[2024] 18 Must Eat Food In Sydney, Australia + Bonus 18 Places To Try!

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Wondering what to eat in Sydney, Australia? What are some of the must-try restaurants in Sydney? I hear you!

Riding on the popularity of food in Australia, and seeing how well my Melbourne food post did, here’s another recommended list on what to eat in Sydney!

If you’re looking for famous restaurants and cafes in Sydney or things 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 a local friend in town. That time I went around Melbourne using her list of cafes to visit, I had such a blast!

This is not before searching for comfortable places to stay in Sydney – this guide on where to stay in Sydney provides a (might I say) good resource to planning your stay in Sydney that best suits your preferences!

I’ve compiled these 9 places to eat in Sydney that are highly recommended by food connoisseurs, so I’m sure you won’t leave feeling disappointed from visiting them.

Join me as I take you on a culinary journey through Sydney, sharing not only the must-try foods but also some well-kept restaurant secrets where these delights truly shine.

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18 Sydney Foods To Try

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1. Fish And Chips

Sydney’s coastal charm isn’t just for the eyes – it’s also a treat for your taste buds. The freshest seafood makes its way onto your plate in the form of classic fish and chips.

Picture this: you, a sunny day, and a plate of golden-crusted fish paired with perfectly fried chips.

For the ultimate experience, head over to Charcoal Fish by Rose Bay. This local gem offers fish and chips that dance with the essence of the sea, and the stunning harbour view is the cherry on top.

670 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay NSW 2029, Australia
Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm to 3pm, 5pm to 8:30pm

2. Aussie Pie

Oh, meat pies – the Aussie icon that holds a special place in every Aussie’s heart. These handheld parcels of delight come in various flavours, from hearty beef to succulent chicken or even veggie-filled wonders.

You’ll find these culinary treasures in bakeries scattered across the city. But for that extra dose of love, step into Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills. With flaky pastry and fillings that transport you to the heart of the outback, it’s a pie lover’s paradise.

633 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Monday to Sunday: 7am to 5pm

3. Pavlova

When the temperatures rise, pavlova is the symphony of sweetness you need to keep your cool. This dessert masterpiece features a crispy meringue base, whipped cream clouds, and a generous crown of fresh fruits. Trust me, it’s summer on a plate.

To experience this culinary delight at its finest, venture into City Extra Restaurant in Circular Quay. They serve the best. Their pavlova is a dance of textures and flavours that’ll have you reaching for that last spoonful.

E4 East Podium Between Wharf 3 and 4 (Where the Manly Ferry Pulls in, 2 Alfred St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Monday to Sunday: 24/7

4. Barramundi

Let’s dive beneath the waves and discover the magic of barramundi – Australia’s beloved fish. Its delicate flavour and versatile preparation make it a darling on restaurant menus across the city.

For a barramundi experience like no other, head to Catch 22 Fish & Chips in Darling Park. From perfectly grilled to gently pan-fried, they know how to let this fish shine, reminding you that the ocean’s bounty is a gift worth savouring.

Besides them, Searock Grill in Opera Quays also serves Barramundi accurately delicious.

Catch 22 Fish & Chips
Darling Park 201 Sussex Street Darling Park Shop 2, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
Monday to Friday: 10am to 3pm

Searock Grill
Opera Quays, East, Shop 15/5 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Monday to Sunday: 11am to 10pm

5. Kangaroo Meat

For those seeking a taste of adventure, kangaroo might just be your ticket. Lean, unique in flavour, and certainly not your everyday protein, kangaroo is available at select eateries.

However, ethical concerns often arise due to their conservation status.

If you choose to explore, The Australian Heritage Hotel in The Rocks and The Meat and Wine Company offer kangaroo dishes crafted with care. It’s a chance to challenge your palate while also considering the environment.

The Australian Heritage Hotel
100 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Monday to Sunday: 11am to 12am

The Meat and Wine Company
Ground Floor/108 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Sunday to Thursday: 12pm to 10pm
Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 10:30pm

6. Tim Tams

Embrace your inner Aussie and indulge in the art of the Tim Tam Slam. These iconic chocolate biscuits are perfect on their own, but why not use them as a straw to sip your hot drink?

For the full experience, grab a pack of Tim Tams from a local supermarket and head to a cosy corner of Boon Cafe in the Haymarket. The contrast of hot beverages and the chocolatey goodness of Tim Tams will have you hooked.

1/425 Pitt St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
Sunday to Thursday: 8am to 10pm
Friday and Saturday: 8am to 11pm

7. Anzac Biscuits

Step back in time with Anzac biscuits – treats with a history dating back to World War I. These oat and coconut biscuits were sent by loved ones to soldiers abroad.

To taste this piece of history, pop into Black Star Pastry on George St. The golden biscuits are a nostalgic bite that pays homage to the past.

However, it’s worth mentioning that Black Star’s ANZAC cookies are available only for a few days each year, during the week of ANZAC Day. You’ll want to grab them quickly to enjoy a delicious, buttery, coconut-flavoured treat with a delightful hint of golden syrup.

Besides the biscuits, the sponge cake and crust parts of Blackstar Pastry are some of the crowd’s favourites. After tasting their Strawberry and Watermelon cake, I’m a changed woman.

Who would have thought strawberry and watermelon could go so well together?! Unlike most pastries, Blackstar’s pastries aren’t only aesthetically pleasing, they are also very light on the palate.

Shop 26, Ground Floor, 500 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 6pm

8. Oysters

When in Sydney, it’s practically a rite of passage to enjoy Sydney Rock Oysters. These briny delights are freshly shucked and served with a zing of lemon.

For an oyster experience that captures the essence of the city’s coastal charm, Fred’s on 380 Oxford Street in Paddington is where you need to be. It’s oyster heaven with a view that’s pure Sydney.

380 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia

Sunday, Thurday and Friday: 12pm to 4pm, 5:30pm to 11pm
Tuesday and Wednesday: 5:30pm to 11pm
Saturday: 8am to 4pm, 5:30pm to 11pm

9. Moreton And Balmain Bay Bugs

Imagine the taste of small lobster-like crustaceans, succulent and kissed by the grill’s flames. One of the most loved Australian foods is Balmain Bugs. These are butterfly fan lobsters, a species of slipper lobster. These bugs are a local specialty, and to experience their delectable flavour.

Whereas, Moreton Bay bugs, named after the bay near Brisbane, and their relatives, Balmain bugs, are crustaceans rather than insects. They are also cherished delicacies along Australia’s eastern coast. 

Nick’s Seafood Restaurant in Darling Harbour is the place to go. Grilled to perfection and served with a sprinkle of salt, these bugs are a true Aussie delight.

The Promenade, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Monday to Saturday: 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm
Sunday: 11:30am to 10pm

10. Vegemite

You can’t leave Sydney without trying Vegemite, an iconic Australian spread, an Australian product. Slather it on toast or crackers with a generous smear of butter for a salty, yeasty flavour that’s an acquired taste.

11. Craft Beer And Wine

While not exactly a food, exploring Sydney’s craft beer scene and Australian wines is a treat in itself. Uncover unique flavours and local favourites at YOUNG HENRYS in Newtown.

Sip on a cold craft brew or a glass of Australian wine, and toast to the good times and the flavours that make Sydney special.

76 Wilford St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Monday to Sunday: 12pm to 7pm

12. Smoky Barbecue

If you’re a barbecue aficionado, Sydney’s smoky meat offerings will have your taste buds dancing.

Surly’s American Tavern in Surry Hills is where you can dive into the world of smoked meats. From tender ribs to succulent brisket, this joint knows how to elevate barbecue to an art form.

182 Campbell St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia

Sunday, Thursday and Wednesday: 12pm to 10pm
Friday to Saturday: 12pm to 12am
Monday and Tuesday: 5pm to 10pm

13. Salt And Pepper Squid

For those seeking a delightful appetizer, look no further than salt and pepper squid. Tender pieces of squid are coated in a crispy salt and pepper batter, resulting in a dish that’s both flavourful and addictive.

Dive into this culinary joy at The Malaya on 39 Lime Street. With the sea breeze in the air and the taste of the ocean on your plate, it’s an experience that truly encapsulates Sydney’s coastal charm.

39 Lime St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Tuesday and Wednesday: 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 9pm
Thursday: 12pm to 2pm, 6pm to 9pm
Friday: 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10pm
Saturday: 12pm to 2pm, 6pm to 10pm

14. Italian Gelato

The city’s Italian quarter in Leichhardt is a treasure trove for gelato enthusiasts. Take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Leichhardt, savouring every luscious spoonful of this creamy delight.

Gelato Messina Circular Quay captures the essence of Italy’s beloved treat. From traditional flavour to creative concoctions, each scoop is a taste of artisanal gelato craftsmanship.

Gateway, 1 Macquarie Pl, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Sunday to Thursday: 12pm to 10:30pm
Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 11pm

15. Bush Flavour Dishes

To truly connect with the heart of Australia, indulge in dishes made with native bush foods commonly known as bush tucker. These are seeds like the cycad palm seeds and seeds from the pigweed plant which are eaten or turned into breads and cakes.

There are dishes made with these and these can also be eaten raw, cooked on hot coals or turned into a paste.

BUSH in Redfern is where the flavours of kangaroo, emu, wattleseed, and lemon myrtle come together in a harmonious symphony. It’s a culinary journey that pays homage to the land’s rich heritage while introducing you to ingredients that are uniquely Australian.

55 George St, Redfern NSW 2016, Australia

Tuesday: 5pm to 9:30pm
Wednesday to Friday: 5pm to 10pm
Saturday: 4pm to 10pm

16. Dim Sum

Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the lively Yum Cha experience in Sydney’s bustling Chinatown. From dumplings that melt in your mouth to fluffy buns filled with delectable fillings, this is a dim sum adventure that’s all about sharing good food and good times.

Nine Dragons is where you can indulge in an array of small, savoury, and sweet delights served in bamboo steamers.

39/45 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
Tuesday to Sunday: 11am to 11pm

17. Chiko Roll

For a taste of true blue Aussie fast food, the Chiko Roll is a must-try. The deep-fried roll, filled with a medley of meat, veggies, and spices, is a nostalgic bite that takes you back to the heart of Aussie culture. Grab one and savour the flavours of Australian fast-food history.

To embark on this unique culinary adventure, China Diner Double Bay in Woolworth Double Bay is your destination.

16 Kiaora Ln, Double Bay NSW 2028, Australia

Monday to Wednesday: 12pm to 9:30pm
Thursday: 12pm to 10pm
Friday: 12pm to 10:30pm
Saturday: 12:30pm to 10:30pm
Sunday: 12:30pm to 9:30pm

18. Eton Mess

To round off your culinary journey on a sweet note, indulge in the delightful Eton Mess. This dessert is a masterpiece of crushed meringue, velvety whipped cream, and a burst of fresh berries.

For an unforgettable Eton Mess experience, make your way to The Last Course Sydney at 175 Enmore Rd. The textures and flavours come together in a symphony of sweetness that’s sure to leave you craving more.

175 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042, Australia

Tuesday to Thursday: 6pm to 11:30pm
Friday and Saturday: 6pm to 12am
Sunday: 6pm to 11pm

What To Eat In Sydney – 18 Best Restaurants In Sydney, Australia

1. Tramsheds

Tramsheds was recommended by a local Aussie friend. We wouldn’t have known about this otherwise, since it wasn’t located close to any prominent attraction landmarks.

Much like an indoor shed, the area consists of independent restaurants serving up various cosines, from Japanese to Italian, Western to Middle Eastern cuisine. The restaurants here can all be classified as fine dining style, and there is also a wine bar where you can go for all things wine-related.

We went at dinner time so it exuded a cosy, warm vibe with fairy lights hanging off trees, interspersed by picnic benches.

Heritage restaurant, Tramsheds, What to eat in Sydney, AustraliaWe picked Heritage Bakery & Pizzeria for dinner and were so proud of our choice.

Their pizza was cooked in a traditional wood fired oven, thin-crusted (just the way I like it), their pasta was cooked with the perfect firmness and the sauce reminded me of true Carbonara style (which is so often lacking in Carbonaras these days).

We also had the Slow Roasted Roman Porchetta with crispy pork belly skin in mushroom sauce. Definitely recommend, if you love authentic Italian food, even though I’m not an Italian fan!


1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge NSW 2037, Australia

Monday to Sunday: 7am-10pm

2. Blackstar Pastry

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The sponge cake and crust parts of Blackstar Pastry are some of the crowd’s 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! Despite the crowd, you must try their pastry once you hit Sydney.

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

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Sydney Fish Market needs no introduction. A must-visit when you come to Sydney! Oysters are definitely a must-try food in 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 ports and wholesale fish markets, at least you know that these are quality seafood you’re getting! A typical Fish and Chips or Mixed Seafood Grill would set you at about AUD $15 to $20 / USD 9.6 to USD 12.8.

Bank St & Pyrmont Bridge Road, Sydney NSW 2009, Australia
Monday to Sunday: from 5am

4. N2 Extreme Gelato

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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 of their gelatos. 

The whole shop is designed to look like a laboratory – even the servers are not spared! You know you must give their gelatos a try, even if it’s just to watch the N2 Extreme Gelato’s staff, dressed in lab robes, use liquid nitrogen to flash freeze your gelato with dry ice. It surely is one of the coolest places to eat in Sydney.

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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. Hell, they even got a little animal farm in here!

The space of Grounds of Alexandria thoroughly astounded me. It was expansive to say the least, filled with picturesque spots at every corner. Colourful food stands, funky food carts, a beautiful array of flower display, cute French-style signages, a decadent Aladdin-style walkway, colourful lanterns dangle from above, vintage clothes in a colourful mess, vintage trucks as a photo prop..

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Damn don’t you just want to take a picture at every corner of this restaurant! I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s one of the most photographed cafes in all of Sydney. Definitely one of Sydney’s famous food establishment. It felt like stepping into a magical little enclave.

We didn’t make a reservation prior to coming here (mistake!), but thankfully we didn’t have to wait more than half hour for seats. We were more than happy to bide our time walking around the surrounding shops and take pictures.

Inside, it was already jam-packed with people. The restaurant is well-staffed and thankfully the service was quick and efficient to cater to the crowd!

The interior design is equally spellbinding. I love how they decorated the restaurant with dried flowers and in various themes. The juice bar was giving off farm vibes, their cold brew drip coffee maker looks like it came from a scientist lab and then they have another semi-private room that is a remake of a cosy kitchen, with one large table dominating it. It would be perfect for group gatherings. There is also an outdoor sheltered alfresco garden shed for with more seating spaces.

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We ordered a Big Breakfast, which I highly recommended for sharing. They have a great variety of dishes, and I especially love the crispy pork skin that added such a nice surprising crispy touch to the dish!



Their burgers can’t be said the same – I felt it had too much carbs in one sitting and the fried burger bread was too oily.



The other dish we ordered, Steak & Eggs, had medium rare (pink) steak but it was still a tad too tough to be chewed.

If you’re coming by public transport, it takes some navigation to get to the Grounds of Alexandria’s location as it is situated in an industrial epicentre.

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

6. Bills 

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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 so creamy and rich that it makes you not want 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

7. Bourke Street Bakery

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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 is a must eat, 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

8. Brewtown Newtown

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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! There’s a reason why everyone claims you must eat them when you’re in Sydney. 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

9. Boon Cafe

Boon Cafe, beckons you with the wafting fragrance of freshly brewed coffee as you make your way towards its quarters. This petite yet alluringly cosy establishment offers the ideal locale to engage in a convivial tête-à-tête with your pals or indulge in a placid solo morning coffee.

Despite its compact size, the café exudes a welcoming ambience, immediately setting you at ease. The staff is obliging and solicitous, ensuring that your experience is a delightful one.

Undoubtedly, the pinnacle of their menu is their Thai-inspired fare. You simply must not miss out on relishing their Dtom Yum Soup and Padt Thai, brimming with bona fide flavours that transport your taste buds to the streets of Thailand.

However, their coffee is no less impressive. Boon Cafe takes its coffee very seriously, and it is unmistakable in every single sip. Their lattes and cappuccinos exude a sumptuous and silky texture, whereas their iced coffee offers the quintessential refreshment on a blistering summer afternoon.

In essence, Boon Cafe is a true treasure trove, located in the very heart of Sydney. It offers an unparalleled blend of Thai delicacies and top-notch coffee that is truly unmissable.

1/425 Pitt St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
Monday to Sunday: 8am-4pm

10. Industry Beans

As soon as you set foot inside Industry Beans, you’re immediately greeted by an atmosphere of indulgence. The cafe’s contemporary and spacious interior offers ample seating options, catering to groups of all sizes.

The open kitchen adds an extra dimension to your visit, allowing you to observe the proficient baristas and chefs at work, and enhancing the overall experience.

However, the true star of the show is the coffee. Industry Beans takes great pride in its speciality coffee, and it is evident in every cup they serve. The pour-over coffee is a definite must-try, offering a rich and intricate flavour profile that will tantalize your taste buds.

If you’re a fan of espresso-based drinks, their flat white is a perfect harmony of smooth milk and strong espresso.

But let’s not forget about the food menu – it’s just as remarkable. The Salmon Garden, featuring perfectly tea-dusted sous vide salmon served medium-rare, is an absolute standout. And their avocado smash is elevated to a new level with the addition of a unique whipped ricotta.

If you have a taste for exceptional coffee and delicious food, Industry Beans is a destination not to be missed. The cafe’s remarkable blend of top-quality coffee and mouth-watering cuisine served in a captivating atmosphere makes for an experience that you’ll cherish for a long time.

Shop 2/40 York St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Tuesday to Friday: 7am-3:30pm
Saturday to Monday: 8am-3:30pm

11. Paramount Coffee Project

Paramount Coffee Project is a coffee shop that coffee enthusiasts shouldn’t miss when visiting Sydney, Australia. The café has a modern and spacious interior, making it a perfect spot to relax and enjoy your coffee.

The highlight of this café is its coffee. They use only the best quality beans and roast them in-house to create unique and delicious blends. Whether you prefer a pour-over, a latte, or a flat white, the baristas at Paramount Coffee Project can make it to perfection.

Aside from coffee, this café also offers a range of tasty brunch options, such as mouth-watering avocado toast and delicious mushroom and kale dishes. Their pastry selection is also worth trying, with flaky croissants and decadent chocolate babka on the menu.

The staff at Paramount Coffee Project are friendly and knowledgeable, always happy to recommend a new blend or explain the origin of the beans. With its great coffee, tasty food and welcoming atmosphere, Paramount Coffee Project is truly a gem in the Sydney café scene.

80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Monday to Sunday: 7am-4pm

12. Room Ten

Room Ten is a cosy and intimate café nestled amidst the vibrant streets of Potts Point, presenting a delightful gastronomic experience for breakfast and lunch enthusiasts alike.

The establishment’s internal ambience is one of comfort and warmth, boasting natural illumination, wooden flooring, and strategically placed potted flora.

Their java is an absolute must-try, having sourced beans from some of the country’s most elite roasters. The craftsmanship of their latte art is nothing short of exquisite, complementing the drink’s smooth and robust flavour, leaving behind a gratifying aftertaste.

The menu, a cornucopia of savoury breakfast and lunch items, showcases the Avocado Smash as an undisputed favourite. The dish’s presentation is meticulous, featuring impeccably ripe avocados on a bed of sourdough toast, sprinkled with feta cheese and a dash of olive oil.

Given its popularity, Room Ten can be quite crowded during peak hours, yet its friendly staff is unfazed, remaining hospitable and accommodating to its clientele.

All things considered, this establishment is unequivocally a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an outstanding coffee and dining experience in Sydney.

10 Llankelly Pl, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia
Monday to Sunday: 7am to 3pm

13. Pork Fat

Prepare your taste buds for a trip around Asia without leaving Sydney’s vibrant Chinatown.

Pork Fat is a treasure trove of culinary delights, from Chinese dim sum to spicy Thai curries and savoury Korean bibimbap. It’s a culinary adventure that lets you traverse the streets of Asia right here in the heart of Sydney.

33 Ultimo Rd, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia

Tuesday to Thursday: 5pm to 10pm 
Friday to Sunday: 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm

14. Sydney Food Markets

Sydney Fish Market needs no introduction. A must-visit when you come to Sydney! Oysters are definitely a must-try food in Sydney.

Step into a world of local produce, artisanal foods, and international street eats at Sydney’s vibrant food markets. Bar Elvina at Avalon, Charcoal Fish at Rose Bay Cirrus Dining in Barangaroo, and Fishmongers Bondi at Bondi Beach are where the city’s culinary creativity truly shines.

Wander through stalls offering everything from farm-fresh produce to delectable treats from around the world. It’s a feast for the senses, a place where the vibrant energy of Sydney’s food culture comes to life.

Sydney Fish Market
Corner Pyrmont Bridge Rd &, Bank St, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia
Monday to Sunday: 7am to 4pm

Bar Elvina
50 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach NSW 2107, Australia
Wednesday to Friday: 4pm to 12am
Saturday: 12pm to 12am
Sunday:  12pm to 10pm

Cirrus Dining
Barangaroo Anadara 23 Barangaroo Ave, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
Wednesday: 6pm to 10pm
Thursday to Sunday: 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm

Fishmongers Bondi
U 1 57 - 59 Beach Rd Entrance via Glenayr Ave., Bondi, New South Wales 2026 Australia
Tuesday to Saturday: 4:30pm to 8pm
Sunday: 12pm to 8pm

15. Silvester’s

Sydney’s culinary journey wouldn’t be complete without a taste of modern Australian cuisine. Silvester’s at Circular Quay is where you can indulge in the fusion of local ingredients and global influences.

From innovative dishes to contemporary takes on classic Australian flavours, this restaurant is a culinary playground that showcases the city’s evolving food scene.

1 Bulletin Pl, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Monday to Tuesday: 6:30am to 10:30am
Thursday to Friday: 6:30am to 10:30am, 6pm to 9pm
Saturday: 7am to 11am, 6pm to 9pm
Sunday: 7am to 11am

16. I’m Angus Steakhouse

As the sun sets and the balmy Sydney nights come alive, embrace the quintessential Aussie experience of dining outdoors.

For a taste of the evening’s magic, I’m Angus Steakhouse at Darling Harbour offers barramundi burgers that are pure bliss.

The succulent fish, nestled in a burger bun and adorned with fresh fixings, is the epitome of casual elegance against the backdrop of the shimmering harbour lights.

The Promenade, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Monday to Saturday: 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm
Sunday: 11:30am to 10pm

17. La Giara Cafe Leichhardt

As the aromas of espresso and freshly baked bread waft through the air, venture into La Giara Cafe Leichhardt in Leichhardt for an Italian feast that transports you to the heart of Italy.

From pasta that’s cooked to perfection to authentic wood-fired pizzas, every bite is a taste of Italy’s culinary passion. The vibrant ambience and the warm embrace of Italian hospitality complete this Italian culinary journey in Sydney.

Unit 35/23 Norton St, Leichhardt NSW 2040, Australia
Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm to 10pm

18. Burger Head Penrith

For the burger aficionados, Sydney’s burger scene is an adventure waiting to be devoured.

Head to Burger Head Penrith for a burger that’s more than just a meal – it’s a masterpiece. From towering gourmet creations to minimalist classics, each bite is a celebration of flavours, textures, and the sheer joy of indulgence.

17/98 Allen Pl, Penrith NSW 2750, Australia

Sunday and Monday: 12pm to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 12pm to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 8pm
Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

10 Things To Consider While Choosing The Perfect Place And Plate In Sydney

Sydney’s culinary landscape is a tantalizing maze of choices, but fret not; I’ve got your back. Here are some things to consider when deciding where to dine and what to devour in this Aussie food haven.

1. Location, Location, Location

Sydney’s a sprawler, mate, so where you can make or break your dining experience.

If you’re harbour-side, fresh seafood joints are a must. In the city centre, you’ll find everything from rooftop bars to hidden laneway cafes. Bondi and Manly serve up beachy vibes, perfect for fish and chips. So, decide your locale first!

2. Aussie Classics Or Global Delights?

Are you here for the quintessential Aussie experience? If so, you can’t go wrong with meat pies, Tim Tams, and a Vegemite encounter (it’s like a right of passage).

But Sydney’s food scene is like a world tour on a plate. Thai, Italian, Vietnamese, you name it; we’ve got it. Consider your craving and explore accordingly.

3. Budget Or Ballin’?

Sydney can be a bit heavy on the wallet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dine like royalty on a budget.

Some of the best eats can be found in humble local joints or food courts. But if you’re in the mood for a splurge, Sydney boasts Michelin-starred restaurants and fancy waterfront dining spots too.

4. Dietary Delights: Catering To Your Tastebuds

Got dietary restrictions or preferences? No worries, Sydney’s got your back. Whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, or on the hunt for halal, there’s a restaurant for you. Just make sure to check ahead or ask your server for options.

5. Restaurant Reviews: Friend Or Foe?

Before you make your foodie pilgrimage, check out what fellow diners have to say. Websites and apps like TripAdvisor, Yelp, or Zomato are goldmines for honest reviews and mouth-watering photos. But remember, one person’s culinary heaven might be another’s meh.

6. Food Festivals And Events

Sydney loves a good food festival! If your visit coincides with one of these gastronomic extravaganzas, it’s a must-do. From the Night Noodle Markets to Vivid Sydney’s light-up dining experiences, there’s always something happening on the food front.

7. Chat Up The Locals

Aussies are a friendly bunch, and we’re always up for a chinwag about good food. Don’t hesitate to strike up a convo with a local; they’re your best bet for hidden gems and insider tips.

8. Plan Ahead Or Go Spontaneous

Are you the type to plan every meal in advance? Or do you prefer to wander the streets and let your nose lead you to your next meal? Sydney caters to both approaches, so do what feels right for you.

9. Timing Is Everything

Some restaurants get packed during peak hours, while others offer quieter dining experiences. Consider making a reservation if you’ve your heart set on a particular place, especially for dinner.

10. Seasonal Sensations

Australia’s seasons are opposite to the Northern Hemisphere. So, consider what’s in the season when you visit. Fresh mangoes in summer or truffle dishes in winter?


1. National Food Of Sydney Australia?

Sydney doesn’t have a specific “national” food, as it’s a city within the broader nation of Australia.

However, when you’re down under, you’ve got to try the classic Aussie meat pie. These savoury pastries are a true icon. Picture a golden, flaky crust filled with seasoned minced meat and a rich, hearty gravy.

They’re often enjoyed at sporting events, local bakeries, or as a quick snack. It’s comfort food that’s as Aussie as kangaroos and koalas.

2. Iconic Food Of NSW (New South Wales)?

Now, let’s narrow it down to New South Wales, the state where Sydney shines. The iconic food here is the Sydney Rock Oyster.

These succulent, briny delights are harvested fresh from the state’s pristine coastal waters. They’re known for their unique, robust flavour and tender texture.

For the ultimate experience, head to the Sydney Fish Market, where you can slurp down these beauties while overlooking the water. It’s like tasting the ocean in every bite.

3. Australia’s Most Famous Restaurant?

When it comes to Australia’s most famous restaurant, Quay takes the cake, or should I say the dessert?

This top-tier dining spot is perched right on the edge of Sydney Harbour, offering dazzling views of the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

But it’s not just about the scenery; Quay is renowned for its culinary prowess. With 3 coveted Chef’s Hats (Australia’s version of Michelin stars), it’s a dining experience that’s nothing short of extraordinary.

Chef Peter Gilmore is the mastermind behind the culinary creations at Quay. His dishes are like edible works of art, combining innovative techniques with top-quality Australian ingredients.

The menu evolves with the seasons, showcasing the best produce from local farmers and artisans. It’s a gastronomic journey that’ll leave your taste buds in awe.

4. What Food Is Sydney Famous For?

Sydney’s culinary scene is so diverse and rich that it’s quite challenging to single out just one famous food. The city boasts a tantalizing array of dishes, from fresh seafood like Barramundi and Prawns to iconic treats like Pavlova and Vegemite on Toast. Each of these offerings contributes to Sydney’s unique gastronomic identity, making it a destination where food enthusiasts can savour a wide range of delectable delights.

Here’s the list of 10 famous Sydney food:


This delightful dessert is a meringue-based treat, usually topped with whipped cream and fresh fruits. It’s a quintessential Australian dessert.

Meat Pies

These are savoury pies filled with minced meat and gravy, encased in a flaky pastry. They’re a staple in Aussie cuisine and can be found in many bakeries.


This is a popular fish in Australia, known for its delicate flavour and firm texture. It’s often grilled or pan-fried and served with various sauces.


Sydney is famous for its fresh seafood, and prawns are a highlight. They’re commonly barbecued, grilled, or served in seafood platters.

Vegemite On Toast

A classic Australian breakfast, Vegemite is a spread made from yeast extract. When thinly spread on toast with butter, it provides a salty, savoury kick.

Balmain Bugs

These are small, sweet lobsters found in Australian waters. They’re often grilled or barbecued and served with garlic butter.

Barramundi Burger

This is a delicious twist on the classic burger, featuring a fillet of barramundi instead of beef or chicken.


These are squares of sponge cake coated in chocolate icing and desiccated coconut. They’re a beloved sweet treat in Australia.

Anzac Biscuits

These cookies have a unique history and are made with oats, coconut, and golden syrup. They’re named after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). 

Flat White

While not a food, the flat white is a must-try coffee in Sydney. It’s made with espresso and steamed milk, creating a creamy and smooth coffee experience.

These are just a few of the delicious foods you should try while in Sydney. The city’s vibrant culinary scene offers something for everyone, from traditional Aussie fare to international cuisine. Enjoy your food adventures in Sydney!

55. What Is The Traditional Food Of Sydney, Australia?

One of the most popular traditional foods in Sydney, Australia, is the Meat Pie.

Historical And Cultural References

The meat pie holds a significant place in Australian culinary history. Its origins can be traced back to the early days of settlement when it was a convenient and hearty meal for convicts and early settlers.

The combination of flaky pastry and a savoury meat filling made it a practical and satisfying option for those navigating the challenges of the Australian frontier.

As the years passed, the meat pie evolved to become an iconic symbol of Australian culture. It became a staple in sporting events, with the tradition of enjoying a pie while watching a game becoming ingrained in the Australian way of life.

This connection between pies and sports further cemented its popularity.


The meat pie’s popularity in Sydney and across Australia is enduring. It’s a comfort food cherished by people from all walks of life. Its accessibility and portability have made it a favoured option for a quick and satisfying meal on the go.

Whether enjoyed at a local bakery, a sporting event, or even at home, the meat pie remains a beloved part of the Australian food landscape.

Today, the meat pie has also experienced a resurgence in gourmet variations, with chefs experimenting with fillings and pastry styles, elevating this classic dish while still paying homage to its humble roots.

This blend of tradition and innovation ensures that the meat pie continues to hold a special place in the hearts and palates of Sydney residents and visitors alike.

6. What Is Australia Known For Food?

One food that holds a special place in Australian hearts is Vegemite.

Vegemite is a dark brown, savoury spread made from yeast extract, with a distinctive salty and umami flavour. It’s known for its strong, bold taste that adds a unique kick to meals.

While it might seem intense to newcomers, Australians have a deep affection for Vegemite, often spreading it thinly on toast with butter for a hearty breakfast or snack.

One of Vegemite’s remarkable attributes is its versatility. Beyond toast, it can be used to flavour soups, stews, and even in baking. Some creative chefs have incorporated it into dishes to add depth and a touch of Australian nostalgia.

Culturally, Vegemite is more than just a condiment. It’s a symbol of Australian identity, with many growing up with fond memories of this pantry staple. The Vegemite sandwich is an enduring image of childhood lunches across the country.

While its bold flavour may not be for everyone, Vegemite stands as a quintessential representation of Australian tastes. It’s a unique condiment that has carved out a special place in the country’s culinary landscape and holds a cherished spot in the hearts of many Australians

Hopefully, this article gives you a good, solid list of what to eat in Sydney. If there’s one thing I’d go to Australia for, it’s the cafes! The things to eat in Sydney are endless, with each one of them equally meeting expectations as the next.

So, there you’ve it, in delicious detail! Sydney’s food scene, while not having a national dish of its own, is a vibrant mix of Aussie classics like meat pies and regional treasures like Sydney Rock Oysters.

And when it comes to world-class dining, Quay is the place to be for a taste of culinary excellence paired with breathtaking views. Bon appétit, mate! 

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