A foodies’ mini guide to Sydney

To suggest that Bread, Wine & Thou’s Frances Chapman and Yossi Zoltan Klein know a fair bit about food would be a brash understatement. Not only is Yossi at the helm of one of Australia’s most beautiful food-and-wine publications, but the pair’s knowledge and involvement in the Australian cultural and dining scene is extensive to say the least. Here, we list their tips for places to enjoy the best in eating, drinking and shopping in Sydney:



Two Chaps, Marrickville — trendy and vegetarian, with communal tables set in a warehouse

Excelsior Jones, Ashfield great coffee and always pumping … try the granola or the salmon hash

Three Blue Ducks, Bronte an institution that consistently tops best breakfast lists

Reuben Hills, Surry Hills famous for salted caramel milkshakes

Porch and Parlour, Bondi caters to the Bondi health-conscious with a view over the beach



Sepia, Sydney very fine dining indeed, even Melbournians agree that this is one of the best restaurants in the country

Automata, Chippendale an all-round class act

Nel., Sydney dimly lit, with a really, really ridiculously good-looking crowd

Firedoor, Surry Hills wood-fired cooking … the  kitchen contains Argentinean grill with a fire pit  

Corner House, Bondi pizza and share plates, very low key, with a great international wine list

Russo and Russo, Enmore I know, I’ve listed two Italian places, but this place is good


Regram from the one and only @johan_vonshag smashing a double single for the Friday pick me up

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Cornersmith, Marrickville also runs cheese-making and pickling classes

Mecca, Ultimo Sydney coffee institution, supplies most cafes in Sydney

The Roots, North Sydney those of us who work in North Sydney were relieved when this place opened

Gratia Café, Surry Hills great coffee, great brunch, and 100 percent of proceeds go to charity to boot

Rabbit Hole Tea Bar, Redfern ideal for those who don’t drink coffee with a gorgeous new fit-out

Fresh Produce


Eveleigh Market, Saturdays only

Marrickville Market, Sundays only

Norton Street Grocer, in Leichhardt

Harris Farm Markets, various locations across Sydney

Vic’s Meat, in Mascot


Grumpy market day @paddingtonmarkets

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The Grumpy Baker, Marrickville and Maroubra — for buttery, flaky goodness

Brickfields, Chippendale sells bread as well as pastries and light-as-air quiches

Bourke Street Bakery, various locations across Sydney first one was in Surry Hills

Victoire, Rozelle pastries and delicate little tarts



The Temperance Society, Summer Hill  great whiskey list, gin too

Bulletin Place, CBD   the bartenders keep winning awards

The Roosevelt, Potts Point run by the folks from Eau de Vie, a Sydney institution

Cured, Manly sells only wine, cheese and meat

Green spaces and parks

Sydney Park, Alexandria great off-leash area for running dogs, fantastic playground for kids of all ages, including a huge sandpit

Bondi to Bronte coastal walk a really nice way to be outdoors, and stop for coffee along the way, or walk all the way to Coogee

Botanic Gardens, Circular Quay has the best view in the city

Wendy Whitely Garden, North Sydney

Boutiques and shops

Koskela, Rosebery homewares, furniture, art, also has a wonderful cafe attached

Collector Store, Surry Hills womens and mens fashion and homewares

Come as You Are, Paddington womenswear including a great range of international brands

Incu, various locations mens and womenswear, international brands, accessories


Have you visited these destinations? What else would you add to Yossi’s list? View the Sydney thread in our forum to join in the conversation and check out our Khoollect community-voted guide to Sydney too.

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