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Sydney dining

Food, glorious food. Sydney city caters for all tastes from international cuisine and fine dining restaurants through to contemporary eateries, pub fare and cheap eats. Visit one or all of our dining precincts and experience our vibrant culinary scene.


Chinatown is full of exotic choices – Chinese (of course), Vietnamese, Thai, Korean and Japanese restaurants abound. Follow your senses and feel the heat of a fired wok, smell the aroma of fresh cooking and marvel at the sight of the lively dumpling houses and noodle eateries. Be sure to keep an eye out for the bilingual street signs, which add yet another layer of authenticity to your Chinatown experience.

The City worked with Urban Walkabout to produce the Food Lovers Guide to Chinatown. You can view an online flipbook version or download an accessible version

Darling Harbour

What would one of Sydney's prime entertainment precincts be without some prime dining establishments? Harbourside and Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour are only minutes from Central Sydney and offer great waterfront dining. Complete your evening at one of the fine bars in the area. Stunning views guaranteed.

East Circular Quay

Experience the perfect location for both alfresco and indoor dining: the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour. A short stroll from the Sydney Opera House, eastern Circular Quay offers a blend of old favourites, smart casual dining establishments and acclaimed restaurants to ensure you will never be short of choice as you take in the view.

East Sydney and Darlinghurst

Stanley Street has a great selection of Italian cafes and restaurants, nearby Oxford Street is known for its low-priced ethnic eateries, and Victoria Street in Darlinghurst is famous for its coffee and Italian cafes.

Glebe, Forest Lodge and Broadway

Glebe Point Road has over 60 cafes, restaurants and pub dining rooms serving cuisines as varied as Nepalese, Italian, Australian and Korean plus a famous pie shop, great cafes for breakfast and several late-night eateries.

Kings Cross and surrounds

Be spoilt for choice with more than 200 restaurants, bars and cafes in this precinct. At Woolloomooloo, be sure to sample a famous pie floater at Harry's Cafe de Wheels, or head to the glamorous Finger Wharf for acclaimed waterfront dining. The restaurants on the historic timber wharf are surrounded by some of Sydney’s most prized real estate and with the odd celebrity or two known to frequent these nosheries, you never know whose yacht may be anchored at the front!

The City worked with Urban Walkabout to produce the Food Lovers Guide to Kings Cross, Potts Point and surrounds. You can view an online flipbook version or download an accessible version.

Newtown and Erskineville

More than 120 food outlets appear along King Street and Enmore Road. Many are BYO and open until late, and most are very reasonably priced. King St could became your new favourite one-stop shop, as pre or post-dinner drinks have long taken place at one of the many bars and pubs along the strip. There are several more good cafes and pub dining rooms in Erskineville.

Oxford Street and Paddington

There is no shortage of places to eat along Oxford Street, from Darlinghurst to the corner of Jersey Road. The best dining strips are west of Victoria Barracks and east of Paddington Town Hall.


Dine at one of more than 30 restaurants in this precinct. If seafood is your style, the Sydney Fish Market is the place for fish and chips, sushi, chilli crab, freshly shucked oysters and much more.

Redfern, Cleveland Street and Waterloo

Cleveland Street is well known for its Lebanese eateries and for its great range of Indian establishments towards South Dowling Street. There are also many ethnic restaurants on Crown and Bourke Streets. In Waterloo, Danks Street, a relatively new eat street, has become a firm favourite for foodies, thanks to its friendly, creative buzz and village atmosphere. Danks Street is home to fresh, contemporary and flavoursome Australian cuisine created by food lovers for food lovers. You can also pop in to some unique art galleries and furniture showrooms here.

The Rocks

Enjoy some 'old Sydney' ambience at one of the many pubs, cafes and restaurants nestled among charming old shops and convict-built cobblestone streets. Sydney's most historic neighbourhood is popular with local and international visitors and there really is something for everyone to enjoy here.

Spanish Quarter

Discerning diners can't go past Sydney's own Spanish Quarter in Liverpool and Kent Streets. The best spot around for tapas, tostadas, tortillas or paella, washed down with a jug of sangria. Be entertained as you dine by passionate Spanish musicians and flamenco dancers.

Surry Hills

There is an extraordinary range of eateries in Crown Street, from tiny Lebanese takeaways to upmarket modern Australian restaurants and some very good pub dining rooms. Oxford, Riley, Bourke and Albion Streets are also worth a visit.


Food and wine in Sydney

Last updated: Monday, 19 January 2015