Darlinghurst is a weirdly shaped pocket wedged between Kings Cross and Surry Hills. Buzzing with galleries, an art school, boutiques and an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars, it's got an energy unlike anywhere else in the city. Visit the area for a rare taste of modern Filipino food; one of Sydney's oldest restaurants; another inspired by Notorious B.I.G, and a tiny izakaya joint where you'll be enticed by the smells long before you sit down.

Moon

Restaurant

An innovative European-Thai restaurant marrying molecular gastronomy with traditional Thai cooking.

346 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Gaku Robata Grill

Restaurant

Japanese dishes with fancy ingredients and French sauces.

132 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst

Joe's Table

Restaurant

It's all about that cold fermented sweet glutinous rice with mango and coconut cream.

1 28 Kings Lane, Darlinghurst

Hyde Park House

Restaurant

A four-level extravaganza with a retro cocktail bar with views over Hyde Park, stone-baked pizzas, and a Japanese menu by an ex-Sake chef.

47 William Street, Darlinghurst

Buffalo Dining Club

Restaurant

Here, it's all about the mozzarella.

116 Surrey St, Darlinghurst

Wings and Tins

Restaurant

Are you game to take on T-Bone's Doom Juice, made with Carolina Reaper chillies?

2 Chapel Street, Darlinghurst

Brick Lane

Restaurant

Indian flavours used to create not-so-Indian dishes inspired by East London's Brick Lane.

75 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst
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Black Bottle

Restaurant

$2 espressos in the afternoon, European share plates in the evening.

Shop 2 116-118 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
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Chaco Bar

Restaurant

Adventurous yakitori, inspired by the laneway restauraunts of Fukuoka. You can even order chicken hearts, if you love a challenge.

186-188 Victoria Street, Potts Point

169 Darlinghurst

Restaurant

Cafe by day, wine bar by night.

169 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst

OHBAR 1982

Restaurant

An all-in-one Thai cocktail bar, cafe and restaurant.

Shop 4 & 5 / 187-189 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Casoni

Restaurant

A new pasta dish, every single week, plus Negronis and Aperol Spritzes on tap.

371-373 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst
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Beppi’s

Restaurant

This is the godfather of Italian dining in Sydney. Beppi’s has been ticking-over with the same consistency, fit-out and leather-bound menus – hand-carved by the late Beppi Polese himself – since 1956. Immortal dishes include clams and mussels with garlic, olive oil, white vino and tomato; and zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, basil and mushrooms.

21 Yurong Street (Corner Stanley Street), East Sydney

Bills Darlinghurst

Cafe

This is where Bill Granger first became Australia’s unofficial brunch ambassador. At one time, this breakfasts at this sun-drenched cafe were the yardstick by which all the city’s cafes were measured: avocado on Iggy’s bread, poached eggs with elevated sides and ricotta hotcakes. A blond-wooded, white-walled institution.

433 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Messina Creative Department

Restaurant

Nuanced degustations that dip into savoury flavours. Messina’s never done anything like it.

243 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
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Big Poppa’s

Bar

Italian food, drinks and hip-hop served until 3am. Big Poppa's is low-key one of Sydney's best places to eat cheese – whether you like it on a platter or inventively deployed across a range of handmade pastas.

96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Love, Tilly Devine

Bar

A small bar menu, perfect for a light meal.

91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst

Johnny Goes Italian

Restaurant

A seafood-focused wine bar from the owners of Buffalo Dining Club.

185 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst

Johnny Wong's Dumpling Bar

Restaurant

Serves dumplings of all kinds made fresh in-house.

Level 1 383 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst

Sagra

Restaurant

Sagra is one of Darlo's quiet achievers. It's laidback, it's wallet-friendly, and there's something on the menu for just about everyone. The pastas, most of which come in at under $25 a bowl, are particularly worth your time.

62 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst
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Nom

Restaurant

An intimate, authentic izakaya.

166 Riley Street, Darlinghurst

Bar Tapa

Restaurant

Visit for authentic patatas bravas, paella, sangria, cava and atmosphere.

78 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst

Paski Vineria Popolare

Restaurant

Giorgio De Maria's latest venue is three acts over two levels, created in partnership with wine importer Mattia Dicati and chef Enrico Tomelleri of 10 William Street, Ragazzi and more. Downstairs is a bar and bottle shop styled after the enotecas of Italy. And upstairs, a colourful restaurant for pasta and specialty wines.

239 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst