Best Fish'n'Chips in Sydney

Updated 3 months ago


Warm, sunny days call for fish’n’chips. Good thing we get a bunch of those in Sydney. What could be better than a golden fillet of fish on a bed of crisp, salty chips? All that’s left is a few (sometimes contentious) decisions. Regular salt or chicken salt – or both? A squeeze of lemon or a splash of vinegar? Grilled or fried? Flake, rockling or whiting?

Fish’n’chip shops are a bit like pubs: everyone think their suburb's one is the best. So in this guide, we want to show you some places that are worth crossing town for. These spots pay homage to the classic shops we all went to growing up, with an added focus on sustainable sourcing and catching practices.

So keep going to your local for all of your potato scallop, dim sim and burger-with-the-lot needs – but consider adding one or two of these new-wave spots to your roster as well.

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  • Josh and Julie Niland’s place brings the simple (and affordable) joy of a midweek charcoal-chook dinner to the realms of fish. Tender, crisp-skinned Murray cod by the whole, half, or quarter anchors the effect. It does come with sobering price tag, but when there’s this much love and skill involved, it’s completely worth it.

  • It’s strange to say out loud, but Saint Peter's retail concept might be the sexiest fish’n’chipper you’ll ever encounter. Sure, they do a classic serve with chips and lemon. But that might be a whole Yellow Eye Mullet from Coorong, charcoal-grilled to perfection. Never tried a Yellowfin Tuna double cheeseburger with swordfish bacon? You can here, and at the sleek Paddington original.

  • Another addition to Sydney’s scene of fancy fish’n’chippers. This one is by two former Bennelong chefs, and they’ve split the business in half: a takeaway counter on one side doing upmarket renditions of fish shop classics, and a cosy restaurant on the other with an expanded dine-in menu and Grifter beer on tap.

  • There’s something about the fish ’n’ chip format that lures top chefs. Matt Moran’s North Bondi Fish – located under the North Bondi RSL – is one of many examples. But none other enjoys a spectacular ocean view quite like this. It’s the perfect complement to Moran’s tight, seafood-focussed menu.

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  • The Boathouse group sure knows how to nail a great seaside venue. A huge part of that comes down to the coastal-inspired menu, which would be remiss without a stellar fish and chips (beer-battered flathead, in this case). Add rosé and you’ve got a little sea change on your hands.

  • We have the team behind takeaway giant Fish Bowl to thank for this elevated fish ’n’ chipper in Bondi. Think classic suburban takeaway joint meets mediterranean wine bar and you’re somewhere in the ballpark. Speaking of parks – there’s a really nice one across the street, and everything on the menu here is picnic-ready (the shop will even give you a blanket to sit on).

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  • Whether it’s a wood-fired slice from Vinnie’s pizza, or a decadent meal at Bert’s Bar and Brasserie, you’re utterly spoilt for choice at this Newport mainstay – in the way that only Merivale can spoil you. For something casual and fitting for the locale, grab a fish ’n’ chips from The Shack.

  • This Freshwater icon had a major facelift a little while back. And though its classic, salt-licked vibe was pretty great before, now it’s a world-class seaside venue. The biggest improvement? It’s definitely the bistro. Head here for tricked-up pub fare, including that famous post-swim classic.

  • The most famous of Merivale’s seaside establishments is an epic all-in-one. There are many places eat, drink and be merry across its three levels. But it’s the family friendly downstairs zone where you’ll find a fish and chips worthy of the group’s high-benchmark. That, and wood-fired pizza, good coffee, and plenty of other earthly delights.

  • One of Sydney’s oldest rowing clubs is also home to a little all-day diner called Archie Bear. Head here for a crisp-fried fish and beer-battered chips, and enjoy those uninterrupted water views from the charming timber deck like an opulent local.

  • Sydney’s other famous seaside pavilion is also equipped with multiple dining options with varying degrees of opulence in mind. But it also has a humble little kiosk smack-bang on Balmoral beach, where you can snag fish and chips, gourmet sandwiches and artisan ice-pops to-go.

  • Alpine salmon “pastrami” served with rye bread and house pickles. Salt-and-pepper calamari with chorizo powder and wasabi mayo. Seafood with style is what in Barangaroo does best. It’s worth a visit just to see what they can do with the humble fish ’n’ chips.

  • You could hop on the ferry from Circular Quay to make a full day of it at this seaside playground. And when the Hamptons chic is this spot on, you can bet the seafood is still jumping when it hits the kitchen. Grab your beer-battered fillet of New Zealand gurnard and chips from the terrace kiosk.

  • Where there’s a nautical theme, there’s usually seafood on the menu. Head here for flame-grilled or traditional beer-battered fish (batter is made with Mountain Goat beer straight off the tap), as well as tapas plates and a who’s who of small batch Australian gin distilleries on the shelf.

  • Inside the Royal Australian Naval Sailing Association’s boathouse at Darling Point, you’ll find Navy Bear – an unpretentious cafe by the same team behind Archie Bear at the Mosman Rowers. It’s designed to fit right in among the boathouse’s heritage charms, with a simple menu to match: sandwiches, salad bowls, and the day’s catch battered and fried to perfection.