At Marta, cacio e pepe spaghetti arrives in a steaming saucepan, like in Rome. The relaxed trattoria has risen from the ashes of Popola – and it’s great.

For the largest array of Lebanese sweets in Sydney, El Sweetie is your next stop.

Another inner-west pub, The Vic on the Park, has been snatched up by Merivale. But not everyone is happy about it – a protestor has organised a funeral to say goodbye to its grungy past.

For serious coffee head to Primary Coffee Roasters in Potts Point. The barista is so confident with his brew it’s (pretty much) all he’s serving.

Bar Luca is opening a new burger-and-hot-dog parlour in Newtown with 20 sauces, 70 toppings and 19 million possibilities..

Chula presents a light, seafood-focused menu of Mexican cuisine in Kings Cross.

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A ’90s-inspired small bar has found south King Street. On Mondays and Tuesdays, it’s BYO vinyl. On Thursdays and Sundays, come for the live music.