Food and Wine
Eating out in Redfern and Waterloo
There's no shortage of food and drink to be had in Redfern and Waterloo, whether you're seeking a hearty breakfast, a long lunch or a romantic dinner. Wine bars, latin-inspired diners, pubs and bustling cafes; this is an eclectic place to bring an appetite and explore.
Cafes, bars and bistros
For those looking for a night out, dinner options in the Redfern and Waterloo neighbourhoods are plentiful.
Tuck into Modern European-inspired eats at Pitt Street Diner, paired with a well-chosen glass of wine. They also open for breakfast, lunch and coffee during the day. For cutting-edge takes on traditional Korean food head to Moon Park, low-key yet polished.
Kepos Street Kitchen spinoff Kepos & Co, an accessible yet ambitious mediterranean-inspired eatery has received very positive word-of-mouth. Or for unfussy Italian fare that makes the most of fresh, seasonal produce, grab a table at popular Cafe Sopra, run by providore Fratelli Fresh. Sopra also houses an upmarket grocer and bottle shop, so you can pick up whatever you need to cook up a feast at home.
The breakfast and brunch possibilities here are broad. Devon on Danks in Waterloo takes a creative, fine dining approach to breakfast with a seasonally-updated menu and stellar coffee; go here for crowd-pleasing yet boundary-pushing cuisine.
There’s serious coffee to be had at Bourke Street darling St. Jude, named after the patron saint of lost causes, which boasts a simple, solid breakfast menu. And for anything from house-made donuts to Japanese-style fried chicken, stop by the unassuming-looking Milk Bar by Cafe Ish on Regent Street. Grab a coffee to go or try their miso caramel milkshake.
For a casual session, it’s hard to go past one of Redfern and Waterloo's watering holes. There’s plenty of classic pubs in the area, but there’s also a buzzing small bar scene. Check out The Dock on Redfern Street, a friendly and occasionally raucous bar serving straightforward cocktails and tasty dumplings.
Arcadia Liquors, with its high ceilings and craft beers on tap, is laid-back and hip, with a great wine list, or try Italian-inspired rock'n'roll bar Vasco on Cleveland. Nesting in the old Legge Gallery building in Redfern, The Bearded Tit is a place for colourful conversation and creative musings, supplying local beer and menus from its friendly neighbouring restaurants.
We can't go past food without mentioning the Everleigh Farmer's Markets, held in the Carriageworks' grounds every Saturday. Over 70 farmers and artisan food producers unload trucks of fresh, seasonal, and homemade produce for you to browse, buy and enjoy.
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...
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 breakfas...
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...
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 weekl...
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 G...
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 c...
Located at the entrance of Carriageworks, Cornerstone Bar & Food’s gritty urban design is an eclectic mix of the original industrial aesthetics combined harmoniously with modern touches inc...
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...
Release your inner chef at Victors Food – from "French Bistro Cooking" and "Learn to Be a Chef" to "Perfect Paella" and "Thai Street Food", Victors offers a range of classes to suit a every skil...
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