You’d be hard pressed to find something as Aussie as the good ol’ pie. It’s on the same level as the weekend barbie or fish ‘n’ chips on the sand. While we still have a soft spot for freezer pie from the grocery store (don’t judge), the pies on this list are on a whole other level.
From pies just like your grandma used to make to unlikely flavour combinations that keep us coming back for more, these are the tasty pies that may flake on you, but in a totally good way. Let’s much our way through the best pies in Sydney.
The Pie Tin
With glass cabinets literally brimming with all your pie-fantasies, the only downside to The Pie Tin is having to decide which flavour of pie you’re going to have. The pie-wizards behind this Newtown fave have got all you carnivores sorted with their BBQ beef delight. But fear not vegos, there are plenty of options for you too! Be sure to save room for dessert because their sweet offerings are just as mouth-watering. Available from morning till night, this is the place to satisfy your pie cravings.
Miss Lilly’s Kitchen
Named after the head pie-artisan’s grandmother, Miss Lilly’s Kitchen is serving up this Aussie classic with a heaping of nostalgia on the side. Think hearty savoury fillings like chicken, leek and mustard, and the sweet and perfectly golden salted caramel and apple pies. Only using the best quality ingredients, you don’t have to think twice about digging into one of these pastry delights on a Saturday morning.
Rell’s Kitchen is the humble Randwick-haunt that locals don’t want you to know about for fear of growing crowds. But listen up closely Listers, because this is one Sydney café that you’ll want to add to your weekend must-dos. Whilst the oozing Nutella muffins are reason enough to come, their deliciously hearty homemade broccoli pie is equally as delicious. Need to feed the family? Then bring your bubs along, there’s even a dedicated kids corners stocked with toys and games to keep them occupied whilst you savour your much-deserved pie.
The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay
No doubt you’ve heard of The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay’s snapper pie? No? Well then you’d better get your tush across the ANZAC bridge stat! It is the stuff of legend—think the fluffiest of pastries with a heart-warming filling of snapper served with smoked tomatoes and mash. Pared with some killer waterfront views, there’s a reason why everyone is raving about this bad boy.
Stock up on some good karma and take a bite out of one of the pies at the eco-conscious Funky Pies. And the good stuff continues with whimsically named flavours such as Chilli Non-Carne and Funky Chunky delighting customers daily. Those steering clear of the gluten, you’re in luck with gluten-free options such as G’Day Satay and No Worry Curry to keep you happy. Can’t make it down to Bondi to try one of these little pockets of happiness in person? No problem, you can order them online and have these delicious pies delivered to your door. Score!
Bourke Street Bakery
Bourke Street Bakery—not just a café, it’s an institution. King of the pastry, the four pies on offer are well worth the queue. If you’re hankering for that good ole’ Aussie classic, then the simple beef pie is just the thing for you. But for those feeling a bit more adventurous, the beef brisket is an instant heart-warmer, the beef and bacon; the ultimate comfort food, and for those looking for a little zing, you can’t go past the chicken pie with a pea and lime pickle. Let the salivating commence!
We’d just like to make one addition to Uncle Willie’s wise words: My dear boy, this is the sort of day history tells us is better spent in bed with a pie. And thanks to the good folk at the Pie Society, you hardly have to lift a finger before their hand-crafted tins of pie-delight come a knockin’ on your door. Not only have they got your classic beef covered, but the smoked pulled pork and minty biodynamic lamb pie (which sounds like a superhero in our eyes), are equally as delectable. So stay in and get clickin’!
Black Star Pastry
Thanks to the spectacle that is Black Star Pastry’s strawberry, watermelon & rose cake you’d be forgiven for missing these pie-tastic bad boys. The lamb shank pie with a robust red wine sauce is an Urban List fave while the beef brisket and curry vegetable options certainly deliver as well. So take a moment to put your DSLR down and sample the savoury goodness on offer at Black Star.
This new Sydney cafe is about to give locals a new reason to rustle up a crowd. Every day Flour Drum knock out two magnificent pie varieties (one beef, one chicken), and quiche that will melt your heart. Everything is made from scratch by their head chef, formerly of Bourke Street Bakery. The pastry is properly buttery, the flavoursome filling full of tender chunks, and the house made spice-kissed tomato sauce a perfect accompaniment. There are whispers that the range will extend over time, but for now, head in before they sell out.
Image credit: Federica Portentoso at The Pie Tin and Flour Drum, Lisa Brooke at Funky Pies