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: Victoria Street and Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, Macleay Street in Potts Point, Crown Street in Surry Hills, King Street in Newtown, and the Darling Street strip running from Rozelle to Balmain.By the sea, Bondi Beach , Coogee and Manly all have countless cafe and dining options. The standout ethnic restaurant areas are: Italian on Stanley Street in East Sydney and Norton Street in Leichhardt; Turkish, Lebanese and Indian restaurants on Elizabeth Street and Cleveland Street in Surry Hills; Eastern European and Jewish around Bondi; and Chinese in the Chinatown section of Haymarket. Sydney's Vietnamese community is concentrated in Cabramatta , 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.

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