From Kensington to Miranda (and let’s not forget Alexandria), we’re not letting this cold turn get us down and neither should you. There are a bunch of new openings this month in Sydney, but don’t be intimidated—we have done all of the hard work for you. Our tip: start with breakfast and work your way through to drinks at these new Sydney bars, cafes and restaurants… Oh, and shops too.
Kensington Street has added yet another gastronomical delight to their increasingly popular Asian street food hub, Spice Alley. KYO-TO is a two part Japanese eatery that caters for all occasions, whether you’re after the intimacy of their dining room or an authentic street food experience in their outdoor courtyard. You can indulge in steaming bowls of ramen, takoyaki (octopus balls) and okonomiyaki (traditional savoury Japanese pancakes) surrounded by live bamboo, Japanese lanterns and street art style murals of geishas.
Cake Wines Cellar Door
The guys behind Cake Wines have answered our calls, opening Sydney’s first cellar door, right in the heart of Eveleigh. Set inside a restored warehouse, the space has a raw industrial vibe with high ceilings and recycled wooden furnishings you would expect at a winery in the Hunter. They’re also jumping aboard Sydney’s cultural calendar, hosting special events for Sydney’s favourite festivals, like Vivid in May. For the non-wine drinkers, there will also be local beers, cider and craft spirits, offered alongside a menu of fresh pizza and artisan meats and cheeses.
Popular online-based Sydney florist has opened their first store in Paddington, in Sydney’s East. Grown from the modest idea to deliver flowers to a lucky few every Friday, the brick and mortar MyFlowerMan is now a full time service. Their aesthetic is unique, natural and focussed on simplified arrangements, available in mixed or single type bunches. But don’t worry, fans of their online store won’t be left out in the cold because, as far as their online store is concerned, it’s business as usual.
You say sourdough and we say Sonoma! Continuing their takeover of Sydney and firmly staking their claim as Sydney’s original Artisan Sourdough Bakery, Sonoma’s Rose Bay outpost is open for business. The interior is well thought out, with one side black and the other white, divided by a gold line that signifies the heat that transforms humble dough to delicious sourdough. Yep, pretty deep stuff. We don’t need to tell you how good the bread is, because it speaks for itself. The café features a food menu, coffee and, of course, their signature sourdough loaves.
Cali Press is on a mission to ensure that no person in Sydney is ever more than 15 minutes from their signature cold pressed juices. So, I may have made that up, but with the opening of their health café in Coogee, it suuuure seems that way. The café will feature their selection of cold pressed juices, smoothies and wholefoods to pick you up after even the naughtiest of weekends. We can’t go past the salted maple ball, which is a combination of nuts and dried fruits rolled in dried coconut (and neither should you).
Joining the ranks of Bread and Circus, Pana Chocolate and Don Campos, Fountain Street in Alexandria has gained a new recruit—Nguyen Brothers Vietnamese eatery. The menu features a pho recipe that’s been passed through generations (and is rightfully an instant hit) plus a DIY rice paper roll kit. So roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. In true Alexandria style, the venue is nestled within a converted warehouse complete with concrete floor, hanging basket lanterns and an open plan that makes it the perfect place to pick up a lunchtime pork roll.
Salt Meats Cheese
Just in case Fountain Street wasn’t foodie enough already (see above), Salt Meats Cheese have relocated their flagship store to this rapidly expanding food mecca. You can expect the same artisanal Italian fare that we have come to expect from one of Sydney’s most beloved delis and, don’t worry, they brought all of their cheese with them. Now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, there is also a full takeaway menu so you can feast at home—winter is coming after all.
B L Burgers
So, we all know the struggle of locking in a reservation at Bar Luca on a Friday night, right? Well thank the burger gods (or Sydney’s vocal lovers of Bar Luca), because James and Sarah Robbins have gone and opened up B L Burgers, a takeaway joint in Darlinghurst where we can all get our fix of meaty, cheesy, aioli slathered happiness. I’ll cut straight to the point—order the Blame Canada, a mash up of wagyu beef, maple-glazed bacon, poutine, maple aioli and a double serving of American cheese. It’ll have you rolling home, in the best possible way.
Located in Paddington, Morris is the delightful baby brother to popular Redfern café Scout’s Honour. Serving their famous signature sandwiches, they cater to the local UNSW students and professional’s lunch breaks alike, with toppings that are a little left of centre. But the fun doesn’t stop there. The fruit toast is as pretty as a picture, with sourdough smeared with labneh and topped with peach, lemon myrtle, toasted hazelnuts, blueberries, fresh mint and honey. The salads are constantly changing and luckily you can pick two (plus a side) and avoid food FOMO all together.
We have a bar in Kensington Street, people! Bar Chinois is a French-Asian fusion small terrace bar boasting an all day happy hour and flowing champagne from midday, every-single-day. They just get us, ‘ya know. The menu includes the ultimate fusion of Chinese and French delights, like the kimchi pomme frites topped with gruyere cheese and the signature sticky pork belly baguette with camembert, caramelised onion, pickled cucumber, red chilli, daikon, coriander and mint, which goes down a treat with a crisp Asahi beer.
The Clubhouse pop-up is a fun take on a preppy Hamptons style clubhouse and garden, nestled within the Entertainment Quarter and they’re here to stay. Well, for the next 12 weeks that is. The Clubhouse is a collaboration between Mad Pizza and the World Padel Club and will offer a drinking and dining space for 250 peeps. There will, of course, be pizzas as well as PIMMS, beers, wine and champagne alongside ping pong, Bocce ball, and Padel tennis too. Designed by the same team that put together The Grounds’ pop-ups during Sculptures by the Sea, you just KNOW that The Clubhouse will be insanely ‘grammable.
Put down the flat packs people, because luxury Scandinavian furniture is here to stay. The Scandinavian furniture emporium Fred International has transformed their Rosebery showroom into two hundred square metres of carefully curated, fresh Scandinavian living. There’s a good reason that these guys are Australia’s favourite distributor of Scandinavian furniture and lighting; their style is refined and crafted from honest materials. Rather than the often impersonal and cold experience of a traditional showroom, imagine a series of large-scale dioramas that’ll help you re-imagine your own living spaces at home.
Embrace your inner child at the largest trampoline park in the Southern Hemisphere; Sky Zone Miranda. Combining the best (and most fun) parts of parkour, rock climbing and ropes courses, it’s the Enduro Ninja Warrior obstacle course that has really got our attention. There are more than 100 interconnected trampolines so you can literally bounce off the walls and since we are all about workouts that don’t really feel like workouts it’s safe to say that Sky Zone are on to a winner.
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