• Blockbuster Carlton bakery Self Raised has just opened Snack Shoppe in Bexley North. Come to this handsome milk-bar-evoking takeaway window for excellent baked goods and sandwiches.

• First look: Pantry Story started as an Instagram bakery in 2020, but now it’s come to life on Parramatta Road in Stanmore. Go early: devotees are already queueing for its famous “brochi” (brownie mochi), brisket hand pies and kimchi-cheese focaccias.

• Bartiga is healing one Broadsheet editor’s relationship with Double Bay. Along with said editor, the locale has grown up in the last few years. This latest opening takes over the old Cafe Perons space, with a Malaysian-inspired menu from a former Tetsuya chef.

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• First look: Tita is dedicated to Filipino-style breakfasts. And while bibingka (baked rice cake), ube soft serves and silogs are all worth your time, it’s hard to take your eyes off the weekend-only breakfast sandwiches – stuffed with your choice of Spam, longanisa (sweet sausage), and hash browns.

Pleasure Club, the long-awaited underground performance-venue-meets-cocktail-bar in Newtown – that boasts the first 4am licence given to a Newtown bar on record – opened with all the theatrics. There’s an adult take on Passion Pop, late-night dogs and a roster of world-renowned artists – like Jazz Sabbath.

• First look: Lima, from the team behind Surry Hills’ Warike, is here to give you Peruvian flavours by the sea. Come for ceviche, tiraditos and causas – and of course, plenty of pisco.

• First look: Sydney Common is the luxurious new restaurant making a very strong case for hotel dining rooms. There’s a view of Hyde Park, a fire-powered open kitchen and stunning mortadella-filled agnolotti.

• Now open: Bei Bar & Bistro, from the team behind Darling Point institution Bei Amici, is the spot to stop in Taylor Square. There’s a hibachi grill, China Doll alum on drinks and a bowl of pasta that’s already adored.

• Alongside our harbour, a nine-part crudo line-up is joined by mains cooked on an open parilla grill at Callao. The 104-seat dining room showcases Nikkei fare, where Japanese techniques marry Peruvian ingredients.

• Sydney’s multiculturalism is celebrated at Penelope’s, the plush new dining room in Circular Quay with a kitchen helmed by Cuong Nguyen (Hello Auntie). Come for plates starring flavours from all over Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Middle East – with views of our beautiful bridge.

• First look: Frozen yoghurt is having a second wind, and Freo – helmed by Lumi and Lode’s Federico Zanellato – is part of the latest wave. Head over to Bathurst Street to get in on the action.

• First look: The duo behind Paddington institution Buon Ricordo just opened a chippie a few doors down. Paddington Fish & Chips is a suburban corner joint for Sicilian granita – plus salt-and-pepper calamari, classic prawn rolls and the usual takeaway fodder done nicely.

• Chase summer’s tail at Martinez, where the French Riviera and a knockout bouillabaisse await. The Hinchcliff House team’s breezy venue boasts a terrace bar with Harbour Bridge views, and an ace duo of happy hours.

• The Cantina OK team’s underground bar is here: Centro 86. Look for the sign on Pitt Street, and then make a move up the laneway to find five Margaritas and 100 hand-selected tequilas until 2am every night.

• First look: Ona’s new flagship is unlike any cafe we’ve been to. Writer Callum McDermott headed in and left feeling “like a noob, but more excited about coffee” than he’s been in a long time.

Additional reporting by Lucy Bell Bird, Lucy Brewer, Aimee Chanthadavong, Dan Cunningham, Jasmine Crittenden, Callum McDermott, Pilar Mitchell.