail menu that changes daily. They have built their reputation on crafting cocktails from fresh produce sourced from the markets that morning – so no visit will be alike.
Sitting pretty on the harbour is Zaffran, showcasing a modern take on traditional Indian with innovative dishes. The menu has an extensive seafood offering as well as authentic meals with favourites. The view is equally impressive with wide windows shaping the iconic harbourside scenery.