A Foodie Adventure in Sydney - Emily Tong

A Foodie Adventure in Sydney


So you are going to Sydney, congratulations! Now in addition to figuring out your weekend trips and what rugby team you are going to go for, you will need to know where to eat. I’m not here to say that I know the best of the best (because I live on a budget) but below is a great start that will give you a good tour of the city along the way!


The Circular Quay

This is where you will want to go the minute you arrive to finally witness the view you have had in your mind for months. The Circular Quay is the heart of Sydney and is home to the Sydney Opera house and Sydney Harbor. Take a stroll around the Quay and find a bite at one (or more) of these spots.

The Spice Room ★★★★★

In the mood for the most amazing Indian food? The attention to detail and modern take in their aesthetic and decoration is matched in their beautifully prepared and spiced menu. It is a very popular spot, so reservations are recommended, however if you didn’t make one, they may have room at the Share Table!

Case in Point (from menu):

Dhaba Style Chicken Curry: Rustic and Flavoursome Chicken curry, a speciality of the dhabas [roadside diners] lining the highways in northern India.

Pumpkin Jeera Aloo: Pumpkin and potato simmered with cumin, cinnamon, black mustard and whole red chillies.

Indian Summer Mocktail: Watermelon, Ginger and lemonade in a tall glass garnished with refreshing watermelon pieces

Tamarind Margarita: Tequila, Cointreau and lemon juice garnished with dash of tamarind pulp in a salted chilli glass

Buckley’s ★★★☆☆

Buckley’s delivers on great pub food with a serious view! If eating here, make sure you get a seat outside to take in the beauty of the harbor and watch the bustle of the ferries. The casual atmosphere and comfort food is perfect for after a long flight.

Gelatissimo ★★★★☆

Need an after meal treat? Head over to the Circular Quay Ferry terminal and find yourself a little cup of heaven. Choose from flavors like Chocolate Honeycomb (my favorite), Red Velvet Royale, and Banoffee.


The Rocks

I highly recommend heading over to the Rocks on a lovely weekend morning. Meander through the art stalls of the weekend market throughout the cobblestone streets all while carrying a coffee and pastry from La Renaissance!

La Renaissance ★★★★★

Seriously. The. Best. Cup. Of. Coffee. Ever. It may be because the smell of almond croissants and nutella is mixed in with the beans, but whatever it is, it made me come back every morning I was in Sydney. The pastries are also phenomenal.

The Australian ★★★☆☆

Need to cross some items off your Australian bucket list? Then head on over to the Australian (Just next door to the YHA). You can have yourself a great pizza with the Coat of Arms animals, the Kangaroo and Emu, or walk on the wild side with a Saltwater Crocodile pizza. Don’t worry, if adventure eating is not your style, they have plenty of normal options as well.

The Glenmore Hotel ★★★☆☆

Want a meal with a view away from the hustle and bustle of the Circular Quay? This is your place! Make reservations to ensure a spot on the rooftop patio to drink your wine overlooking the Sydney Opera House.


Away from the CBD in the lovely Surry Hills

Now it is inevitable to get sticker shock when living/visiting in Sydney. To help with this and still have fun, it is important to find and schedule out the Happy Hours (which includes food!). Surry Hills has great locations for less expensive food, less touristy feel, with really good happy hour deals and fun vibe. Use the three recommended places below for a DIY pub crawl.

The Clock Hotel ★★★☆☆

When walking into The Clock Hotel you are greeted with a great and large bar with very kind and knowledgeable staff. Although it tends to be crowded, do not worry, there is plenty more space in the back. The building has so many different rooms and levels to choose from, so grab a drink and find a great spot!

Beresford Hotel ★★★★☆

Order the happy hour pizza here, it is ridiculously good with an amazing crust. They also have a dessert Nutella Pizza with coconut shavings! Again, this place is deceptively big, with a large indoor bar and a HUGE back patio with adorable cafe lighting and casual atmosphere.

The Forresters ★★★★★

Next, head on over to Forresters for the most fun Trivia game ever! I have been to a lot of trivia, but I have never encountered such a vibrant and interactive game before. They cue in on the millenials with questions on their TV and some questions requiring responses via text. Great way to meet some locals, and commiserate with others over how much you don’t know about random Australian trivia!


There is so much to see in Sydney and you will be sure to find places of your own, but I hope this list gives you a good head start for when you arrive. Have fun!

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