Chargrill Charlie's Annandale
Sydney-wide chain Chargrill Charlies is known for their delicious BBQ chickens. In Annandale, the store takes pride of place on Johnston Street and draws a crowd most nights of the week. Perfect for a quick takeaway meal or catering for your next event, make sure you check their blackboard specials that rotate daily.
Bar Asia (Annandale)
Bar Asia dishes up authentic Asian street food in the main hub of Annandale. Their menu is teeming with classic Vietnamese and Thai flavours and they also offer gluten-free options. Take a seat in the minimalist restaurant that has cool wall art or take your meal to go.
Located in a restored 1890s corner store, the café has a relaxed, hipster feel and a menu that’s made to be mulled over. This local favourite focuses on free-range, organic and locally sourced (where possible) produce, and the results are as delicious as they are ideal for anyone with dietary requirements.
Café on Johnston
Family-run and community-minded, Cafe on Johnston is passionate about providing Annandale with an ethical, health-conscious eatery. The cafe resides in an old converted brick house providing diners with a cosy and eclectic space to dine in. Serving up breakfast and lunch dishes influenced by Middle Eastern cuisine, family recipes and traditional cooking methods underpin the seasonal menu.
The Drop Espresso & Juice Bar
For your morning dose of caffeine, head to The Drop, where the coffee is single origin and no order is too fancy. Allow the fresh, locally supplied menu of modern Australian classics tickle your taste buds, from the all-day brunch offering to the dedicated jaffle menu. Consistently delivering quality bites and beverages, the friendly, warm service keeps the locals coming back.
Black Toast Cafe
Taking pride of place on Annandale's main street, Black Toast is a popular local hangout. Set within a converted factory and split over two levels, this trendy, urban-styled cafe delivers delicious brunch fare all-day. For coffee aficionados, the beans are Campos and for in-house diners, the sun-drenched courtyard at the back is the place to be.
When meal time rolls around, locals pay Lemonia a visit. This bright and homely cafe is set in a humble homestead with exposed-brick walls and alfresco seating. Boasting a Mediterranean-inspired menu and cocktail specials on Sundays, this family-run gem is a favourite among locals for its quality food and friendly service.
The Annandale Hotel is one of the most iconic pubs in the Inner West and is known for its friendly and welcoming vibe.There’s always something happening at The Annandale with great tunes providing the soundtrack to a typical night at the pub. The classic pub fare has been curated by Burgers by Josh and no visit to The Annandale is complete without sampling one of their cocktails.
After the success of their sister stores in Hunters Hill and the Sydney Fish Markets, Stoneground Bakery opened up a cosy store in Annandale, and locals have been fans ever since. On those days when you’re craving freshly baked bread, or a needing your daily hit of caffeine (beans courtesy of Will & Co), head straight to Stoneground Bakery. For sugar lovers, their delectable pastry offering is enough to give you sweet, sweet dreams.
Booth St Bistro
Booth Street Bistro brings modern European cuisine to the streets of Annandale. This local eatery is not only known for its beautifully plated dishes but its chic interiors. Serving all-day breakfast and lunch 6 days-a-week, at dinner be sure to upgrade your experience with wine and dessert.
Cornersmith is a foodie favourite with a culture of kindness. Like its sister site in Marrickville, the vegetarian spot serves up fresh, sustainable eats and stocks cookbooks, groceries and the best pickles in Sydney. You can either sit in their Scandi-styled digs or order one of their picnic packages and take your meal across the road to Hinsbey Park.
Trafalgar St Espresso
The locals know that The Little Marionette's sister cafe, Trafalgar Street Espresso is one of Annandale's best spots for a caffeine hit. The cafe is kitschy with leather sofas, checkerboard floors and a rotating bookshelf that reveals a second seating area. On a warm day, the outdoor seating area proves to be a perfect people-watching spot while enjoying a moorish Black Star Pastry pie or quiche.
Bottom of the Harbour Seafoods
This Hamptons style institution is chic, low-key and has idyllic views of Balmoral Beach and the harbour. The hordes of people waiting around for their food is a testament to how good this place is. Not into seafood, that’s ok because non-seafood and vegetarian options are also available. Grab a seat at their curbside seating or settle by the water’s edge.
The Boathouse Balmoral Beach
For alfresco dining beside the sea, The Boathouse in Balmoral literally juts out over the water. It’s heaving on weekends, and for good reason; the rustic chic, beach shack vibe comes complete with good food and incredible waterfront views. They don’t take reservations, so get in early for a table outside.
The Bathers' Pavilion Restaurant
A Mosman stalwart, Bathers Pavilion overlooks the picturesque Balmoral Beach and across to Manly’s North Head. The seaside esplanade is dotted with elegant dining options, yet the Pavilion holds a charm that none have successfully managed to replicate. Offering set menus of Modern European cuisine, the restaurant part of Bathers Pavilion is intimate and chic.
Public Dining Room
Nestled by the sand of Balmoral Beach, there is an inexplicably refined air about Public Dining Room. The elegant, coastal style of the restaurant along with a faultless menu of Modern Australian cuisine features plenty of seafood. Then there are the views. Floor to ceiling glass windows lookout over Balmoral Beach and the harbour.
Beach House Balmoral Restaurant & Café
This charming bar and grill on Balmoral Beach combines contemporary Italian fare with friendly and welcoming service. The space is open and bright, with floor to ceiling windows perfect for people-watching. Can't score a table? Grab one of their antipasto picnic boxes and head straight to the beach.
The Balmoral Beach Kiosk
The Balmoral Beach Kiosk is not so much of a conveniently located takeaway joint as it is a community institution. It's the only place on Balmoral Beach open everyday of the year! These guys know how to satisfy the hordes of hungry people who frequent the adjacent Balmoral ocean pool.
Radio Cairo Restaurant
For North African and Middle Eastern fusion fare, it’s hard to go past Radio Cairo in Cremorne. Everything is eclectic, from the décor to the dishes. Opposite the iconic Orpheum Cinema, the restaurant is buzzing most nights of the week, so go early to score a seat or join the post-movie debrief at the bar while you wait.
Chargrill Charlie's Mosman
A takeaway shop offering healthy and delicious on the go options. This is one of the few chicken shops where the sides and salads are just as good as their chargrilled chicken. The combo meals are a must - because you're going to want to try a bit of everything.
Four Frogs Creperie
Dedicated Francophiles can satiate their cravings for an authentic Crepe bretonne at Four Frogs Creperie, just off Military Road. They mill their flour on site to ensure the paper-thin delights are cooked to perfection and the extensive menu covers all basis – sweet and savoury crepes and galettes.
The Burger Shed
The Burger Shed serves fast food with a Momsan twist. The chefs here know that a burger is only as good as it’s patty, so theirs consists of a blend of grass-fed Wagyu and Angus beef. With the kitchen led by fine-dining star Justin North, these burgers are a little bit fancy.
Chiosco by Ormeggio
Chiosco is a kiosk-style cafe with nautical embellishments, water views and Italian street food. Their ‘barefoot and BYO’ attitude goes hand in hand with their Spit Bridge location. With a breakfast menu of classic Australian fare and a la carte menu featuring house-made pastas with all the trimmings, what more could you ask for?