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8 places to eat in Sydney

1. Chinta Ria

Chinta Ria is a Malaysian restaurant situated in Cockle Bay, and the food is delicious. Its rooftop terrace location gives you views of the bustling Darling Harbour yet offers tranquil seclusion.

The tofu laksa was sublime.


Where: Cockle Bay wharf (Darling Harbour) 201 Sussex St Sydney 02 9264 3211

Prices: Entrees- $9-15 Mains: $19-32

2. Australian Heritage Hotel

The oldest continuously licensed pub in the City of Sydney, the Australian Hotel is an attractive and well preserved example of Edwardian style architecture, and is FAMOUS for its kangaroo, emu and crocodile pizzas.


Where: 100 Cumberland Street The Rocks District

Price: Entrees: $8-$15 Mains: $16-$26

3. Chinatown

It’s no secret Sydney can be expensive, and Chinatown is a great budget eating option. We love authentic Asian food, and we love value for money, and one of the best options is to head for the food courts on Dixon street for every Asian cuisine you can imagine: Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Cambodian, and Vietnamese.


Located in Haymarket, it is Australia’s largest Chinatown.

4. The Bourke Street Bakery

Bourke Street Bakery has turned into a Sydney institution as far as pastries and fresh bread goes. Judging by the line up out the door, the quality of their hand made products speaks for itself.


Where: 633 Bourke St, Surry Hills

Price: $3- $20

5. El Loco Mexican Cantina

El Loco is a great authentic Mexican cantina attached to the Excelsior Pub serving cheap and tasty tacos and Margaritas in a casual setting. All tacos are $5 and no need to book, just drop in.

Where: 64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

Price: $5 – $15

6. Sake Restaurant & Bar

Set within a designer space in the historic Argyle Precinct at The Rocks District, Saké Restaurant & Bar serves contemporary Japanese food, some of the best Japanese I’ve ever eaten.

You can enjoy communal banquet dining, sit with friends at a traditional Japanese sunken table, or dine solo at the sushi bar. My picks: The steamed prawn dumplings, the sashimi tasting plate, and the Miso soup.


Where: 12 Argyle Street The Rocks Sydney NSW 2000

7. Icebergs, Bondi Beach

Oprah Winfrey had lunch at Iceburgs. Perched on the cliffs of South Bondi, the views from Icebergs are what you come to Australia for. Iceburgs is expensive though, so it is one of those splurge places.

View from Iceburgs:


Note: you can eat at the bistro one level below for a much cheaper experience with the same views!

Where: One Notts Avenue Bondi Beach

Prices: Entrees: $11-26 Mains: $26 – $44

8. Sea Bay Chinese Restaurant

This small nondescript restaurant is full of happy eaters. The meals are big, but cheap. We suggest you don’t miss the vegetarian dumplings (the best we’ve had), the home-made noodles, and the pancakes!


Price: around $10

Where: 372 Pitt St, Sydney (about a 5 minute walk from Central Station).

Caz and Craig Makepeace have been living and traveling around the world since 1997; first solo, then as a couple, and now as a family with their two young daughters. Hailing from Australia, they are sharing their insider tips and inspiring stories in this series. For more, visit them at

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