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.

  1. Romolo

    The CBD's The Strand Arcade may be historic, but the restaurants trading there are thoroughly modern. Romolo is a trattoria with a new way of looking at dining - breakfast brings a menu of the usual goodies, plus a...

  2. Ryan's Bar

    Tucked on level four of Australia Square, Ryan's Bar is a chilled spot to kick back for a few post work drinks. With sleek indoor stool tables and an adjoining beer garden, the bar features 25 beers on tap, and an...

  3. Sanctuary Hotel Bistro

    Standing smartly on the corner of Liverpool and Kent Streets, the Sanctuary Hotel Bistro tips its hat to those Sydney city dwellers who seek delicious bistro meals within designer restaurant surrounds. It's an order...

  4. Sassy's Red at Westfield Sydney

    There are food courts and then there is the Level 5 Westfield Sydney food court. It's like comparing apples and oranges. You can't. And Sassy's Red – a Malaysian coffee shop obsessed with jazz – may seem like an odd...

  5. Schnitz World Square

    Nothing compares to a freshly fried, golden schnitzel and you can have it your way at Schnitz World Square. Select your protein (chicken, veal or a veggie pattie) and have it made to order. Choose to whack your...

  6. Sea Bay Restaurant

    In the inner-city kitchen of Sea Bay Chinese restaurant, the star of the show is the chef's handmade noodles. They come stir fried with generous portions of meat or veggies, or served in huge bowls of soup. Diners can...

  7. Sepia Wine Bar

    A spinoff from the original Sepia, this smart wine bar serves up chef Martin Benn's yakitori skewers, which pairs perfectly with its internationally-sourced wine list. Beyond those delicate skewers, there's also a...

  8. Settlement on Quay

    Just opposite the Ferry Terminal at the base of the historical AMP building in Darling Harbour, Settlement on Quay provides visitors and corporates with a great view and a lively atmosphere. The menu is a modern take...

  9. Shalom Indonesian Restaurant

    Get hot and spicy at Shalom Restaurant with an extensive menu of traditional and Westernised Indonesian dishes of spicy curries, soups and noodles suitable for the entire family. All dishes are served using the...

  10. Shipley's at Holiday Inn

    Marvel at the massive ironbark beams and cast iron pillars retained from the days of a bustling wool trading floor at Shipleys Restaurant in the Holiday Inn, Darling Harbour. Dinner served Tuesday to Saturday.

  11. Shirt Bar

    ‘Not another small bar' you kick your legs and scream – and we say: yes, ‘tis another one, but a good one at that. Combine your annual (and may we add, much avoided) ‘stock up on shirts' shopping trip with a few...

  12. Silverspoon

    Silverspoon Restaurant is a contemporary eatery just around the corner from Hyde Park, in the city centre. The dining room has large windows, perfect for people watching. The menu here has European roots but its...

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