One of the unique and interesting things about Sydney is that it is literally a melting pot. There is an influx of other cultures and people that have greatly influenced the local food scene. Whether you’re looking for Cantonese inspired, New Zealand traditional dishes, French cafes, Italian food – there’s a blend of everything and it’s all done exceptionally. You won’t find it difficult to find a lovely spot to grab a bite whether it’s in the morning or late at night.
After your Cathay Pacific flight you’ll want to check into your hotel, freshen up, and then hit the ground running. Make sure you fuel up for your Sydney adventure at some of these fabulous Sydney restaurants and cafes. There are so many wonderful places to eat, and this just scratches the surface, so make sure to explore and take the time to try local and fresh things that will make your trip to Sydney that much more memorable.
Cafes and Bakeries
Flour and Stone | 53 Riley St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Flour and Stone is a charming café and bakery offering tarts, pies, cookies and a variety of other delicious baked goods. The perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet treat in the adorable indoor-outdoor setting.
Cornersmith | 88 View St, Annandale NSW 2038
Cornersmith is a family run restaurant and café that serves Sydney in two locations. Guests can enjoy a variety of food for breakfast and lunch or just a cup of coffee with friends. They also host cooking school and workshops for the community throughout the year.
Da Capo Courtyard Café | 8 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000
Da Copa Courtyard Café is a charming Italian-style indoor and outdoor café that serves classic breakfasts, Italian cuisine, and old fashioned desserts. Set in a charming old building complete with iron lacework and facing a traditional brick courtyard, this café is quintessential charm.
Sonoma Bakery | 32 Birmingham St, Alexandria NSW 2015
The Sonoma Bakery is known for homemade authentic California-style Sourdough bread. The bakery also serves up delicious sandwiches with that bread. Besides the bread, Sonoma makes great breakfast options, coffees, and other baked pastries.
Pablo & Rusty’s | 200 Mary St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Pablo & Rusty’s is a Sydney based coffee roaster that makes incredible coffee. They source and roast their beans in a sustainable process and work to decrease their impact on the world, while also providing delicious roasts.
Lunch and Dinner Spots
The Boathouse Palm Beach | Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach NSW 2108
Nothing says Sydney then some waterside eating. The Boathouse Palm Beach is a modern rustic-chic restaurant that serves both breakfast and daytime fare including fresh seafood and an organic juice bar.
Quay Restaurant | Upper Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks NSW 2000,
Quay Restaurant is an elegant and upscale restaurant that provides a dining experience like no other. The menu hosts a variety of exquisite and unique offerings with the most beautiful panoramic views of the Sydney Harbor and the Sydney Opera House.
Restaurant Hubert |15 Bligh St, Sydney NSW 2000
Restaurant Hubert is a quaint French restaurant in downtown Sydney that is open for lunch Thursday and Friday and dinner and late night drinks and bites Monday through Saturday. You will be transported to a French basement wine cellar complete with rustic tables and lights and a stage where live musicians play French music.
Mr. Wong | 3 Bridge Ln, Sydney NSW 2000
Mr. Wong is a modern Cantonese restaurant serving up classics and also classics with a modern twist. They serve everything from dim sum to classic honey chicken, Lo Mein and fried rice. Meals can be shared family style at the table with friends or you can enjoy a main entrée by yourself. There will be plenty of good smells and tastes here.
Lankan Filling Station | Ground Floor/58 Riley St, East Sydney NSW 2010
Lankan Filling Station is a casual local eatery that encourages community and gatherings around food. Inspired by traditional Sri Lankan flavors, they focus on using authentic ingredients and products to bring a new spin on these classic dishes. Open for lunch and dinner on Tuesdays through Saturday, and from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Poly | 74-76 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Poly is a wine bar and tapas bar that serves small plates and beautiful wines to be enjoyed with friends. Unique dishes such as scallops, grilled oysters, and smoked quail bring an eclectic and international flavor to the restaurant.
Flying Fish | 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009
The Flying Fish is an artful Asian-influenced seafood and meat restaurant housed in an industrial chic building with beautiful views of the water. Served in a clean, modern dishes, the food speaks for itself. The chefs infused traditional Australian and New Zealand fare with an Asian twist, providing a delightful and unique culinary experience.