Sydney’s bar and dining scene is forever evolving and always delivering great variety, from cheap eats to fine dining. Whether you’re keen for a cocktail or looking for an expertly-made latte from one of the country’s best cafes, you’ve come to the right place.
Head to Inner City's Surry Hills for great coffee and cake; check out Devon Cafe for experimental cafe fare, Reuben Hills for awesome breakfasts and people watching, or Single Origin Roasters for award-winning coffee. The area is also bustling with nightlife and lots of cool, small bars.
Check out Button Bar for cocktails, or Vasco for a night of rock and roll. The neighbouring suburb of Darlinghurst also has a lively bar scene, with everything from ‘secret’ laneway bars like Shady Pines to local favourite, Darlo Bar. If you like craft beer, check out Bitter Phew on Oxford Street for a wide range of international brews on rotating taps.
If you’re in the CBD, head to York, Clarence or Kent Street and discover the quirky late-night watering holes in the area. Standouts include the speakeasy-style Baxter Inn and the secret basement rum haven, Grandma’s Bar.
Visit three of The Rocks’ iconic colonial pubs: The Lord Nelson, and the Orient Hotel. Nearby Harts Pub offers traditional English pub fare, while The Glenmore has an amazing rooftop with views over Sydney Harbour. Check out the nearby Rocks Market on weekends to browse a selection of handmade goods and artisan food stalls.
Sydney’s restaurants, bars and cafes reflect a world of experiences. You can feast all day and all night in Chinatown, from the classic Chinese dishes of Golden Century to yum cha at the Marigold. Cabramatta is famed for its authentic Vietnamese eateries, while Newtown is known for having great Thai food on the northern end of King Street.