Restaurants & Cafes

9 New Sydney Openings We’re Excited About This March

By Jessica Best - 02 Mar 2017

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Zephyr Bar Sydney
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Thank god we’ve made it to March, because there are a heap of newbie foodies popping up and they’re all waiting for you (and your belly). 

Sydney’s latest additions are shaping up pretty damn well if you ask us; think sky bars, breakfast donuts, epic locations for boozy brunches, nitrogen-infused coffee and a beer and dumpling bar (not sure how we survived without this last one).

Here are 9 new openings we’re (super) excited about this March! Can you tell?

Zephyr Bar

Darling Harbour

Let’s just say cocktails on the 12th floor are always a good idea (especially at the Hyatt’s Zephyr Bar, the new luxe sky bar for your upcoming Sunday sessions). And this one is catering for all your cocktail needs with Sydney’s largest range of aperitifs and spirits, frozen cocktails, and vintage rums dating all the way back to the 1950s. Snacks are also taken care of with truffle, mushroom and parmesan arancini balls up for grabs. Heads up, this is no beer establishment, instead you’ll find Mai Tai’s on tap, which in our opinion, is ten times better.



The new kids of Balmain know how to breakfast and brunch. Mr. is serving up Will & Co. coffee, teas, jams, preserves, pickles, sauces and baked goods all made fresh every day. Breakfast calls for their signature Mr. Muffin, an English Muffin with scrambled eggs, grilled ham, American and tasty cheese and a secret BBQ sauce made with a dash of Will & Co Coffee (and it’s tasty AF). But if you’re up for a sweet start, you’ll want to order up their breakfast donuts (yes, you read that right, dessert for breakfast is now officially a thing) with ricotta, grilled peach, honey and ginger crumb. However  come 10am onwards, your boozy brunch awaits with vodka infused lemonade. Life made.



These guys are adding even more foodie glam to the streets of Barangaroo. Giving us no shortage of cocktail bars, Nola brings us Sydney-siders a bar with a big focus on American whiskey and all of the food. You’ll be stoked to know these guys have two large smokers and a live-fuel pit, meaning they’ll be creating authentic Louisiana-style meat and seafood dishes before your very eyes. This also means epic feeds perfect for long lunches including whole flounder with parsley salad, dry aged beef brisket, some of the best slaw on the planet… we could go on all day.

Pilu Bar And Kiosk


If coming straight off the beach and sitting down to negronis, spritzers, oysters and salumi sounds like you’re kinda thing, you’re not alone. And lucky for you, the cafe-shack at Freshwater is getting for a major reno and transforming into a seriously awesome beach bar. Hallelujah. And don’t stress, Pilu will keep serving up their cafe fare with a few extra goodies added to their menu (like cooked breakfasts). Plus, they’ll be open every day of the week… and that’s a major win for Sydney.


Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach will now be packing even more flavour with its latest addition, Blanca. We’re talking a Japanese Mediterranean inspired menu, cocktails, sake, wine. Just yes. The chefs here are giving you a heap of snacks, a raw and cured section, meat, seafood and sides. And don’t worry; vegetarians are well looked after here with a number of savoury dishes to select. And just to give you a taste, think pork ribs in miso caramel, blanca black bun with crispy soft shell crab and mayo and yes, you should definitely hit up the Blanca sour, with Marker’s Mark, yuzu sake, lemon and egg white. 



For all your carb needs, we guarantee Omeio will be your new go-to for freshly baked goods. This delicatessen serves up fresh bread, pastries, carefully sourced cheese and cured meat, organic fruit and vegetables and homemade sandwiches. If kick starting your day with a cup of coffee and a plate of their sweet vanilla ricotta crostini with fresh figs and roasted almonds isn’t the greatest thing ever, we don’t know what is. 

Mug Life


As one of Sydney’s newest nosheries, you’ll wish this delicious little hub had made an appearance years ago.  And let’s be honest, Mug Life is about as close as you’re going to get to re-living the golden years (because growing up as a 90s kid is one of those things you never get sick of boasting about). The duo behind Dr. Dough Donuts is bringing us speciality beverage brews and fourteen different flavoured donuts, naturally. We’re talking amazing coffee concoctions (if you thought your de-caf three-quarter latte with a dash of almond milk was fancy, stand back) including nitrogen-infused cold brew served on tap and tea shakes (by tea great Cha Cha Tea) like the apple watermelon and rose shake with beet & hibiscus cream which literally needs to be seen to be believed.



There’s no such thing as too many Italian eateries, keep them coming we say. And lucky for us, the foodie Gods have given us Tinello, Sydney’s latest Italian food hub with an international wine list located in the historic Valhalla building in Glebe. And when is roast spatchcock with fregola a bad idea? Answer: never.

Happy D’s


We have two words for you Sydney: dumpling bar. It’s what happens when two of the greatest things ever become one of the greatest things ever. And that’s a fact. This joint is already steamin’ with a whole lot of love from Sydney-siders and we’re not surprised, booze and dumplings has always been an epic combo (especially when Asashi is on offer). Happy D’s is the hole in the wall powered by mother and son duo Andrew and Debra Watts. You’ll find staple dumpling faves (think BBQ pork buns and prawn gow gee), Shanghai pork soup dumplings and a weekly special guaranteed to satisfy your dumpling fix.

Looking for more things to do this March? We found 26.

Image credit: Mr. 

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