Food and Wine


Heritage pubs in The Rocks

The Rocks is home to Australia's oldest pubs, a drawcard for visitors wanting a cool drink and a hearty meal after exploring the historic precinct's cobblestone lanes, heritage buildings and galleries. You'll also find a range of delicious restaurants, cocktail bars and cafes. And gourmets will be delighted with Quay, which is one of the best restaurants in the world.

  • Hero of Waterloo, The Rocks
  • Quay Restaurant, The Rocks

Taste delicious food in The Rocks

A delectable selection of international and Australian cuisines is available in The Rocks, where you can explore Australia's colonial past on tours. From outdoor cafes and heritage pubs to cocktail bars and quality restaurants, the food and wine in this historic precinct draws locals and tourists alike.

Sample some of the delights at The Rocks Foodie Market, every Friday between 9am and 3pm. Munich Brauhaus is popular for a hearty Munich-style meal served within a traditional beer-hall environment.

In the quarried heart of The Rocks is The Argyle, which has a sandstone courtyard. For fine cuts of Australian prime beef, visit The Cut Bar and Grill. In cobblestoned Kendall Lane, the Pony Lounge and Dining offers grilled Australian prime beef too. Nearby, Shiki claims the title of the longest established Japanese restaurant in Sydney and serves a blend of traditional cuisine and modern Asian flavours. Decorated in a timeless Japanese style, the restaurant’s monthly seven-course degustation is a favourite among diners.

Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks

Walk along Circular Quay foreshore to Campbell Cove, where there are restaurants in beautifully converted colonial sandstone buildings with outdoor dining and great views of Sydney Harbour. Reserve your table at nearby Quay Restaurant, one of the world's best restaurants.

International hotels in The Rocks offer quality dining too, and the Shangri-La's 36th floor Altitude has spectacular views. For something more down to earth, the MCA Cafe is ideal for a casual lunch and you can marvel at the Sydney Opera House. At Lord Nelson Brewery, Australia's oldest pub brewery, savour award-winning ales brewed within the hotel.

Other heritage pubs include The Hero of Waterloo, Fortune of War and The Australian Heritage Hotel. The Glenmore Hotel has delightful rooftop vistas.

  1. Harts Pub

    One of the original Sydney venues on the craft beer scene, Harts Pub has been championing an all-Australian craft beer line-up since 2009. Originally a private residence spanning three terraces, Harts Pub...

  2. Lord Nelson Brewery

    Today the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel is Australia's oldest pub brewery, famous throughout the World for award-winning natural ales. Brewed with only malt, hops, yeast and water (no added sugars, preservatives or...

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