The London Hotel
A colonial-era building complete with sandstone walls, The London Hotel boasts beautiful harbour views from the verandah. If you’re feeling peckish, take a look at the bar menu which is all about traditional pub grub, or step it up a notch with a fine dining experience in their modern Australian restaurant.
Situated in Balmain's village hub, Blue Ginger is an Inner West institution easily recognisable from the street by its century-old temple doors. A fixture on the Balmain dining scene for over 20 years, Blue Ginger's South-East Asian inspired cuisine has garnered a local foodie following and on occasion, in the evenings, its common to see a queue of diners spill out onto the street. Spacious with touches of Asian decor, the restaurant is suitable for groups with their extensive banquet ...
A beloved local gem since opening in 2004, Balmain's Bertoni is always bustling. With retro fittings and milk-crate seats, this popular Italian eatery is the brainchild of brothers Bert and Tony (get it?). Inspired by their family heritage and Mamma Maria's cooking, the restaurant is known for delivering authentic cuisine and friendly service. On weekends diners enjoy all-day breakfast and the restaurant is perfect for group lunches or dinners.
The Balmain Hotel
The Balmain Hotel is an oasis where you can escape the urban hustle and bustle. An Asian-fusion style menu brings fresh, high-quality ingredients to the fore, and relaxing under a thatched roof cabana in the brightly styled Pasifika beer garden with the kids and pup is the definition of a Sunday well-spent.
Alegrias Spanish Tapas
Hidden in Darling Street’s Institute Arcade, Alegrias Spanish Tapas is a popular dining spot. A quiet, cosy haunt for couples on weeknights becomes a bustling establishment on weekends with live bands accompanying paella and sangria-filled dinners. Stop by for your Spanish fix, but pick your day wisely.
In Balmain, Wilhemina's is the ultimate bohemian-chic haunt. Set in a Victorian building, the restaurant-slash-bar serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner most days. The menu is creative and celebrates local produce, and is made even better by the fact you can enjoy it with your pup by your side.
Mushiro Japanese Restaurant
Open 7-days-a-week from brunch to dinner, Balmain's Mushiro is a popular Japanese eatery amongst the locals. With a minimal, no-fuss aesthetic, the restaurant is great to either dine in or takeaway. Spoilt for choices, diners can either order off the extensive a-la-carte menu or see all the options on the sushi train. Mushiro is group dining friendly, with set menu options and BYO available.
The Hunter Works
Located just off Darling Street, this charming courtyard café is impressive in more ways than one. Firstly, they source all ingredients from The Cook’s Co-Op, meaning the food is local and the menu changes with each visit. Secondly, The Hunter Works aims for zero waste – and any waste goes to a community garden for compost.
Located in Balmain's White Bay, Mantecato is a rustic-chic restaurant that serves up sophisticated comfort food, as if you were eating at Nonna's table. Diners indulge in their extensive range of Italian wines and soak up the authentic, sensory experience that Mantecato offers.
A go-to mid-week dinner stop, Rosso Pomodoro brings authentic Italian to Balmain. The fit-out is bright and basic, but the dishes are exceptional. Simple, quality Italian is brought to customers at an affordable price, and when pizzas are paired with $0 corkage (BYO wine only), a mid-week dinner between friends is made easy for everyone.
In Balmain, Wilhemina's is the ultimate bohemian-chic haunt. Set in a Victorian building, the restaurant-slash-bar serves up lunch and dinner most days. The menu is creative and celebrates local produce, and is made even better by the fact you can enjoy it with your pup by your side.
It may be small, but the sandstone walls are the backdrop to delicious gourmet pizza and Nonna-style pasta dishes. Popular among families, Cappello Pizzeria has a cosy but vibrant atmosphere, but hold out until a little later and you will have the perfect setting for a romantic dinner for two.
Affectionately called ‘The Riv’, the Riverview Hotel is an enduring Balmain institution with a reputation for its relaxed service and cosy ambience complete with open fireplace. Known for its Modern Australian cuisine, the Riverview Hotel isn’t messing about when it comes to their food.
Hungry Bull Co. Balmain
With a loyal following of local caffeine lovers, Hungry Bull Co Cafe delivers consistently good coffee and friendly service. This cafe has a relaxed atmosphere complemented by its rustic decor and jazz music soundtrack. For the morning coffee run, the service is quick but if you have time head to the small terrace out the back and enjoy your coffee in the sun.
The Cottage Bar & Kitchen
A beautiful cottage on Darling Street turned bar-slash-restaurant, The Cottage has a Grandma’s farmhouse kinda feel with a vintage chic vibe. From the courtyard and garden to the modern Australia share plates and cocktail menu, there is much to love about this humble, local hangout.
Situated on Balmain's Darling Street, family-run Gigi's Pizzeria e Restaurant serves up delicious, home-style Italian food. From the outdoor seating to the red and white tablecloths, Gigi's delivers an authentic experience. From pizza and pasta to tiramisu and Nutella desserts, diners are spoilt for choice with the extensive menu.