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.
The legendary Oxford Tavern has been lovingly restored to its former glory as Petersham’s local pub. The new ‘Tav’ sports a list of locally owned and independent brews, alongside a revamped food menu that has excited locals queuing at the door. Maintaining its pub charm, the team have reintroduced free live music sessions every week and wild weekend parties. Inspired by its rich and colourful history, this is a venue that doesn't take itself too seriously, so look forward to ...
The Tiny Giant Petersham
If you’re a keen follower of foodie Instagrams, you would have come across the brioche toast at this Petersham hotspot. Piled high with berries, flowers, and pashmak, a Persian, rosewater-flavoured fairy floss, it’s a sweet sensation. The brioche is served like French toast, complete with crumbled pistachio, mascarpone and salted caramel for a balanced blend of sweetness and nuttiness.
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.
Gloria's Portuguese Restaurant
The restaurant that ignited Petersham’s love affair with Portuguese fare, Gloria’s Café has been a staple on Petersham’s foodie map since it opened nearly 30 years ago. Gloria Belinha is the heart, soul and original pastry chef behind Gloria’s mouth-watering menu that includes hearty Portuguese classics such as feijoada, red bean stew, salt dried codfish, and Porco Alentejana, diced pork with clams. And of course, you need to wash it all down with a glass or two of Sangria. The ...
Another contender for best Portuguese chicken in Sydney, Silvas takes authentic charcoal chicken to another level, as well as grilled sardines, buttery pipis, garlic prawns and other seafood dishes they’re famous for. So famous in fact, you can expect to see a line out the door for takeaway orders and a waitlist to dine in. The locals aren’t complaining though and always come prepared for the heartiest of feasts, with monster servings and often a side of chips and rice ...
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 ...
Costa Do Sol
If you’re looking for a home-cooked meal from the heart, book a table at Costa Do Sol. Family owned and run by Braga and Lisbon natives, Joao and Maria, Costa Do Sol serves up modern twists on traditional Portuguese dishes to well-fed locals and visitors looking for a true taste of Portugal. Seafood paella, salt dried codfish, and chargrilled quail are regular crowd pleasers, as is the Portuguese steak skewer or bife a Portuguesa. Served with ham, egg and potato ...
Petersham Bowling Club
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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).
Public House Petersham
The oldest pub in the area, Public House is steeped in history while a new refurb has given the venue an industrial style facelift. The shipping container beer garden is the place to bring the kids for an easy and crowd-pleasing wood-fired pizza. Take in the street art installations selected to promote the local arts scene. Over in the inner-west, this trendy pub has a solid four-legged following. While they’re welcome throughout the venue, the most popular spot is the ...
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.
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 Salisbury Hotel is a historic pub in the heart of Stanmore. A community watering hole, as you enter be sure to check out the framed portraits of locals hanging on the walls. This recently renovated, kid-friendly venue is made up of the Public Bar, The Salisbury Kitchen and outdoor Brew Truck Bar. The menu has all your favourite classics and there are different events each night throughout the week.
It may be tiny, but Paper Cup has made its mark on the inner-west café scene. It’s cosy by nature, and the wall murals, people-watching perches and menu of warm and spicy Middle Eastern dishes only add to that. The staff is warm and welcoming, and it’s the kind of place where the barista greets you by name.
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.
To eat a meal cooked by the Chef of the Year, head to Sixpenny in Stanmore. Helmed by Daniel Puskas, who was awarded for his ability to create pared-back dishes with complex yet complementary flavours. The restaurant itself won two Chef Hats, thanks to its ever-changing Modern Australian menu. It’s famous for its venison tartare, but the Rangers Valley scotch fillet with mushroom and masala is just as good. Housed in a corner terrace near Stanmore station, Sixpenny oozes elegant ...
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?
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 ...
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.
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.
Kaldibaah is a local cafe and coffee roaster in the heart of Stanmore. Open every day for breakfast and lunch, the cosy cafe boasts a seasonally driven menu that features all the classics, with dietary requirement friendly options available as well. As you can expect, the coffee is brewed to perfection. Partner this with friendly service, the locals can't get enough.
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.
A staple coffee spot and the go-to destination for breakfast and lunch, Illi Hill offers a menu catering to vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. All produce is locally and ethically sourced, and the menu is wholesome while exotic. With minimalist interiors and plenty of seating, Illi Hill is the perfect spot to catch up with friends over a meal.
Once a worn-out pub in Marrickville, The Henson now boasts a modern menu and fit out bringing even the smallest of locals inside its doors. The beer garden now has a children’s area and the pokies were replaced with pinball machines so the community feel in the pub exceeds most RSLs. Exposed brick, hanging plants and white tiles make up the fit out which is relatively minimal and as modern as the menu. Exotic dishes complement classic pub meals and ...