9 Ways to Eat Like a Local in Sydney

Whatever your tastes, we've created a roadmap to some of the best food in Sydney, Australia.

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A mixture of the modern and historic, Sydney offers something to please every type of architecture fan. Certainly the city is famous for the bold, new look of such tourist attractions as the Sydney Opera House (pictured), the multi-venue performing arts centre designed by Jorn Utzon in 1973, One Central Park, Jean Nouvel’s two tower mixed-use space which incorporates a remarkable vertical landscape, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened in 1991. Those seeking more classical architecture can visit the Queen Victoria Building built in the Romaneque Revival style, the Bauhaus inspired Rose Seidler House and Vaucluse House, a 19th-century manor estate created in the Gothic Revival style.

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Trying local cuisine is easily one of the best parts of traveling. There's something about being in a new place that makes you adventurous with food. During my semester abroad, I found myself trying dishes I never thought I'd try Kangaroo burger, anyone?

Even a picky eater like myself could not get enough of Sydney's restaurant scene. The food is fresher, many places have an amazing view of the beach or city skyline, and oh, tipping isn't a thing in the land down under.

After four months of trying new places and keeping tabs on my favorites, I made a list of the best eats in Sydney that you need to try, too.

Breakfast + Brunch

I'm not sure what's better: Speedos' view of Bondi Beach or their top-notch food. This cafe in North Bondi has gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options ― and trust me, it's still tasty. My pick: The caramelized banana and chia vegan pancakes, topped with poached berries, pistachio crumble and maple syrup.

This cool cafe located in Ultimo is the perfect spot to stop for a flat white (an Aussie coffee staple) and chat with locals. Its most well-known dish is the red velvet pancakes with fresh strawberries, mascarpone and white chocolate sauce. If you're into more savory options, try the avocado and feta bruschetta or Spanish omelet.

Concrete Jungle is the perfect spot for brunch with the girls. As soon as you walk in, you'll feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city thanks to its serene atmosphere. Their dishes are Instagram-worthy, but more importantly, they are made from fresh, local ingredients. My recommendation: The blueberry and lemon hotcake, topped with mixed berries, coconut flakes, ricotta cream and maple syrup.


Blackbird offers the most breathtaking views of Darling Harbour. With happy hour specials, ladies' night and even a pizza-making class, there's something for everyone at this waterfront restaurant.

Wings and Tins is the definition of a dive bar. This hole-in-the-wall joint is the perfect place to grab hot wings and a beer after work. Seating is limited, so book a table if your party has six or more. Visit on Wednesdays to enjoy half-priced wings.

Located in The Rocks, Caminetto offers authentic Italian pasta and pizza. The outdoor courtyard is a great place to sip on a glass of wine while enjoying live music. After dinner, walk next door to Sydney Harbour and explore the iconic area.


This speakeasy bar became a weekly favorite for my group. Once you step through the secret CocaCola door, you're greeted with hits from the '50s and rock 'n' roll decor. Tuesday is Dollar Dog Day at this American themed bar, so stop by to enjoy gourmet hot dogs, live music and milkshakes with a twist.

It seems like there is a gelato joint around every corner in Sydney. What makes N2 different? Well, for starters, your gelato is blasted with liquid nitrogen right before your eyes. Most cups come with a syringe full of chocolate, too.

This is the ultimate spot for chocolate lovers. At the Chocolate Bar, you can choose from milkshakes, pastries and even chocolate pizza.

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