Located next to the station is Wollstoncraft Cafe. For locals, lucky it’s a good one because it’s the only café in the suburb! The charming café does fresh juices, takeaway sandwiches and excellent coffee. They’ve got the quick service down pat, which is perfect for those stressful am-I going-to make-the-train coffee pit stop situations.
Botanica Garden Cafe
Sitting back off Bay Road in a serene garden-like setting, Botanica Garden Café is homely and oh so inviting, with its bright garden interiors, covered outdoor seating and koi pond. As for the food, they have classic café dishes with an Asian twist and plenty of child-friendly options.
Set within Waverton’s leafy village along Bay Road, Bay Tandoori, with its outdoor seating and intimate white-cloth interiors, sets the scene for leisurely Indian dining. Their menu is teeming with traditional dishes, and they have plenty of vegetarian options. And although licensed, you can BYO your favourite drop.
Along leafy Bay Road and steps from Waverton Train Station, this little Thai joint is well-positioned for you to grab dinner on your way home from work. Packed full of flavour, Tamarind Thai is a cosy eatery with warm wooden interiors and a menu with all the traditional dishes, including curries, stir-fries and salads.
Helping you along your way during your morning commute, Third Rail Café brews 5 Senses Coffee before the sun is even up. Steps from Waverton Train Station, their menu is influenced by their Italian heritage, and they use fresh produce from their Nonno’s garden in nearby Willoughby.
The Grumpy Baker Waverton
For fresh out of the oven sourdough, The Grumpy Baker is up before the crack of dawn baking, and they don't stop throughout the day. Their pies and sausage rolls sell out fast, and their breakfast and lunch menu unsurprisingly has an emphasis on their sourdough bread. The Grumpy Baker also have house-made frozen meals for you to take home.
An enduring favourite for many locals, Waterview Café is a casual hangout with rustic charm. Exposed brick interiors, bench seating and wooden tables create a warm ambience and the curbside seating along Bay Road is just as inviting. Café classics fill the menu with an all-day breakfast offering and a great selection of sandwiches and wraps.
Monte Alto Eatery
Monte Alto is kind of a jack-of-all-trades eatery. By day, you’ll find creative brekkies served alongside Toby’s Estate coffee, and by night, an extensive cocktail menu and an up-market dinner offering. We’re pretty sure this is the largest collection we’ve seen of Whisky and Gin on the North Shore, so if gin is your thing, then Monte Alto is a must-try.
Specialising in Southern Indian flavours, Malabar is a local favourite in its two locations, Darlinghurst and Crows Nest, and for good reason. In an area that loves food that hails from across the Asian region, Malabar is a stand out with a menu that is rich in authentic flavours. As for the fit out, they’re intricately decorated and atmospheric.
The Japanese food scene in Crows Nest is next-level, and Yakitori Yurippi is one of its shining stars with it’s homely vibe and authentic menu. If you’re with a group (or not), go for the share plates of skewers, you won’t regret it. Try and snag the seat facing the kitchen, because the smells and sight of the charcoal grill will really help you work up an appetite.
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!
Flannerys Crows Nest
Flannery's is the queen of health food stores and at their Crows Nest outpost, you can enjoy their fare fresh from the cafe. The menu works to exhibit the best (and most inventive) creations without sacrificing on flavour. Almost any grain you can think of makes an appearance while providing you with a nourishing meal without fail. Primarily a wholefoods grocer, their self-serve food bar allows you to create your own meal from their wide range of hot and cold ...
Not Bread Alone Restaurant & Cafe
This Crows Nest gem is not serving bread alone, and they’re doing it all day. That’s right, you can get your toast with a side of eggs and smashed avo from 7am until well past lunchtime. With café favourites and house-roasted coffee, Not Bread Alone will make you become a regular after just one visit.
Last Train To Bombay
Last Train to Bombay has been serving up authentic Indian cuisine to Crows Nest locals for over 20 years. Unlike the typical curry house, the décor is sleek and stylish with exposed brick walls and indoor plants. The food still comes out compartmentalised on a silver tray, but that just adds to the charm.
The Union Hotel
Another enduring watering-hole that has evolved with the times, the Union Hotel is located away from the business precinct of North Sydney, but has been drawing the crowds once again for its Parisian-style bistro. The light-filled interiors and courtyard are begging for long leisurely lunches every day of the week.
Xenos is a popular Greek café and restaurant just off the main strip of Crows Nest. It’s a destination in itself though, serving up brekkie, lunch and dinner to 'Crows Nesters' for nearly 50 years. Here you’ll find anyone from office workers getting their daily dose of Vittoria to long-lunchers, seated outdoors, diving into their souvlaki.
The Foxtrot Inn
Inside, the intimate space is Gothic-themed, with dim lighting, comfy couches, a toasty fireplace, and a courtyard. The wine and cocktail list is simple yet delectable, and there are plenty of craft beers on offer. There’s a DJ spinning on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as live music most Thursdays.
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.
Northern Indian food meets the North Shore at this long-standing restaurant. Raavi’s Cumin is a foodie institution, known for serving up Punjabi crowd pleasers with sophistication. The dishes really deliver when it comes to originality and flavour, and the dishes themselves quite literally deliver as well, to your door.
Montezuma's Mexican Restaurant & Bar
Montezuma’s is the place to go on the North Shore for an authentic Mexican feed. Grab your sombreros (actually they give them to you) and prepare for a fiesta the moment you walk in the door. From the vibrant kitsch décor, to the mariachi music, these guys have got the Mexican theme down pat. On the food front, expect Mexican classics and large portions.
The Stoned Crow
With bucket loads of rustic charm, The Stoned Crow doesn’t have to try hard to earn its effortlessly cool stripes. With exposed brick walls and hanging foliage, this hip hangout is a trendy oasis this side of the bridge. Here the pub fare comes in hefty portions and cocktails come frozen.