Between rent, groceries and transport costs, simply existing in Sydney can be a tough gig. That's why it's worth taking note of places where you can get lunch or dinner around the $10 mark. Work your way through this (thankfully extensive) list of Sydney's best cheap eats – you'll be surprised at how far a tenner can really go.

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Xi’an Eatery


Huge bowls of handmade thick-cut noodles for a little over $12. There’s also several pages-worth of dishes you’d typically find in China’s Shaanxi Province.

183D Burwood Road, Burwood

Marrickville Pork Roll


A hole-in-the-wall famous for their low prices.

236A Illawarra Road, Marrickville

Hot Star


One piece of juicy, fried chicken breast for $9.50 is all you need.

96 Liverpool Street, Sydney

Coffee Tea & Me Redfern


The bagel and coffee combo is the answer to early starts.

93b Redfern Street, Redfern

Malacca Straits on Broadway


The $13 nasi goreng is right at the top of the list of Sydney’s best.

5/66 Mountain Stree, Ultimo

Din Tai Fung


The $7.90 pork-and-shrimp wontons are one of DTF's best-kept secrets.

Westfield Sydney 188 Pitt Street, Sydney
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Mamak - Haymarket


World-famous roti, sambal and change from a $10 note.

15 Goulburn Street, Haymarket

Flour and Stone Pantry


The sausage roll is one of the best in the city. It's a hefty log of savoury mince and buttery, shattering pastry. It's $5.50, but you should absolutely spend the extra dollar for their house-made tomato sauce.

53 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo

Penny Fours


The $6 quiche holds its own against the sweeter options.

141 Norton Street, Leichhardt

Hong Ha Bakery


There's always a line for the excellent (and inexpensive) banh mi.

1151 Botany Road, Mascot

Bourke Street Bakery


Featuring a handful of sub-$10 sandwiches and $5.50 sausage rolls that won't be beaten on flavour.

633 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Ayam Goreng 99


Indonesian fried chicken for those on a budget.

464 Anzac Parade, Kingsford

The Soda Factory


$1 hot dogs on Tuesdays.

16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills

El Jannah


The go-to for top notch Lebanese-style charcoal chicken. Almost the entire menu is under $10.

4-8 South Street, Granville

Pastizzi Cafe


A Maltese diner serving traditional diamond-shaped pastries for $2.90 apiece.

109 King Street, Newtown

The Norfolk


Tacos are $3 on the famed Taco Tuesdays.

305 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

Black Star Pastry Newtown


Opt for the $9 lamb shoulder and red wine pie.

Shop 1 325 King Street, Newtown

Fika Swedish Kitchen


Swedish-style sandwiches just above the $10-15 mark.

5B Market Lane, Manly