Eat and Drink

Sydney’s bar and dining scene is vibrant, happening and forever evolving, delivering great variety all the way from cheap eats to fine dining. Whether you’re keen for a cocktail, looking for an expertly-made latte from one of the country’s best cafes, on the hunt for the Aussie favourite, the meat pie, or want to chow down on top-notch yum cha (dim sum), tasty Thai food or an incredible flaky pastry, you’ve come to the right place.  

Head to Surry Hills on the city’s fringe for seriously good coffee and cafes; check out Devon Cafe for experimental cafe fare, Reuben Hills for people watching and awesome breakfasts, or Single Origin Roasters for award-winning coffee. As day turns to night, this area is home to some of the area’s best small bars; check out the Mexican-themed Tio’s Cerveceria on Foster Street to kick off your night out. 

Nearby Darlinghurst also has a thriving bar scene, with everything from ‘secret’ laneway bars like Shady Pines to local favourite Darlo Bar, or head to Kings Cross and check out local institution, World Bar. If you’re in the CBD, head to York, Clarence or Kent Street and discover the quirky late-night watering holes in the area, from happy hour drinks at The Scary Canary to speakeasy-style Baxter Inn to the pocket-sized Grandma’s Bar

There are also great pubs in the city and on its fringes. Head to The Rocks and visit three of its iconic colonial pubs, The Lord Nelson, The Hero of  Waterloo and the Orient Hotel. Visit the The Glenmore, which has an amazing rooftop with views over Sydney Harbour, and on weekends, be sure to check out the nearby Rocks Market, with its artisan and handmade goods and food stalls.  

As a multicultural city, Sydney’s restaurants, bars and cafes reflect a world of experiences; you’ll find food from around the globe. In Sydney’s Chinatown you can grab a bite well into the wee hours. From the classic Chinese dishes of Golden Century, to yum cha at the Marigold, to the area’s many cheap-and-cheerful food courts, there’s plenty to try. Take a day trip to Cabramatta with its many Vietnamese eateries, or head to Newtown for great Thai food on the northern end of King Street, and swing by the Newtown Community Market, held each Saturday outside the Newtown Community Centre (across the road from Newtown train station). 

  • The Edwards, Newcastle

    Newcastle Restaurants

    The beachside post-industrial hub of Newcastle is less than three hours by train from Sydney, and its emerging food and bar scene makes it well worth a visit. Check out the excellent cafes and specialty coffee around the Beaumont Street and Darby Street precincts, enjoy a drink by the Harbour in Honeysuckle, or head to Hunter Street and check out the organic markets.

  • The Australian Hotel, The Rocks

    Pubs in NSW

    Pub culture has been at the heart of New South Wales (NSW) life since colonial times, so it's no surprise that NSW boasts some great Aussie pubs. From charming country hotels with historic architecture, to modern, up-market bars with sunny beer gardens and quality pub grub, you’ll find a pub in virtually every town in the state.

  • Hunter Valley

    Hunter Valley

    The Hunter Valley region attracts more visitors than any other wine region in Australia. Pop in to one of the many cellar doors (there are more than 100) and do a wine tasting, or go for lunch at one of the region’s many wineries. Many wine tours depart from Sydney, and most hotels and hostels can arrange this for you.