• This casual diner by social enterprise Plate if Forward is providing hospitality training and support to Ukrainian refugees who’ve found a home in Sydney. Chicken Kyiv and handmade dumplings are highlights on the home-style Ukrainian menu.

  • The Hartsyard team have turned the old Automata space into a coastal-inspired diner, where it’s all about the repeat visit. Your first visit might involve à la carte hits like sand whiting bathed in XO pipi butter. The next? An experimental 10-course snack flight.

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  • This tiny cocktail bar in Chippendale’s Kensington Lane precinct delivers a true Spanish tapas experience – complete with tinned seafood, Basque-style sausage from the grill, and a strictly Spanish drinks list.

  • A New York-Japanese grill helmed by Stanley Wong.

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  • An update on the classic French bistro, this inner-city spot combines nostalgia with plenty of modern swagger. Expect a menu of Gallic standards, and a lengthy wine list spanning French and Australian regions.

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  • Where a wood-fired oven is fed with produce sourced from Sydney and surrounds.


  • If you spot a seeded ciabatta roll on a menu in Sydney, chances are it came from Brickfields. One of the city's OG artisan bakeries, this compact corner is where to go for killer sourdough, oozy mushroom melts and coffee by Mecca.

  • Expect consistently great coffee at the roaster's headquarters.

  • Dessert degustation and takeaway coffee on Central Park’s Kensington Street.

  • If you open a cafe in an old chocolate factory, you kinda have to name it after a chocolate bar, right? Hence, Old Gold – aka Grandma’s favourite dark chocolate. It’s the third outpost from the [Sample Coffee]( guys. The coffee is excellent, the food is plant-heavy and the space is stylish.

  • A community hub with an eclectic down-to-earth feel.

  • Go here for Malaysian-fusion dishes such as sambal-egg-stuffed croissants, waffles with pandan, and nasi-lemak burgers.


  • Gin Lane will convert anyone who says they don’t like gin. Of the 80-plus drops this dapper bar offers, many focus on botanicals you may have never tasted in the spirit before. As well as expert cocktails, the gin and tonic on draught here is a major highlight.

  • Established in 1925, The Lansdowne Hotel is one of the city's most iconic live music venues. Everyone from Billy Eilish to You Am I has graced its stages, and the pool-inspired rooftop is where you want to be at sunset. It’s also one of few pubs left where you can grab a solid feed for under $20.

  • A water feature with a huge buddha head. An illuminated technicolor jungle motif. And stone-stacked walls covered in vines. This hidden, intimate cocktail bar looks like a scene straight out of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

  • The Clare Hotel’s lobby bar.

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  • Bringing experience from Employees Only, Frankie’s Pizza and Spice Temple, this speakeasy has cracking cocktails, DJs till late and live music most nights of the week. Find it in the former Freda's space in Chippendale.

  • This is a buzzing South American-inspired cocktail bar and diner by the teams behind Gin Lane and Eastside Bar & Grill. Expect ingredients such as spiced worm salt and grasshoppers, Margarita "trees", and more than 100 types of mezcal and tequila.