Restaurants

Tacos Muchachos

Restaurant

Don’t let this sleek eatery fool you – it serves honest Mexican street-food including tacos, nachos and burritos stuffed with slow-cooked beef, chipotle or quesabirria with consomme. Pair those with a tart Margarita for the full experience.

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Itacate

Restaurant

Rosa Cienfuegos makes some of Sydney's best Mexican food. At this colourful and casual all-day Mexican eatery and deli, she's serving home-style dishes: huevos divorciados, tacos, garnachas and more. Plus, there are hard-to-find Mexican pantry goods to buy.

Bistro St Jacques

Restaurant

A convivial neighbourhood spot for nostalgic French dining. There's no pretension here, just homey Gallic standards backed up by a cracking list of French wines from Burgundy and beyond. Find this gem on a tree-lined inner-city backstreet.

La Coppola

Restaurant

Sicilian-style pies made to a secret recipe. Not as thick as a Roman pizza, but not as thin and sloppy as Neapolitan either. La Coppola’s has a crisp base with a satisfyingly puffy and blistered edge. A small joint with big Italian heart.

Juan

Restaurant

A don joint specialising in Japanese teas and an incredible matcha tiramisu.

Bush

Restaurant

A kitsch Australian-inspired eatery in Redfern serving fairy-bread pud and roo pie

Cafes

Breadfern

Cafe

Sourdough, croissants, pies and more.

Cafe Oratnek

Cafe

Visit for Japanese-tinged breakfasts by former Bills head chef Kenny Takayama. Its younger sibling Kentaro is also worth your time.

Good Ways Deli

Cafe

A formidable sandwich shop meets-deli-and-bakery. And this isn’t your average sanga store – think kangaroo mortadella with fermented chilli, and chicken sandwiches with plenty of crunch, thanks to walnuts and apple, plus lamingtons, fancy Vegemite scrolls and house-made jams and pickles to take home.

Coffee Tea & Me Redfern

Cafe

For coffee and a simple lunch, this closet-sized cafe hits the spot. You may want to look elsewhere if you're after something more involved.

Henry Lee’s

Cafe

A slice of the Central Coast in the city.

One Another

Cafe

Head to this sunny corner cafe for a bacon and egg roll and a milkshake.

Bars

The Noble Hops

Bar

A small bar with an exhaustive range of rare and inventive beers.

La Salut

Bar

Inside the Norfolk Hotel’s former sports bar is a vibrant wine nook inspired by the Barcelona suburb it’s named after. Expect a range of vermouths, plus mussels and chips, crackers topped with Cantabrian anchovies, and skewers cooked over a flat grill. From the team behind Love, Tilly Devine.

The Sunshine Inn

Bar

In the old Redfern Continental space, find a breezy front bar serving casual day-to-night bites and an intimate back room with a fancy-yet-accessible diner. The kitchen follows a minimum-waste ethos, and you can get Australiana cocktails and cheap three-course meals.

Atomic Beer Project

Bar

At this one-of-a-kind craft brewery dedicated to hop-heavy beers and wild one-off brews, there are beers poured straight from the tanks; an ex-Longrain chef doing banh-mi-style croissants and barbequed chook; plus breakfast and Mecca coffee in the mornings. The head brewer here is using a reverse-osmosis beer to ensure that these New South Welsh brews taste just like their siblings over in WA.

The Bearded Tit

Bar

This small bar is part of the community, located on Redfern's fringe.

Bart Jr

Bar

This compact all-rounder constantly changes its menus, but its cocktails and Euro-inflected share plates are reliably excellent.

Shops

Ciccone & Sons

Shop

At this artisan gelateria on Regent Street, you'll find coffee, Italian cakes and – of course – excellent gelato.

The DEA Store

Shop

Beautifully crafted homewares from all over the globe.

Chee Soon & Fitzgerald

Shop

A delightful treasure trove of old and new.

Tait Sydney Showroom

Shop

A colourful home for furniture made to withstand the Australian elements.

Donut Papi

Shop

Small-batch Asian-inspired doughnuts that got their start at markets across Sydney.