On campus at Sydney Uni, Manning Bar is a local favourite for students and music lovers alike. A purpose built live entertainment venue, on any given night you can stumble upon a live gig from a local or international act. During the semester, Monday to Friday, you can get delicious American-style bites from Lucky's serving from Manning Bar 11am till late.
With a location in two of the inner-west’s most bustling suburbs, Store Espresso keeps locals well-fed and caffeinated wherever they may be. Both spaces are bright, airy and welcoming, and serve up Mediterranean dishes featuring lots of organic produce. The house coffee blend hits the spot, and goes well with any of the baked treats in the display window.
Papaya Thai Eatery
Open for lunch and dinner every day of the week, Papaya Thai Eatery serves up delicious Thai fare.Priding themselves on being family-friendly and well priced, Papaya's traditional dishes taste great whether you dine on the streetside tables, grab takeaway on the run or order home delivery.
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 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.
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.
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.
UTS Haberfield Club
Boasting panoramic bay views through the large windows and terrace, UTS Haberfield Club is a sports club-cum-dining destination. Serving up refined pub bistro food, there is something for everyone to enjoy from share plates and burgers, to seafood and steak. For the best seat in the house, head for the deck and be sure to check out their weekly specials for a reasonably priced meal.
As soon as you step inside this converted motorbike warehouse, you’re in for a treat. Deus Bar & Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves up Middle Eastern-Mediterranean fusion dishes all day. The industrial space has a relaxed, laidback vibe, and an impressive wine list.
Mr Gee Burger Truck
Mister Gee Burger Truck in Haberfield, on the side of Parramatta Road, is an eatery you must try for yourself. Serving up signature American style burger creations with decadent and OTT fillings. Keep a lookout on their Facebook feed for their newest creations and when you make your burger selection be sure to add loaded fries...you won’t be disappointed.
The Pig & Pastry
The Pig and Pastry boasts some of the funkiest cafe interiors; think exposed brick, mix and match decor and vintage furnishings. The modern Australian breakfast and lunch menu at this Petersham eatery is a highlights reel of local produce. As an added bonus to the in-house baked good, diners can enjoy a vino or two as the Pig and Pastry is licensed.
Open 7 days a week for breakfast, brunch and lunch, District is one of the coolest spots on Marrickville's foodie scene. With trendy Euro-style interiors, this cafe is an Insta-worthy brunch spot. The menu has been curated to highlight the most creative of brunch dishes with a Middle Eastern twist.
Yiamas Greek Taverna
Laid-back and light-filled, Yia Mas Greek Taverna has perfected the art of casual dining through their authentic share plates and friendly service. Yia Mas' is open for lunch on weekends and dinner throughout the week and no matter the occasion, a visit to the restaurant means a big fat Greek feast.
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.
The Marlborough Hotel
Ask locals where they like to stop off for an after-work drink, and they'll point you to The Marlborough Hotel, affectionately known as ‘The Marly’. The unpretentious pub has a lot to offer: a garden bar, a sports bar with multiple screens, and live music on Thursday nights. The kitchen serves up Southern comfort food – along with pub classics. There are daily food specials, and DJs on the decks every weekend.
Lentil As Anything
For all-you-can-eat vegan food, make your way to Lentil As Anything, and leave knowing that all the profits from your meal go straight to charity. The restaurant dishes up delicious food and though the menu changes weekly, you can expect Sri Lankan and Malaysian plates along with lentils, vegan burgers and dips. Thanks to the communal tables and pay-what-you-feel policy, the place is packed to the rafters every night, so try to get there early.
Known as the pioneers of authentic Nepalese cuisine in Sydney, everything on the menu at Sherpa Kitchen reflects the diversity of flavours the nation is known for. Warmly-lit with polished floors and large murals, you feel like you have been invited over for a family meal. Complete your culinary experience with a Nepalese dessert.
The Welcome Hotel
If a typical, no-nonsense afternoon spent in the beer garden is high on the agenda, Rozelle’s The Welcome Hotel brings craft beer, a laidback pub atmosphere and elegant dining together. Despite being home to a hatted restaurant, the low-key bar and beer garden is the perfect place for whiling away those lazy summer afternoons. Loved for their wide variety of craft beer and classic weekly pub specials you can pop into The Welcome Hotel for after work drinks or join ...
Victoire Pty Limited
The sourdough at Victoire is excellent. Just ask QANTAS, or Neil Perry – the old-school, Parisian-style bakery has been supplying Rockpool with bread for over 15 years. Made with Australian flour, their sourdough starter is 14 years old and each loaf is beautifully dense and elastic. To impress your guests at your next dinner party, slice up one of their delicious rustic loaves.
The Little Marionette Wholesale
Once a small café-slash-roaster in Balmain, The Little Marionette is at the forefront of boutique coffee roasting. For the best experience, visit their St Peter's cafe for a coffee made just the way you like, with the help of their single origin batch roasts. For quality coffee at home, you can buy their specialty beans either in-store or online.
The offering at Roastville is loved as much for its all-day menu as it is for its industrial-chic vibe – it’s all but quintessential Inner West styling. Bottle green subway tiles and hanging ferns soften the Marrickville space. With the single origin beans rotating weekly, a dedicated kids menu and dietary requirements accommodated, Roastville is a suitable for the morning coffee run as it is for a Sunday brunch.
Marrickville’s Bazaari is a popular local haunt that serves up Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. Offering inventive fare in a chic, contemporary dining space, Barzaari’s menu is designed to share. Fully licensed with an extensive drinks menu, Barzaari is a foodie haven for big groups.