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

Pizza Madre

Restaurant

A vegetarian pizzeria by Sydney favourites Two Chaps.

Hello Auntie

Restaurant

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

Barzaari

Restaurant

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

Cafes

Two Chaps

Cafe

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

Matinee

Cafe

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

Double Tap Coffee

Cafe

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

LABLD. Café and Grocer

Cafe

Stop by for a cafe feed and peruse a selection of local products.

Double Roasters

Cafe

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

Ona Coffee

Cafe

A coffee experience bar, with premium-reserve coffees to try and barista training out back.

Bars

The Grifter Brewing Co.

Bar

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

Gasoline Pony

Bar

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

The Marrickville Hotel

Bar

This place calls itself a “small-bar pub”; think big enough to get a seat, small enough to have a bar’s attention to beer and vibe.

Wildflower

Bar

Try some of the most unique beers in Australia.

Poor Toms Gin Bar

Bar

Gin cocktails, seasonal creations from a beautiful German-made still and a bar styled like a church.

Stockade Brew Co Barrel Room

Bar

An “experimental” microbrewery and bar with a rotating roster of beer, wine, spirits and food trucks.

Shops

Cornersmith Picklery

Shop

Pick up some fresh bread and preserves, then learn how to make both at home.

Gelato Franco

Shop

The best thing to come out of Bar Italia’s change of hands is gelato.

Pagoto Gelato & Waffle House

Shop

Watermelon and feta gelato, anyone? Find it at Pagoto.

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.

The Great Southern Denim Co.

Shop

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