Sydney has blossomed into one of the great restaurant capitals of the world, and offers a fantastic range of cosmopolitan eateries, covering every imaginable cuisine. Quality is uniformly high, with the freshest produce, meat and seafood always on hand, and a culinary culture of discerning, well-informed diners. The places we've listed barely scratch the surface of what's available, and as the restaurant scene is highly fashionable, businesses rise in favour, fall in popularity and close down or change names and style at an astonishing rate; for a comprehensive guide, consider investing in the latest edition of
Cheap Eats in Sydney
, or the
Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide
, both of which try to keep track of the best places in town.
Since late 2000, all New South Wales's restaurants have been non-smoking, except for at reception areas and outside tables.
Sydney has several great eat streets, each with a glut of cafes and restaurants:
in Potts Point,
in Surry Hills,
in Newtown, and the
Darling Street strip
running from Rozelle to Balmain.By the sea,
all have countless cafe and dining options. The standout ethnic restaurant areas are: Italian on
in East Sydney and
in Leichhardt; Turkish, Lebanese and Indian restaurants on
in Surry Hills; Eastern European and Jewish around Bondi; and Chinese in the
section of Haymarket. Sydney's Vietnamese community is concentrated in
, west of the CBD (fourteen stops from Central CityRail); there are some superb restaurants clustered along Park Road and John Street, just west of Cabramatta Station.
Other useful information
for tourists (each section contains more specific sub-sections):