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!
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.
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.
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.
A takeaway chicken shop with an array of wholesome salads. They also do ready-made meals for those nights you can't be bothered to cook, but still want something nicer than your standard takeaway. Ridiculously tasty and a little bit gourmet, Chargrill Charlies is a favourite among locals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.