Welcome to the flavour capital of Australia. Sydney’s multicultural heritage, a local passion for food, and the fresh produce and seafood on its doorstep come together to create one of the world’s best places to eat and drink. Discover an array of delicious experiences, from gourmet restaurants to alleyway cafes, bustling markets, glamorous cocktail bars and classic neighbourhood pubs. Here is your ultimate foodie weekend in Sydney.
2:00pm: Check-in to Paramount House Hotel
Conveniently located in Surry Hills, Paramount House Hotel is a cool, design-forward hotel with many of Sydney’s top restaurants, cafes and bars nearby. The hotel also houses a coffee shop, health club, cinema and wine bar.
7:30pm: Experience incredible wood-fired fare at Firedoor
Choose Chef Lennox Hastie’s five-course tasting menu atFiredoor. It changes daily, depending on what local and seasonal produce is available, but dishes such as kangaroo grilled over juniper with malt flatbread, Davidson plum and macadamia or woodfired rum baba often feature. Every dish is cooked over hot coals, even the salads, and the open kitchen allows guests a clear view of the action.
8:00am: Start your day with breakfast at Carriageworks Farmers Markets
Discover delicious food stalls and fresh produce at the Carriageworks Farmers Markets. Caffeinate at Roasters with Altitude and grab a fresh juice from Parkers Organic Juice. Pick up some freshly-baked bread for later from Flour & Stone and tasty crumpets from Pepe Saya.
10:30am: Learn to make fresh pasta with Pasta Emilia
Learn the secrets of traditional Italian pasta-making using local ingredients with Pasta Emilia’s cooking school. From filled ravioli to cappelletti, long linguine and twisted strozzapreti, you’ll create different shapes and sizes of fresh pasta, and enjoy a three-course meal of your own creations, as well as a complimentary glass of organic wine.
Head to nearby Chippendale and wander Spice Alley, a feast for the senses. Stop for a snack at one of the delicious restaurants, like Blossom Bar, Shanghai Dumpling Bar or Bang Luck, or check out KOI Dessert Bar for incredible sweets.
7:00pm: Dine at Sydney’s new hidden gem Restaurant Leo
Tucked away in Angel Place alleyway, Restaurant Leo serves delightful Italian dishes using seasonal and local produce. Try the lobster maccheroncini and the veal saltimbocca.
9:30pm: Linger over late-night cocktails at Cantina OK!
Sip a post-dinner drink at the tiny, 20-person-only Cantina OK!. Try one of their signature Mezcal or tequila cocktails, like the Spiced Coconut Margarita.
1:00pm: Join a guided Aboriginal bush tucker tour in the Royal Botanic Garden
Learn about Aboriginal bush foods and the significance of the land on which the Royal Botanic Garden sits on an Aboriginal Cultural Tour.
2:30pm: Picnic in the gardens overlooking Sydney Harbour
Following your tour, find a grassy spot to enjoy a gourmet picnicfromRedfern’s Bistro St Jacques – they will deliver to you by bike. Snack on local cheeses, freshly baked bread, Pambula oysters, charcuterie and salad served with a magnum of French champagne.
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