Kicking off today, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is hungry work. Here’s our list of worthy eateries in close proximity to the action at this year’s fashion extravaganza.
CARRIAGEWORKS AND SURROUNDS
Carriageworks is again the central hub for Fashion Week, with venues The Runway, The Theatre and The Box all located within, and other shows in some close-by locations like Redfern. So with the bulk of shows staged in spaces within this remarkable location, here's list of favourite places to eat in the area, from bar food to cafes.
Wine and Dine:
Kuki Tanuki- Erskineville (15 minute walk)
For casual eats with a Japanese bent, expertly curated sakes and cocktails to round out an evening of viewing, Kuki Tanuki - the little sake bar in Erskineville - is a great spot. There are excellent bar snacks and share dishes in quirky-cool surrounds.
Whether it’s a restaurant, bar or intimate café you are looking for, the Redfern Continental covers all bases with their European menu, takeaway coffee and a cocktail bar called, Gunter’s Dining Room.
Sadhana Kitchen Enmore
For a menu made from 100 per cent plant-based produce you can’t go past Sadhana Kitchen. Think walnut mince tacos with fermented sour cream and sprouted flax seed, as well as scrumptious banana crepes.
The Bearded Tit
The Bearded Tit is a beacon among the drab assortment of paint stores and car yards further towards Alexandria. Beers on tap and nearby restaurants will deliver food straight to the bar if you get peckish.
The Gantry (15 minute drive)
Given that Pier One is fashion week's official hotel, it's fitting that The Gantry is offering exclusive to fashion week food and drink menus; think tuna tacos and quinoa vodka cocktails. They'll also play a live stream to all MBFWA shows.
11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
The Little Queen Cafe- Chippendale (15 minute walk)
Open week-daily from 8am, you don’t need to sacrifice your coffee fix for your fashion viewing. The Little Queen is hidden in a Chippendale backstreet, but they’ve got your coffee and lunchy options covered.
Brickfields Bakery & Cafe- Chippendale (15 minute walk)
Brickfields is just on the other side of Cleveland Street, with freshly house-baked goodies to get you through breakfast or lunch, not to mention the Mecca coffee. They’re open daily for breakfast through to late lunch.
Chapter Five Espresso- Redfern (5 minute walk)
An easy stroll from Carriageworks is Chapter Five, a cosy espresso bar that’s perfect for grabbing a pre- or post-fashion fix coffee, jaffle or cinnamon scroll. Easy, tiny and oh so close.
ROSEBERY & ALEXANDRIA
Not everything is happening at Carriageworks. If you’re attending shows in Rosebery or Alexandria then there’s still plenty of food to be had.
Da Mario (Rosebery)
For pizza and salumi to rival the best in Italy.
Black Star Pastry (Rosebery)
For daily lunch through to mid afternoon pies, exquisite cakes and great coffee, you can’t beat the maestros of pastry.
Pana Chocolate (Alexandria)
Pana Chocolate’s new store will provide that hit of chocolate, but with an organic, raw twist with vegan cakes and refined sugar-free desserts.
Grandma’s Little Bakery (Alexandria)
You can’t go past the sweet and savoury treats of Grandma’s Little Bakery, including apple and cinnamon ice cream and shakshukas.
PADDINGTON & SURRY HILLS
Last but not least, if you’re booked in to see the fashion in Paddington or Surry Hills then here’s where we recommend that you fuel up.
Bourke Street Bakery (Surry Hills)
For the original mid-morning or afternoon pastry and coffee hit that works perfectly before or after a show.
Suzie Q Coffee and Records (Surry Hills)
The perfect spot to chill out to some tunes with a mural view of Woodstock, a great coffee, creative lunch, or a glass of wine.
Haven Specialty Coffee (Surry Hills)
The expert team at Haven Specialty Coffee are all ready to tailor your coffee to your flavour requests, and they also offer up a mean pork-belly burger.
Me&Art (Surry Hills)
If you feel like more glorious art for your eyes in between shows, Me&Art offer just that, with the addition of little menu of bircher and baguettes as well as smooth coffee blends that change day to day.
Four Six Eight (Paddington)
With a menu that focuses on quality local suppliers, breakfast at Four Six Eight could involve Farmer Jo's muesli, Bondi Yoghurt and Pepe Saya butter. And for a simple yet rich lunch their poached chicken or braised-pork-belly steamed buns will fill you right up.
Sonoma Bakery (Paddington)
Renowned for its authentic heart warming and stomach filling sourdough bread, you can’t pass up Sonoma Bakery for their lunch options— sandwiches, press grills and paninis, and on the sweeter side of things cakes, flaky pastries and tarts.