Where to eat, drink and shop in this former hub for light industry.

Marrickville is an eclectic yet harmonious mix of of light industry businesses, students, artists and long-residing immigrants. It may be rapidly changing with an influx of medium-density housing and young-professional homeowners, but somehow every element of the area’s recent history has been retained.

On the main drag alone you’ll spot Greek takeout joints, pho restaurants, wine bars, live-music venues and specialty coffee bars. Head down the side streets and you’ll find the occasional warehouse party, some of Sydney’s best cafes, a beloved banh mi shop and a theatre that showcases the city’s best comedy acts.

Restaurants

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.

Hello Auntie

Restaurant

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

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.

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.

Barzaari

Restaurant

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

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Cafes

Valentina’s

Cafe

A sophisticated American-style diner that's all about the sort of fuss-free food that you’d find in a New York or LA diner: biscuits and gravy, vegan sloppy joes, fish-finger sandwiches and pancakes.

Stix

Cafe

You’ll find this cafe and grocer in an old loading dock in Marrickville’s backstreets. Behind the roller doors is a sleek space with high-vaulted ceilings and dark timber tables. On the menu, there’s something for everyone’s tastes. Apart from seafood, every ingredient is sourced from owner David “Stix” Allison’s farm just outside Sydney.

Kurumac

Cafe

Japanese comfort food by the Cool Mac crew. Coffee paired with onigiri, a staple Ox tail curry, and the occasional ramen pop-up has turned this minimal joint into a weekend destination. On a Saturday morning, the footpath outside gets crowded.

Two Chaps

Cafe

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

Double Tap Coffee

Cafe

A neighbourhood cafe serving decent coffee, quality sandwiches and cakes made by the owner’s mum.

Matinee

Cafe

There are fine-dining chefs in the kitchen, but this colourful inner-west cafe channels Sydney’s classic milk bars.

Bars

The Marrickville Hotel

Bar

This place calls itself a “small-bar pub”; think big enough to get a seat but small enough to have a bar’s attention to beer and vibe. It's approachable and friendly, paired up with great service and drinks-seriousness. Plus there's a great courtyard.

Philter Brewing

Bar

Philter is all about nostalgia for the ’80s.. It pours XPA, Red Session Ale, IPA and a dark ale named Marrickville Nights.

The Grifter Brewing Co.

Bar

Get the Marrickville brewery’s entire range poured on the site where it’s made.

Wildflower

Bar

Try some of the most unique beers in Australia.

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.

Stockade Brew Co

Bar

A fully operational brewery, and food and wine by the Urban Winery Project.

Shops

Marrickville Pork Roll

Shop

Picture a baguette loaded with meat, carrot, pickled daikon, liver pate and coriander stalks. Now add birds-eye chillies so intense they’ll make your eyes water. Now picture a line of banh mi addicts wrapping around the block, hankering for Sydney's most famous banh mi. That’s Marickville Pork Roll.

Gelato Franco

Shop

At this gelateria you'll find around 18 different seasonal flavours, made using an antique machine operated by a gelato veteran.

Grocery & Grog

Shop

Marrickville pub The Henson has launched an on-site grocer and bottle shop.

Whole Beast Butchery

Shop

A butcher selling ethically sourced, dry-aged meats cut to order.

Feather and Bone

Shop

An ethically minded butcher dedicated to using whole animals, not just the most popular bits.

Marrickville Organic Market

Shop

A bohemian farmers' market in the yard of a vintage warehouse.