The foodie culture has not only arrived in Sydney, but it is taking the city by storm. With its multicultural population and unique position; Australia is proving to be the perfect melting pot for various influences that are shaping a new and exciting cuisine. The city is brimming with excellent restaurants and Sydney foodie experiences where you can grab some tasty chow, be it a fancy affair or a quick and cheap bite. Among all those eateries, the ones that stand out the most are those that offer another specialty of Australia’s biggest city: a beautiful view.
Best places for Sydney Foodie Experiences
The crashing waves of the Pacific
One of many things Sydney is blessed with is its gorgeous coastline. Some of the most famous beaches in the world – like the legendary Bondi – can be found here. And what good is a beautiful stretch of coast, if it isn’t lined with cafes and restaurants where you can sit back and drink in the view. Luckily, there is no shortage of those in Sydney. Perhaps the best known, and certainly one of the most long-standing relaxing beach hubs is Bondi Icebergs Club overlooking the historic Bondi Baths. The food is just as good as the view: they serve tasty Italian fare. Pilu at Freshwater is another favourite, which combines ocean views with Sardinian delicacies. Finally, at the Bather’s Pavilion (Balmoral Beach), it’s hard to decide where to look – the opulent Heritage listed building, the views of the blue water outside, or the sophisticated, mouth-watering contents of your plate.
The most iconic harbour on the planet
Picture a harbour in your mind, and the chances are you will be picturing the one in Sydney; the Bridge and the Opera House are such iconic sights that they have etched themselves in our collective minds. As a coastal city, the life in Sydney revolves around the Harbour, and it is its most central and liveliest area. After a long day of sightseeing; it’s a good idea to grab a bite to eat – but that doesn’t mean the sightseeing should come to an end. Plenty of establishments offer spectacular views of the Harbour. For those who are willing to splurge on a true fine-dining experience; the Quay, with chef Peter Gilmore’s quintessential creations like the Snow Egg, is an unmissable experience.
If you are looking for a more relaxed vibe, make it a point to look for The Butler Potts Point, where you can soak in the gorgeous vista surrounded by greenery, and enjoy excellent modern Australian food.
A meal with a side of culture
Only in Sydney does a museum cafe serve first-rate specialties instead of dry overpriced sandwiches and weak coffee. Sydney is far from the only Australian city worth a visit, but when it comes to culture, it’s at the very top of the list.
Part of the reason is The Museum of Contemporary Art; located in a gorgeous Art Deco building in the Circular Quay. The museum houses an extensive collection of Australian art. And nestled at the very top, you will find the MCA Cafe where you can rest and get refreshments. The MCA Cafe is a favorite of both tourists and locals, and is a particularly popular spot for brunch with its light but delicious meals. The up-close vista of the Harbour from the Cafe terrace is unbeatable.
Another special venue is the Opera Kitchen, located on the lower concourse of the Opera House. It doesn’t get any better than this.
The world revolves around Sydney
If you are not afraid of heights, head to the very top of Sydney Tower, where you will find 360 Bar and Dining. The restaurant literally offers the eponymous 360-degree view of the city by revolving. The view from these heights is breathtaking. The menu and wine card are meticulously crafted to ensure your taste buds are just as wowed as your eyes.
Everywhere you look in Sydney, you will find a beautiful sight, be it man-made or natural. So, why not feast your eyes, too next time you decide to go out for a meal?