Sydney City Food and Wine


Discover the city's small bars

A thriving small bar scene is one of Sydney's many delights. Hidden cocktail and wine bars are tucked away in the city centre's streets and laneways. A number of prohibition-themed bars are clustered around York, Clarence and Kent streets. Near Circular Quay are more small bars as well as The Basement, an iconic live music venue.

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Food and wine in the city centre

Sydney is acclaimed around the world for its talented chefs, fresh produce and succulent seafood. In the city centre, you'll find some of the best restaurants in the world. Gourmets will delight in exquisite flavours and be impressed by the artful plating and attention to detail. 

Each year The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide reviews restaurants and awards one, two or three chef's hats to the best, similar to Michelin stars. Three hats is the top award. Quay, with gorgeous views of the majestic Sydney Harbour, is one of the best with three hats. 

Other three-hatted restaurants in the city centre, according to the 2016 awards, are The Bridge Room and Rockpool, both in Bridge Street, and Sepia, in Sussex Street. Quay and Sepia appear on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

Altitude at Shangri-La Sydney has superb views over Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour. O Bar and Dining also has amazing views from its 47th floor perch on Australia Square.

Shangri-la, Sydney

For more casual eats, the city centre is a great place to be, whether you're after polished pub fare, modern Australian cuisine or delicious Chinese, Korean, Thai or Indian food. Neil Perry's Burger Project serves up classic American-style burgers with super soft buns and tender beef patties.

Head to Chinatown’s Dixon Street for Hong Kong-style pork buns at Old Town, crispy Japanese fried chicken at Arisun, or Malaysian roti and curries at Mamak. Food courts are in various locations in the city centre including Westfield Sydney and The Galeries.

There are plenty of bars in the city where you can enjoy a drink before or after a show. The Opera Bar, adjacent to the stunning Sydney Opera House, has impressive views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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