Emma's Snack Bar
For the best Lebanese street food in Sydney, go to Emma’s Snack Bar. Take a seat at the lively communal table, order up a feast of share plates and eat as the locals do in Lebanon. This casual, family-friendly restaurant fills up quick on the weekends so be sure to arrive early.
Manoosh Pizzeria - Enmore
With two stores in the Inner West, Manoosh Pizzeria is a certified local favourite. Dishing up Lebanese pizzas, wraps and desserts, Manoosh is known for their friendly service and speedy delivery. In providing cuisine for everyone to enjoy, Manoosh also have gluten-free bases and vegan produce (i.e.cheese, pepperoni and bacon).
Bovine & Swine Barbecue Co.
When you’re craving traditional Texan barbeque, Bovine & Swine will satisfy. The chefs start smoking the meat over Australian Iron Bark Wood at 5am every day, cooking it long and slow so it’s full of flavour. Don't let the small shop front deter you. If you can't get a seat make sure to order to go.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
Floor to ceiling window-frontage and high ceilings make this Newtown cafe a design buffs haven. From the white walls to the wooden counter tops, 212 Blu is equal parts chic and delicious. Expect suited locals before 9 am and after 10 am the freelancers come out to soak up the sun over a coffee and brunch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thai Pothong Restaurant
A staple on Newtown’s King Street strip since the 90s, Thai Pothong has space for 350 people, and there’s rarely a night where it doesn’t fill up. The food is fantastic and afterwards, pop to the gift shop to spend your ‘Thai Potong dollars’ (the more you eat, the more you get). There’s a gluten-free and kids menu, too. Along with monthly specials, there are also dedicated vegan, gluten-free and kids menus.
With good food, drinks and vibes, all you need to do is bring the company. Bangkok Bites is inspired by the street food of Thailand’s busiest city, and they do it well. Every dish is bursting with flavour, but if you’re stuck, create your own plate by choosing items from the mix ‘n match menu.
Gelato Messina Newtown
An award-winning institution that has become a real sensation. From their humble roots in Darlinghurst, Gelato Messina has since set up shop interstate and in the US. Weekly specials are the highlights here with creative concoctions surprising ice cream lovers every seven days, but for those who are creatures of habit, they have over 40 staple flavours.
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.
Chargrill Charlie's Annandale
Sydney-wide chain Chargrill Charlies is known for their delicious BBQ chickens. In Annandale, the store takes pride of place on Johnston Street and draws a crowd most nights of the week. Perfect for a quick takeaway meal or catering for your next event, make sure you check their blackboard specials that rotate daily.
Bliss & Chips
Walking into Bliss & Chips is like strolling into any fish and chip joint. The whiteboard menu lists battered fish, prawn cocktails, crabsticks, potato scallops, calamari and burgers – but here’s the impressive part. It’s Australia’s first 100% vegan (and gluten-free) fish and chip shop! The team uses gluten-free flour, quinoa, cashew cheese, soy-based proteins and konjac to recreate the flavour and texture of the classics.
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’ ...