With world-famous chefs, fantastic weather and stunning settings, Sydney is one of the world’s best cities for dining out.

Choosing a restaurant is easy and you can even rely on word of mouth, or just go for a leisurely stroll to find places.

Whether you’re looking for seafood, Chinese or Italian, Sydney has it all.

The city is particularly known for its vast array of fresh seafood. At The Sydney Fish Market you can pick up scrumptious Sydney Rock oysters, Balmain bugs and local lobster.

But if you’re also after spectacular water views, head to Bondi, in the eastern suburbs, where you can sample crab with polenta, chilli and lemon, washed down with a Campari-stained cocktail at Icebergs.

Another famous haunt is Doyles at Watson Bay. They offer an a La Carte menu on the beach, allowing you to take in panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour city skyline, as well as takeaway.

Otherwise you can catch a ferry to Manly and pick up some fish and chips from the Manly Wharf or Will and Toby’s. Another fantastic seafood restaurant is Rockpool, set in the historic Rocks.

For the best Italian the big smoke has to offer, take a bus or train to Il Pergola to. It’s located on Norton Street in Leichhardt, Sydney’s version of Little Italy.

The city is also known for its great mix of Asian food.  The Yum Dim Sum from Yum Cha in Chinatown is comparable with that of Hong Kong.

A cheaper, but just as good option is to pack a picnic and sit in the Botanic Gardens or go to Observatory Hill.


Sydney is packed full of great pubs and trendy bars. When it comes to pubs near the beach the Coogee Bay Hotel and the Clovelly Hotel are perenial favourites. Although be warned, they’re normally crawling with tourists and, quite often, local football stars strutting their stuff.

For a little more sophistication head to the Sydney Opera House’s Opera Bar. This has got to be one of the best places in the world for a drink with live entertainment every night of the week and the most stunning view of the harbour.

Equally atmospheric are many of the pubs in The Rocks. You can do a pub tour of the area to find out some of the great stories from yesteryear.

If you’re after a look at Sydney’s seedy side head to King’s Cross where strip clubs line the street.


The water from the tap in Sydney is fine to drink.