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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A Guide to Chippendale

Ester Restaurant & Bar

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

46-52 Meagher Street, Chippendale

LP’s Quality Meats

At the heart of this restaurant is a smoker that weighs a tonne, producing some seriously great-tasting meat.

Unit 1 16 Chippen Street, Chippendale
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Automata

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

5 Kensington Street, Chippendale
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A1 Canteen

Automata's little sibling is cheaper, more casual and open all day.

The Old Rum Store 2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
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Bistrot Gavroche

A classic French restaurant on Kensington Street.

2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
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Olio Kensington Street

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

2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
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Eastside Kitchen & Bar

A New York-Japanese grill helmed by Stanley Wong.

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

Mekong

The cuisine of the Mekong River at Kensington Street.

14 Kensington Street, Chippendale
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Lower Mekong

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

18-20 Kensington St, Chippendale

Freda's

In-house Italian-American restaurant Cheesy Grin is manned by Wesley Cooper Jones, a former sous chef at the famous Roberta's, in Brooklyn.

107-109 Regent Street, Chippendale

The Lansdowne Hotel

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

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

40 Kensington Street, Chippendale
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Nighthawk Diner

Where you can order one of Sydney’s best Philly cheesesteaks in an off-brand American diner.

69 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale
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Ippudo Central Park

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

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

87-91 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale