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.
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 ...
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.
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.
Hidden away in a garage, Two Chaps offers excellent coffee and a Mediterranean vegetarian menu. At this Marrickville hotspot, almost everything on the menu is made from scratch, and if it isn’t, it’s sourced from local growers. Bikes are mounted on the exposed brick walls as one of the owners, once built bikes for Deus Ex Machina. Two nights a week the eatery opens for a rotating dinner menu, and with gluten-free or vegan incarnations available on most dishes.
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’ ...
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.
Tucked away in Marrickville, Coffee Alchemy continues to win over coffee connoisseurs. It started as a wholesale coffee roaster before opening up to serve its range of roasts to the public. This popular cafe with its exposed brickwork and spartan decor, consistently delivers quality coffee and friendly service.
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.
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.
Bourke Street Bakery Marrickville
This Sydney institution always finds its way to the top of every curated list of Sydney’s best bakeries. The much-loved Bourke Street Bakery is a provincial style café teeming with bready decadence and sweet treats. Having gained Sydney institution status, you can enjoy their signature dishes at 11 different locations.
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.
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 ...
Situated within the charming heritage surrounds of the Marrickville Post Office, this converted cafe boasts beautiful interiors with wooden floors and grand arched windows that fill the space with light. Post Café does all-day brekkie so the sleepyheads needn’t rush, while the lunchtime menu boasts a wealth of hearty options.
A reasonably new establishment in the suburb, Eat Fuh has made its mark on locals with its Vietnamese fare. Since opening in mid-2016, this industrial styled, exposed brick restaurant has crowds streaming through to sample their stir fries, meat platters, and delicious Pho.
King of the BBQ, Hello Auntie serves traditional Vietnamese street food in a modern context and with an emphasis on deliciously barbequed meats. This family-run restaurant is the brainchild of chef Cuong Nguyen formerly of Edamame and his mother, and they have nailed the staples. The results are deliciously simple and incredibly addictive. Vegans can take solace in the meat and dairy-free menu, with one of the city’s most popular vegan phos.
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!
Bay Tinh Restaurant
A Marrickville staple, the Bay Tinh has been around for over 30 years and is a much loved local haunt. Their generous portions, Vietnamese classics and banquet options have ensured a steady flow of patrons for lunch and dinner. This family friendly restaurant is relaxed, inviting and very helpful when it comes to dietary requirements and preferences.
Thai Pothong Restaurant
The glass-fronted restaurant filled with traditional Thai décor, Thai Pothong, is a local go to. The food is consistently delicious covering all the traditional crowd favourites and served generously. Expect great customer service, comfortable seating and constant rice re-fills to keep the banquet going all night. Along with monthly specials, there are also dedicated vegan, gluten-free and kids menus.
The family-run eatery is legendary for its sustainable menu, which not only features ethical and homemade ingredients, but locally sourced ones. Marrickville residents who grow their own veggies can trade in their produce for homemade jam or relish. How awesome is that? The service and coffee are consistently good, and the menu changes each week depending on seasonality.
Warren & Holt
For organic food and beverages in a sleek Marrickville setting you won’t find better than Warren & Holt. You also won’t find a more accommodating bunch, dedicated to their allergen friendly, vegan friendly, ethically sourced mantra which is reflected in every dish on the nutritious menu.