Credit

Courtesy of Markus Gann / EyeEm/Getty Images

What to Eat in Sydney

With sizable European and Asian immigrant populations, it's hardly surprising that much of Sydney's cuisine features elements of other cultures' food traditions. Some of the region's top restaurants specialize in international fare, including Fortune Village Chinese RestaurantMedusa Greek Taverna and The Spice Room. The city also features multiple ethnic-specific districts, such as Haymarket's Chinatown area, the Italian-centric Leichhardt and Little Saigon in Cabramatta.

If you'd rather forgo the region's global cuisine in favor of something more Australian, you may struggle to find it. Much of modern Australian fare has been influenced by other cultures, so you won't find many dishes without international ties. However, an important component of Aussie cuisine is meat, thanks in part to the country's thriving cattle industry. And because Sydney sits on the water, seafood also holds a prominent role in Sydneysiders' diets. Popular local watering holes include Darling Harbour's Cargo Bar, The Rocks' breakfast joint Pancakes On The Rocks and the Sydney Opera House's Opera Bar.

Notable local delicacies include meat pies (a meat and gravy-stuffed baked pastry), damper (soda bread traditionally made over a campfire) and Vegemite (a bitter yeast spread added to toast for breakfast). For something sweeter, Sydneysiders gravitate toward ANZAC biscuits (a sweet cookie originally created by soldiers' wives during World War I), Tim Tams (a chocolate covered cookie that comes in an array of flavors) and lamingtons (a chocolate- and coconut- crusted sponge cake).

In addition to Sydney's abundant restaurants, bars and cafes, visitors can savor top-notch dishes at seasonal food festivals. If visiting in October, check out Sydney's Night Noodle Markets, which feature 50 authentic Asian food stalls near Hyde Park. In November, travelers can enjoy Taste of Sydney, a three-day festival that includes more than 60 tasting dishes and live entertainment. And bakers can't miss a chance to experience the three-day Cake, Bake and Sweets Show held every November.

Find the Best Restaurants in Sydney

  • #1
    The Grand Pavilion
    #1 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 113 reviewsTripAdvisor (113)
    $$ | Indian, Diner
    261 Basement, George Street,, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
    Read More »
  • #2
    Farmhouse Kings Cross
    #2 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 636 reviewsTripAdvisor (636)
    $ - $$ | Australian
    Shop 4 40 Bayswater Rd, Sydney, New South Wales 2011 Australia
    Read More »
  • #1
    Flavour of India
    #1 of 9 Places to Eat in Edgecliff
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 444 reviewsTripAdvisor (444)
    $ - $$ | Indian
    128 New South Head Rd, Edgecliff, Sydney, New South Wales 2027 Australia
    Read More »
  • #4
    Caffe Amici
    #4 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 121 reviewsTripAdvisor (121)
    $ - $$ | Pizza, Italian, Cafe, European, Healthy
    Shop 1 355 Kent St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
    Read More »
  • #1
    Thai Pothong
    #1 of 175 Places to Eat in Newtown
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1546 reviewsTripAdvisor (1546)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    U 4 294 King St, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales 2042 Australia
    Read More »
  • #6
    Bulletin Place
    #6 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 183 reviewsTripAdvisor (183)
    $ - $$ |
    L 1 10-14 Bulletin Pl Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
    Read More »
  • #7
    The Bear Bar
    #7 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 241 reviewsTripAdvisor (241)
    $ - $$ | Pub, Bar, European
    730 George St Entrance opposite Harrys Hotdog Stand, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
    Read More »
  • #8
    Friggitoria
    #8 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 458 reviewsTripAdvisor (458)
    $ | Italian, Mediterranean, Street Food
    12 Bayswater Rd Shop 6, Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2011 Australia
    Read More »
  • #9
    Social Brew Cafe
    #9 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 359 reviewsTripAdvisor (359)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Australian
    224 Harris St, Sydney, New South Wales 2009 Australia
    Read More »
  • #10
    Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co
    #10 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 390 reviewsTripAdvisor (390)
    $ | American, Fast Food, Australian
    14 Darling Dr Shop E-04, International Convention Centre, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
    Read More »
  • #11
    The Baxter Inn
    #11 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 855 reviewsTripAdvisor (855)
    $ - $$ | Pub
    156 Clarence St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
    Read More »
  • #12
    The Ternary
    #12 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 618 reviewsTripAdvisor (618)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Australian, Grill
    100 Murray St Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2009 Australia
    Read More »
  • #13
    Zahli
    #13 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 592 reviewsTripAdvisor (592)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    529 Elizabeth St Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales 2010 Australia
    Read More »
  • #14
    Gelato Messina Darlinghurst
    #14 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2356 reviewsTripAdvisor (2356)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    Shop 1/241 Victoria St Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010 Australia
    Read More »
  • #2
    Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream & Baklava
    #2 of 175 Places to Eat in Newtown
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 138 reviewsTripAdvisor (138)
    $ | Cafe, Turkish
    Shop 1 63-71 Enmore Rd mrandmrsbeas, Sydney, Australia, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales 2042 Australia
    Read More »
  • #16
    LuMi Bar & Dining
    #16 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 400 reviewsTripAdvisor (400)
    $$ | Italian, Australian
    56 Pirrama Rd Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales 2009 Australia
    Read More »
  • #17
    Blue Eye Dragon
    #17 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 161 reviewsTripAdvisor (161)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese
    37 Pyrmont Street Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales 2009 Australia
    Read More »
  • #1
    sixpenny
    #1 of 22 Places to Eat in Stanmore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 238 reviewsTripAdvisor (238)
    $$ | Australian
    83 Percival Rd, Stanmore, Sydney, New South Wales 2048 Australia
    Read More »
  • #19
    A Tavola
    #19 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 344 reviewsTripAdvisor (344)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    348 Victoria St Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010 Australia
    Read More »
  • #20
    Malabar South Indian Restaurant in Darlinghurst
    #20 of 7,148 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 490 reviewsTripAdvisor (490)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    Shop 1 274 Victoria St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010 Australia
    Read More »

Explore More of Sydney

Recommended

15 Scenic Train Rides to Add to Your Bucket List

Climb aboard these locomotives for jaw-dropping views.

Christine SmithMarch 26, 2019

13 Top Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy

Ditch the crowded streets of Rome or Milan and head to Italy's picturesque countryside.

Lyn MettlerMarch 25, 2019

10 Excellent Educational Vacations for Families

Make sure your next getaway is both enjoyable and informative.

Holly JohnsonMarch 14, 2019

15 Epic Outdoor Adventures to Enjoy Across America

Plan an unforgettable trip in your own backyard or on the opposite coast.

Will WalkeyMarch 12, 2019

The 30 Most Famous Landmarks in the World

Explore the globe in search of these intriguing historic sights.

Gwen PratesiMarch 11, 2019

The 50 Best Hotels in the USA 2019

U.S. News ranked 3,877 top properties for 2019. Check out the 50 best.

Zach WatsonFebruary 5, 2019

30 Hot New Hotels to Check Out in 2019

See which new properties offer surprising and fun features.

Lyn MettlerFebruary 5, 2019

10 Top All-Inclusive Resorts in the USA

Go all-in for these luxe resorts flush with amenities.

Will WalkeyFebruary 5, 2019

The Caribbean Comeback: 12 New and Renovated Caribbean Hotels to Visit

These island properties are sure to impress travelers.

Erin ShieldsFebruary 5, 2019

17 Amazing Kid-Friendly Hotels

Discover which properties offer ample amenities for children.

Christine SmithFebruary 5, 2019