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.
Gelato Messina Tramsheds
An award-winning institution that has become a real sensation. From their humble roots in Darlinghurst, Gelato Messina has since set up shop interstate and in the US. Weekly specials are the highlights here with creative concoctions surprising ice cream lovers every seven days, but for those who are creatures of habit, they have over 40 staple flavours.
Peanut Butter Bar
Australia’s first peanut butter dessert bar has opened in Leichhardt, and it’s a treat. The team only uses Buff Bake to whip up their array of sweets, like vegan peanut butter shakes and caramelised banana and peanut butter pudding. The shining star, though, is the gelato: made with a nut butter base, it’s churned out in-house.
Penny Four's Leichhardt
A suitable stop off for the sweet tooth, Penny Fours is an eclectic cafe that could be easily missed if it weren’t for its bright aqua tiles. Run by pastry chef Penelope Ransley - who once baked at Iggy’s - the bakery is filled with masterful and traditional treats all designed to share among friends. From spicy lemon meringues and almond croissants to quiche, there’s something to put a smile on everyone’s face. Petite portions with big flavours, Penny Fours’ ...
Leichhardt’s Norton Street strip is lined with family-run businesses, and Mezzapica is one that’s been there for what seems like forever. On any given day, there’s a line of customers waiting to tuck into the tiramisu, buttery biscotti, rum balls and apple crumble tarts. The shop also has a cake studio, where professional pastry chefs run cake-making and decorating classes.
Bellingen Gelato use all-natural ingredients and tend to win awards for it. The small gelato bar began in the regional town on the Mid North Coast and has grown so popular they opened a second store in Rozelle. With a limited range displayed each week, flavours are on rotation.
Soul Burger - Glebe
Soul Burger is Sydney's first plant-based burger joint and, as a company, they are trying to reduce their overall impact on the environment. Think burgers with a conscience. Their Glebe Point Road venue has locals queuing, but despite the crowds, the service is quick. When the craving strikes, Soul Burger consistently provides a swathe of mouth-watering creations both with and without meat.
Culture Society - La Banette Patisserie
A slice of downtown Paris in downtown Glebe, La Banette will transport you to Paris with one bite of their sweet treats. The teeny-tiny shopfront exudes French provincial charm with its distressed wooden shelves, chic striped awning and smorgasbord of sweet desserts and pastries.