Mezzapicca Cafe on Norton Street is a Leichhardt institution where you can stock up on all your favourite Italian cakes and desserts. Rum baba, cannoli stuffed with chocolate cream or sweet ricotta, panzerotti, tortas and crunchy almond biscuits. Next door, a small, trattoria-style eatery serves homemade gelato and delicious foccacias.
If you love all things Italian, and that includes handmade pasta, freshly ground coffee, seasonal gelati and stylish shoes, make your way to Leichhardt. This inner west suburb is just a 20-minute bus ride from the city centre. Most of Leichhardt's action occurs on Norton Street, that's lined with delis, cafes and cake shops. Casual dining is the focus here at cafes such as Bar Italia, Bar Sport and Berkelouw.
Head to the library at the Italian Forum to find out about the area's local history or follow the walking trail from Leichhardt along Sydney harbour foreshore to pretty Gladstone Park in nearby Balmain.
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'Berkelouw' bookstore and cafe on Norton Street in Leichhardt
'Bar Italia' restaurant on Norton Street in Leichhardt. Image Tourism NSW
Outdoor dining at The Italian Forum. Image Graham Munro
Dog walking at Hawthorne Canal Reserve in Leichhardt. This area is an 'off leash dog park'. Image Tourism NSW
Interior of 'Meshea Lifestyle' boutique in Leichhardt. Image Tourism NSW
Restaurants at the Italian Forum in Leichhardt. Image Graham Munro, Tourism NSW
'Cafe Bones', the dog friendly cafe at Hawthorne Canal Reserve in Leichhardt. Image Tourism NSW
Restaurants on Norton Street, Leichhardt