In addition to the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and over 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney is well known for its restaurants. Over the years Sydney has had its fair share of time in the spotlight but the Sydney restaurant scene deserves a shining moment of its own. The restaurants in Sydney can cater to everyone’s needs, whether it be three hatted fine dining, waterfront wonders or cheap and cheerful neighbourhood gems, you’re always spoilt for restaurant choice in this iconic city.
Whether it is an important occasion, mid week dinner or Friday knock offs Sydney City and its close surrounds are home to some of the city’s grandest and most entertaining eateries, fit for any occasion. Nestled amongst the towering pillars of the economy in the CBD are fine dining establishments, Rockpool, Tetsuya’s and Sepia, much-loved favourites Bridge Street Garage, Mejico and Swine & Co - plus so many more. The Rocks, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour are three lively waterside precincts in the area, each one rich with top restaurants such as Lowenbrau, Ananas Bar and Brasserie, Pony Dining, ARIA and The Malaya.
The Eastern suburbs of Sydney stretches far and wide, from Bondi to Bronte, Surry Hills to Rose Bay and all the burbs in between. Home to some true culinary gems, you’ll find a mish mash of venues in the East that are sure to impress. In the leafy suburbs of Paddington in the cute pocket of 5 ways there is everything from pub grub to Italian and tasty Asian fare. Darlinghurst is bursting with intimate eateries and bars. Iconic restaurant, Catalina sits comfortably in beautiful Rose Bay with stunning views of the world’s most beautiful harbour while Bondi is littered with hip mod eateries such as North Bondi Fish, for your surf’s up ‘hang ten’ kind of crowd, with an energy and atmosphere unlike any other beachside destination.
Push your culinary boundaries with a visit to Sydney’s West. Home to suburbs such as Newtown, a bohemian ‘anything goes’ type vibe, Balmain, a former working class borough that became a gentrified haven for yoga and foodie enthusiasts, Leichhardt and Parramatta, this side of town is bursting at the seams with some of Sydney’s hottest restaurants. Whether it’s a unique pizza experience at Mad Pizza in Newtown (they serve super thin pizzas and cracking cocktails with dj’s pumping out tunes at night) or heart-warming Modern Australian food that makes you feel good at Smash Sausage Kitchen, you’ll love your foodie experience at any burb in the West.
With such a diverse range of cafes, restaurants and bars to choose from, it’s no wonder the suburbs that hug the waters of Sydney Harbour are quickly becoming a drawcard for those looking to dine and drink. Whether you’re after tasty American cuisine with an Aussie twist, flashy cocktails or a night of fine dining, the northside has it all. Take a ferry over to Manly for a feed, a smart and stylish seaside suburb worthy of more than just the standard tourist itinerary, lap up the beauty of Balmoral Beach in Mosman or check out the revamped friendly north-of-the bridge suburb, Crows Nest.
Author: Georgia Smail, dimmi Chief Food Writer.
Image source: North Bondi Fish
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