Enjoy Eating Out in Sydney at these Places
Sydney is a sprawling city of over four million people, spread over a vast coastal basin, with Sydney Harbour and the Opera House as its centrepieces. A rich and diverse culture makes Sydney an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of experiences.
Thus, to truly enjoy eating out in Sydney, whether in an upscale fine dining restaurant or a food court, we have to appreciate the amazing diverse ethnicities that migrated over, introducing a piece of their background that has added to Sydney’s gastronomical delights.
With cultural diversity comes a spread of both European and Asian influenced bars and restaurants spread all over town.
1. Fortune of War Bar
With 15 beers on tap, both local and imported, the Fortune of War is the oldest continually licensed pub in Sydney. Located at The Rocks, home to the city’s first buildings, the bar still retains its old charm. Opened in 1828, this heritage bar has built an enviable reputation with tourists and locals to provide warm traditional service in a hamper style and cosy ambience. Catch traditional live jazz on Sunday afternoons from 3 pm to 6 pm. **Fortune of War is located at 137 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney.
Located just a few blocks away from Fortune of War is a delightful burger joint! The burgers are hefty and ooze flavour with every bite. Burgers are so simple; it’s just layers upon layers producing this explosive complexity of gustatory sensations. The toppings are what keep many of its patrons coming back for more. One of their standouts on the menu is the Roo burger that you can order from various preparations. **Rockin Burger is located at George Street, The Rocks, Sydney.
3. Park St & Mezz Bar
Hotel Coronation is home to two bars, Park St and Mezz Bar.
Park St has contemporary decor, while Mezz is stylish and chic. The Park St Bar is a great venue to enjoy a drink with friends during rush hour or a quiet meal at any time of the day. While the Mezz Bar is a great meeting place that doubles during the week as a restaurant and cocktail lounge. The food is lovely and of decent value. **Both bars are located at 5-7 Park Street, Sydney.
4. La Renaissance Café Patisserie
With a pleasant courtyard area at the back, La Renaissance Cafe Patisserie is like experiencing a little French oasis right in the middle of old Sydney. Established in 1974 as a family business and having a reputation as the city’s finest patisseries, one can enjoy delicious cakes, pastries, savouries, chocolates, macarons, croissants, brioche and éclairs to your heart’s content. **The patisserie is located at 47 Argyle Street, The Rocks, Sydney.
5. The Rocks Foodies Market
Nestled in the heart of The Rocks and near the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Rocks foodies market opens on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Apart from beautiful arts and crafts on sale, it features a range of exquisite food choices with over 20 stalls showcasing fresh fruit juices, bread, sushi, kebabs, paella, grilled salmon, chocolate, and so much more. Here, you can taste, smell and buy a gift all at once. **The Rocks Foodies Market is located at Jack Mundey Place corner of Argyle and George Streets, Sydney.
6. LG Food Court below Woolworths
Open daily for lunch until 3 pm, this lower ground food court is
perfect for a quick lunch. It’s a small air-conditioned area in the CBD that sells an array of mouth-watering Malaysian and Thai cuisine at reasonable prices. It’s quite packed at 12 noon, so make sure you head down early to get a table. Malaysian hawker dishes like Nasi Lemak, Chicken rice and Assam Laksa can be found here, along with the famous Mix Rice option. A decent plate of Chinese mixed rice could set you back AUD 7 – that’s a great deal! **The Food Court is located below the Woolworths Supermarket at 303 Pitt St, Pittsway Arcade, Sydney.
7. Adria Rybar & Grill
Adria Rybar & Grill sits on Cockle Bay Wharf, one of the
world’s premier dining and entertainment destinations with spectacular water views and stunning architecture. Offering seafood dishes, spit roast meats and pasta, Adria is an upscale restaurant with a warm atmosphere with a laid back and stylish feel any time of day. Capturing the Adriatic seaside region’s flavours from Venice to Crete, the restaurant is ideal for family and business luncheons. **Adria is located at 108 The Promenade, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney.
8. Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café
If chocolate is your passion, drop by Guylian Belgian Chocolate
Cafe for the finest chocolate spread, exquisite cakes and sumptuous desserts. The cafe’s sophisticated European ambience lends itself well to a shopping break, a business lunch or a decadent high tea. Options are plentiful, from milk chocolate and golden hazelnut torte to dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake – they have solutions to every chocolate desire. The cafe also offers a range of salads and baguettes as well. **Guylian is located at East Circular, Quay Shop 10, Opera Quays, 3 Macquarie Street, Sydney.
9. Maya Tandoori
For a taste of India, visit Maya Tandoori for authentic Indian
cuisine catering both to vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Chow down on tandoori, biryani, naan, lamb rogan josh, butter chicken, kofta curry or even prawn jalfrezi. Their menu is impressive, and their flavours are fresh and well balanced. End dinner with savoury or sweet Indian treats at Maya Sweets next door. The restaurant has a home delivery service too. **Maya Tandoori is located at 468-472 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills, Sydney.
10. Zellini’s Café
For the best hot chocolate, milkshakes and huge slices of
delicious cakes head to Zellini’s Cafe in Randwick. Located a little outside the CBD and boasting a huge menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner at reasonable prices, the restaurant is known for its big portions. Make a point to visit this cosy eatery for a big breakfast or fabulous sweet treats before heading out. ** Zellini’s is located at 34-38 Belmore Road, Randwick, Sydney.
Whether a traveller or a Sydneysider, everyone loves good food and a night out on the town! A rich ethnic background offers diners a never-ending array of food from around the world when you’re down under!
About the Guest Author
Rosemarie John is a writer, an avid photographer and author of her blog Scribbles of an Electronic Gypsy. Based in Indonesia, she blogs on travel, food, people and aviation. Her writings and photographs portray a kaleidoscope of all things travel-related mixed with just the right dosage of history and culture. You can follow Rose on Twitter: @GypsyScribbles.
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