Darling Harbour Food & Drink
Darling Harbour is home to a wide array of waterfront restaurants and bars that cater to all tastes and budgets. There's everything from fine dining to casual options that span modern Australian to global cuisines, plus family-friendly venues as well as cool bars with cocktails that will keep you going all night.
The water views and fresh breeze blowing from the harbour make this the ideal spot for outdoor dining. The promenade along King Street Wharf, Cockle Bay and Harbourside are full of diners enjoying a leisurely, long lunch. Tuck into fresh seafood at Blue Fish or Nick's, French fare at Atelier by Sofitel, Mediterranean at Café del Mar and enjoy all-day dining at Blackbird Café.
It's a different kind of waterside dining at the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Instead of the harbour, you'll sip tea and nibble on dumplings, steamed buns and pastries in the Teahouse set among waterfalls and ponds for a truly Zen experience.
King Street Wharf
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than sitting out on the deck and watching the boats glide bar along the wharf. The Malaya is one of Sydney's oldest – and best – Malaysian restaurants, Manjits is the place for Indian, Casa Ristorante Italiano has you covered for pasta and pizza, and Steersons Steakhouse will keep carnivores happy.
Stylish and popular bars are dotted around the waterfront. There's the tiki-inspired Bungalow 8, Cargo Bar and the Watershed Hotel, which all offer good value meals and are child-friendly during the day. In the evenings, dance the night away at Cohibar as city lights shimmer on the harbour waters.
Beer lovers will make a beeline for The Pumphouse, one of Sydney's first microbreweries or discover niche craft brews at Bucket Boys. For Italian wines and Aperol Spritzes look no further than Fratelli Fresh but if you fancy Japanese whisky then head to Nakano Darling, a relaxed Japanese izakaya bar.
This new precinct is the place to be for tasty, fast-casual treats. There's modern Vietnamese at Hello Auntie, tapas at Boque by Tapavino, Korean chicken at Goobne, tonkotsu-style ramen at Hakatamon Ramen and seriously good sushi at Simulation Senpai.
Nearby Tumbalong Park holds a variety of food and cultural festivals throughout the year, from the colourful lights of Vivid Sydney to a Winter Festival brimming with fireworks, performances, exhibits, ice-skating rinks and pop-up foodie markets. Check out the exciting events calendar to see what’s on.