Food and Wine


There's no shortage of excellent food and drink in Redfern and Waterloo, from hearty breakfasts and long lunches to romantic dinner. Wine bars, latin-inspired diners, pubs and bustling cafes make this a great place to explore.

  • Sonoma Bakery, Waterloo
  • The Eathouse Diner, Redfern

There are many reinvented spaces in Redfern and Waterloo where you will find fresh, inspiring and creative dining experiences. 

Visit Kepos & Co for cafe classics with a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern twist, served from a wonderful open kitchen. For Italian fare that makes the most of fresh, seasonal produce, visit popular Cafe Sopra, run by providore Fratelli Fresh. Sopra also houses an upmarket grocer and bottle shop.

Visit local favourite Baffi & Mo for a great breakfast, with famous sourdough bread, or for the lunch menu which includes a delicious sandwich of confit duck with chestnut puree.

Baffi and Mo, Redfern

Decorated in retro red-and-green diner décor, The Eathouse Diner serves classics such as Southern Fried Chicken and Chilli Bean Empanadas. Devon on Danks in Waterloo takes a creative, fine dining approach to breakfast with a seasonally-updated menu and great coffee.

Also on Danks Street, Sonoma Bakery Café is well loved for its handcrafted pastries and artisan sourdough breads. 

On Bourke Street St. Jude does a great all-day breakfast menu with specials, while Milk Bar by Cafe Ish on Regent Street has a creative menu that includes house-made donuts and Japanese-style fried chicken.

The Eathouse Diner, Redfern

There are many classic pubs in the area, as well as a thriving small bar scene. Check out The Dock on Redfern Street for cocktails, live music and bar snacks. Arcadia Liquors is laid-back and hip, with a great cocktail list, Vasco on Cleveland Street is a cool Italian-inspired rock'n'roll bar.

Nesting in the old Legge Gallery building in Redfern, The Bearded Tit is also a popular and vibrant bar and art space.

  1. Saint Michiba

    Saint Michiba

    Saint Michiba on Phillip St, Waterloo, puts an inventive spin on the classic pizza. Rather than your average margherita, Saint Michiba's menu features toppings such as scotch fillet, béarnaise sauce and iceberg...

  2. So 9

    So 9

    Amongst the big brand outlets on Danks Street at Waterloo is a Vietnamese street food restaurant called So 9. The eatery takes its name from the traditional Vietnamese lucky number and visitors will feel lucky to...

  3. Social Laneway Espresso

    Social Laneway Espresso

    On bustling Redfern Street, Social Laneway Espresso is a cosy cafe with wooden industrial furnishings, ramshackle features, caged lights and a chilled vibe. Swing past in the morning for a coffee or takeaway green...

  4. Societé Food & Wine Bar

    Societé Food & Wine Bar

    Located on Danks Street, Waterloo, Societé Food and Wine Bar is the latest edition to the growing Waterloo dining scene. With an emphasis on seasonal ingredients along with local and artisan produce, Societé Food and...

  5. Sonoma Bakery Cafe - Waterloo

    Sonoma Bakery Cafe - Waterloo

    The third instalment of Sydney's famous Sonoma bakery cafés has set up shop on the lively Danks Street in Waterloo. Signature sourdough loaves are always on hand, or guests can pull up a bar stool overlooking the...

  6. St Jude

    St Jude

    A crumbling corner store on the border of the Redfern-Surry divide has been turned into a shmick cafe, designed by Surry Hills architect, Arthur Koutoulas. Every inch of the space has been carefully considered,...

  7. Studio NEON

    Studio NEON

    Sydney's freshest dining experience is so unique the folks at Studio NEON have sent it underground. The inspiring industrial space holds five-course dinners on 10-metre-long communal tables which is also open to...

  8. The Bearded Tit

    The Bearded Tit

    Nesting in the old Legge Gallery building in Redfern, The Bearded Tit is a place for colourful conversation and creative musings. Named after a bird with long black triangular facial markings, the bar itself is...

  9. Arcadia Liquors

    Arcadia Liquors

    Redfern is solidifying its reputation as one of Sydney's top small bar hubs and Arcadia Liquors is one of its stalwarts. On the corner of Regent and Redfern streets, Arcadia is a surprisingly roomy industrial space....

  10. Baffi & Mo

    Baffi & Mo

    There is something divine in the pilgrimage for the perfect Sunday morning café. You know you have found enlightenment at Baffi & Mo when the blessed sourdough bread is licked with house-made preserves, or topped with...

  11. Barista & Cook

    Barista & Cook

    The active cafe culture is alive and well in the surrounding Sydney suburb of Waterloo and Barista & Cook is bringing a caffine buzz with a lively menu to town. Priding themselves on serving some of the city's best...

  12. Beccafico


    Beccafico effortlessly mixes old school Italian flavours with new school sophistication -- and that's just on the menu. The Danks Street restaurant serves warming dishes that are light and considered, plus a couple of...

  13. Cake Wines

    Cake Wines

    Located on the fringe of Sydney's CBD is the industrial chic grounds of Cake Wines cellar door in Redfern. Greeted with amber timber furnishings, polished grey walls and beams of natural light, the Scandinavian...

  14. Clevelands


    You can now enjoy a dash of breakfast and a trim (simultaneously) at the cafe-come-hair salon, Cleveland's in Surry Hills. Co-owner Harry Levy, who has a bundle of barista experience under his belt, including a stint...

  15. Eathouse Diner

    Eathouse Diner

    Opened by three close friends in 2010, The Eathouse Diner has played a crucial role in transforming Redfern into the trendy suburb it is today. An American style diner that has perfected the art of not taking itself...

  16. First Drop

    First Drop

    Located in a renovated corner shop in Redfern, First Drop is a popular, local cafe that offers a fantastic all-day breakfast. The no-fuss eatery is also renowned for its fresh juices, shakes and weekly specials. Think...

  17. Gunther's Dining Room

    Gunther's Dining Room

    From the team behind hipster hangout Arcadia Liquors comes Gunthers Dining Room, set in the all-day and all-night European bistro, Redfern Continental. Enter through the timber door at the back of the restaurant to...

  18. House of Crabs

    House of Crabs

    There's no pub food classics in sight at the new diner upstairs at The Norfolk on Cleveland Street. Instead, expect lots of crab and other crustaceans, served simply with a choice of sauces and sides like creole corn...

  19. Kepos & Co.

    Kepos & Co.

    Michael Rantissi has foodies across Sydney eating out of the palm of his...plates at what's possibly the most laid-back hatted restaurant in the city. Now he's spreading the love around with a spin-off restaurant at...

  20. Kepos Street Kitchen

    Kepos Street Kitchen

    Sitting snugly on the corner of Phillip and Kepos Streets, Kepos St Kitchen is the perfect neighbourhood café cum restaurant. Owned by former Bathers' Pavilion sous chef Michael Rantissi, Kepos serves Modern...

  21. Milk Bar by Cafe Ish

    Milk Bar by Cafe Ish

    Cafe Ish owners Josh and Ai Nicholls have shut shop in Surry Hills and landed in Redfern with their new concept cafe – an old-style milk bar. All the trimmings are here - classic arcade game machines, cheesy chart...

  22. Mojo Wine Bar by Luke Mangan

    Mojo Wine Bar by Luke Mangan

    From celebrity chef Luke Mangan, Headquarters is a New York inspired wine and tapas bar, test kitchen, function area and head office, located in Sydney's inner South. The multipurpose venue resides in a large...

  23. Moon Park

    Moon Park

    Moon Park is doing Korean a little fancy. With former head chef of Claude's Ben Sears and his partner Eun Hee Ann (also coming from Claude's) heading up the kitchen, you know you are in for a treat. Located next to...

  24. Nourishing Quarter

    Nourishing Quarter

    Photos of the English monarchy adorn the walls, while health food cookbooks and vintage teapots fill the surrounding shelves. Nourishing Quarter is the place to come for a hearty vegetarian meal that goes beyond...

  25. Oratnek


    Set inside a converted terrace space in Redfern, Oratnek belongs to Kentaro Takayama, ex-head chef at the Darlinghurst arm of Bills. The name is an anagram of the chef-owner's own and the menu is a similarly playful...

  26. Pitt Street Diner

    Pitt Street Diner

    George Ermer has moved onto Pitt Street bringing yummy bubble and squeak eggplant salad with haloumi to Redfern diners. Spanish eggs served with crusty sourdough bread keep them satisfied for breakfast, but they will...

  27. Pu'er


    Named after fermented tea, Pu'er bows to culinary ceremony. In tea house tradition, balance your oriental brew with dumplings and delicacies. In the now hip haunt of foodie-fied Waterloo, owner Siev Gour's...

  28. Redfern Continental

    Redfern Continental

    Arcadia Liquors is one of Redfern's favourite small bars with its reasonably-priced drinks (for the city, anyway), thrift shop artwork and tongue-in-cheek humour. Now, the brains behind this local watering hole are...

  29. The Chalkboard Cafe

    The Chalkboard Cafe

    Serving the perfect coffee with sandwiches, salads and options to soothe a sweet tooth, The Chalkboard Cafe is an ideal meeting point for that weekend catch up with friends. With an eclectic decor of mismatched chairs...

  30. The Dock

    The Dock

    With Redfern train station just a short walk away, The Dock is a grounded, unstuffy drinking locale with a hard-edged decor and a rockabilly vibe. Fitted out with exposed brick walls, worn leather sofas, dim lighting...

  31. The French House

    The French House

    Old-school Parisian glamour has arrived on the corner of Danks Street, Waterloo, with The French House. The dining room is a jewel box of French-inspired treasures, from the crystal chandeliers to the high-backed...

  32. The Rag Land Cafe

    The Rag Land Cafe

    The Rag Land Café has set up shop in Sydney's Bermuda Triangle where Redfern, Waterloo and Alexandria meet. This funky café is decked out in vintage and re-purposed furnishings, many of which are for sale, keeping the...

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