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.
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.
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.
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.
After reaching Instagram fame, Kat Logan’s hand painted buttercream cakes now have their own store and lucky for St Peters, it’s inside Precinct 75. The contemporary cakes, which are commonly ordered for birthdays and weddings sit pretty in the new store looking more like MOMA than a bakery. Pop in for a look, and maybe a bite with cupcakes, cake pops and brookies (part brownie, part cookie).
Strawberry Fields Patisserie
The display of treats at this local patisserie will simply make you mouth water. Think cakes, eclairs, mousses and quiches, you name it Strawberry Fields Patisserie make it. If you need proof on how good this humble, local patisserie really is, check out the number of awards they have scooped up.
Bliss & Chips
Walking into Bliss & Chips is like strolling into any fish and chip joint. The whiteboard menu lists battered fish, prawn cocktails, crabsticks, potato scallops, calamari and burgers – but here’s the impressive part. It’s Australia’s first 100% vegan (and gluten-free) fish and chip shop! The team uses gluten-free flour, quinoa, cashew cheese, soy-based proteins and konjac to recreate the flavour and texture of the classics.
Marrickville Pork Roll
If you see a line of people at lunch time waiting patiently outside what appears to be a hole in the wall on Illawarra Road, then you will have witnessed the phenomenon that is Marrickville Pork Roll. Serving up the traditional roll with a few small variations this joint doesn’t waste time on fancy ingredients or presentation, they stick to classic flavours that pack a punch. When an eatery only serves one dish then you know they are going to ...
Bovine & Swine Barbecue Co.
When you’re craving traditional Texan barbeque, Bovine & Swine will satisfy. The chefs start smoking the meat over Australian Iron Bark Wood at 5am every day, cooking it long and slow so it’s full of flavour. Don't let the small shop front deter you. If you can't get a seat make sure to order to go.
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.
Sweet Belem Cake Boutique
The Lisbon suburb after which this darling patisserie is named is famous for one thing, custard tarts. They’re known as pasteis de nata in their native tongue, but to Sydneysiders, they’re the lip-smacking flaky-pastry-gooey-custard tarts we can’t get enough of. Served piping hot from the oven and with a dusting of cinnamon, one bite of Sweet Belem’s Portuguese tarts and you’ll be begging for more. Traditional cornbread, Portuguese lamingtons, creme caramel, and poached meringue are also on the menu.
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.
A Marrickville institution, Gelato Franco takes is an old school haunt with their emerald green walls, wood-panelled windows and their gelato served up in vintage glass dishes. The store has no sign, but can afford to be discreet with the award-winning shop drawing in crowds. There’s a focus on quality over quantity here, with small-batch gelato and ten staple flavours. Another five flavours always serve up a surprise though.
Gelatony Italian Artisan Gelateria
One of Summer Hill's best-kept secrets, Gelatony is a sweet-lovers dream. Gelatony serves up some of Sydney's most authentic gelato with owner Tonino using the freshest of ingredients and traditional recipes to create an array of flavours. Open every day, Gelatony is perfect for an afternoon pick me up or after dinner treat.
Frangos Charcoal Chicken
If you thought Nando’s was Portuguese for chicken, sorry to tell you but you’ve been grossly misinformed. Frango’s is Portuguese for chicken both literally and figuratively. From their famous butterflied charcoal chooks to their sticky marinades to their Portuguese chicken burgers, these guys don’t mess around when it comes to chicken. Other game changers on the menu include hand-cut potato chips, garlicky piri piri sauce, pork belly, and pan-seared octopus. If you’re dining in, order a Sagras beer to kick ...
Pagoto Gelato & Waffle House
If you’re not a Marrickville local, it’s worth making a day trip here purely for the gelato. From their retro fit-out, Pagoto Gelato & Waffle House delivers a Greek take on gelato with authentic flavours of the Aegean – tsoureki, baklava, kataifi and diples to name a few. With more than thirty-five flavours on the menu, there’s enduring classics on the menu too!
The beautiful Queen Victoria Building on George Street is the most fitting location for Adriano Zumbo’s city store. Their mouth-watering sweet creations and the macrons that put these guys on the map in the first place, are so tempting you can’t help but pop by when the afternoon sugar cravings hit.
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.
Gelato Messina Newtown
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.