Parramatta food & drink
Serving everything from pan-Asian delights to Italian classics, Parramatta’s range of restaurants and cafes will tantalise your tastebuds from brunch to dinner. Pick up some cheap eats in between visiting World Heritage sites and lush parklands, then discover some of the city’s best bars after dark.
Eating in Parramatta
Start out on Church Street, Parramatta's major eat street, which is lined with alfresco dining options, cafes and restaurants. Enjoy a coffee and a pastry at Bourke Street Bakery. Visit local institution Pho Pasteur for amazing noodle soup and Holy Basil for flavour-filled Lao and Thai cuisine, an outpost of the Canley Heights original.
Discover more delights in the smaller side streets, such as acclaimed Singaporean-Malay restaurant Temasek and bistro favourites at The Collector Hotel, while Bay Vista has all your dessert cravings covered.
Head to the new Parramatta Square dining precinct for pan-Asian at Lilymu, classic Italian at CicciaBella Trattoria + Bar and loaded subs at Harvey's Hot Sandwiches. In neighbouring Harris Park, you’ll find some of the best Indian and South-Asian restaurants in Australia such as Chatkazz, Billu's and Dosa Hut. Wigram Road is another foodie hub, packed with a tempting range of eateries, including casual and vegetarian options.
Drinking in Parramatta
Like the rest of Sydney, Parramatta locals take their coffee seriously. Circa Espresso is a standout for coffee and Middle Eastern-inspired breakfasts. If you can't get in, other popular brunch options include Paper Plane Café, XS Espresso, White Henry Espresso Bar, the Instagrammable Social Hideout and social enterprise Darcy St Project.
If coffee isn't your preferred form of caffeine, head to the Gatehouse Tea Rooms. Built in 1887, this high tea venue is one of the oldest tea houses in Australia and has UNESCO World Heritage Listing. The tea rooms at Elizabeth Farm are open on weekends and offer another chance to step back in time for a colonial-style high tea.
Parramatta enjoys an emerging bar scene. Scan the cocktail menu at Alex & Co or soak up breathtaking city views from Nick and Nora's, a luxe rooftop champagne bar on level 26. For something more laid-back, grab a table in the beer garden at The Albion Hotel, while a visit to the cellar door at Riverside Brewing Company is a must for any craft beer enthusiast.
Parramatta food festivals
In October, the Parramatta Lanes festival takes over the streets to showcase the city’s great food, wine and art, with food stalls, pop-up bars and live music. In March, Parramasala celebrates Western Sydney’s cultural diversity with food, music, dance and more. Find out about more arts and culture events in Parramatta by checking out the exciting events calendar.