Best Restaurants in Redfern

Updated 2 months ago


If you’d told a Redfern resident back in the ’80s that their suburb would one day become a dining destination, you would have been laughed at. Redfern’s changed a lot since then.

These days, the Redfern Street strip and its surrounds are home to a collection of restaurants that match creativity with affordable prices. Sadly, many long-time locals – including members of the prominent First Nations community – have been priced out of the suburb due to gentrification, but a friendly, locals-first vibe still prevails.

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  • The noodles are made fresh in-house every day and the ramen recipe is top secret.

  • A neighbourhood diner celebrating native produce, while giving equal weight to invasive species such as rabbit and boar. Relaxed, inviting and decked out with Australiana touches, this is an essential Sydney restaurant.

  • The don bowls at this minimal diner are sophisticated versions of the classic Japanese comfort dish. But the real signature here is tea, from delicate senchas to tannin-heavy oolongs. Tasting notes and pairing suggestions will guide your palate.

  • The space is pink, the food’s got spice and you can eat and drink there from sunrise to sunset.

  • A retro restaurant and bar from the team behind The Glenmore.

  • Sicilian-style pies made to a secret recipe. Not as thick as a Roman pizza, but not as thin and sloppy as Neapolitan either. La Coppola’s has a crisp base with a satisfyingly puffy and blistered edge. A small joint with big Italian heart.

  • A visit to Fontana is like taking a Mediterranean holiday. The menu is a love letter to regional Italian dishes, backed up by a thoughtful curation of natural wines and aperitivo. To find it, ascend the classic red-carpeted staircase between a Mexican diner and a kebab shop.

  • In the old Redfern Continental space, find a breezy front bar serving casual day-to-night bites and an intimate back room with a fancy-yet-accessible diner. The kitchen follows a minimum-waste ethos, and you can get Australiana cocktails and budget-friendly meals.

  • Toby Wilson now serves his Sydney-famous tacos out of a century-old corner pub – and we’re stoked about it. Come on Sundays for carne asada in the leafy courtyard, or head upstairs for drinks and disco till late.