• An iconic inner-west corner is now home to a fire-powered Argentinian diner by the Tequila Mockingbird team. Come for the theatrical open kitchen, courtyard barbeques and one of the suburb’s strongest cocktail lists.

  • An ex-Sailor’s Thai chef brings a mix of tradition and innovation to Balmain.

  • The golden rule at this neighbourhood pizzeria? No half-and-half. It’s the same story at its Bondi sibling, where you’ll find a similar selection of red, white and vegan pizzas made in true Napoli style. There’s also a big focus on antipasti, and Negroni served nine different ways.

  • Go Saturday nights for raki, music and 40 kinds of meze, or on the weekend for an epic multi-course breakfast banquet.

  • It might feel like Grandma’s lounge room, but the drinks at The Cottage Bar & Kitchen beat Granny’s tea by a colonial mile.

  • With its sexy, colourful interiors and a Masterchef alumnus in the kitchen, Wilhelmina’s is the darling of Darling Street.


  • Starting out as a popular lockdown bakery, Home is the work of a self-taught pastry chef who’s also done stints at Noma and Quay. Everything from classic to crème brûlée-topped croissants are possibilities here.

  • Little M brings boutique coffee and brunch to Balmain.

  • A tiny cafe servicing local offices and lunch-hunters in the know.

  • Simple, earthy Mediterranean.

  • A cosy little nook in Balmain.

  • Poke, smoothie bowls and espresso served in a coconut.

  • With coffee from The Grounds, locally sourced produce and perhaps the best French toast in Sydney, what’s not to love about Bar Contessa?