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Cheap eats in Sydney


Aussie pies

The iconic Harry’s Café de Wheels in Woolloomooloo has been serving up tasty pies at its caravan café for more than 70 years and is an essential late-night Sydney experience. There are now 10 other outlets across Sydney. Bite into its signature pie: chunky beef with mash, peas and gravy.

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Sydney’s best cheap eats

Bourke Street bakery

Sydney is known for its culinary appeal, but there’s no need to spend up big on fine dining every time you eat out when there are so many inexpensive options that are just as satisfying for your tastebuds.

Sydney’s food is as multicultural as its people. The Soda Factory in Surry Hills sells American-style burgers, hotdogs and fried chicken at good old-fashioned prices.

If you feel like Asian cuisine, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Try the pork-filled pitas at Xi’an Cuisine in Chinatown or visit the Chinatown Night Markets on Fridays for cheap eats galore at the many street stalls. Head out of the CBD to the multicultural hubs of Cabramatta and Blacktown for authentic Vietnamese, Filipino and other Asian dishes at affordable prices. Sun’s Burmese Kitchen in Blacktown serves up award-winning food at less than $10 a dish.

If you’re in the mood for Italian, it will pay to eat at Cipro Pizza al Taglio in Alexandria. It was awarded the best new restaurant award for the under $30 category in this year’s Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. In Surry Hills, Bar Reggio is another great Italian eatery.

Lebanese and Turkish food is hard to beat when it comes to eating inexpensively. Sample a spread of mouth-watering dishes with family and friends at the award-winning Efendy in Balmain, or enjoy an array of tasty dips and flavoured shishas at Al Aseel in their Newtown, Greenacre or Surry Hills locations.

Sydney’s many cafes also offer affordable eating options. Canteen-style dining is popular at Kitchen by Mike in Rosebery, while deli diner Lox Stock & Barrel in Bondi offers tasty breakfasts and lunches that won’t break the bank.

Baked goodies hit the spot at any time of the day. Head to Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills, one of the most popular bakeries in the city, Brickfields in Chippendale or Black Star Pastry in Newtown.