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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
    Farmhouse Kings Cross
    #1 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 725 reviewsTripAdvisor (725)
    $ - $$ | Australian
    Shop 4 40 Bayswater Rd, Sydney, New South Wales 2011 Australia
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  • #2
    Platform 818
    #2 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 117 reviewsTripAdvisor (117)
    $ - $$ | Australian
    818 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2008 Australia
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  • #1
    monte restaurant
    #1 of 170 Places to Eat in Leichhardt
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 96 reviewsTripAdvisor (96)
    $$ | French, European, Australian
    256 Norton St, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales 2040 Australia
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  • #1
    Flavour of India
    #1 of 10 Places to Eat in Edgecliff
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 559 reviewsTripAdvisor (559)
    $ - $$ | Indian
    128 New South Head Rd, Edgecliff, Sydney, New South Wales 2027 Australia
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  • #1
    Thai Pothong
    #1 of 201 Places to Eat in Newtown
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1754 reviewsTripAdvisor (1754)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    U 4 294 King St, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales 2042 Australia
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  • #6
    Caffe Amici
    #6 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 208 reviewsTripAdvisor (208)
    $ - $$ | Pizza, Italian, European, Healthy, Tuscan, Central-Italian
    Shop 1, 355 Kent St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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  • #7
    Friggitoria
    #7 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 504 reviewsTripAdvisor (504)
    $ | Italian, Mediterranean, Street Food
    12 Bayswater Rd Shop 6, Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2011 Australia
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  • #8
    The Bear Bar
    #8 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 249 reviewsTripAdvisor (249)
    $ - $$ | Pub, Bar, European
    730 George St Entrance opposite Harrys Hotdog Stand, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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  • #9
    Zahli
    #9 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 655 reviewsTripAdvisor (655)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Arabic
    529 Elizabeth St Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales 2010 Australia
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  • #10
    Bulletin Place
    #10 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 202 reviewsTripAdvisor (202)
    $ - $$ | Bar
    L 1 10-14 Bulletin Pl Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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  • #11
    The Ternary
    #11 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 766 reviewsTripAdvisor (766)
    $ - $$ | Australian, Grill
    100 Murray St Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2009 Australia
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  • #12
    Jack & Knife
    #12 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 228 reviewsTripAdvisor (228)
    $ - $$ | Canadian, Australian, International
    76 Stanley St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010 Australia
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  • #13
    Social Brew Cafe
    #13 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 440 reviewsTripAdvisor (440)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Australian
    224 Harris St, Sydney, New South Wales 2009 Australia
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  • #14
    Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co
    #14 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 665 reviewsTripAdvisor (665)
    $ | American, Fast Food, Australian
    14 Darling Dr Shop E-04, International Convention Centre, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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  • #15
    The Baxter Inn
    #15 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 879 reviewsTripAdvisor (879)
    $ - $$ | Pub
    156 Clarence St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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  • #16
    Malabar South Indian Restaurant in Darlinghurst
    #16 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 527 reviewsTripAdvisor (527)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    Shop 1 274 Victoria St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010 Australia
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  • #17
    The Grand Pavilion
    #17 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 257 reviewsTripAdvisor (257)
    $$ | Australian, Indian
    George Street 261 Basement, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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  • #19
    Gelato Messina Darlinghurst
    #19 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2370 reviewsTripAdvisor (2370)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    Shop 1/241 Victoria St Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010 Australia
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  • #1
    sixpenny
    #1 of 22 Places to Eat in Stanmore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 260 reviewsTripAdvisor (260)
    $$ | Australian
    83 Percival Rd, Stanmore, Sydney, New South Wales 2048 Australia
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  • #21
    LuMi Bar & Dining
    #21 of 7,729 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 425 reviewsTripAdvisor (425)
    $$ | Italian, Australian
    56 Pirrama Rd Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales 2009 Australia
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