Riding on the popularity of food in Australia, and seeing how well my Melbourne food post did, here’s another recommended food list in Sydney! If you’re looking for famous foods in Sydney or the coolest places to eat in Sydney, you’re in the right place. You’re going to drool just looking at these glazed pastries and juicy burgers.
Recommendations are made by Jeannie, my go-to friend whenever I need food recommendations around town. That time I went around Melbourne using her list of cafes to visit, I had such a blast!
If you’re visiting Sydney sometime, why not give these 8 food establishments a go?
8 Sydney Food You Cannot Miss
1. Brewtown Newtown
In all honesty, their brunch foods can be skipped – just head straight for their cronuts!
What are cronuts? A cronut is a croissant-doughnut pastry invented by New York City pasty chef, Dominique Ansel.
Brewtown Newtown is definitely worth a visit for its cronuts. Not only are they uncommon in Asia, these cronuts that Brewton makes tastes heavenly! Brewton is set in a 19th century warehouse, with vegan and gluten-free options available.
6-8 O'Connell St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia Monday to Sunday: 8am-4pm
2. Blackstar Pastry
The sponge cake and crust parts of Blackstar Pastry are some of the crowd favourites. After tasting their Strawberry and Watermelon cake, I’m a changed woman. Who would have thought strawberry and watermelon can go so well together?! Unlike most pastries, Blackstar’s pastries are not only aesthetically pleasing, they are also very light on the palate.
It’s worth noting that Blackstar Pastry is usually packed and you may not be able to find seats when you arrive, so consider doing a takeaway!
The Galeries Level 2, 500 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Monday to Wednesday, Friday to Saturday: 10am-6:30pm Thursday: 10am-7.30pm Sunday: 11am-6pm
3. Sydney Fish Market
Sydney Fish Market needs no introduction. A must-visit when you come to Sydney! Bask in the atmosphere in the mornings! The market is home to well-known restaurants such as Deep Seafood Cafe and Oyster Bar and Fisherman’s Wharf.
As with fresh seafood, they can be rather pricey. Well but as one of the largest working fishing port and wholesale fish market, at least you know that these are quality seafood you’re getting! A typical Fish and Chips or Mixed Seafood Grill would set you about AUD$15 to $20.
Bank St & Pyrmont Bridge Road, Sydney NSW 2009, Australia Monday to Sunday: from 5am
4. N2 Extreme Gelato
While we won’t skip the mains for dessert, N2 Extreme Gelato gives you good reason to. Because of its interesting concept of making and serving ice cream, you’ve got locals and tourists flocking to have a taste at their gelatos. The whole shop is designed to look like a laboratory – even the servers are not spared! Watch N2 Extreme Gelato’s staff, happily dressed in lab robes, use liquid nitrogen to flash freeze gelato with dry ice.
The gelato itself was very rich and the chocolate-filled syringe gave it an extra punch. 😉 Each scoop averages out to be around AUD$9. Not what I would call affordable gelato, but the unique business proposition makes up for it!
Shop 43/1 Dixon Street Sydney NSW 2000, Australia 184 King Street Newtown NSW 2042, Australia Monday to Wednesday: 1pm-10pm Thursday to Saturday: 1pm-11pm Sunday: 1pm-10pm
5. The Grounds of Alexandria
Dubbed “The Mother of All Cafes” in Sydney, the title is truly deserving. This all-in-one cafe encompasses not just typical cafe features, but also a mini farm and a garden. It felt like stepping into a magical little enclave, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s one of the most photographed cafes in all of Sydney.
Just by looking at how that burger oozes with juicy goodness, you’d know that the quality of food is not compromised by the cafes exterior design. For some of the most unparalleled cafe experience in Sydney, you’ve got to make a visit the The Grounds of Alexandria.
7a/2 Huntley St, Alexandria NSW 2015, Australia Monday to Thursday: 11:30am–9pm Friday: 11:30am–10pm Saturday: 11am–10pm Sunday: 11am–9pm Menu
If you’re here, you must be an avid egg lover, or rather, a scrambled eggs lover. Bills has got their scrambled eggs done in a way that is super creamy and rich that makes you not stop even after 10 mouthfuls! Even New York Times call them the “Egg Master of Sydney“.
This place not only emphasises their eggs, but also the spirit of eating. Owner Bill Granger comments,
“I love the look on their faces when you put a plate of food down and their eyes light up.”
Bills’ eggs are accompanied with thick toast, and I mean thick. Sides available include meaty, smoky bacon, grilled mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, house-cured gravlax, a wedge of aged cheddar and ripe avocados. Typical brunch-style sides.
359 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia Monday to Friday: 7am–10pm Saturday to Sunday: 7.30am–10pm Public Holidays 8am – 10pm Menu
7. Bourke Street Bakery
You know you’re close to Bourke Street Bakery at the corner of the street when you smell the inviting whiffs of freshly baked bread and pastries! Let your senses take you into this little humble abode. Because of its space, it’s not as conducive for dine-in as there are only two tables, so most customers usually grab and go.
While their breads and pastries are a hit in this city, don’t overlook their tarts either. The Ginger Pistachio Creme Brûlée was a pleasant surprise, with the hint of spice. Bourke’s Chocolate Tart is not a disappointment either.
17/105 Miller St, North Sydney NSW 2060, Australia Monday to Friday: 7am-7pm Saturday, Sunday: 7am-5pm Menu
8. Hurricane’s Grill Darling Harbour
Hurricane’s Grill Darling Harbour has over 300 Google reviews, 1500 votes on zomato and 300 reviews on OpenTable. Enough said. Not to mention, the views overlooking the harbour can set the tone for a romantic night out, or an intimate family gathering. You should make a reservation if you can, or be prepared to wait up to 1.5 hours. Don’t blame them if their service is poor, with all that patrons, it can be hard to keep track.
Even with all that waiting and less-than-stellar service, the ribs would still be worth your while. Perfectly grilled with flavourful marinade and tender on the inside, hundreds of others can vouch for its taste. AUD$49.50 for the full rack, it is considered affordable if you compare that to other restaurants.
Harbourside Shopping Centre, 433-436 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Monday to Friday: 12pm–3pm, 5pm–late Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 12pm–late Menu
Have you tasted any of Sydney’s signature food? Are there any that you would add to this list?