EAT AND DRINK
Sydney is home to some amazing culinary experiences. Every area and suburb is littered with world-class eateries and bars. In fact, it’s harder to decide where to eat than to actually find a good spot. To help make your choice a little easier, we’ve done some research for you.
Thanks to a new dining precinct in Barangaroo and a financial district that has significantly upped its game in recent years, there are plenty of places to eat in Sydney’s CBD, including:
- Restaurant Hubert: Hubert’s low ceilings, timber-panelled walls and candle-lit tables feel like they’ve been there forever. And yet, this convincing facsimile of a grand European restaurant circa World War II only opened in 2016. Behind this extravagant and ambitious facade there’s unmatched reverence for classic hospitality and notably un-classic French food.
- Mr Wong: With a refined Cantonese-led menu, a modern fit-out and quality service, Mr Wong is spot on. Specialising in barbequed duck and delicate dumplings, Chef Dan Hong sets a benchmark that has the right amount of Aussie-Cantonese nostalgia.
- Quay: The standard-setter for fine dining in Sydney. Executive chef Peter Gilmore is tireless in his pursuit of what’s interesting, new and Australian. His backyard is peppered with test plantations of rare vegetables, he works with local ceramicists on custom crockery and he’s a leading advocate for native produce. The restaurant’s theatrical tasting menus is bolstered by some of the city’s best harbour views.
- Bennelong: Set within the window-cupped, city-facing end of the Opera House, Bennelong’s dining room is spectacular, no matter if the sun pours in or the CBD’s lights are illuminated. Quay’s Peter Gilmore and head chef Rob Cockerill run a menu that matches the location – seafood from nearby waters, house charcuterie made with all Australian produce and show stopping desserts.
If you’d prefer to stay close to the conference venue in Camperdown, there are plenty of local options to choose from, including:
- Alfred Hotel: A charming old art deco pub, just off Parramatta Road in Camperdown. The pub serves up a Sunday roast that never disappoints. The $20 roast special changes weekly but always features a beautiful gravy and of course a yorkshire pudding.
- Deus Bar & Kitchen: The perfect destination for burgers, steaks and brunch in a buzzing, bohemian ex-warehouse space, complete with murals and motorcycles.
- Acre Eatery: They aim to serve fresh, in season farm to table food, served on small plates. They also have more substantial dishes for those wishing their own meals.
With more than 50 cafes, restaurants and bars, it’s easy to find somewhere in The Rocks to spoil yourself with a delicious meal. Just some of the options include:
- Bar Mille: The original 1856 Rawson Institute for Seamen has been transformed with a fresh nautical vibe, quickly becoming a favourite destination for The Rocks locals and visitors to enjoy modern bar food, cocktails tap beers and our extensive wine list.
- Pancakes On The Rocks: Pancakes on the Rocks is an institution and undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Sydney. Head to The Rocks location for world famous buttermilk pancakes in the heart of this historic precinct.
- Hickson House Distilling Co: Gain a rare insight into the distillation process, taste handcrafted gins, whiskeys and aperitifs, shop the bottle store or drop in for cocktails and eats at Hickson House Distillery in The Rocks.
- The Keel: A charming and intimate rum bar with a seasonal menu. Showcasing the maritime history of the precinct, residing in the original 'Sailors’ Home'. This bar has opened with the purpose to support local charities, give back to the broader community and operate with a sustainable ecological, social and economic footprint.