From stunning harbourside locations to inner-city heritage makeovers, Sydney’s newest dining precincts pack a tasty punch. Check out The Streets of Barangaroo, Tramsheds in the inner west, Chippendale’s Kensington Street and Spice Alley.
Waterside bars and restaurants at the Sydney Opera House provide the most sublime venue for catching up with friends, seeing a show or dining in style. And a multitude of options for dining with a view can be found in locations from rooftops and wharves to parks, gardens and beaches.
Across regional NSW, you can dine in the mountains, by the coast and in the countryside where for every delectable taste there’s a beautiful view to match. Meet the cool new brewers and baristas, winemakers and distillers before heading out along local food and wine trails.
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Drink with views
Rooftop bars in Sydney are the perfect place to relax and enjoy spectacular views.
Cafe Sydney has to-die-for Sydney Harbour Bridge views while the cocktail bar at O Bar Dining offers 360-degree panorama views.
Enjoy sunset over Sydney Harbour from Henry Deane in Millers Point and straight-up-the-harbour views from the rooftop bar at the Glenmore Hotel in The Rocks.
Other must-visit rooftop bars include Zephyr at Darling Harbour and Paddington’s The Light Brigade’s Brigade
Dining by the harbour or the beach is a real treat in Sydney at any time of the year.
Mantra on historic Woolloomooloo Wharf offers stylish outdoor dining and fabulous seafood cuisine; China Doll has modern Asian and fabulous cocktails; Otto has delicious Italian flare.
The spectacular dining room at Bennelong in the Sydney Opera House is a dining highlight for visitors and Sydneysiders alike.
The beachside dining and views from Hugos Manly, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel and Coogee Pavilion are unbeatable.
Brunch Sydney style
Enjoy a great coffee and food in one of Sydney's delicious brunch spots.
Visit the Grounds of Alexandria, where they roast their own coffee beans and menu is sourced from their own organic kitchen garden. Redfern's Three Williams has an innovative menu and delicious naan' sandwiches. In Surry Hills, Bourke Street Bakery is famous for its tarts, pizzettas and pies.
Try a Hungarian 'chimney pastry' at Kurtosh in Randwick and Turkish delicacies at Balmain's Efendy.
Sydney pocket precincts
Sydney’s hottest food precincts pack maximum flavour into their spaces.
Rosebery: The Cannery is home to Archie Rose Distilling Co, Three Blue Ducks, Wholefoods House, Grain Organic Bakery, Zeus Street Greek, The Choc Pot, 5th Earl and more.
Chippendale: Spice Alley’s funky laneway is packed with Asian eateries.
Bondi: The Hall Street Hub has every culinary need covered, with Harris Farm Markets, China Diner, Gelato Messina, A Tavola, Da Orazio Pizza e Porcetta, bills and Papa Pasticceria.
The Streets of Barangaroo
With a beautiful waterfront location and amazing new eateries, Barangaroo is one of Sydney’s hottest dining spots.
Check out seafood-focussed Cirrus Dining; Catalan-inspired Born by Tapavino; and contemporary Chinese Lotus.
The world tour of food also takes in Turkey with acclaimed Anason, Vietnam with Phởmo, Japan with Zushi and Ume Burger, Indian at Spiced by Billu’s and New Orleans at NOLA Smokehouse and Bar.
Reserve a table at one of Sydney’s top-rated restaurants.
Top restaurants for 2017 included The Bridge Room in the city centre and Quay in The Rocks. Aria and Bennelong are other Circular Quay highlights.
Two hatted restaurants in the city centre include Bentley Restaurant + Bar, Est., Mr Wong, Restaurant Hubert, Rockpool Bar and Grill, Spice Temple and Tetsuya’s.
Other gourmet dining experiences include Pilu at Freshwater, Automata and Ester in Chippendale, Oscillate Wildly and Sixpenny in Newtown.
Meet the brewers
Across NSW craft beer makers are experimenting with a variety of flavours. Luckily, for visitors there are plenty of places where you can sample them.
Take a tour at HopDog BeerWorks in Nowra on the South Coast or try a tasting paddle at Six String Brewing Co in Erina on the Central Coast. The Little Brewing Company's cellar door in Port Macquarie is a must-taste while the New England Brewing Co is a welcome country brew.
Some breweries offer la carte menus with their signature brews, including Mudgee Brewing Company in Central NSW, Dalgety Brewery Co in the Snowy Mountains and in Port Stephens, Murrays Craft Brewing Company.
If you enjoy your meal served with a beautiful view, check out these NSW destinations.
Enjoy lunch in a spectacular garden setting at Tomah Gardens Restaurant in the Blue Mountains or have a picnic platter set amongst Lowe Wines in Mudgee.
Other garden settings include De Bortoli’s cellar door in the Riverina, Muse Kitchen in the Hunter Valley and Bistro on Cinders in Armidale which has an elegant courtyard.
Taste coast to country
Two of NSW’s prettiest wine regions have very different landscapes. At Coolangatta Estate on the South Coast taste estate-grown wines amongst historic grounds or admire the views from Cupitt's Winery in Ulladalla as well as its boutique winery, cellar door, restaurant, bar, microbrewery and fromagerie.
Savour delicious dining at Rick Stein at Bannisters in Mollymook, The River Moruya, Zanzibar Cafe at Merimbula, or On the Pier at Batemans Bay.
In the Snowy Mountains, sample cool-climate wines at Courabyra Wines, Tumbarumba Wines and Snowy Vineyard. Wildbrumby Distillery & Café in Jindabyne is also a unique boutique schnapps distillery to visit.
Love to cook?
Get insider tips from the professionals at stylish eateries in NSW.
At Fins Restaurant, Kingscliff, Steven Snow cooks fresh seafood to perfection; learn the art of oyster shucking from the team at Wheelers Seafood Restaurant in Merimbula and be inspired by Steve Manfredi’s cooking classes at Bells At Killcare on the Central Coast.
Just-picked in the Southern Highlands
Enjoy a tasty getaway to the Southern Highlands where you can put local produce to the test at the award-winning restaurants.
Buy just-picked berries from Cuttaway Creek, taste cider and mead at Artemis Wines and single malt whisky at Joadja Whisky.
Pick up a meat pie from Gumnut Patisserie or sit down to a feast for all the senses at Biota in Bowral or Eschalot in historic Berrima.
NSW food bowl touring
Dive deep into the agricultural heartlands of south-western NSW to find your own food and wine trail.
Known as the food bowl of Australia, the Riverina has exciting food festivals, a wide range of fresh produce and great wines to taste from Wagga Wagga to Leeton and Griffith. Just beyond is the beautiful Snowy Mountains region and more delicious food adventures.
And whether you’re floating down The Murray on a houseboat, exploring national parks or visiting wineries, you’ll find a leisure playground at any time of the year.