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.
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.
Red Lion Hotel
An easygoing neighbourhood pub, The Red Lion is Rozelle's favourite watering hole. Home to Sydney's first vegan pub restaurant, The Green Lion, this isn't your typical run-of-the-mill pub. From the stone walls and wood furnishings to their vegan pub fare, the locals love this stylish tavern.
3 Weeds Rozelle
One of Sydney’s first gastropubs, 3 Weeds has taken pub food to a whole new level. Transforming their fine dining restaurant into a casual dining space, The Garden, pub menu features all the classics with a modern twist. A façade elegantly draped with trademark lush green vines, the 3 Weeds in Rozelle has long been known for its restaurant’s impeccable dining offering. An in-house herb and veggie garden helps the kitchen create meals of unparalleled freshness, while the understated public ...
Egg Of The Universe
Revered locally not just for their thriving yoga classes and retreats, Rozelle’s Egg of the Universe cafe is a ‘celebration of life’ centred on nutrient-dense wholefoods and principles of sustainability. You’ll find café classics alongside cleansing teas, kombucha and broth to extend your post-yoga glow.
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.
Lipari Pizza Bar is a Rozelle favourite. Originally from Sicily, the owner prides himself on serving up traditional Italian cuisine, with many of the dishes home-cooked family recipes. Over and above the delicious fare, locals love the warm atmosphere, friendly service and pizza selection.
Ruck Thai Restaurant
Rozelle's Ruck Thai is known for its authentic fare and warm service. Taking pride of place on bustling Darling Street, this exposed brick restaurant is popular with the locals for its dietary-friendly menu and reasonable prices. Whether you dine in, order takeaway or get delivery, the food is consistently good.
Upon arrival, you know you are in an Indian restaurant from the rich aromas and flavours that make their way through the restaurant. In terms of cuisine, Nithik's Kitchen Indian is as authentic as they come, blending traditional recipes with Australia's best produce. Popular with locals, the restaurant is perfect for group dining with their extensive banquet menu.
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.
Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates
The handcrafted chocolates at Belle Fleur are almost too pretty to eat. Try the Pinot Noir chocolate – shaped like a cork, it has a dark chocolate casing and a red wine ganache. Or, opt for the Red Velvet, with milk chocolate and a creamy beetroot ganache. If you like fruity flavours, you’ll love the chocolate cups filled with peach and raspberry cream. You'll also find they have another beautiful store in Petersham which is well worth a visit as ...
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.
The Merton Hotel
This cool-blue beer garden with colourful string lights, long benches and lush greenery is intimate and relaxed. Home to frequent live music performances, The Merton Hotel is a local’s favourite. Their menu is a mixture of classic pub fare and fresh flavourful curries with its variety making it perfect for large groups and hungry hoards. Their lunch specials are a popular daytime option if you want to beat the crowds, stretch out in the sun and recharge before you finish ...
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.
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’ ...
C'est Bon Patisserie
Creating some of Rozelle's best pastries, C'est Bon Patisserie is all about indulgence. Set on bustling Darling Street with a Parisian cafe feel C'est Bon is quintessentially European, specialising in French and German delicacies. Open seven days a week, dine in or takeaway for breakfast and lunch.
Corner Bar is an intimate wine bar in the heart of Rozelle. The fitout is equal parts rustic and quirky from the exposed-brick walls and overgrown wine rack feature wall, to the red accents and metallic pendant lighting. Settle in for a romantic night with your date and a bottle of wine or gather a group of friends and make the most of the gourmet eats.