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.
Thai Number One
Thai Number One is an award-winning restaurant with an affordable menu which is, most importantly, fast. Be it for a night in or a quick bite out, when it comes to Thai classics, this restaurant does it well. The fit out is basic here, leaving the dishes the flavoursome attraction.
New Shanghai Ashfield
Originating on the main drag of Ashfield and now with over five stores across Australia, New Shanghai has built a cult following of locals due to their generous servings of house-made dumplings, noodles, soups, rice and vegetable dishes. An Ashfield gem, New Shanghai’s setting is colourful and vibrant, a nod to 1930s Shanghai. A visit to New Shanghai would not be complete without trying one of their signature soup dumpling creations.
Located near the train station on Liverpool Road, Manmaruya's Ashfield outpost is popular with local foodies. This Japanese noodle house is run by experienced owner and Head Chef Hideki Goto. He notes that out of his four restaurants Ashfield is his favourite due to its expansive and peaceful dining area (perfect for families and groups). Over and above that the dishes are pretty exceptional too, think gyoza, ramen, sushi, sashimi and bento boxes.
In Ashfield, this corner café attracts foodies from all over with locals and visitors alike happy to line up for brunch at Excelsior Jones. ‘Excelsior’ means ‘ever upward’ in Latin, and every breakfast here is better than the last.The modern Australian menu also attracts attention for its malted milkshakes, which come in a range of flavours. The buzzing, light-filled neighbourhood eatery boasts beautifully curated interiors; think copper pendant lighting, wooden floors and scattered greenery.
A local haunt, Ashfield Cafe is all about authentic Malaysian cuisine. So, whether you’re craving chicken satay, nasi goreng, curry or a laksa, it’s all here with an affordable price tag. Housed in a nondescript corner store, it’s easy to miss (or misjudge) but live like the locals do and pop in for a dish - or four.
Shanghai Night Chinese Restaurant
An institution, Shanghai Night is one of Ashfield’s original dumpling and noodle joints to set up shop along Liverpool Road. Still drawing a crowd, Shanghai Night’s steamed and fried dumplings come in generous portions of 12 and 18. Between the ridiculously low prices, BYO status and buzzing vibe, you’re bound to walk out full, smiling, and with your wallet in-tact.
Taste of Shanghai
With a focus on fresh produce and innovative dishes, Taste of Shanghai is one of the most popular dumpling houses along Ashfield's Liverpool Road. Bringing authentic Shanghai and Northern Chinese cuisine to the streets of Ashfield, the restaurant is passionate about using traditional techniques and flavours. The simple, no-frills interiors leave the dumplings, noodles and soups to stand out.
As the name attests, Pho 234 does a mean pho. With its bright red interiors and no-fuss decor, this Liverpool Road eatery is an authentic cheap eat. Sticking to classic Vietnamese cuisine, if you are after a delicious pho, noodle soup or stir-fry, Pho234 is the place to dine in or takeaway.
From exceptional sushi to udon noodles, Shinsen is one of the new(ish) additions to Liverpool Road that has locals talking. The authentic Japanese menu doesn’t just please diners but the accompanying price point does too. Once inside Shinsen you will feel like you have been transported to Japan, from the wooden wall panelings to the decorative sake bottles.
Brew Ha Ha Coffee Roasters
Lilyfield's Brew Ha Ha Coffee Roasters are well-known for their coffee roasting and cafe fare. Amongst the central transport hub, Brew Ha Ha is a popular takeaway coffee spot for morning commuters, boasting modern yet non-hipster interiors (just the way the locals like it). The breakfast, brunch and lunch offering is modern Australian inspired and each week the changing specials board is an interesting read.