Known as Sydney’s Little Portugal, Petersham’s main drag is lined with pastry shops, traditional Portuguese butchers and some of the best charcoal chicken in the land. But Petersham is changing; and now there are more amazing cafes and pubs than there are weekends to try them—challenge accepted.
The Tiny Giant
The Tiny Giant has a gigantic menu, but really you need go no further than the brioche toast topped with so many blueberries, strawberries and figs, that they tumble over the plate. Drizzled with honey and topped with pink fairy floss, this breakfast should take care of your recommended intake of sugar for the rest of the year, but it will be totally worth it.
Frangos OR Silva’s Portuguese Chicken
The battle rages between Frango’s and Silva’s for the title of best Portuguese chicken. Die hard Silva’s fans wonder how Frango’s got so famous; and Frango’s fanatics don’t even care there’s an alternative. There’s really only one way to settle it: go to both and decide for yourself.
Pig & Pastry
Pig & Pastry is a bit off Petersham’s beaten track. Close to Parramatta Road, this little corner café is across from the gorgeous palm-tree-lined Petersham Park, a perfect spot for a lazy picnic. if that’s not enough to get you there, know this: Pig & Pastry has chocolate chip cookies almost as big as your face. These bad boys are made with Belgian dark chocolate chips and sea salt flakes. So on your marks, get set and go! We’ll meet you there.
A Petersham institution, Sweet Belem has been churning out the perfectly flaky custard tarts for well over a decade at their locale on New Canterbury Road. There are other places to buy Portuguese tarts in Petersham, but why bother when you can go to Sweet Belem? The tarts are so popular, they sell between 600 and 1000 on a weekend day. Buy a baker’s dozen, and grab a Portuguese doughnut while you’re at it.
You might pass Petersham’s Public House without taking much notice, but this pub is a little oasis on a busy street. Inside, old school pinball machines and pool tables are always ready for some friendly competition. Outside there’s a big back patio to bunker down with mates and work your way through the craft beer menu. Young Henry’s Newtowner and crisp dry cider are both on tap, as well as brown ale by Willie the Boatman. The menu is perfect for sharing, grab the fried chicken served with a side of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (get the large, trust us), and a delectable wood fired pizza menu, the Cheesus Christ (see what they did there?) with its three types of cheese, walnuts and smoked chicken is the hands down favourite.
Although it’s on busy Stanmore Road, Daisy’s Milkbar sits on the fringes of Petersham’s high street bustle. The joint is a little bit rockabilly, and a little bit retro, with its pastel décor and a menu that’s a blast from the past. Typical breakfast fare like bacon and egg rolls as well as avocado toast sit alongside an impressive ice cream sundae and milkshake menu. Treat yourself and Pav a Nice Day with pavlova ice cream, crushed meringue, lemon curd and cream, while the Pick & Mix is the classic vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce base loaded up with mixed lollies.
Now that you know where to eat in Petersham why not check out Summer Hill?
Image credit: Caitlin Hicks at The Tiny Giant