The refurbished Royal has brought life back into Leichhardt’s drinking scene, with the pub now a sought-after watering hole on a weekend - be it night or day. Upstairs, the restaurant and balcony evoke a fresh, airy feel while maintaining English Pub style and the open beer garden is the perfect Sunday afternoon pitstop. The cocktails are fruity while the menu is American inspired (but don’t worry, there’s pub classics too). And there’s no lack of beer here. In Leichhardt, ...
Penny Four's Leichhardt
A suitable stop off for the sweet tooth, Penny Fours is an eclectic cafe that could be easily missed if it weren’t for its bright aqua tiles. Run by pastry chef Penelope Ransley - who once baked at Iggy’s - the bakery is filled with masterful and traditional treats all designed to share among friends. From spicy lemon meringues and almond croissants to quiche, there’s something to put a smile on everyone’s face. Petite portions with big flavours, Penny Fours’ ...
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.
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.
Leichhardt's newest neighbourood haunt, The Golden Gully is a loving tribute to all things Australiana. Expect Aussie wine, spirits and beers to dominate the drinks menu, along with tasty bar bites that perfectly pair with your after-work cocktail – potato scallops for the win. Don't be deterred by the cool and hip vibes, as the service and atmosphere is equally warm and inviting.
Leichhardt's Aperitivo is a pizzeria and restaurant that specialises in small share plates. Perfect for aperitivo hour, these appetisers pack a tasty punch. Over and above the delicious cuisine, this rustic-style venue also delivers quality with their curated menu of boutique wines.
With a name like that, you’d better believe the appetisers are bang on at Aperitivo. Located on Leichhardt’s Norton Street (aka Little Italy), the rustic restaurant-slash-pizzeria serves a curated selection of aperitivo dishes to accompany their boutique wine selection. Zucchini flowers filled with fresh ricotta, classic antipasti, sautéed mussels, and deep-fried calamari are ready to whet your appetite.
Capriccio Osteria & Bar is easily recognisable from the other Italian eateries on Norton Street with its fruity lemon motif, shown throughout the restaurant. The light, bright and minimal interiors allow the simple and approachable dishes to take centre stage. Best enjoyed with friends, Capriccio is a perfect lunch and dinner destination.
While we’re on the Italian front, Capriccio Osteria & Bar does approachable, modern Italian. It’s simple, with no fusion. The kitchen is run by former Lucio's Head Chef Nicole Bampton, with their best work in making fresh pasta and focaccia on premise. The minimalist fit out brings warmth to the venue featuring, a glass entrance and bright coloured plates. It’s an Italian pitstop worthy of both lunch and dinner. And most importantly, should be shared between friends.
Moretti Ristorante Pizzeria
Situated in Leichhardt, Sydney’s own little Italy, Caffe Moretti is often heard before it’s seen. Italians fill this Norton Street favourite and many a heated conversation can be heard spilling through the glass doors as friends and families debate the most recent soccer match or dissect the movie they’ve just seen at The Palace Cinema next door. Bursting with patrons this Inner West haunt stays true to the ‘less is more’ rule. The dough is perfectly cooked, each topping carefully ...
Creek and Cella
No matter how you spent your morning, Creek & Cella is a suitable afternoon retreat. The wine bar is best enjoyed in the later sun-kissed hours, with sliced to order charcuterie and cheese accompanying organic wines, locally sourced beer and classic cocktails. For those a little more peckish, the locally sourced seasonal menu has a range of share plates and solo meals. Reuben sandwich anyone?
The Bald Faced Stag
Whether you’re after a burger or a live gig, The Bald Faced Stag has you covered. The old hotel has been revamped to cater to the latest American burger trends as well as covering traditional pub classics. If you find yourself along Parramatta Road stop drop in to the beer garden, or time it to catch some live music as well. An old classic with a modern touch on the menu.
Flood Street Carousel
A breakfast pitstop for children of all ages, Flood Street Carousel is an eatery full of laughter and chatter. The all-day brunch menu with a Middle Eastern influence features dishes with haloumi and dukkah while the fruit and vegetables are sourced fresh from local markets. Meals can be made to takeaway, but the colourful fit out and warm customer service will have you fighting for a table.
Grappa Ristorante e Bar
Leichhardt is the Sydney home of Italian, and Grappa is one of its many kitchens. With a southern and northern Italian menu of both fresh and hearty dishes, it has something for everyone. From grilled scampi and yellow fin tuna carpaccio to brown butter sage ravioli, seafood is at the heart of their menu. An excellent dinner spot between a big group of friends or the family, and a long lunch doesn’t disappoint here either.
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.
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.
The Pig & Pastry
Exposed brick walls, vintage décor, mismatched chairs and communal tables – this Petersham cafe is a homely haven without even trying. When you’re perusing the menu, expect comforting classics and the cakes, tarts and cookies are also baked in-house, along with the bread. And if you’re craving a glass of red, you’re in luck – the Pig and Pastry is licensed.
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.
White Cockatoo Hotel
Serving schnitzels so large they need a platter instead of a plate, West Village in Petersham are serious about their schnitzel. The crumbed veal specialty is tender, crunchy and served with a zesty lemon, caper and burnt butter sauce, and German mashed potato on the side. If planning to drop in on a Saturday night, take our advice and book ahead.
Petersham Bowling Club
Things To DoPetersham
Known for their range of craft beers (hello Young Henrys), live music and boisterous trivia nights. Naturally, a few rounds on the green is a mandatory element of your visit. Social bowls includes bowls hire and at least two hours of game time (FYI there are discounts for bookings of 30 or more).
Natty's Cafe is a Stanmore institution. Deeply connected with the local community, is a drop-off point for locally-based charity Sydney Food Share. The cafe has an industrial vibe with exposed brick walls and also has outdoor seating. Open every day for breakfast and lunch, the diverse menu features modern Australian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes with new specials on the board every Thursday.
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.
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.