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 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.
Set in a non-descript bakery, look out for the pink neon 'donuts' sign in the window to discover Nutie Donuts. Fun, colourful and gluten free, their baked doughnuts are equal parts delicious and healthy. Created using premium produce, Nutie Donuts also serve up dairy-free options.
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.
A firm favourite among the Inner-West crowd, Shenkin has set up shop in Balmain and locals are loving it. Hidden behind a dry cleaner on Darling Street, Shenkin's terrace with harbour views is the perfect spot to enjoy their signature blend coffee and Middle Eastern inspired eats.