Dining out in Sydney
Sydney is home to some of Australia's best restaurants, many with stunning views, and their dynamic chefs are well-known for creating innovative cuisine. Global food trends making their mark in Sydney right now range from the flavours of Italy and Spain to Mexico, Brazil, China and Vietnam.
Sydney chefs also have access to an abundance of local, fresh produce, where the most highly valued ingredients are seasonality and quality. Some chefs now grow their own – check out Three Blue Ducks in Bronte, The Grounds of Alexandria, Chiswick in Woollahra and Sixpenny in Stanmore.
If you love vegetarian food, are a serious vegan or just enjoy great food, you'll find plenty of choice in some of the city's best restaurants: Longrain, Cafe Sydney and Aki's, to name a few. There's vegan yum cha at Bodhi, delicious Yulli's in Surry Hills and Sydney food truck the Veggie Patch Van, which serves sustainable vegetarian food.
Some of Sydney's dining hotspots are in the heart of the city centre. Artisan produce is treated with the utmost respect at The Woods in the Four Seasons Hotel and Gowings Bar and Grill in the QT Hotel; Mr. Wong at The Ivy pays homage to classic Chinese influences in a contemporary style with a fabulously enticing Cantonese-style menu. Potts Point is always a great summer dining destination – check out The Apollo, Monopole and Ms.G's. In Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, try the sumptuous fare at Johnny Wong's Dumpling Bar and MoVida Sydney and don't miss the share plates at Duke Bistro in the Flinders Hotel.
Looking for bars with great food? Check out the Parisian vibe at Ash Street Cellar in the city; Bambini Wine Room is a great city-centre find that's also inspired by the bistros of Paris with wines by the glass. Check out Uncle Ming's Bar, a dimly lit, subterranean Wynyard bar, while Manly Wine has great views, beautiful wine and superb food.
Sydney is bursting with restaurants that have received the prestigious Chefs Hat Award. They combine prime settings with award-winning, internationally recognised menus. Don't miss Otto Ristorante on Woolloomooloo Wharf, Sepia in Darling Park and Tetsuya's in the CBD. With celebrity chefs at the helm, Est, Marque and Quay also consistently rate as Sydneysider favourites.
Sydney's summer, with its laid-back vibe, blue skies and sun-filled days makes a cool cafe the ideal place to soak up the local atmosphere. Bills Darlinghurst is great for brunch and lunch, the Bourke Street Bakery is very popular and nearby Reuben Hills has become a favourite haunt for serious coffee drinkers.
Unleash your inner foodie at one of the growing number of Sydney eateries that combines a great meal with a browse through the finest fresh produce, charcuterie, handmade cheeses and other gourmet goodies. Be sure to visit Fourth Village Providore in Mosman and Cafe Sopra at Fratelli Fresh in Potts Point.