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8 Of The Best Venues To Hit At Darling Square’s Insane New Mega Precinct

By Jessica Best
6th Aug 2019

Darling Harbour has a brand new mega precinct housing 29 fresh venues you need to start exploring stat. Yep, if you’ve done Steam Mill Lane from top to toe, your next foodie adventure is imminent and you’ll want to brace yourselves because there’s a big wave of delicious districts to work through (including tattoo parlours, clothing stores and beauty outposts).

Adding to this already buzzing strip of epic eats, you’ll now find the Maker’s Dozen, an industrial-style providore marketplace and collective of dessert and pastry creators, craft beer and food specialists. You can also make song requests around this area through a secret DJ app.

There’s also the neon-lit Little Hay Street, home to Tokyo-inspired concept stores, Filipino food and cocktails, Chinese tea, K-Beauty and a couple of dessert staples: Shortstop and Gelato Messina. You’ll also find an extension of Newtown’s infamous and spicy Thirteen Feet Tattoo here.

More venues have also been added to Darling Square’s Nicolle Walk, like Marrickville’s Vietnamese joint Hello Auntie. Harbour Street will house a heap of speciality coffee and tea.

To help you live your best food-coma life, here are eight of the best new venues to hit up at Darling Square.

Hello Auntie

Nicolle Walk

Compared to its Marrickville outpost, Darling Square's Hello Auntie will preach all things bar-worthy. That means this gem will offer up an extensive range of cocktails and wine alongside an epic slew of its signature Vietnamese eats that break leaps and bounds on the foodie front.

Pasta Wafu

Maker’s Dozen

Sydney, meet your next Japanese pasta joint. Pasta Wafu comes armed licensed and with delicious feeds like miso bolognese with shisho and nori with Japanese sake. This Italian-Japanese eatery comes from the same crew behind Barangaroo’s vermouth bar Banksii and Ume Burger so yeah, the stakes are high.

DOPA Donburi And Milk Bar

Little Hay Street

Enter Devon’s new concept Store, DOPA Donburi and Milk Bar. This venue bears an all-day dining menu and is inspired by the streets of Tokyo. DOPA’s desserts reimagine the old-school miruku bar (milk bar) allowing Devon to really flex their dessert muscle. Expect Japanese loaded milkshakes, kakigori shaved ice desserts, parfaits, puddings and giant matcha cookies. You can also score a Japanese-style breakfast, with a range of sandos and dons served alongside Devon’s own house blend coffee.

Bucket Boys Bar And Bottle Shop

Maker’s Dozen

Originating in Marrickville, Bucket Boys Bottle Shop is your one-stop shop to embrace local brewers, international brands, spirits and a natural wine selection that is exclusively Australian and family-owned. Next door to the bottle shop, The Bucket Boys team have brought their beers and beverages together with 20 taps on site. You’re also in for purple alcoholic lemonade and ginger beer.  

Bubble Nini

Maker’s Dozen

Bubble Nini servest bubble tea that’s equal parts tasty and ‘gram-worthy. It also sells bunches of flowers by a floral designer and handmade gifts. Here, the pearls are handmade every morning using fresh ingredients and all of their teas are sourced from Taiwan. Go in hard on concoctions like “The Sun and Moon”, a Sun Moon Lake black tea with caramelised brown sugar and milk. Then there’s the “Honey I’m Home”, a butterfly pea flower tea with fresh lemon and lime, aloe-vera jelly and chia seeds.

Hakata-Maru Ramen

Nicolle Walk

Originating in Japan, the Hakata-Maru Ramen flagship means you’re in for super authentic Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen. The team here keep things simple with broth, noodles (Hakata-style al dente, thin and straight) and toppings for maximum food-comas and they also serve a variety of rice and side dishes including bao, katsu curry and karaage chicken. 

Rey Jr

Little Hay Street

Rey Jr offers a taste of Filipino food and is brought to you by Aussie-born owner Jonathan Bayad. Named after his Filipino father, Rey Jr is made up of share menus and strong beach vibes. It’s also drenched in epic cocktail and dessert combos.

Hopper Kadé

Maker’s Dozen

Hopper Kadé combines hawker-style food from the streets of Colombo with modern flavours. Since opening in February 2016 at the Balmain markets to its Crown Street hub, Hopper Kadé has churned out some of the best hoppers, curries, sambols, spicy sides, roti wraps and kadé bowls around.

And here's a heap of other new openings in Sydney you need to check out stat.

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