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The 15 Most Essential Restaurants in Sydney

Published On 12/31/2015 Published On 12/31/2015
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1. Harry's Café De Wheels Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo, 2011

This counter service only spot is an Aussie staple for its famous pies. Go sweet with custard and banana bread hand pies, or savory with Harry's Tiger, the house signature lean beef pie topped with mushy peas, mashed potatoes, and gravy.

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2. Flying Fish 19/21 Pirrama Rd., Pyrmont, 2009

This industrial chic resto on the bay offers sweeping views of Sydney Harbor alongside Japanese inspired haute cuisine.

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3. Chica Bonita 7 The Corso, Manly, 2095

This tasty taqueria serves up fresh fare straight from Baja (via Sydney). Think guac, carne asada fries, ceviche, and of course, stuff-your-face-delicious tacos.

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4. The Grounds Of Alexandria Shop 7A, 2 Huntley St., Alexandria, 2015

What could be cuter than a restaurant on the grounds of a former pie factory? This Pinterest worthy, industrial chic spot in Alexandria is full of fresh blooms, colorful veggie plates, and oodles of pastries. Sip house brewed coffee in the on-site garden and farm and meet the venue's pet goats (!!!)

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5. Lucio's Pizzeria 47 Windsor Street, Sydney, 2021

Wood-fired pizzas and homemade pastas are what's on offer at this minimalist eatery in Darlinghurst.

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6. Reuben Hills 61 Albion St, Surry Hills, 2010

This quaint roastery and cafe serves organic fare and fair trade coffee alongside South American inspired eats (mezcal-cured salmon tostadas, huevos rancheros).

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7. Rockpool 11 Bridge St., Sydney, 2000

Outback fare goes gourmet at this classy, white tablecloth establishment along the harbor.

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8. Mary's 6 Mary St., Sydney, 2042

Chow down on craft beers and tasty burgers at this neighborhood bar and grill that's known to generate lines a block long.

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9. Coogee Pavilion 169 Dolphin St, Coogee, 2068

This food 'n brews hotspot hosts tapas, cocktails and local drafts in a gorgeous, multilevel setting overlooking Coogee Beach.

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10. Chiswick Restaurant 65 Ocean St., Woollahra, 2025

Dine in style inside this glorious greenhouse/ bistro that serves fresh, seasonally inspired fare in a lush, verdant setting.

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11. Quay Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney, 2000

Get fancy at chef Peter Gilmore's upscale modern Australian resto overlooking the historic Opera House.

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12. Cafe Sydney 31 Alfred Street, Sydney,

Munch on modern Australian fare and take in sweeping harbor views at this charming seaside restaurant and bar on the rooftop of the Customs House.

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13. The Stuffed Beaver 271 Bondi Rd., Bondi, 2026

This diner in Bondi Beach is an ace spot to take in burgers and brews before hitting the surf.

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14. Moon Park Level 1, 34b Redfern St., Redfern, 2016

This Korean restaurant and wine bar serves authentic, colorful cuisine in a chic setting.

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15. Papi Chulo 22-23 Manly Wharf, Manly, 2095

Barbecue rules the menu at Papi Chulo, this Insta-worthy seaside resto that serves up smoked meats and seafood inspired by chefs Christopher Hogarth and Patrick Friesen's travels in Asia and South America.