Sydney is bursting with hot spots as winter comes to a close, from gourmet grocers and champagne soirees to a modern touch on an old pub favourite. With so much happening in our fair city, we’ve made it easy and picked out the best new cafes, restaurants and bars in Sydney. Get those diaries and wallets ready, people!
The Rice Den
If you’re looking for good oriental-grub this winter to warm the heart and feed the soul, the team at The Rice Den in St Leonards are now dishing up modern Cantonese cuisine using farm-to-table ingredients to please hungry (and chilly) tummies. This foodie joint are the makers of their very own lager as well as a handful of delicious Canton-inspired cocktails if you’re a fan of pairing your crispy lamb spring roll with one (or two) tasty tipples. Don’t skimp on the sour plum sauce… It’s delicious.
Majestic Gourmet Grocers
Fresh produce, tick. Seasonal fruit and veg, tick. Decadent worldly delicacies and artisanal foodie delights, triple tick. This is a food market lovers’ paradise and one you must surely pay a visit. Once a grand theatre now a gourmet European grocer, MGG is where you can grab your seafood, breads, charcuterie and handmade treats. With its adjoining Harvest Market Restaurant, you can also sample the produce before you buy.
Champagne Soirée at Sydney's Stockroom
Sunday and champagne: two of the many worldly pleasures life on Earth has to offer. Double Bay’s Stockroom have gone and done the incredible and fused the two, serving up flutes of the luxurious Perrier-Jouët to be enjoyed during a Sunday Soiree. And that’s not all, guests will also be invited to feast from the gourmet buffet packed to the brim with delicacies and tasty treats. From 12 to 3pm, life doesn’t get better than this.
Jon Sewell Hair
New kids on the block Jon Sewell Hair, style, cut and colour with impeccable reviews and show-stopping results. The salon is founded, run and guided by John Sewell himself, a hairdresser with more than twenty years experience styling hair in both Sydney and across the pond in the UK. Whether you fancy a new look or just a simple trim, we recommend you pay this Potts Point based salon a little visit.
Cocktails are a’flowing at this new Darlinghurst bar, ripe for the drinking. The brainchild of some of Sydney’s best bartenders, Middlebar is patiently waiting for you to discover its new digs above Kinselas on Bourke Street. You can expect delicious gin cocktails, dumplings from Johnny Wong’s, and all around good times galore. In this chilly weather, we recommend going for the seasonal gin and juice, at the moment it’s Tanqueray with pressed packham pears, yum!
A French favourite, and equally loved by Sydney’s most stylish A.P.C (Atelier de Production et de Création) has opened its doors in Surry Hills on Crown Street. Luxury European fabrics and high-end fashion comes at a price, but who can resist beautiful basics like these? Their raw denim cut in classic styles is one of the brands most well known staples, but it’s their collaborations that keep their fans coming back season after season.
After months of renovations the doors have reopened at the Bellevue and it’s not just your average pub anymore. The menu has been transformed into an offering of modern European for a simple dinner or even a six-course tasting. But if you’re feeling a bit cashed up, there’s the oyster and caviar bar to get a bit fancy with. Don’t forget the Bellevue Terrace, it’s the perfect spot in the sun on a Sunday afternoon to savour the last of your weekend.
Winter is still alive and kicking in Sydney, so why not escape to Surry Hills’ very own slice of Jamaica? Rosie Campbell’s, where the streets of New York meet the spirit of Jamaica and bring with it some big flavour. Jerk chicken is a staple on the menu, but warm tropical flavours are sure to send your tastebuds on holiday. And if you’re rolling in later don’t forget the large rum selection, which will have you feeling like you’re in the Caribbean sun in no time.
Hankering for a fun Mexican night out with cocktails across the bridge? Los Vida ought to be your next port of call. Start with their refreshingly zesty Yucatan fish taco, with grilled barramundi in Yucatan marinade and a smokey rojo sauce. The zesty lime cabbage and pineapple salsa gives it a refreshing kick and gets you ready for a rum cocktail. There loft-style space encourages you to explore all its nooks and crannies with drink in hand.
This little cafe and sandwich shop is about to put Pagewood on the map (yes, we heard you go "pagewhere"?). Panivore is already courting locals with tall sandwiches and a dedication to their main craft - coffee. In addition to Mecca espresso, the team curate a small selection of pastries to keep your breakfast dessert fantasies alive. The breakfast roll is also a simple but well crafted thing of beauty, featuring a poached egg, Betti's BBQ sauce, Black Forest ham and kale. We'll certainly be eating our greens here!
Image credit: Rosie Campbell's