Sydney is home to some of the best (and most expensive) food in the world. As an avid food and drink fanatic, I really was more excited to try the food on offer here over seeing the famous Sydney sights! After making a list of many cafes, restaurants and bars, I didn’t get to sample all the great food in Sydney, though here is some of the best food and drinks I found during my four day stay! This is where the majority of my money went, though I enjoyed every minute and bite! Brace yourselves and your stomachs the next time you find yourself in Sydney as the food scene is just too mouthwatering to stray away from.
I don’t really know how these rose-shaped ice-creams could not make you go out of your way to pay i-Creamy a visit. Let me tell you now, they tasted just as good as they looked. Who knew ice-cream could be an art form?!
Location: Skyview Shopping Plaza, Skyview Plaza, 13/537-551 George St
A bustling cafe just down from my first hotel in Potts Point, the burgers and salads are tasty and the atmosphere is great. Every time I walked past, morning, noon or night, this cafe was full of people!
Location: 35 Challis Ave, Potts Point
Wandering through the Queen Victoria Building, my eyes met an assortment of chocolate covered fruits. I couldn’t keep walking on without trying the watermelon dipped in chocolate; it sounds a bit odd but is super refreshing!
Location: Several locations including – Ground level, Queen Victoria Building, 54/455 George St + 180-186 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
The place I was most excited to visit – I mean, just look at the view! Could you think of a better location for a bar!? The first time we visited on a Friday afternoon, we could barely move let alone find a seat. So, we returned on a quiet, sunny Monday and had the view of the Harbour Bridge all to ourselves with an ice cold beer in hand.
Location: It’s kinda hard to miss – right next to the Opera House, on the lower level
One of the only places in Circular Quay that we could grab a table on a Friday night. It was heartbreakingly expensive, but simply delicious (definitely get the squid!). We had several drinks here as the sun went down over the harbour before listening to Crowded House!
Location: Around the right from the ferry docks, Lot 1, Circular Quay East
I had heard great things about the trendy Ms G’s just around the corner from our hotel, plus I love Asian food. We could only make a booking for a Sunday night, and lucky we did, coz it was busting at the seams with people (all four levels). While the menu is a little over priced, the food is extremely delicious. I mean, how cool are the cocktails in the bubble tea cups?! Also, don’t skip on the mini banh mi’s and falafel starters – they were insanely tasty!
Location: 155 Victoria St, Potts Point
Sadly I can’t say much about the food here, despite it being cheap, but the coffee is amazing! Grab a takeaway on your way down to Rushcutters Bay and sit in the park! My mum had the bircher muesli and it was quite cheap and delicious, though!
Location: 8 Greenknowe Ave, Elizabeth Bay
Just looking at the arancini and wine makes me salivate. The Bourbon Bar had such a great atmosphere along with cheap and delicious food = win! Get at least two serves of the arancini balls, trust me.
Location: 22 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point
A major food highlight has to be Speedos. Not only does it have a great view over Bondi Beach, but everything is super healthy and tasty, too! Sadly, healthy and tasty comes at a price in Australia, so your wallet might take a beating here if you’re trying to travel on a budget.
Location: 126 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi
The famous Bourke St Bakery was one I could not miss as a serious lover of pastries and cakes. The bakery began about 12 years ago and boomed, now they have many locations all over Sydney. People were queing way out the door to sample their breads, sausage rolls and tarts! The chewy danish was my favourite!
Location: Many locations – I visited 633 Bourke St, Surry Hills
The perfect spot in Woolloomooloo for drinks as the sun goes down. The place was buzzing and it was nearly impossible to grab a table, but the multi levels inside and out are amazing! You can opt for a spot on a balcony outside or in the restaurant if you’re looking for food! It’s also a great place to start from if you plan on bar hoping like I did through Potts Point!
Location: 12-18 Nicholson St, Woolloomooloo
We visited this quaint little cafe several times as it was so close to our hotels, as well as having great coffee and cakes. On the last morning, we took cookies, scrolls and fig slice along with coffee up to our rooftop garden at the Regents Court Hotel. We had the roof all to ourselves, too; can you imagine a better cafe?!
Location: 87C Macleay St, Potts Point