I Love Pho Restaurant
I Love Pho brings honest and authentic hawker style eats to the bourgeoning Crows Nest eating scene. As the name suggests, this Vietnamese restaurant knows how to do Pho, and knows how to do it in a soul-warming kind of way. Incase it's not soul-warming enough - for every meal you purchase, a portion is donated to build schools in Vietnam.
C9 Chocolate & Gelato
C9 Chocolate and Gelato Bar makes for an excellent after dinner treat on the bustling Crows Nest eating strip. Though it’s definitely worth a trip in itself for their generous scoops of classic flavours, or for their unique blackboard specials. Their dessert offering is equally as delectable with waffles, cakes and brownies which you can sandwich with a scoop of your choice!
The Sushi Counter
The Sushi Counter offers deliciously fresh sushi on the main restaurant strip in Crows Nest. You won’t be able to stop at just your usual 4 plates here, but luckily there’s a constant stream being added so you can eat till your heart’s content, or your belly’s full.
Johnny Bird, once known as the seafood joint Johnny Lobster, changed it’s name after they realised that their fried chicken was their most popular item on the menu. Located in the lively eating hub of Crows Nest, this American style eatery dishes up delicious free-range fried chicken alongside craft beer and cocktails.
BoThai is one of those eateries that is constantly busy. Just walking past this packed Crows Nest eatery is enough to make you want to find out what all the fuss is about. Authentic recipes are combined with well balanced Thai flavours (albeit spicy ones) to create mouth-watering dishes. The space is casual and relaxed with a distinctive jungle aesthetic that complements the exotic menu.
For those of us with a sweet tooth, La Baguette has seriously delicious bread, pastries and desserts down-pat. The food is rustic and French-inspired, which matches the interiors of this cosy patisserie. If you’re gluten-free, you’ll be more than covered with their extensive range of dietary friendly treats!
If you’ve ever driven along Falcon Street then you will know this place as the little orange shop that always has a line of people out the front, even on a Monday night. If you decide to see what all the fuss is about, this hole-in-the wall style eatery will not disappoint. Ryo’s Noodles is the place to go for Tokyo-style ramen in Sydney, it’s as authentic as it gets.
Sotto On West
Nestled on North Sydney’s leafy West Street, Sotto does laidback café fare impeccably, and you can be sure that your weekend pace won’t be interrupted by lingering waiters keen for you to free up a table. Lap up the sun as you graze on seasonal fare washed down with a Single Origin brew.
For years Papaya has been providing the flavour fiends of Cammeray their Thai fix. With a well-known line up of stir-fries, noodles and curries, Papaya Thai has a mouthwatering menu that locals swear by. Well-suited to large groups, the restaurant serves up share dishes and is filled with long, communal-style tables.
The Wise Chook
An eatery along Cammeray’s main strip that has put a healthy twist on the classic chicken and chip takeaway. They have preservative and gluten-free roast chickens along with a range of salads, curries and of course hot chips. There is plenty of room for dining-in with windows that open out onto the street.
Rag & Famish Hotel
A North Sydney institution, the Rag & Famish is a character-filled corner pub that keeps evolving with the times. A bistro and restaurant services the mid-week crowd and keeps things rolling well into the night, on weekends the locals get live music and yes, karaoke. Staying on point, the pub also has an espresso bar, Lot No. 50 that keeps the work crowd well-caffeinated.
Bourke Street Bakery North Sydney
The store is tiny compared to the bakery’s other Sydney establishments, but the hole-in-the-wall cafe plays into its artisan appeal. Pop past for a coffee and pastry on the go, or snag one of the seats inside to savour the moment (and treats). Our advice, get in early on Saturday to stock up for the weekend.
An appreciation for quality coffee is required here, with The Roots using Single Origin coffee beans and offering pour-over and siphon options. A carefully curated selection of sandwiches is available and the industrialised fit out is light-filled and raw, moving the focus back onto their main game - good coffee.
This unassuming French bakery on North Sydney’s Miller Street is home to traditional breads, pastries and cakes that are delicious in their simplicity. Be sure to take a baguette or five home if you know what’s good for you. Baked fresh daily, the humble bakery is c’est magnifique to say the least.