Mapplr’s favorite restaurants in Sydney

What I love about Sydney: the food, the rock pools, the weather, the people. Not necessarily in that order, but one of the most memorable holidays I have ever had in my life was spent in Sydney. Since this is about restaurants, let’s talk about the food. Why is it so good? Fresh ingredients, a multicultural urban population that loves cuisines from different parts of the world, excellent seafood, and an easygoing, informal style.

When I went there in February (summer), I was amazed that the mangoes were as good as the ones we get in the Philippines. The Vietnamese and Thai food were better than anything I have ever had in other cities. So here’s my list of favorites, from more formal restaurants like Tetsuya’s to informal cafe/restaurants like Bill’s and Jones the Grocer. If you feel as if you’ve eaten too much, no problem. Swim at any of the delightful rock pools that dot the coastline. My favorite rock pool happens to be in Coogee Beach (although the one pictured above is in Bondi Beach).

433 Liverpool Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
+61 2 9360 9631
breakfast, lunch, brunch (delicious coconut bread)
[Note: I have two of Bill Granger’s cookbooks which are excellent]

A Tavola
348 Victoria Street
Sydney, Australia
+61 2 9331 7871

Foveaux Restaurant and Bar
65–67 Foveaux Street
Surry Hills
Sydney, Australia
+61 2 9211 0664

Jones the Grocer
68 Moncur Street
Woollahra NSW 2025
Sydney, Australia
+61 2 9362 1222
gourmet food shop, cafe, restaurant, bakery


529 Kent Street
Sydney, Australia
+61 2 9267 2900

The Wharf Restaurant
Hickson Road, Pier 4, Walsh Bay
Sydney, Australia
+61 2 9250 1761

2 Henry Lawson Avenue
McMahons Point
Sydney, Australia
+61 2 9955 5998
Stunning views of Harbour Bridge and the Opera House

About Esme Vos

Esme Vos is the founder of Mapplr, a travel site featuring boutique hotels, luxury resorts, travel guides and restaurant reviews. You can find her on and Twitter.