If this is your first time visiting Sydney, you will love it! It was voted as one of the best cities in the world by Telegraph readers and ranked 4th in Conde Nast Traveler’s best big cities list. Sydney is among the best for many reasons, and a few of those include good food and scenic places.
Sydney is not just about its famous Opera House and Bondi Beach; it is also a place where you can find traditional and creative food choices. The multi-culture found in the city gives birth to unending varieties of food, and you’ll enjoy it.
You can find many choices when you are in the city; thus, this shortlist is not sufficient to describe the diversity of the city for every type of taste buds. Below is just a simple overview of what Sydney can offer in terms of food adventure.
Here are the top 10 must-eats when you are in Sydney:
Strawberry Watermelon Cake
The world’s famous Strawberry Watermelon cake can be found in Black Star Pastry, Newton, NSW. It is famous for a reason. The beautifully made, Instagram-worthy cake is delicious as it looks. The cake comprises two layers: almond dacquoise, watermelon, scented cream, strawberries, dried rose petals, and pistachios. Perfect for dessert or tea time with friends.
Avocado on Toast
A nutritious breakfast, avocado on toast, gives you a boost of energy because it is rich in healthy fat. The avocado is mashed, sprinkled with sesame seeds, olive oil with poached eggs, and cheese on top of the toasted bread.
There is plenty of variety for avocado toast you can find around Sydney. Visit Bowery Lane at O’Connell Street and try their smashed avocado with beetroot hummus and silken feta or the Foundry at Surry Hills for their avocado toast with tomato.
Considered a local delicacy, Lamington Cake is a sponge cake soaked in chocolate sauce and covered in flaky coconut. Now, you can find many twists to the classic Lamingtons, such as jams, creams, salted caramel, and dulce de leche.
Get a taste of these lamingtons from Flour and Stone located at 53 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo. You can also go to Tokyo Lamington and try their macadamia honey, plum and chocolate, and lemon myrtle lime.
Although burgers are something that we all are familiar with, you can experience the unique flavors of Sydney’s burgers. From food trucks, diner or restaurants, there’s a lot of options for you to choose from. One popular joint is the Bar Luca Burgers located in Darlinghurst, Parramatta.
Suppose you are in the area and looking for Manly restaurants, head over to Betty Burgers and Concrete Co. Their burgers and fried chicken are the favorites on the menu. A Japanese burger, Ume Burger at Wulugul Walk, is for your guilty pleasure. A soft bun, wagyu, lettuce, cheese, and gravy sauce, a classic yet hard to forget.
For an exotic option in Sydney, explore your taste buds with this authentic native dish. Rich in protein, witchetty grub has a nutty and robust taste when eaten raw. However, it can be roasted if you want to get a crispier texture and crunchy to eat. When cooked, it has a chicken-like flavor. It is a good alternative to meat.
Australia is rich in fresh seafood, and this includes prawns that come in different sizes. From King prawns to tiger prawns, you can enjoy rich flavors when mixing with various recipes. For those looking for a taste of Thai, Chin Chin 69 Commonwealth Street in Surry Hills is a good place to start. Their stir fry prawn is hard to resist.
Mr. Wong prawn toast and foie gras are a must-try here, along with the garlic buttered prawns. If you want a night of luxury dining, visit Cirrus, a restaurant in Barangaroo. Fresh seafood is caught sustainably. The prawn kings roasted with koji butter or the grilled lobster with black pepper and wakame should be on your list.
A very common fish in Australia, particularly in Sydney, Barramundi is available in any restaurant around the country. Barramundi is rich in Omega 3 and easily grows on a fish farm without the use of any hormones. It does not have any strong odour, thus perfect in almost any recipe.
Get a taste of Australian cuisine in Bennelong, where you get to enjoy not only their tasty Barramundi dish but also the ambiance and décor. If you are looking for Asian taste, go to Mekong Restaurant, a Vietnamese cuisine, or Thai Pothong for a taste of Thai. Both serve Barramundi dishes that you will appreciate.
A staple loved by the locals, potato cake has a crispy outer layer without giving you that heavy feel. It’s light on the tummy and can be accompanied by other dishes such as fish, eggs, and bacon. Potato cake is simple, yet its simplicity captures the hearts of many. It is also known as potato scallop. Get a taste of potato cake at Blue Lips Fish and Chips, the Banana Coast Seafood, or Morgan’s Seafood Market.
The jewel of the Australian coast, Sydney rock oyster, is a must-try. It has a distinct taste from the usual oyster; its deep and sweet taste, coppery feel is delicious when eaten raw or fried in a batter. It is best paired with wine or bacon because it complements the existing rich flavour of the oyster.
Get this Australian food attraction at Babylon, a middle eastern restaurant, or if you are looking for a view, head over to Catalina Rose Bay for a romantic experience. Icebergs Dining Room and Bar in Bondi is a place to go when you want a dining experience that has the best view and services.
John Dory is a type of fish that is commonly found in Sydney Harbour. The firm flesh and lightly sweet taste of the fish make it a flexible dish to prepare—Visit Franca Brasserie for a French twist of the fish or Nick’s Seafood and Restaurant. If you are looking for Italian food, Machiavelli can give you that quick John Dory dish. At the Rock Café, you can enjoy a simple fish and chips.
Why You Should Visit Sydney
Sydney is Australia’s capital city for many reasons. It should be included in your bucket list because aside from the rich food experience, there are plenty of places to visit. Here are some of the places:
Sydney is blessed with beautiful beaches and coastlines. Despite being a big city, you can get fresh air by escaping to one of its beaches. Bondi Beach and Manly are among the popular ones because of their scenic view. Just south of Bondi Beach is the iconic, most photographed pool in the world, Bondi Icebergs. Where can you find a vibrant city with beaches around?
If you enjoy greenery and trees, Sydney has its National Park, where you can find Aboriginal arts from thousands of years ago. There are also gardens like Lavender bay, a secluded place for anyone to relax and unwind.
Sydney’s Harbour is one of the city’s attractions because you get to look at the popular Opera House, visit Luna Park, Harbour Bridge, and Taronga Zoo right in the area. It is a popular waterway and a good place to enjoy all sorts of adventure. The Harbour is a getaway for everyone that loves to enjoy nature or get the scenery of their lifetime.
For those who are looking for an art experience, visit the Wentworth Galleries or the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. If you want to check out Aboriginal art, take a trip to The Culture Trip. The Gallery of NSW, a public gallery, is also worth the visit because it stores contemporary Australian, Asian, and European arts.
Held every weekend near the beach, Bondi Market is an experience you wouldn’t want to miss. Get a taste of the local lifestyle with the variety of food, fresh produce, and homemade stuff. You can also find clothes that are cheaper than the mall prices.
Sydney typically has good weather all year, making it a great place to enjoy outdoor adventures such as snorkeling in Gordons Bay, climbing the Harbour Bridge, kayaking in Shark Island, and enjoying a seaplane tour.
Do you know Sydney has one of the epic fireworks during New Year celebrations? But these fireworks displays are not just happening during New Year. Check out Darling Harbour for schedules of activities and events that you can watch.
Sydney has a lot to offer in terms of food and adventure. It is among the best places to enjoy brunches or take an afternoon coffee break. It’s a melting pot of cultures, thus a perfect place to be for a foodie adventurer. People in Sydney love their food, and the dining experience and outdoor adventures are worth exploring because you will not regret it.
Mira Adora is a wanderlust writer in New York City. She keeps herself busy by sharing her travel adventures through her contents.