Marrickville’s restaurant scene is a reflection of its history. The suburb is a mix of language groups, cultures and professions. The once thriving Greek community lives on in both traditional diners and modern second-gen restaurants reinventing Mediterranean cuisine.

The growing population of people from northern Vietnam is represented by bánh mì shops, bún chả eateries and casual diners presenting Sydneysiders with a different kind of Vietnamese cuisine (historically, Sydney has been home to more migrants from southern Vietnam).

Meanwhile, Marrickville’s community of artists and young creatives is encouraging a new wave of restaurants setting the agenda for Australian food and the different shapes it can take on.

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Best Cafes in Marrickville

Lazza

Restaurant

No cutlery, no plates, just a huge platter of Filipino food to share with your friends. For $35 per person it is a preposterous and exciting amount of food.

246 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

Pepito's

Bar

This "taberna" in a former seafood shop wants to transport diners to Lima's grungy dive-bar scene and educate them about pisco.

276 Illawarra Road, Marrickville

Barzaari

Restaurant

The cuisines of the East Mediterranean from a former Quay chef.

65-69 Addison Road, Marrickville
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Hello Auntie

Restaurant

Banh xeo, banh khot, pho and DIY rice paper rolls, a Vietnamese refugee revisits his roots at Hello Auntie.

278 Illawarra Road, Marrickville

Pizza Madre

Restaurant

The Two Chaps team have passed the baton to new owners, but their meat-free legacy remains. The seasonal menu changes weekly, with vegetarian toppings you’ve probably never tried on a slice of pizza. And – busy intersection be damned – an al fresco meal on the footpath outside is a quintessential Marrickville experience.

2/205 Victoria Road, Marrickville

Two Chaps

Cafe

Doughnuts, vegetarian food and a back-to-basics approach.

122 Chapel Street, Marrickville

Gasoline Pony

Bar

A down-home, friendly bar doing booze, food and music in Marrickville.

115 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

VN Street Foods

Restaurant

Vietnamese bento boxes. Why didn’t anyone think of this earlier?

294 Illawarra Road, Marrickville

The Vic on the Park

Bar

Bring your dog, play some basketball. This pub is all about community.

2 Addison Road, Marrickville

The Henson

Bar

A truly modern pub, where herbs and vegies are grown in the beer garden.

91 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville

Baby Rey's Burgers

Restaurant

This popular food truck now has its own permanent spot. You no longer have to wait for it to pop up to get your hands on the popular American-style burgers, mac’n’cheese balls and cheeseburger spring rolls.

4/129 Marrickville Road, Marrickville