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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 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 684 reviewsTripAdvisor (684)
    $ - $$ | Australian
    Shop 4 40 Bayswater Rd, Sydney, New South Wales 2011 Australia
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  • #2
    The Grand Pavilion
    #2 of 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 208 reviewsTripAdvisor (208)
    $$ | Australian, Indian
    George Street 261 Basement, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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  • #3
    Jack & Knife
    #3 of 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 170 reviewsTripAdvisor (170)
    $ - $$ | Canadian, Australian, International
    76 Stanley St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010 Australia
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  • #4
    Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co
    #4 of 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 525 reviewsTripAdvisor (525)
    $ | American, Fast Food, Australian
    14 Darling Dr Shop E-04, International Convention Centre, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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  • #5
    Caffe Amici
    #5 of 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 155 reviewsTripAdvisor (155)
    $ - $$ | Pizza, Italian, Cafe, European, Healthy
    Shop 1, 355 Kent St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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  • #6
    Bulletin Place
    #6 of 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 194 reviewsTripAdvisor (194)
    $ - $$ |
    L 1 10-14 Bulletin Pl Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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  • #1
    Thai Pothong
    #1 of 187 Places to Eat in Newtown
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1634 reviewsTripAdvisor (1634)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    U 4 294 King St, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales 2042 Australia
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  • #8
    Social Brew Cafe
    #8 of 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 395 reviewsTripAdvisor (395)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Australian
    224 Harris St, Sydney, New South Wales 2009 Australia
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  • #9
    The Bear Bar
    #9 of 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 244 reviewsTripAdvisor (244)
    $ - $$ | Pub, Bar, European
    730 George St Entrance opposite Harrys Hotdog Stand, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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  • #1
    Flavour of India
    #1 of 9 Places to Eat in Edgecliff
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 493 reviewsTripAdvisor (493)
    $ - $$ | Indian
    128 New South Head Rd, Edgecliff, Sydney, New South Wales 2027 Australia
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  • #11
    The Ternary
    #11 of 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 681 reviewsTripAdvisor (681)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Australian, Grill
    100 Murray St Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2009 Australia
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  • #12
    Zahli
    #12 of 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 616 reviewsTripAdvisor (616)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Arabic
    529 Elizabeth St Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales 2010 Australia
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  • #13
    Friggitoria
    #13 of 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 477 reviewsTripAdvisor (477)
    $ | Italian, Mediterranean, Street Food
    12 Bayswater Rd Shop 6, Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2011 Australia
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  • #14
    Vizio Caffe e Cucina
    #14 of 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 124 reviewsTripAdvisor (124)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Cafe, Wine Bar
    Shop 1/52-58 William Street Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales 2011 Australia
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  • #15
    The Baxter Inn
    #15 of 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 870 reviewsTripAdvisor (870)
    $ - $$ | Pub
    156 Clarence St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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  • #1
    monte restaurant
    #1 of 168 Places to Eat in Leichhardt
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 84 reviewsTripAdvisor (84)
    $$ | French, European, Australian
    256 Norton St, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales 2040 Australia
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  • #17
    Malabar South Indian Restaurant in Darlinghurst
    #17 of 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 505 reviewsTripAdvisor (505)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    Shop 1 274 Victoria St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010 Australia
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  • #18
    Blue Eye Dragon
    #18 of 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 171 reviewsTripAdvisor (171)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese
    37 Pyrmont Street Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales 2009 Australia
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  • #19
    William Blue Dining
    #19 of 7,501 Places to Eat in Sydney
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 343 reviewsTripAdvisor (343)
    $ - $$ | Australian
    107 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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  • #2
    Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream & Baklava
    #2 of 187 Places to Eat in Newtown
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 147 reviewsTripAdvisor (147)
    $ | Cafe, Turkish
    Shop 1 63-71 Enmore Rd mrandmrsbeas, Sydney, Australia, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales 2042 Australia
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