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

  • You’ll need all the time you can get to tackle the 30-item-strong menu of sashimi platters, gyoza, yakiniku beef, udon soup and mochi.

  • Eighteen-hour-braised beef brisket lasagne isn’t what you’d expect from a suburban golf club. But the team behind Dulwich Hill favourite The General are serving just that at Marrickville Golf Club – along with legit steak frites, stellar schnitzels and more honest pub grub.

  • No cutlery, no plates – just a huge platter of Filipino food to share with your friends. And for the price tag, it's a preposterous and exciting amount of food.

  • This tiny Marrickville restaurant serves just four things, including the headliner, silky handmade banh cuon. The chef is a third-generation expert who specialises in the northern Vietnamese dish.

  • By the team who founded Betty’s Burgers, this nostalgic '50s-inspired burger chain offers a bargain meal without skimping on quality. Fries are hand-cut, and ice-cream is churned on-site each day.

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

  • 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.

  • A hidden Marrickville restaurant celebrating the cultural diversity of Sydney's suburbs. Beyond the low-key roller door, it’s plating up citrussy schnitzels; charcoal-grilled octopus with endives and raspberry; and bouillabaisse bolognaise with prawn and bacon XO sauce.

  • 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.

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

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

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Cafes

  • Tita isn’t your average Filipino carinderia. Hit this cafe and bakery for brekkie muffins stacked with egg and longganisa sausage; classic Filipino breakfasts of garlic fried rice, egg and adobo; and ube soft serve ice-cream.

  • The acclaimed Canberra roaster has opened a cafe unlike anything in Sydney. Hit one of three distinct coffee experience bars for filter, espresso or specialty drinks. Then stay for the bumper all-day menu of fancy rolls and bowls.

  • Best brunch on Marrickville Road? This corner cafe is a hot contender. Come for plussed-up brekkies by a Quay-trained chef, pandan custard buns and a strong iced drinks offering.

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

  • The first dine-in venue from Bondi’s Lox in a Box is serving Sydney’s first bagel high tea. Head to the old old Cornersmith site to try it – or maybe some hot salt beef on rye, or a stellar brisket burrito.

  • Behind a low-key roller door is vegetarian cafe par excellence, which also does epic pasta dinners. Sustainable and made on-site is the ethos here, and the cabinet is loaded with sandwiches and doughnuts to takeaway.

  • Japanese comfort food by the Cool Mac crew. Specialty coffee matched with onigiri, a staple sashimi bowl and the occasional ramen pop-up has turned this cool and unassuming cafe into a weekend hotspot. Arrive early.

  • Mock meat, incredible toasties and crisp-fried tempeh burgers worth trekking for.

  • From the team behind Grumpy Donuts, this sophisticated American-style cafe serves the kind of fuss-free food you’d find in a New York or LA diner. Think pancake stacks, fried chicken sangas and plenty of filter coffee.

  • The New York-style bagels at this drive-through sell out quick. Crowd favourites include the blueberry and poppy seed varieties.

  • This tiny neighbourhood bakehouse is run by a couple who list some of Sydney’s best bakeries on their CVs. Get in early for crunchy croissants, rustic sourdough and seasonal-fruit danishes – they often sell out.

  • The Sydney roastery brings it all together under one expansive roof. Enter this industrial space for a neat cafe, roastery and training space where the aspiring barista can participate in tasting experiences, coffee-making classes and more.

  • An institutional espresso bar and roastery.

  • A seasonable, flexible and locally sourced menu is the biggest drawcard for Illi Hill.

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

  • Every Marrickville local has visited this spacious warehouse conversion at least once.

  • This Marrickville cafe brings an innovative twist to Sydney’s biggest food trends.

  • Cute corner cafe in the coffee hub of Marrickville.

  • An organic wholefoods eatery suited to sensitive diets.

  • This old garage is about consistently good coffee and community vibes.

  • Where vegans come first, but bacon is still a thing.

  • This unassuming cafe adds some considerable repute to the postcode for which it is named.

Bars

  • The brand’s nostalgic HQ is a celebration of ’80s-era Australiana in industrial Marrickville. Come for the beer, prawn toast and deep-fried Viennetta at the Chinese bistro, the Lucky Prawn. Stay for a knock-around in the pool room, which doubles as a tribute to late co-founder and former PM, Bob Hawke.

  • Try some of the most unique beers in Australia.

  • Combining stylish design and an experimental approach to brewing, this tiny operation by a husband-and-wife team is doing it like nowhere else in Marrickville. Track down their breezy taproom for 10 limited release beers, with options changing monthly.

  • Open to the public one day a week, this 20-seat distillery and bar names its spirits after streets in the inner west. Drop in for cocktails like the cherry gin martini, spiked with chocolate bitters and giving big Cherry Ripe vibes.

  • Even though this place is styled after a church, there’s nothing reverent about the approach here. Cocktails are fun, at times unusual, and highlight the seasonal gins coming out of the beautiful German copper still out back.

  • This roving gin bar started life inside a 1972 Kombi van. These days it’s pouring classic cocktails (with quirks) inside a former mechanic’s workshop. Snacks include “dips and bickies” and Basque cheesecakes doused in raspberry coulis.

  • The acclaimed gin brand’s warehouse home feels more like an artist’s studio than a distillery. Packed with personality, it’s a place of perfect Negronis, gin-friendly snacks and curiosities by local designers.

  • Visit this low-key warehouse for a who’s who of indie craft beer, 50-plus natural wines and plenty of whisky. To eat, it’s drinking food’s greatest hits: kimchi dumplings, buffalo chicken wings and pizza.

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

  • Philter is all about nostalgia for the good old days. The public bar downstairs resembles a classic wood-panelled pub and serves pizza, burgers and wings. Upstairs you'll find Marrickville Springs – a pastel-hued rooftop bar slinging cocktails and retro snacks.

  • A classic community club turned live-music space, with pub-style food and accessible drinks on the menu. Catch live contemporary acts, plus comedy and trivia inside the spacious, eclectic bandroom.

  • 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.

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

  • This bar in Marrickville wants you to hang out, chat, and stay a while.

  • Ultra-hoppy and experimental brews are what this one is all about.

  • A stylish interior, a lengthy cocktail list and live music every night of the week

  • Learn about wine in a fun environment. And drink it, of course.

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

  • A brewery and bar in Marrickville where experimenting with flavor is part of creating every batch.

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

Shops

  • 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.

  • At this tiny banh mi shop, the rolls are generously filled with house-made braised pork belly and hunks of chicken. Some are comparing it to a hugely famous spot in Vietnam – one that Anthony Bourdain described as the best in the world.

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

  • A creative marketplace for emerging artists, fashion and designers.

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

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

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

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

  • A shop on Enmore Road that specialises in hard-to-find denim labels.

  • A huge selection of cheese.

  • Buy in bulk, with zero waste.

  • A store with everything you need to brew your own beer.

  • Swap ’n’ go growlers and in-house wine tastings.