Since moving over to Sydney’s inner East, I have found myself spending far more time in the city. Whether it’s to buy a cookbook, look for homewares for my new little place, or most importantly to meet a friend or my mum for a catch up over coffee and a bite to eat. Located along Martin Place, a stroll from the Quay or Wynyard or one stop on the train for me, Hills Bros has become the perfect, central place to meet. Continue reading
I only need to see the words tahini, falafel and figs on a menu and I’m sold. To me, Mediterranean style food is perfectly balanced and utterly delicious, always bursting with fresh flavours like lemon, pomegranate molasses and lots of fresh herbs. After falling in love with this, I suppose, ‘modern’ Mediterranean food from eating at Ottolenghi and Honey & Co. in London and feasting in the Marais area of Paris, discovering Kepos Street Kitchen has been so exciting and heart-warmingly reminiscent of my travels.
A new restaurant has popped up on Whistler Street in Manly, and it’s already a local favourite! Creating a very NYC Little Italy vibe just off Manly Corso, Pocket Pizza is a cosy joint with red and white tablecloths, neon signage, exposed brickwork, succulent plants and black & white photographs streaming the walls. The highlight though is, of course, the food! Not only do Pocket Pizza pump out fresh, delicious pizza, but they also make some of the best salads and desserts! Gluten-free options are also aplenty which makes makes dining out in a group that much easier. Perfect for lunch or dinner, I recommend eating in to soak up the atmosphere and good tunes or taking away to the beachfront or harbour side.
Ora is a new favourite local cafe of mine, having already been 4 times and loved each meal. Ora is an organic cafe, with a focus on local produce, respecting each humble ingredient and creating healthy, nourishing food. So much care and effort is put into preparing each dish, with labouring tasks like creating fresh bone broth, activating nuts, soaking and sprouting grains and fermenting vegetables being a key aspect of most. The cafe itself is beautiful, simple and peaceful, featuring divine wooden table tops and seating, glass jars filled with ingredients lining the shelves, big folding windows opening out onto Whistler Street and sunshine beaming in.
One of the absolute best brunch spots in Sydney, Reuben Hills has been serving up inventive, delicious South American food for years. In its inconspicuous location up Albion Street, the industrial style and decor seems to totally blend in with the Surry Hills atmosphere, yet surprise you at how much space the cafe holds. The ground floor eatery features polished concrete floors, exposed brick and timber beams and cosy little tables and timber chairs or the communal table down the opposite end. Food and drinks served in enamelware and vintage crockery create such a relaxed, humbling environment that settles you in for a nice long brunch with friends.
Eveleigh Markets are probably Sydney’s most renowned markets, bringing together chefs, foodies, locals and visitors alike, all who share a passion for local, sustainable delicious food. Eveleigh Markets not only sell fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, but also farm-fresh eggs and meat, artisan food products like bread and cheeses, as well as flowers, olive oils, pickles, preserves, muesli, pasta, beverages and baked goods, to name just a few! As well as stocking up on all your pantry staples, you can feast on the delicious food stalls, which most notably include Kylie Kwong’s Chinese dumpling, pork bun & pancake stall – a definite not-to-miss!
Fika has become one of the most popular cafes in Manly for locals and tourists alike, and rightly so. The delightfully bright and cosy space with colour pops of yellow & blue, the glass cabinet filled with fresh cinnamon buns and the gorgeous, smiling Swedish owners creates such a wonderful atmosphere that will certainly keep you coming back as a regular. The quality of Fika’s food, staying true to its Swedish roots, creates such a delicious, interesting menu that really does bring a piece of Sweden to Manly.
The Marly is a local favourite in Newtown, serving up delicious food, local Young Henry’s beer and hosting a heap of awesome gigs. Whether you’re enjoying drinks at the bar, sitting down to a nice burger with some mates after work or watching a band downstairs at the Marly Bar, you’ll be guaranteed a good night in this wonderfully laid back, local pub.
The Manly Wharf Hotel is a bit of a Manly institution, and is one of the first places you see as you chug your way into Manly on the ferry. The simple, classic Aussie menu, featuring salads, burgers, fish & chips, wood-fired pizzas plus plenty of specials, is sure to please everyone. And of course nothing can beat the spectacular water views you will enjoy, whether you’re sitting inside or out on the pier.
Iku Wholefood is one of my favourite places in Sydney to grab a quick and healthy lunch. Their menu is completely vegan, as well as additive, preservative & GM free, so you are guaranteed a wholesome and nourishing meal! I’m always surprised at how well priced the food is too, considering the quality of the ingredients!