Wondering what to eat in Sydney, Australia? What are some of the must-try restaurants in Sydney? I hear you!
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 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!
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.
- 9 Foods to Eat in Sydney, Australia
- 1. Tramsheds
- 2. Blackstar Pastry
- 3. Sydney Fish Market
- 4. N2 Extreme Gelato
- 5. The Grounds of Alexandria
- 6. Bills
- 7. Bourke Street Bakery
- 8. Hurricane’s Grill Darling Harbour
- 9. Brewtown Newtown
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9 Foods to Eat in Sydney, Australia
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.
We 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 even though I’m not an Italian fan!
1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge NSW 2037, Australia Monday to Sunday: 7am-10pm Menu
2. Blackstar Pastry
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
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 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! 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.
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..
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.
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!
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 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 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 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 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. Hurricane’s Grill Darling Harbour
Hurricane’s Grill Darling Harbour has over 300 Google reviews, 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
9. 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! 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
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.
Have you tasted any of Sydney’s famous foods? Are there any that you would add to this list?