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

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.

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

A vegetarian pizzeria by Sydney favourites Two Chaps.

Barzaari

Restaurant

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

Cafes

Kurumac

Cafe

Kirribilli’s Cool Mac crew bring cod roe melts and soba noodles to the inner west.

Double Tap Coffee

Cafe

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

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 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

Stockade Brew Co

Bar

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

Wildflower

Bar

Try some of the most unique beers in Australia.

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.

The Grifter Brewing Co.

Bar

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

Poor Toms Gin Bar

Bar

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

Gasoline Pony

Bar

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

Shops

Whole Beast Butchery

Shop

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

Marrickville Pork Roll

Shop

Sydney's most popular bánh mì (Vietnamese pork roll).

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.