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.
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.
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.
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.