Sydney is one of the best cities in the world for dining out – it's cheap, the food is of the highest quality and you can bring your own (BYO) drink. These factors result in a great night out at a very affordable price.
Oxford Street in the city centre is where you can find some Sydney’s best restaurants. Vietnamese, Lebanese, Italian, Indian plus more restaurants serving meals from the world over are dotted along this street from top to bottom. Other areas of the city which are worth checking out when eating out include Bondi, Manly and suburbs on the harbour like Balmain and Rose Bay.
Before leaving Australia’s largest city do your very best to try out two things when eating out: be sure to eat in some of the city’s Thai restaurants. Food served in these dishes rivals food served in some of Thailand’s very own restaurants.
It is advisable to try some of Australia’s native cuisine, widely known as Bush Tucker. Kangaroo, akudjura (bush tomatoes), pepperberry (fruit, seeds and leaves of the Tasmanian tree) and quandong (fruit of the Sandalwood tree). Some of the Australia’s dishes might not sound the most appealing but take a chance when ordering your meal and you will be nicely surprised.
433 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia
Darlinghurst Some say that breakfast in bills is the best in Darlinghurst. Others say it is the best in Sydney. Either way you can be guaranteed you'll thoroughly enjoy it.
Open Mon-Sat 7.30am-3pm (breakfast until 12.30pm).
322 Victoria Street, Potts Point, Sydney, Australia
Well known Italian café that can get crowded sometimes as it isn’t the biggest. To cater for the crowds which go to this restaurant nightly, tables spill out onto the pavement so you should be able to get a seat. Open daily from 5am to 7.30pm.
29 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney, Australia
Great place for breakfast, especially if you’ve been partying late the night before and it serves breakfast until 1pm at the weekends!
38 Hall Street, Bondi, Sydney, Australia
French style café with gorgeous coffee croissants and other French snacks. Sit outside or at the counters looking onto the street.
Level 3, Market City Shoppping Centre, Sydney, Australia
Southeast Asian food served in this food court including Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai & Korean. Very good value.
270 Campbell Parade, Bondi, Sydney, Australia
The food in this restaurant is wonderfully inventive, expect a three-course meal to cost around $40. Customers are also allowed to bring their own wine, however expect a corking charge of $2. Not open on Sundays.
72 - 74 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia
A cheap and popular Italian restaurant upstairs with a café downstairs which serves great Italian sandwiches. May be a queue. BYO.
312a Bourke Street, Sydney, Australia
This small tiny Vietnamese restaurant is authentic, cheerful and most importantly cheap. BYO.
123 - 125 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney, Australia
Indonesian food with an outdoor courtyard which makes for a nice setting. Affordable prices. BYO.
Pier 4, Hickson Road, Sydney, Australia
Innovative restaurant with modern food and a great view of the harbour. A bit more expensive due to its exclusive location.
230 William Street, Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia
Cheap Thai café with friendly staff and a lively atmosphere. Portions are generous and the food is great. BYO.
10 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay, Sydney, Australia
For the most enjoyable fish and chips in the city come here. Food is great and the view is even better. After your food relax in the beer garden overlooking the harbour. Normally very busy at the weekends but has a great atmosphere.
42 Kellett Street, Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia
This Thai restaurant, located in Sydney’s infamous Kings Cross area is great value and has a good selection of duck dishes. Average meal costs $15. Open 6.30pm-10.30pm.
1A Bedford Street, Newtown, Sydney, Australia
Could be the best pizza in Sydney. This is a wood-fired joint with thin-based pizzas of traditional and "new" combinations. Located in the grungy district of Newtown. BYO. Open 6pm-10 p.m.
360 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, Sydney, Australia
This no-frills noodle bar has fried noodles, noodle soups as well as some rice dishes. Great value for money and can be busy every night.
Open 11.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. and 5.00 - 9.00 p.m.
Average $7. BYO
Balcony Level, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney, Australia
If you fancy Darling Harbour dining at a fraction of the normal cost, then the Blackbird Café is just the ticket. Offering the ambience and the views of its pricier peers, the emphasis here is on high quality food at low cost. Prices start at just $4 and all mains are under $20. The stone oven pizzas are frightfully tasty.
Open daily from 8am till late.