The Best Places to Eat In Sydney for Under $20

The Best Places to Eat In Sydney for Under $20

Whether you are backpacking through the Sydney CBD or saving up for another well-deserved getaway, every dollar matters. When Sydney comes to mind, you may think of a glamorous harbour, friendly people, stunning modern city views and probably a costly standard of living. But, go in search of something a bit more affordable and you’ll soon discover the huge variety of affordable restaurants and cheap eats in Sydney.

Fast food chains aren’t the only cheap eats around town: with such great diversity, Sydney and its surrounds have a multitude of scrumptious eateries that will truly satisfy your tummy and not bite your wallet. There are delicious breakfast burgers to warm delightful noodle soups to creative desserts.

So get ready as you’ll be salivating after checking out this handy list of the best places to eat in Sydney.

 

 

The Best Coffee in Sydney – Where to get your caffeine fix

The best way to kick off your morning (or evening, for some). Before we dig into the best places to eat in Sydney, it’s only fair that we pay tribute to world-class coffee you can find around town. Don’t take our word for it though, keep for some of the best coffee shops in Sydney and where to find them.

Kurtosh, Surry Hills

Best Coffee in Sydney - Kurtosh, Surry Hills

If you don’t know which cake to choose, choose them all! 📷@mondieuchoo

Kurtosh is widely known for their Hungarian Chimney Cake – a pastry that is soft and fluffy on the inside and flaky on the out, with a handful of topping options to choose from including hazelnut, almond, chocolate, pistachio and more. Though that’s not all. Don’t look past their cake slabs, which can range from $4 per 100 grams. Yes! – They measure in grams! So you can have as many small slices to try them all!

Now with 4 stores located in Randwick, Surry Hills, Crows Nest & Darlinghurst – Kurtosh is a hot spot to not only grab a beautifully blended coffee but to also taste one of their many great pastries and cakes. Each store is quite cosy which gives off a warm and inviting feel. The Kurtosh House uses Crop to Cup beans and changes their blend seasonally.

Signature dish: Hungarian Chimney Pastry. From $7.50

Address: 604-606 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 7am-10pm, Sat – Sun 8am-10pm

Single O, Surry Hills

Best Coffee in Sydney - Single O, Surry Hills

Banana cake and coffee from Single O were meant to be together ❤️ 📷@yeon0731

Surry Hills cafe’ scene does not disappoint. If coffee is your priority then you should definitely check out Single O. To some folks, they call it ‘legendary’. Single O Surry Hills is also the location of their roastery which supplies some of the top cafes in Sydney.

Situated on the busy street of Reservoir, the brew bar is tiny and quite average in appearance and would be hard to miss if it wasn’t for the cluster of customers dining or waiting for their heart-warming brew. There’s coffee and also delicious breakfast or lunch available from their seasonal menu. Eggs on toast is $9.50 while a mouth-watering 24 hour cooked, coffee spice rubbed beef brisket roll is $15.50. Single O will really kick start your day.

Signature dish: Reservoir Blend – Signature coffee house blend. From $4

Address: 60-64 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 6:30am-4pm, Sat 7:30am-3pm, Sun 8am-3pm

Mecca, Sydney

Best Coffee in Sydney - Mecca, Sydney

The most Instagrammable cafe 📷@ysutarki

Once you try some of Mecca’s brew it’s hard to walk past without coming out with a coffee in hand. Mecca has consistently good coffee with the vibe to suit, being a go-to place for many. They also serve breakfast and lunch till 2:30 pm. Poached Eggs is $12.

Mecca Sydney is a very small block in the middle of the CBD with a tiny indoor and outdoor area. However, their glorious beans are used throughout many popular cafes in Sydney. There are 3 locations to grab a beloved coffee directly from them. Alexandria, Sydney and Ultimo. Alexandria serves as their central hub with its roastery and operations.

Signature dish: Shakshouka – Baked eggs in a capsicum & tomato sauce. $14

Address: 67 King St, Sydney NSW 2010

Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 6am-4pm

Reuben Hills

Best Coffee in Sydney - Reuben Hills

Starting the day the right way 📷@jessikaka 

Industrial and chic, Reuben Hills is a popular, buzzing brunch spot loved for their spot-on breakfast and their velvety coffee. Reuben Hills roasts their own beans and their signature blends are well sought after. The boutique micro-roastery travels around the world, meeting with local farmers in order to select the perfect beans to create their tasty coffee brews. Hit up their espresso of the day to try the newest blends.

Reuben Hills also serves up terrific South American meals that are great for brunch. Their menu ranges from horchata porridge and organic Bircher muesli to meaty treats like pork arepas and their celebrated Really F***ing Great Fried Chicken.

Signature dish: Ethiopia Bulga Fetco Filter – $5.50

Address: 61 Albion St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm, Sat – Sun 7:30am – 4pm

Artificer Coffee

Best Coffee in Sydney - Artificer CoffeeSerious design coffee here 📷@aurorabrigade

Head to Artificer Coffee for a unique coffee experience. Owned by coffee lovers Dan Yee and Shoji Sasa (whose resumes include Mecca and Single Origin), Artificer is a must-see for true coffee-lovers and flavour chasers. The minimalist cafe is a great place to work and relax, with coffee being the main focus. There’s no food on display, as the couple keep coffee at the forefront.

Artificer Coffee focuses on procuring new blends and roasts, and re-stocks little and often to assure freshness and variety. This means there’s always a new brew to try, and the staff love to chat about their newest coffee finds.

Signature dish: Grab an espresso from a choice of three signature blends each day – $4.50

Address: 547 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Opening Hours: Tue – Fri 7am-3pm, Sat-Sun 8am-1pm

 

Best brunch in Sydney – The perfect place for a long, lazy Sunday

If there’s one thing Sydneysiders love just as much as coffee, it’s a long luxurious brunch. For some it counts as breakfast, for others lunch, and for a select few it’s a way of life that lasts as long as it needs to.

Le Monde

Best Brunch in Sydney - Le Monde
I mean come on, just look at these colours! 📷@yesiamzzy

Le Monde is a trendy cafe in Surry Hills with a great reputation for delivering delicious brunch. Known for its speciality coffees courtesy of Five Senses, this award-winning cafe is a great place to grab an espresso on the go or relax with some delicious Matcha Hotcakes.

With indoor and outdoor seating, you’ll be tempted to stay awhile and enjoy their adventurous brunch menu and wide range of aromatic teas, from organic peppermint to Earl Grey Blue Flower. Le Monde also has a good selection of cold drinks, milkshakes and smoothies – you can even create your own!

Signature dish: Crunchy Potato Rosti, a mix of smoked salmon or smokehouse bacon, roasted cherry tomato, feta, spinach, poached egg, saffron hollandaise & crushed pistachio –  $16

Address: 83 Foveaux St Surry Hills NSW 2010

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 6:30am – 4pm, Sat 7am – 2pm

Bourke Street Bakery

Best brunch in Sydney - Bourke Street BakeryFreshly baked croissant 📷@michiellaneousfoods

Bourke Street Bakery has been a Sydney favourite since its opening in 2004. The bakery offers freshly baked goods with a twist – expect to see hazelnut organic sourdough, lamb, almond and harissa ‘sausage’ rolls and delicious bacon, gruyere and leek quiches. Choose from a wide range of daily artisanal breads, from country rye to green olive and rosemary flatbread, or check online to find out which days they bake your favourite bread rolls.

Bourke Street Bakery is also renowned for their scrumptious cakes, like their lemon, vanilla ricotta cake! Check in-store for daily deals. Not in Surry Hills? No problem! Bourke Street Bakery is open for brunch in 10 other locations across the city, including Alexandria, Marrickville, Parramatta and more.

Signature dish: Flourless Belgian Chocolate Cake – $5 a slice

Address: 633 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 7am – 6pm, Sat-Sun 7am – 5pm

COOH Alexandria

Best Brunch in Sydney - COOH Alexandria

Vegetarian’s paradise 📷@shrubsy.feasts

This is a hot spot almost any day of the week especially the weekends and is well worth the trek. COOH is one of the best places to eat in Sydney for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but their breakfast gets a special mention. COOH takes breakfast to a whole new level with a host of healthy options perfect for vegetarians.

Bring your vegan friends and try out their buckwheat pancakes, made with coconut and berries and served with seasonal fruit, dairy free coconut yoghurt and toasted coconut chips, or opt for a bowl of ancient grain rice pudding that’s packed with superfood goodness.

Signature dish: Veggie Bowl with organic poached eggs, kale, avocado, chunky sweet potato and dairy free pesto – $16

Address: 90-96 Bourke Road, Alexandria NSW 2015

Opening Hours: Mon 7am – 4pm, Tues – Fri 7am – 11pm, Sat 8am – 11pm, Sun 8am – 6pm

Hole in the Wall: Sandwich Factory

Best Brunch in Sydney - Hole in the Wall: Sandwich Factory

How to handle this sandwich? 📷@jeroxie

Blink and you’ll miss Hole in the Wall: Sandwich Factory. Wedged in along Macquarie Street, the cafe creates fresh, tasty sandwiches using a wide range of artisan bread, interesting ingredients and cool combinations. They also serve a range of cold drinks, juices, teas and coffee blends come courtesy of Allpress.

Creating your own salad or sandwich is encouraged, and a number of dietary requirements are catered for. The menu includes vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free options, as well as a selection of breakfast dishes, sweet treats and a range of cold platters and dips, including fruit and cheese platters.

Signature dish: The Will Special – Crispy prosciutto, smoked turkey breast, tasty cheese, beetroot, homemade mayonnaise, Spanish onion and iceberg lettuce $8 – $9.50 depending on your bread choice.

Address: 229 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm

Three Williams

Best Brunch in Sydney - Three Williams

Truffle? Yes, please!📷@incyvincyspider

Three Williams may be hard to miss if you are not actively in search for it. With no banners or large signage, this chic cafe relies on a small sign with the letter “W”, clearly representing Three Williams without much thought.

This minimalistic industrialized warehouse design delivers a yummy brunch menu with a twist. Whether it’s the crunchy brioche French toast or the succulent Narnies (their in-house baked flatbread – similar to the Naan bread – filled with beef brisket, grilled prawns or fried tempeh and pickled vegetables), this cafe is a must for hungry mornings. Do take note though, this cafe has quite dim lighting, so if you plan on taking photos, increase that ISO!

Signature dish: Narnies – $15-$16 depending on your flavour choice.

Address: 613a Elizabeth St, Redfern NSW 2016

Opening Hours: Open 7am to 4pm daily

Brooklyn Hide

Best Brunch in Sydney - Brooklyn Hide

Bagels inspired by the Big Apple 📷@kravengerfoodie

Bringing New York style to Sydney’s CBD, Brooklyn Hide specialises in fresh, authentic bagels. Choose from a number of bagels inspired by the Big Apple, from the Tribeca’s smoked salmon and cream cheese with extras to The Midtown’s corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and mustard. Enjoy yours with a coffee, sticky chai tea, beer, wine or cider.

Aside from the bagels, Brooklyn Hide has a short but sweet breakfast menu, with brekkie favourites like granola, poached eggs and sourdough, avocado toast and BLT wraps. They also have a ready to go salad menu available and a number of tasty sides on offer, including roasted sage salted potatoes and spicy mayo.

Signature dish: Brooklyn Hide – Braised pork shoulder, pickles, apple jam, mayo, garden leaves – $11.50

Address: 226 Commonwealth St, Sydney NSW 2010

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 4pm, Sat 8:30am – 3pm

Snag Stand

Best Brunch in Sydney - Snag Stand

I will take two please! 📷@jono.grawr

Snag yourself a delicious hot dog from the Snag Stand for a unique brunch option. Choose from a wide range of hot dog styles inspired by different parts of the world, from the German Bratwurst and Chicago Dog to the Aussie As with beef sausage. Vegetarian customers can swap their sausage for a vegetarian snag with any roll or wrap.

If you don’t fancy sausage, why not try one of their fresh wraps? Or you can also check out their range of big burgers, made with grilled chicken breast or black Angus beef.

Signature dish: Aussie As snag in a roll – wagyu beef sausage with bacon, sautéed onions, cheddar and BBQ sauce – $9.90

Address: Level 5, Westfield Pitt St Mall, 188 Pitt St, CBD, Sydney, 2000

Opening Hours: Mon – Tues 10:30am – 8pm, Wed 10:30am – 8:30pm, Thurs – Sat 10:30am – 9:30pm, Sun 10:30am – 8:30pm

Workshop Espresso

Best Brunch in Sydney - Workshop Espresso

Avocado toast is the hottest breakfast recipe on Instagram 📷@maphailkeo

Brave the queues and take a trip to Workshop Espresso, an Italian style espresso bar that serves distinct high-quality coffee. Caffeine lovers can take advantage of their two daily rotating single origin signature blends and beans from the best in Sydney, including Sonoma, Brewtown Newtown and Brooklyn Boy Bagels.

Stay for brunch and enjoy fresh bruschetta and avocado on toast as well as a range of baguettes, sandwiches and wraps. The cafe also serves a host of sweet treats, cakes and doughnuts.

Signature dish: Check out their daily special coffee blends.

Address: 234 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

Opening Hours: Mon – Wed 6am – 5pm, Thurs 6am – 6pm, Fri 6am – 5pm, Sat 8am – 4:30pm, Sun 8am – 4pm

 

Budget-friendly options – Where to find the best cheap eats in Sydney

We’ve covered coffee and brunch, and now it’s time for a few of the best cheap eats in Sydney. Looking for something cheap and cheerful that won’t break the bank? Check out these 10 affordable restaurants in Sydney and satisfy your hunger without having to pay tourist prices!

Spice Alley

Cheap Eats Sydney - Spice Alley

Explosion of colours and tastes 📷@wheres.nico

From dumplings to desserts, Spice Alley’s vast array of restaurants make them the perfect place to experience delicious Asian cuisine on a budget. When you’re on the hunt for a variety of Asian restaurants in one lovely setting head to Spice Alley to try a wide range of exciting dishes from Chinese to Singaporean.

Take a stroll down Kensington Street and discover popular restaurants like Old Jim Kee, an authentic Malaysian spot that is exceptional in stir-fry dishes and deep-fried treats; or Thai eatery Bang Luck, known for its gluten-free selection.

Signature dish: Explore the stalls to find something to suit your style!

Address: Kensington St, Chippendale 2008

Opening Hours: Sun – Wed 11am – 10pm, Thurs – Sat 11am – 10:30pm

Bar Luca
Cheap Eats Sydney - Bar Luca

You can’t visit Sydney and not try this iconic burguer  📷@aditi02

Looking for an iconic unicorn of a burger? Look no further than Bar Luca; a casual, experimental burger joint in Sydney’s city centre. Famous for their rainbow buns, BL run weekly burger specials with out there ingredients. Past burgers have included everything from triple-cheese fried patties to peanut butter.

Sydney is known for its awesome burgers, and Bar Luca is helping to keep that tradition going. If you’re not feeling like a huge hamburger, get there after 5pm Monday to Friday to get your hands on $10 buckets of chicken wings and $24 buckets of beer.

Signature dish: Blame Canada – beef pattie, maple glazed streaky bacon, American cheese, maple aioli & poutine – $17

Address: 52 Phillip St, Sydney 2000

Opening Hours: Mon – Wed 10am – 9pm, Thurs – Fri 10am – 10pm, Sat 5pm – 10pm

Naked Duck

Cheap Eats Sydney - Naked Duck

Cheeeeeseeee 📷@qyn_sam199

Naked Duck is a French Australian fusion restaurant with an Asian twist. A rotisserie, restaurant and cafe combined, Naked Duck offers a range of cool lunch options made with seasonal, local produce. Choose from a wide range of dishes from light sandwiches and rolls to captivating burgers and large mains, including twice cooked pulled pork and 12-hour braised lamb with a variety of sides.

The restaurant also serves amazing espresso from seven origin countries, roasted by Toby’s Estate, who created their collaborative Naked blend – only available at the Naked Duck.

Signature dish: Roasted duck burger – $17.50

Address: Shop 4, 175 Liverpool St, Sydney 2000

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm

Mr Crackles

Cheap Eats Sydney - Mr Crackles

Excuse me, but are you going to eat that? 📷@brittanymissesfavourite

Sydney’s favourite for a quick bite at any time of the day or night, Mr, Crackles serves amazing roast meats, rolls and hot dogs. Best known for their mouth-watering crispy pork rolls and crackling, satisfy your meat cravings with pork that has been soaked for three days in specially-prepared spices.

From chicken katsu to char siu buns, the restaurant offers a modern Asian twist on simple meat dishes served up with fresh, aromatic Vietnamese salads, chips and onion rings. Grab a cup of crackling with yours to get a taste of the full Mr Crackles experience!

Signature dish: Crackles Classic – crispy slow-roasted five-spiced pork belly served with Vietnamese salad in a roll – $14.50

Address: 155 Oxford St, Darlinghurst 2010

Opening Hours: Mon – Wed 11:30am – 9:30pm, Thurs 11:30am – 1:30am, Fri – Sat 11:30pm – 4:30am, Sun 12pm – 4:30am

Soda Factory

Cheap Eats Sydney - Soda Factory

Bobby’s Boss Dogs feat. Soda Factory 📷@liana_mae

Walk through a fake restaurant shop front called ‘Bobby’s Boss Dogs’ and find one of the most swinging retro parties in town. Hidden behind a neon Coke Machine, Surry Hills haunt the Soda Factory is a great spot for tasty eats and live beats. The stripped back industrial venue offering live music and American diner food – think gourmet hot dogs, cheeseburgers and fried chicken.

Known for its cheap meal deals and fifties, retro vibes, Soda Factory’s rock ‘n’ roll menu is great for eating out on a budget. Check online for their daily deals, including $1 gourmet hot dogs, $5 burgers and $10 buckets of chicken.

Signature dish: Dollar Dogs – $1 on selected nights!

Address: 16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010

Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 5pm – late, Fri 5pm – 3am, Sat 6pm – 3am

Chicken & Sons

Cheap Eats Sydney - Chicken & Sons

Amazing chicken burguer and fries 📷@oinky_piggy_foodie

Enjoy glorious chicken made by passionate chefs from the team at Chicken & Sons. Reinventing the iconic Aussie chicken shop, Chicken & Sons have used their experience in Michelin starred restaurants and high-end pubs to come up with a seasonal menu made with the best local produce.

Alongside chicken delights, the chicken shop offers a range of exciting burgers and delicious sides, including truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, pulled pork shoulder and more.  Chicken & Sons now have four stores full of chickeny-goodness in Surry Hills, Marrickville, Chatswood and World Square.

Signature dish: The Signature Buttermilk Fried Chicken burger – $18

Address: Shop 12, Hordern Arcade, 123 Liverpool Street, Sydney 2000

Opening Hours: Tues – Sat 11am – 9pm, Sun – Mon 11am – 8pm

Mamak

Cheap Eats Sydney - Mamak

Nasi lemak – the national dish of Malaysia 📷@anotherfoodreviewer

Be prepared for long queues at this popular CBD eatery! Mamak is an award-winning Malaysian restaurant serving affordable, tasty dishes. Renowned for authentic street food with bold, traditional flavours, the restaurant takes its name from the roadside food stalls of Kuala Lumpur.

Try the traditional roti in a range of flavours and styles, including savoury and sweet, or opt for chicken or beef satay and pay just $13 for six. The restaurant also offers a variety of main meals for under $20, including classic ayam goreng, kari ayam and more as well as fragrant noodle dishes.

Signature dish: Roti Canai – $7.50

Address: 15 Goulburn St, Sydney 2000

Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 11:30am – 2:30pm & 5:30pm – 10pm, Fri 11:30am- 2:30pm & 5:30pm – 2am, Sat 11:30am – 2am, Sun 11:30am – 10pm

Chur Burger

Cheap Eats Sydney - Chur Burger

Fatty patty of my heart 📷@churburgersurryhills

Enjoy laid-back surrounds and old school hip hop in their little Albion St home and try out some of the best burgers the city has to offer at Surry Hills burger hot spot Chur Burger. With everything from grilled lamb burgers to the Chur Beast, a double up of all your American-style burger favourites.

For the full Chur experience, take on Chur’s Mac Daddy – made up of grilled beef, mac and cheese pattie, hot smoky BBQ sauce, jalapeño mayo and fresh jalapeños. Chur burger also serves craft beer, spiked thick shakes and exciting sides to go with your burger, all at affordable prices. This is one of the best places to eat in Sydney if you’ve got a soft spot for gourmet burgers served in a laid-back environment.

Signature dish: OG Beef – $12

Address: 48 Albion St, Surry Hills 2010

Opening Hours: Mon 11:30am – 9pm, Tues – Sat 11:30am – 10pm

The Henson, Marrickville

Cheap Eats Sydney - The Henson, Marrickville

Pub food taken to another level  📷@the_henson

A bit further out in Sydney’s inner west, this joint shouldn’t be missed when you are in the area. The Henson is a quiet pub with a local feel serving great craft beer from nearby breweries, a seasonal wine menu and delicious pub grub.

The Henson created their menu using quality ingredients and reputable sources, using free range, organic, hormone and chemical free meat & poultry & sustainable seafood. Most of the menu is suitable for those with a gluten-free diet and they make almost everything in house; including brining, curing, pickling and fermenting.

Signature dish: Tacos with various fillings and toppings – $13

Address: 91 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204

Opening Hours: KItchen Trading Hours Sun – Tues 11am – 9pm, Wed – Thurs 11am – 9.30pm, Fri – Sat 11am – 10pm

Jimmy’s Recipe

Cheap Eats Sydney - Jimmy’s Recipe

Do we want to order everything? Yes📷@jphunky

Perfect for the chilly nights, Jimmy’s Recipe serves Malaysian street food cuisine in a food court style restaurant. Famous for their laksa, the meal is not only filling and tasty, but it is affordable as well, with meals starting at $9.90.

The laksa here is rich and intense with flavours, though not as spicy as most. Though if you are not after anything soupy, then there are popular dishes like Hainanese Chicken rice, curry, Roti and Mee Goreng available.

Signature dish: Laksa – $12

Address:  500 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

Opening Hours: Mon – Wed, Fri 10am -6pm, Thu 10am – 9pm, Sat – Sun 10am – 3pm

 

Desserts to #treatyourself

A list of best places to eat in Sydney wouldn’t be complete with a few options to satisfy your sweet tooth. So, take a break from Sydney’s scorching sun and settle down for a delicious gelato at one of the best ice cream parlours in the city!

I-Creamy Artisan Gelato

Best Places to Eat in Sydney - I-Creamy Artisan Gelato

Which flavours would you choose? 📷@syhuang425

I-Creamy is an artisan gelato specialising in Italian-style gelato. Located in Sydney CBD, the ice cream parlour creates handcrafted, fresh gelato in-house every day. Choose from 24 daily rotating flavours of ice cream, sorbet and more out of 96 crazy flavours. I-Creamy uses local produce from around Australia to make its delicious cones and scoops.

Although traditional in style, the dessert parlour offers contemporary flavours and interesting cone compositions, including Bounty, tiramisu, popcorn, raspberry Oreo and more. Check out their totally Instagrammable flora and fauna shaped gelato for a pretty treat!

Signature dish: Try the Flower Gelato – $8.60

Address: Shop 13 Skyview Plaza 537-551 George St, Sydney, Australia 2000

Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 11am – 10pm.

Cow & The Moon

Where to Eat in Sydney - Cow & The Moon

Fruity creamy heaven 📷@eunice_littlekitchen

Head to Enmore in Sydney’s Inner West to try the ice cream at the much-loved local dessert bar Cow & The Moon. With a multitude of flavours to try in the ‘gelato lab,’ choose your number of scoops and try their fruity, creamy creations.

The dessert bar has also branched out into Fairtrade coffee. As well as the usual suspects, check out their rotating blends, filter brews and espresso options. Their list of teas is also extensive. Try a pot of pomegranate oolong, or opt for a calming chamomile and lavender brew.

Signature dish: Poached Strawberries and Balsamic scoop – starts at $6

Address: 181 Enmore Rd, Enmore, Sydney 2042

Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 8:30am – 10:30pm, Fri – Sat 8:30am – 11:30pm

N2 Extreme Gelato

Best Places to Eat in Sydney - N2 Extreme Gelato

Extreme ice cream 📷@rainbowlhy

Indulgent and sweet, N2 Extreme Gelato reinvented the traditional method for making gelato by bringing liquid nitrogen into the mix. Liquid nitrogen is nontoxic and works using the phenomenon of nucleation-dominated ice crystallisation, creating delicious, super smooth gelato on the spot.

N2 change their flavour every two weeks, so there’s always some new experiment to try. Check out their Instagram or Facebook feed for an up-to-date look at their decadent menu. Expect dusted doughnuts, chocolate syringes and hard chocolate toppings to take your creamy ice-cream treat to the next level.

Signature dish: Ever-changing list of flavours! Check online before you travel.

Address: Shop 43/1 Dixon Street Sydney 2000

Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs 1pm – 10pm, Fri – Sat 1pm – 11pm

Lorraine’s Patisserie

Where to Eat in Sydney - Lorraine's Patisserie

If you have a chocolate addiction, you need to try this out 📷@linjiaxixixi

If you have a sweet tooth, check out Lorraine’s Patisserie near Sydney’s Circular Quay. Created by famous pastry chef Lorraine Godsmack, Lorraine produces delightful cakes and pastries. The patisserie offers a variety of cheesecakes, carrot cakes, sponge cakes, chocolate cakes, cookies and more; with unique designs available on request.

Alongside the array of tasty cakes, Lorraine’s also serves a variety of tarts, macaroons, brownies and croissants. Choose from a wide range of gorgeous melt-in-your-mouth dreamy desserts. Whether you’re looking to indulge with a kalamansi cake or want something light like a lemon meringue, Lorraine’s is the place to be for all things sweet.

Signature dish: Macadamia Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart – $6.50

Address: Shop 5, Palings Lane, 320 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 8:30am – 6:30pm, Sat 9am – 4pm

If you have a chocolate addiction, you need to try this out

Black Star Pastry

Best Desserts in Sydney - Black Star Pastry

Would you just look at this cake! 📷@lemonpiy

Black Star Pastry is a boutique patisserie in Sydney’s trendy Newtown suburb. Take on the queue outside the cult cake shop to get your hands on some tasty treats, from the luxurious amedei chocolate torte to the light and fluffy lemon myrtle chiffon. Their strawberry watermelon cake is an Instafamous must-try.

Aside from cakes, the patisserie also makes savoury pies and sausage rolls, as well as pastries, croissants and more. Try their gingerbread ninjas, or go for a delicious macadamia brownie. Not in Newtown? No worries! Black Star Pastry also have shops in the Sydney CBD and Roseberry.

Signature dish: Strawberry watermelon cake – $7.50 per slice.

Address: 277 Australia St, Newtown, Sydney 2042

Opening Hours: Mon – Wed 7am – 5pm, Thurs – Sun 7am – 5:30pm

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A writer, blogger and part-time traveller, Olivia Bourke describes herself as an avid traveller that loves to explore with any given chance that comes by. Olivia now calls Australia home having moved from the States not too long ago. She occasionally writes for Great Lost.

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  1. Gelato Messina is also a MUST! Best ice cream in Sydney – “Little Bloke” is one of their limited edition flavours and should not be missed! 🙂

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