Time to tackle a new suburb of feeds? Or just a local that hasn’t done enough exploring? This guide should more than enough to get you out and discovering the best cafes and restaurants in Randwick!
You know you’re in good hands when you look around a café and everyone seems to be on familiar terms with the staff. That’s just what we love about Randwick café Rell’s Kitchen, the sense of ‘coming home’ after just a few visits. Oh, and the delicious menu, of course. We can never deny ourselves a plate of gorgeously fluffy pancakes topped with ricotta and mixed berries, although if it’s been a big week, we might just opt for the healthy buckwheat option. There are homemade specials every week at Rell’s, so try to head in with an open mind, strike up a chat with the friendly staff and be prepared for a new favourite café.
Lebanon & Beyond
If you’re all about good food, good company and good times, then Lebanon & Beyond is a must visit when looking for a restaurant in Randwick. Walking in you feel like you’ve gone back in time to 1980’s Beirut, welcomed with Lebanese music and vivid orange walls. Try the mouth-watering garlic chicken, taste a variety of all flavours with the mixed meat platter, or go for the banquet menu which offers great variety and value for money. Plus, there’s plenty of tantalising dishes to try for vegetarians too. With massive portion sizes and BYO option you’ll never leave hungry (or thirsty)!
Gusto Espresso Bar & Bake Bar
Gusto Espresso and Bake Bar have teamed up to make a double whammy café on Frenchmans Road. Bake Bar pride themselves on using only organic and sustainable produce, so you will be sure to get fresh and healthy treats. With loaves of warm bread and spelt-carrot cupcakes you are sure to find something that will tickle your fancy. Pick up a coffee as well, and you’re officially winning at breakfast.
Inside the sandstone walls of this old building in Randwick, you will find The Cookhouse, an inviting pub-bar and bistro that dates back to the 1850s. This is a perfect place to go for dinner and drinks, with cool background music and intimate vibes. The menu includes tapas and large share plates with favourites including the twice-cooked pork belly and prawn puttanesca.
Located at the unassuming end of Avoca Street this Randwick café should not be overlooked. With over 40 dishes on the menu, there’s an impressive sense of a global and cross-cultural community ranging from a Bangkok breakfast to a Canadian Heartbreaker consisting of a pikelet tower with a side of bacon, fried eggs and dripping with maple syrup. Not to mention the guys at Duke's are serious about their coffee, so try a cuppa made from 100% Arabica beans.
The Sweet Spot Patisserie
If you’ve just finished a movie or eaten dinner in The Spot and aren’t quite ready for your night to end, head over to The Sweet Spot Patisserie for a night-cap. The glass display showcases a range of European and traditional inspired Greek sweets and cakes. This cosy patisserie just may hit the spot!
Four Frogs Creperie
Wishing you could enjoy a European summer in France like the rest of your friends who are gallivanting in Europe fattening up on crepes? Well, now you can (sort of)! Four Frogs Creperie is located in the heart of The Spot and run by head chef and owner Florian Guillemard, a born and raised Frenchman, who has given the crepes a Fraussie (French x Aussie) touch. If you’re feeling sweet then try the coconut ice cream crepe with homemade dark Belgian chocolate sauce, or on the other end of the spectrum, try the prosciutto, tomato, Swiss cheese and fresh basil crepe.
Mmmm… Can you smell those spicy and plush Thai flavours? Chat Thai has all your favourite goodies as well as the must try super-spicy som dtum (green papaya salad) and coconut-pandang dumplings. If you want to try something different then try their Kanorm Buaing which is a traditional favourite across many markets in Thailand. The restaurant can get quite busy but the food and pricing make it great value for money, and easily one of the best Thai restaurants in Sydney.
This Sydney café welcomes you with colourful fresh salads and perfectly poached eggs every time! Parc Café is conveniently located near Centennial Park, so you can go for a stroll and then fill up on the all day breakfast menu. Brand new on the menu is their winning brekkie combination which includes poached pear, rhubarb, yoghurt, mint and pistachio. You can also warm your soul with a hearty winter soup of spiced kumara, with chickpea, feta and crisp onions.
Last but not least is this exquisitely authentic Indonesian restaurant in Sydney. Jimbaran caters for a variety of palates and occasions with banquet and a la carte menus. You can sit outside under the leaves of the Balinese styled courtyard and really get that laid-back Balinese experience. Try the Ikan Balado crispy deep fried whole snapper or a traditional padang curry for some succulent meat.
Image credit: Nicola Sevitt for Rell's Kitchen