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.
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.
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.On Thursday the 8th of November, all Boathouse venues (Balmoral, Shelly Beach and Palm Beach) will be offering diners a complimentary glass of prosecco to celebrate their 10th birthday!
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.
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?
Offering a mouth-watering menu and idyllic views of Sydney Harbour, Burnt Orange takes refined dining to a new level. Come the weekend, their expansive terrace is brimming with locals all vying for a taste of the delicious breakfast offering, complete with bushland and harbour views.
Albion Lane Cafe
The menu might read “sambos” but the sandwiches here are a little bit Mosman, if you know what we mean. High quality ingredients and innovative flavour combos make this tucked away gem worth finding. There’s also a big box of toys for the kids, which makes this cafe a hit with mother’s groups and young families alike.
This café considers themselves as a bean to cup café and this philosophy has earnt them their devout regulars and some awards as well. Their specialty beans are roasted on site, which makes them wildly popular amongst Mosman locals who are looking for a quality cuppa with their brekkie.
Fourth Village Providore
A buzzing European-style food market in the heart of Mosman. With a gelateria, delicatessen and pizzeria all rolled into one, Fourth Village Providore is a one stop shop (albeit it a lengthy one) for all your foodie needs. From the shelves brimming with fresh, seasonal produce and delicacies, to the walk-in fromagerie and bustling bar, you’ll never want to leave this artisan marketplace.
Perched in a prime location on the Esplanade at Balmoral Beach, La Repubblica is a family owned trattoria serving up traditional Italian favourites with a modern twist. They also roast their own blend of coffee daily, so it's no wonder locals flock here for their morning macchiatos.