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.
Bottom of the Harbour Seafoods
This Hamptons style institution is chic, low-key and has idyllic views of Balmoral Beach and the harbour. The hordes of people waiting around for their food is a testament to how good this place is. Not into seafood, that’s ok because non-seafood and vegetarian options are also available. Grab a seat at their curbside seating or settle by the water’s edge.
The Classic Cupcake Co.
The Classic Cupcake Co's founder Anna Eden still uses her grandmother’s recipes for her cupcakes but keeps things contemporary by using ethically sourced local free range eggs, and sustainably farmed cacao from South America. Anna arrived in Sydney from England, and has catered for members of the royal family so you know these cupcakes are going to be good!
Pasta Zu has been providing the carb lovers of Mosman their fix for over 25 years and there’s a good reason that they keep coming back for their Italian fix. Primarily a takeaway pasta bar, you can grab a mix and match box to go or if gelato is more your thing, these guys are scooping up the good stuff too!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Grind & Dose
Devoted to serving the best coffee this side of the bridge, Grind & Dose shows North Shore locals that Sydney’s coffee-loving scene is not only for the trendy city suburbs. This specialty coffee shop brews a full-bodied roast and their all-day breakfast makes for an irresistible pit stop on Military Road.
Everyone remembers an evening spent at Ezzelinos. The same familia who established the place in 1982 are still manning the helm, delivering authentic Italian to devoted locals every evening. The Military Road eatery dishes up all the usual suspects, cooked to perfection, but without the Mosman price tag. With food this good, it’s easy to see why they’ve been around so long!
Run by a fruit-loving duo, Acai Brothers creates, you guessed it - epic acai bowls. Whether you like your acai classic or packed full of toppings (think superfoods, peanut butter and generous chunks of raw treats), these guys have you covered with their delicious, customisable menu.
Scandanavian cuisine is not often associated with pizza, but at this Neutral Bay pizza joint, two cuisines collide and we don’t ever want them to separate. Heavy on the toppings, and of course, some interesting flavour combos, these are pizzas you’re going to want to swap your usual tried-and-tested takeaway for.
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.
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.
Fourth Fish Cafe & Restaurant
Fourth Fish is a chic eatery serving seafood classics that are equal parts healthy, delicious and sustainable. The dishes are refined and generous and surprisingly well priced. Enjoy your meal in the open air of the Lane Cove plaza on the quirky turquoise seating.
Stir Crazy Thai
Typical Thai fare offered in a low-key, venue with long tables spilling onto the footpath. This is the go-to for a quick and flavour-packed meal when you’re in a hurry. Although they service is efficient, don’t feel hurried because they’re also BYO. If all the tables are taken, grab take away and head across the road to the park.
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!