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).
Sample Coffee Pro Shop
It may be tiny but Sample Coffee boasts some of the best coffee in Sydney. The refurbished warehouse dons white walls, wooden floors and tables with a polished Scandinavian feel leaving the coffee the star attraction. From beans to home brewing equipment for sale, at Sample Coffee you can sip in or sort your caffeine hit at home. The constantly rotating range of beans on offer always keeps it interesting, and avid coffee drinkers coming back.
ASLAN Coffee Roasters
Aslan Coffee brings a little bit of Indonesia to St Peters and a bright, technicoloured lion to its streets. The cafe’s street art and orange sign bring in locals but the coffee from the Indonesian archipelago keeps diners coming back. All coffee is roasted and brewed in the cosy café and the meals are hearty and casual.
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.
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.
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 concept store and café in one, Either Or is quintessentially Newtown and foodies flock to it on King Street. The space oozes cool thanks to its pared-back décor, carefree soundtrack and Nordic-Scandi menu. It’s divided into four sections: breakfast, salads, sweets and smorrebrods, a type of open sandwich that’s popular in Scandinavia.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Little Momo in Newtown serves the Nepalese delicacies sweet, savoury, vegan, meaty, steamed, fried, big and small. Whichever style you choose, traditional flavours take centre stage in each delicate dumpling Little Momo serves. Small momo portions start at five dumplings, and there’s dessert momos on the menu.
When you’re craving a perfectly woodfired pizza, head to Gigi’s Pizzeria, where the dough comes with the pizza industry’s highest honour: an accreditation from the Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN). The rustic-chic restaurant has been a Newtown neighbourhood haunt forever, but after going vegan in 2015, it’s become a foodie favourite.
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 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.
Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream
This ice cream parlour in Newtown isn't your typical frozen dessert destination. Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream specialises in just that, Turkish Ice Cream, along with Turkish coffee, baklava and Turkish delight. The interiors are stylish with exposed-brick walls and dark wood fittings, the perfect setting for an after-dinner treat.
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 ...
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.
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.