Sydney is a mecca for food lovers, especially if you like to explore your taste buds. We have prepared some guides detailing some of the best dining options, in our opinion, in Sydney, covering a variety of types of cuisine.
Asian street food:
The strong influence from Asia means that you will find a very vibrant food scene here when it comes to Asian and Asian-inspired food compared to the US and particularly compared to Europe. This is your chance to either try some new food you would not find easily - if at all - in Europe, or to awake past memories of pleasant holidays in Southeast Asia. Have a look at our comprehensive description of the best Asian street food eateries/restaurants near the venue here.
A complete listing of all the restaurants in the area of the conference venue would be too long to list, and too tiring to read through. Instead we list a few highlights grouped according to neighborhood.
Oscillate Wildly - has a chefs hat. Great molecular gastronomy, but not over the top, still real food.
Soffritto - delicious Italian food.
Bloodwood - tasty sharing plates of food.
Gigi Pizzeria - one of the best pizzerias in Sydney and reasonably priced too.
2042 Cafe and Deli - great for brunch and lunch (dinners on Thurs-Sat only), good gourmet selection and deli.
Urban Bites Cafe - always busy, yummy for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Glebe Point Diner - used to have a chefs hat, not anymore but still at that level.
Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay - has a chefs hat. Seafood specialists.
Restaurant Atelier - fabulous food and not badly priced for fine dining.
Darbar Indian Restaurant - really good Indian food.
Badde Manors - busy, cheap cafe. All vegetarian, but most people don't notice that it's vegetarian because the menu is so great. Yummy cakes.
Deus Cafe - good breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Steel - expensive nice restaurant in centre. Outdoor area, good for a sunny day.
Fratelli fresh - very good reasonable Italian restaurant in centre. Interesting setting underground in sandstone building.
Pendolinos - very good, quiet atmosphere, expensive restaurant. In the strand arcade, one of oldest buildings in Sydney.
Seabay - it's a Chinese restaurant on Pitt St, just behind World Square. The place isn't much to look at but the food is cheap and consistently delicious; there's always a line.
Pho Pasteur - a very good pho place
The Lord Nelson - really nice pub in The Rocks, good for bringing tourists to.
The best restaurants in Sydney are listed on this webpage from the Sydney Morning Herald (2013 chefs hats).
Also in the area:
Danks Street, Waterloo. Has lots of great places to eat including Cafe Sopra (inside Fratelli Fresh) - delicious Italian food; has a chefs hat. Danks Street Depot - wonderful food. And the French House - lovely French cakes and pastries, and lunch sandwiches.
Kitchen By Mike, in Alexandria. Excellent for lunch.
The Grounds of Alexandria - Super busy cafe, lovely food.
To find any cuisine at any budget the following comprehensive site is a really good place to start if you want to avoid the tourist traps. If you go for ratings above 7.5-8ish with more than 30ish reviews you will most likely find yourself at a good place) www.eatability.com.au