Food tours and cooking schools
To discover the best of the Sydney food scene, meet the makers and go behind the scenes, a food tour or cooking class is a great place to start. You’ll visit bustling markets, boutique breweries, world-famous kitchens and hidden suburbs that only the locals know. It’s a delicious way to experience Sydney.
Many Sydney suburbs have their own unique food culture created by immigrants from around the world. Join Gourmet Safaris for a tour of the Italian cuisine of Haberfield, find Indian delights in Harris Park with Taste Cultural Food Tours, Vietnamese in Cabramatta with I Ate My Way Through or Turkish in Auburn with Mia Cucina.
Ultimately Sydney can take you on a full-day tour to experience the city’s most exciting dining precincts, like the Tramsheds in Glebe, The Cannery in Rosebery and Spice Alley in Chippendale. Join wild food expert Diego Bonetto on a foraging tour through the Eastern Suburbs to pick edible and medicinal weeds.
Take a self-guided tour along the Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail on the edge of Sydney. You can pick your own oranges, apples or tomatoes at family-run orchards, taste gourmet goats cheese, sip apple cider or boutique wines, and pick up some plants to take home.
Sydney has a booming craft beer and spirit scene. Dave’s Brewery Tours will take you to some of the best breweries, like Wayward, Grifter, Batch and Young Henrys. You can also visit most breweries on your own. For small batch spirits, enjoy a tour and tastings at Manly Spirits Co, Brix Distillers or Archie Rose.
Want to pick up some new skills? Sign up for a cooking class and get hands on. At the very professional Sydney Cooking School in Neutral Bay there are classes on everything from Japanese street food to French desserts. Use the latest catch from the Sydney Fish Market at the on-site Sydney Seafood School.
Learn the art of traditional Italian cooking at Pasta Emilia in Surry Hills or Cucina Italiana in Annandale. At Flavours of Auburn, classes are run by local cooks or refugees. Join a workshop at Cornersmith to master pickles and preserves, or let the bakers at Brasserie Bread teach you the secrets of the perfect sourdough.