With hindsight, the arrival of Ester in 2013 was a clear sign that Chippendale was about to undergo huge change. But even those who guessed that couldn't have foreseen the torrent of quality restaurants, bars and cafes that has poured into the university enclave since. LP's Quality Meats. Automata. And of course, the residents at Kensington Street, a 16-terrace development containing shops, eateries and art galleries. Right now, this is the best place in town for innovative, exciting dining.

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Ester Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant

Where a wood-fired oven is fed with produce sourced from Sydney and surrounds.

46-52 Meagher Street, Chippendale

LP’s Quality Meats

Restaurant

When LP’s Quality Meats pulled down its roller door in February 2020 to focus on its growing wholesale business, with assurances that it would reopen in a different format at some point, Sydney’s carnivores were left wondering what the Chippendale diner might have in store. Now, with an expanded, fully kitted-out kitchen absorbing half the dining room, LP’s is back. And it's better than ever.

Unit 1 16 Chippen Street, Chippendale

Automata

Restaurant

A fun, energetic take on fine dining headed by ex-Momofuku Seiōbo chef Clayton Wells.

5 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Bistrot Gavroche

Restaurant

An update on the classic French bistro, this inner-city spot combines nostalgia with plenty of modern swagger. Expect a menu of Gallic standards, and a lengthy wine list spanning French and Australian regions.

2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
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Olio Kensington Street

Restaurant

Sicilian recipes, local produce and a heritage rooftop shaded by olive trees.

2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
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Eastside Kitchen & Bar

Restaurant

A New York-Japanese grill helmed by Stanley Wong.

The Old Rum Store Level 1 2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
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Mekong

Restaurant

The cuisine of the Mekong River at Kensington Street.

14 Kensington Street, Chippendale
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Lower Mekong

Restaurant

A sit-down spot in Spice Alley that serves Indochinese street food.

18-20 Kensington St, Chippendale

The Lansdowne Hotel

Bar

Live music and hardly any food over $20, from a Mary’s burger-flavoured pizza, to American-Korean nachos.

2-6 City Road, Chippendale

Monkey's Corner

Bar

Sure, it's technically a bar. But the food here is creative, substantial and goes perfectly with a drink.

40 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Ippudo Central Park

Restaurant

Hungry for more of Japan's most famous ramen? This second location has it.

RB07, Lower Ground, Central Park Mall 28 Broadway, Chippendale

Cheekyburger at The Chippendale

Restaurant

The cult burger bar’s second location is open in Chippendale.

87-91 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale