There’s no doubt about it; Sydney is home to beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and attractions people come from all over the world to see. You can’t go to Sydney without seeing the Opera House for yourself or spending a day sunbathing on Bondi Beach and you definitely can’t miss a visit up Sydney Tower for unrivalled harbour views.
Forget about the tourist attractions for a second though because there’s something else which this city does exceptionally well at, and that’s food. From swanky restaurants to bustling food courts, it really does have it all, so if you’re wondering where to eat in Sydney how about checking out these places?
Thanon Khao San
Named after one of the most famous streets in Bangkok, the atmosphere at Thanon Khao San is about as authenticas you’re going to get in the middle of Sydney; not only do you kind of feel like you’re in Thailand with the low stools and tables, tin cups for your water and a wall made entirely out of Thai license plates but there’s also a tuk tuk parked at the door and a stall selling authentic Thai desserts out front.
Whether you’re in the mood for a small starter, a spicy soup or a hearty curry, everything’s fresh and served with a smile. The cocktails are fabulous too.
Thanon KhaoSan: 413 Pitt St, Haymarket
The Pie Tin
If you love pies, cakes and coffee you’ll love The Pie Tin. Situated in the ‘alternative’ (read: interesting with awesome independent shops) suburb of Newtown, The Pie Tin is perfect for Saturday morning coffee or long Sunday brunches. The menu changes quite a bit but while I was there my friends and I shared vegetarian potato-topped pie, steak pie, rhubarb and coconut cake, snickers cake, lime mousse cake with fresh strawberries and chocolate fudge cake with marshmallows and then washed it all down with gorgeous coffee and mini bottles of champagne. If that doesn’t make you want to fly to Sydney and set up camp in this quirky, friendly café I don’t know what will.
The Pie Tin, 1a Brown St, Newtown
Criniti’s is one of my favourite restaurants in Sydney. Not only do you get a stunning view of Darling Harbour (and the CBD beyond) but the menu is packed full of traditional Southern Italian cuisine; steaks, seafood, pasta, wood-fire pizza, salad, whatever you fancy! This place is cosy, welcoming and, whether it’s date night with the other half or dinner with friends; you won’t be disappointed with the food.
Criniti’s Ristorante, 461, Level 2, Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Harbour
Probably the busiest (and smallest) Thai restaurant in Sydney, Chat Thai is one of those places where you know the food must be amazing because there’s a queue outside most nights of the week. Don’t let that put you off though; most locals put their name down on the make-shift reservation board outside and watch the chefs through the kitchen window which faces directly onto the street.
Once you’re inside, there’s a casual atmosphere and authentic Thai food at its best with the ever-changing dessert specials tempting you to not have that second helping of curry. Chat Thai means business when it comes to genuine Thai cooking and, due to my unadulterated love of Thai cuisine, I probably spent way too much time there when I lived in Sydney!
Chat Thai, 20 Campbell Street, Haymarket
The Australian Heritage Hotel
If you’ve ever wanted to try pizzas loaded with kangaroo and capsicum (that’s peppers to me and you), or saltwater crocodile marinated in spicy coconut cream then you’re in luck; at The Australian Heritage Hotel these are just two dishes out of many on their extensive and quirky menu. Located in The Rocks, the oldest part of Sydney, this traditional Australian pub also has a huge beer menu, trivia nights and a lovely outdoor seating area perfect for people watching.
The Australian Heritage Hotel, 100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
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Beverley is a British solo female traveller and freelance writer who left her marketing job in 2010 to spend three years living as an expat and travelling in Australia and New Zealand. She runs Pack Your Passport where she shares travel tips and personal travel stories but you can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.