Food & Drink

7 Themed Sydney Restaurants You Need To Visit

By Jessica Best
18th Nov 2016

Sydney, it’s time to take things up a level. When you’ve ticked off the gastropubs, the foodie institutions, the coffeehouses and the food trucks, your next move is to conquer the themed restaurants.

The days of average feeds are gone, with 1950s-themed milk bars, Scandinavian and Jamaican eats, cat cafes and speakeasies absolutely killing it when it comes to dining out in Sydney. So get your knives and forks ready because it’s about time you hit up Sydney’s best themed restaurants. 

Here are 7 of the best themed restaurants in Sydney to get you on your way.

Norsk Dor


If you’ve got the appetite of a Viking (and who are kidding, we all do), hold onto your helmet because this Scandinavian restaurant is a place you need to hit up. Norsk Dor is modern and northerly-themed, with an atmosphere so on point (it’s underground) it gives the true Nordic experience a run for its money. The Swedish meatballs, dill potatoes and cranberry jam is an epic stand-out on the menu and the lakris brulee with gingerbread just goes to show the Scandinavians are doing food right.

Palmer and Co.


We love a good speakeasy. Palmer and Co. is sending us back to the era of prohibition with its classy 1920-themed cocktail bar buried in a vaulted brick basement. The menu has an extensive list of spirits and crafted cocktails, not to mention one of the best charcuterie menus around. We’re talking a platter of wagyu pastrami with red slaw and gruyere cheese. Yes. Just yes.

Shady Pines


Let’s be honest, none of us are really Cowboy enough to pull off a cowboy hat or handle a horse. But we’re definitely able to pull-off this whole ‘drink-like-a-cowboy’ thing. Shady Pines is a western themed hot spot with speciality whiskeys, craft ales, sarsparilla and an epic line-up of bartenders who know their booze.


Surry Hills

Grab a taste of the Caribbean and get amongst the island feels at Queenies. These guys are serving up awesome Jamaican fare and rum-based cocktails in quirky rooms with mix-and-match decor. Grab plates of BBQ jerk chicken, charred mackerel and spiced pork neck with green chilli yoghurt. Oh, and the voodoo wings are kind of addictive (and by kind of we mean 100%).

Blacktown Drive In Skyline


Guys, it’s like Happy Days but with better wifi. Throw it back to the 1950s at the Drive In Skyline, with a retro-themed diner and old-school cars to watch your favourite Hollywood blockbusters. Grab a burger, shake (you’ll lose your mind over the peanut butter milkshake), hotdog, buffalo wings, ice-cream sundae (or one of each) before the movie and set yourself up for an awesome night under the stars.


Surry Hills

Ok so don’t freak out, but Catmosphere is exactly what it sounds like. The absolute purr-fect hang-out to ditch the daily grind, this cafe serves up seriously claw-some coffee with two rooms to play with these little furry felines. We’re not even kitten you. And we get it, the cat-puns are getting pretty paw-thetic but we could seriously do them fur-ever.

Daisy’s Milk Bar


You don’t need to know who Daisy is, all you need to really know is that she’s serving up insanely good old-school Aussie snacks and treats. This playful little milk bar has its own lemonade stand and cordial station (no joke). Daisy’s Milk Bar hands down steals the show on our favourite childhood classics including cold milo, creaming soda, banana splits, cola spiders, ice-cream sundaes, jaffles and cherry pies. 

Looking for more fun things to do in Sydney? Have a look at our list of 50 Things to do in Sydney for Under $50 here.

Image credit: Palmer and Co.

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