The food in Sydney is just as much of a highlight as it’s iconic architecture, surfer dude beaches and constant picture perfect views. And for every must-see Sydney attraction, there was a ‘must-eat’ moment that went with it – here are our recommendations for locals and tourists alike!
1. Sydney Opera House – Aria
All you have sitting in between you and The Sydney Opera House is an exquisite piece Kangaroo Tartare. Aria is an perfect spot for a fine-dining pre-Opera dinner experience with both breathtaking views of the harbour and fresh delicacies – they even made the lettuce taste mouthwatering!
P.s head for a pre-drink at Sydney Opera Bar for drinks with a view!
2. Sydney Harbour Bridge – Cafe Sydney
Located in the Central Business District, this 5th floor rooftop restaurant offers a fabulous view of Sydney’s lit up iconic bridge. The extensive food and drinks menu meant it was difficult to choose, but everything we ordered was oozing with flavour. Special shoutout to the staff who know how to take the perfect Bridge photo for you!
3. Bondi to Coogee walk – Coogee Pavilion
We actually started this walk in Coogee to essentially save the picture perfect Bondi Beach until last. But what was even better than the walk, was the breakfast at Coogee Pavilion – the three floor restaurant covering anything from stone-oven pizzas, your typical Avo on Toast or fresh Oysters. Great food, great value and great service!
4. Bondi Beach – Iceberg
Watch the waves of Bondi splash up against this trendy Italian bar/restaurant. Every course seemed to involve bold fresh flavours including beetroot spaghetti, olive oil ice-cream, white asparagus risotto and crab bruschetta.
5. Central Sydney – Rockpool Bar and Grill
This was our favourite restaurant in Sydney – the high ceilings and large pillars make you feel like you’re eating in an old-school bank (a bit like Gringotts in Harry Potter). And the fooood – oh wow, absolutely delicious and mouthwatering (I even had my first bite of steak!!)
5. China Town – Friday Night Food Market
To be honest, this is just like any other China Town, but on Friday Nights from 4pm the food stalls are pretty cool to check out. We only tried one dim sum dish, but it was tasty!!
6. The Rocks – Mr.Wong
Hidden in a dark abandoned alleyway, far away from any of Sydney’s scenic views, we found Mr.Wong’s prison-style entrance. The randomness continues when you’re seated and find yourself surrounded by hanging Chinese ducks. But putting that all aside, great tasty food (and one of the best dim-sums we have tasted)!
7. Manly – Hugo’s
Manly is a short ferry trip away across from Sydney Harbour. We avoided the crowded touristy strip and headed straight to the Hugo’s outdoor terrace overlooking the spectacular Manly Wharf… wood-fired pizza and summary cocktails, yes please!
8. Pyrmont – Sydney Fish Market
This was a serious Man vs. Fish situation! We weren’t passionate enough to buy any of the seriously large seafood on offer, but it’s defiantly worth the trip to soak in the atmosphere and see the wide range of fish literally come straight from the water.
9. Alexandria – The Grounds of Alexandria
Okay this place is in the middle of nowhere, but was 100% worth this visit for some weekend brunch. The hipster vibes and instagrammable decor was on point – a strange but workable combination of neon lights, hanging flowers and market stalls!
10. Darling Harbour / Cockle Bay Wharf – Cafe del Mar Sydney
Loads of bars and restaurants to choose from for great views of Darling Harbour!
11. Taronga Zoo
We ate nothing here, but still worth a shoutout for a must-do in Sydney!! The Koalas and Kangaroos areee just so adorbs!!!
And now, it’s time to kick-start the diet in the great Australian Outback!
P.s. thanks to my Dad for showing us around Sydney!
P.p.s thanks to the lovely Australian couple Steve and Louise for all the foodie recommendations!