Sosumi Sushi Train
Situated within the historic walls of the GPO Grand in Sydney’s Martin Place, Sosumi is a must for lovers of high quality sushi and teppanyaki. A lively venue with the chefs taking centre stage, Sosumi ensures that the freshness of their ingredients comes through with every mouthful.
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.
Gumption by Coffee Alchemy
In the Strand Arcade, this espresso bar usually has a line of people happily waiting for their fix. The owner (who also founded Coffee Alchemy in Marrickville), Hazel de los Reyes, is an award-winning roaster, and it shows in the quality of coffee as well as the many brewing methods on offer.
Celebrity Chef Luke Mangan burger venture in Sydney’s Chifley Plaza states simply that Chicken Confidential does burgers better. Only using organic chicken from Queensland’s Inglewood Farms, the Chicken Confidential burgers are a step up from your average burger joint.
In the Sydney CBD, this sustainable café serves up colourful, healthy plates that are almost too pretty to eat. After ordering from the chalkboard menu (which lists the farmers behind each dish), settle in and sip on some kombucha or grab a coffee, courtesy of former Mecca barista Marcelo Soto.
Tucked down an alleyway in the CBD, Marlowe’s Way is a New York-style café. The cosy coffee shop is known for its sweet, smooth house blend. It’s called ‘Bankistan’ (named for the banks in the area), and is roasted by Little Marionette. When your steaming cup of joe arrives, look for an ‘M’ on your spoon or takeaway cup – if you find one, you’ll score a second coffee for free.
Skittle Lane Coffee
On King Street, this coffee shop boasts Instagram-worthy interiors. Its two shiny La Marzocco coffee machines pump out the café’s house blend. There’s a selection of single origins, as well as a pour-over bar for filter fanatics. If you’re hungry, they have a menu that will satiate any cravings.
Pablo & Rusty's Coffee Roasters
In a prime position on Castlereagh Street, the specialty roaster churns out hundreds of coffees every day. Locally known as 161, Pablo & Rusty’s is a meeting spot for coffee aficionados (they even host regular workshops and cuppings!). The fitout is industrial chic and the food is every little bit delicious.
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.
The Grounds of the City
The highly instagrammable coffee house, The Grounds of the City has a real old-world charm to it. Think a Barista’s Bar designed to tailor your coffee experience and tea ladies with a roaming trolley that is brimming with sweet treats and cakes, to top up for your bottomless cup of coffee.
With stylish interiors that will transport you back to the streets of Tokyo, Sushi Hotaru is the go-to place for great sushi and great value. Located inside The Galeries, you can enjoy fresh handmade sushi and Japanese staples. This tech savvy venue also allows you to order additional selection with the touch of a button using their slick digital touch screen menu system.
East meets West at Boon Table, an Asian-inspired takeaway hotspot in the heart of the CBD. This fast-paced eatery serves up some seriously delectable dishes, all ready to be packaged up for the diner on the go. Not only are they delicious but each dish is wholesome and puts health first. From custom sandwiches, salads and bowls, to Vietnamese rolls, juices and Single O Coffee, there is much to love about The Galeries' newest lunchtime hotspot.