• 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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  • A neighbourhood diner celebrating native produce, while giving equal weight to invasive species such as rabbit and boar. Relaxed, inviting and decked out with Australiana touches, this is an essential Sydney restaurant.

  • The don bowls at this minimal diner are sophisticated versions of the classic Japanese comfort dish. But the real signature here is tea, from delicate senchas to tannin-heavy oolongs. Tasting notes and pairing suggestions will guide your palate.

  • A visit to Fontana is like taking a Mediterranean holiday. The menu is a love letter to regional Italian dishes, backed up by a thoughtful curation of natural wines and aperitivo. To find it, ascend the classic red-carpeted staircase between a Mexican diner and a kebab shop.

  • A two-level diner influenced by the nameless street food stalls that sit under overpasses in India. Visit for the classic pakoras and chai, then come back for the jaffles with potatoes and peanut chutney, and lentil stews.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The noodles are made fresh in-house every day and the ramen recipe is top secret.

  • A retro restaurant and bar from the team behind The Glenmore.


  • A cafe, deli and bakery serving up sangas and treats inspired by school canteens, country bakeries and other nostalgic Australian references. There's a big emphasis on native ingredients, plus you can grab pickles, condiments and more to take home.

  • Good Ways Deli’s petite second sanga shop lives inside a heritage-listed corner spot on a leafy residential street. Like the original it’s doing updated versions of Aussie classics, plus exclusive menu items including creaming soda spiders, a very oozy cheese toastie, and cheese-and-spinach rolls.

  • Seasonal, Japanese-tinged breakfasts by former Bills head chef Kenny Takayama. Come for an exemplary katsu sando, comforting omurice, and sponge cake coated in a secret green tea mix (almost like a matcha lamington). Younger sibling Kentaro is also worth your time.

  • George St Deli brings a slice of New York's bagel scene to Redfern. Tuck into a classic lox number packed with house-made cream cheese and smoked trout, paired with house-made lemonade. Then follow it up with a giant, chewy, double-choc-fudge cookie.

  • Sourdough, croissants, pies and more.

  • 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.

  • A slice of the Central Coast in the city.

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

  • A juice and salad bar giving new life to “ugly” produce destined for landfill.

  • A temple of tea, with yum cha to match.

  • This breezy cafe is best enjoyed on a warm, sunny afternoon.

  • Half classic cafe, half Vietnamese restaurant, with a tongue wedged firmly in cheek.

  • Combines the best of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, from breakfast through to dinner.

  • A pleasant spot to while away an hour or two with a Campos coffee.

  • A cafe that veers far from the usual script – like serving a croissant stuffed with fried chicken.

  • Naan sandwiches and brioche French toast in an underground bunker.

  • How many cafes run free personal training sessions for their customers?

  • A busy Redfern fixture with an exhaustive breakfast menu.


  • Atomic is the east coast debut from WA brewery giant, Gage Roads. Set within a vast mid-century warehouse, it’s pouring drink-now styles that occasionally veer into experimental territory. There's also a beer-friendly menu of burgers and Asian-inspired share plates to go with them.

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

  • Sydney’s “al pastor king” is serving tacos out of a century-old pub – and we’re stoked about it. Come on Sundays for carne asada in the leafy courtyard, or head upstairs for drinks and disco till late.

  • 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 budget-friendly meals.

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

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

  • The Beer Baron's scruffy yet inviting watering hole.

  • An eccentric, yet neighbourly, watering hole.

  • A gin bar that covers 200 years of cocktail history.

  • A Viking-themed cocktail bar and carvery joint from the Eau De Vie crew. Yes, it's just as outrageous as it sounds.

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  • An elegant homewares shop with beautifully crafted items from around the globe. Expect unique pieces for your home in ceramic, wood and glass. They’re made by both small Aussie and Japanese artisans, as well as globally known brands.

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

  • A delightful treasure trove of old and new.

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