Restaurants

  • The menu at this handsome French brasserie channels the country’s Mediterranean coastal havens, where long lunches and elegant dinners are a way of life.

  • Sophisticated yet accessible Rex is one of the pillars of Potts Point’s French dining scene. It’s a place of Gallic standards done well, but the acclaimed wine list sees this Parisian-style bistro punching well above its weight.

  • A fresh take on Japanese izakaya dining.

  • This “unapologetically Indian” diner packs in all the colour and fun you’d expect from the Ezra team. Its ex-Firedoor chef is repping the best of the country’s cuisine, with dishes like a scene-stealing mud crab that requires a bib to tackle.

  • Whether you’re stopping in for that iconic lasagnette bolognaise or just a snack, Frat Paz nails it every time. Its groundbreaking wine list introduced the city to many minimal-intervention styles we're now obsessed with.

  • Potts Point just scored Caravin, a Parisian restaurant and wine bar from the team behind Surry Hills favourite, Bar Suze. The menu is all about French fare with a twist, and the wine list balances natural drops and classic French varietals.

  • A spot at Kisuke’s six-seat omakase counter is the closest you’ll get to Tokyo without leaving the city. Chef Yusuke Morita prepares raw and hibachi-grilled dishes before you as you dine. You’re in his hands, and all the better for it.

  • A homage to the grungy izakayas of Fukuoka, Japan. It’s a little more refined than that, but the yakitori is on-point, the beer is ice-cold, and the light is low enough to obscure the fact that you’re dining at the Paris end of Potts Point.

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  • This “casually luxe” Italian spot by influential Sydney restaurateur Barry McDonald has no shortage of old-world charm. Visit for Italian-style spritzes; classic dishes made the Roman way; and a knockout dining room with the gravitas of a New York brasserie.

  • From The Butler’s large and leafy terrace you get an unbeatable vantage point to the city skyline above Woolloomooloo and The Domain. But after some South American-inspired snacks and a seasonal Margarita or two, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.

  • This neo-French bistro was the first of three venues from the trio behind Pellegrino 2000 and Clam Bar – and it’s still a knockout. Come for irreverent takes on classic bistro fare in a cool and understated space with a killer vinyl soundtrack.

  • This fun-loving Korean eatery and karaoke bar has two rules: no requests and no Daryl Braithwaite. It's a joyful spot otherwise, where you can feast on bulgogi and Korean fried chicken before belting out The Backstreet Boys and Madonna.

  • The team behind some of Sydney’s best Mexican restaurants have swapped their usual schtick for Spain at this sumptuous wine and tapas bar. Flit around a menu that includes roasted scallops in saffron butter, and cheesy croquetas, and dip into a wine list championing NSW growers and women producers.

  • Sydney’s first fine-dining restaurant devoted to plants.

  • Sumptuous takes on north-eastern Spanish flavours are at the heart of this warm and intimate fine diner. The tapas-inspired menu features Australian produce prepared with a Catalonian twist, with plenty of seafood cooked over a charcoal Josper grill.

  • Tasty Greek share plates.

  • You won't find any sugar skulls or sombreros here. This eatery and mezcal bar is inspired by the coastal state of the same name and the executive chef's heritage, flour tortillas are preferred – and they're used to make Wagyu burritos.

  • A 15-seater in Potts Point serving just five styles of pasta, by a former Metisse head chef.

  • A restaurant and bar inspired by the cosmopolitan dining scene of Tel Aviv. Here you'll find next-level hummus, whole flatheads marinated in chickpea miso and baklava ice-cream sandwiches.

  • Settle in for bocadillos, sobrasada and cured meats.

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  • Cured meats are the star at this tiny Italian diner.

  • Cantonese with a modern twist.

  • Although it’s only about as big as a takeaway container, the aptly-named Dumpling & Noodle House in Potts Point is bursting with delights - and people enjoying them.

  • The best elements of Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and American cuisine combined.

  • A casual alleyway eatery, where Impromptu Dining used to be.

  • Josephine Perry and Rockpool talent run this French-inspired bistro.

Cafes

  • Linger at a table below leafy trees over a continental plate loaded with cold-cuts, house-made pickles, olives and baguette, or a serving of fried eggs with black pudding and mortadella.

  • From Neil Perry to Josh Niland, top chefs love this heaving spot and its "everyday" brunch fare for good reason. Soaking up the European vibe in Llankelly Place with a plate of eggs and caponata is peak Sydney.

  • Don’t be fooled by this cafe’s modest appearance – it can do plenty in its tiny kitchen.

  • This is more showroom than cafe, with coffee from one of Sydney's most experienced baristas.

  • This petite, takeaway-focused sandwich shop at the leafy end of Potts Point offers no-nonsense sangas, strong coffees and a few bits and bobs for the pantry. There’s also a good range of salads, sweets and pastries.

  • Great coffee and a Thai-influenced menu.

  • A menu that doesn’t sacrifice flavour to achieve its nourishing tag, and a drinks list that’s all about fermentation.

  • An even smaller version of Redfern's favourite hole-in-the-wall.

  • Relaxed and polished with cafe cred.

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  • Delicious, uncomplicated food all day.

Bars

Shops

  • Sydney's top fromagerie is the one-stop shop for the world’s best handmade and farmhouse cheeses and its accoutrements.

  • An Elizabeth Bay institution curated by book lovers and loved by local readers. Devotees of the crime genre, take note: there’s a book club here just for you.

  • A beautiful florist selling local flowers in an art-deco building.

  • A shoe addict's haven in Potts Point.

  • So much more than just meat.