As much as we love a copious amount of cross-bun carb loading, there comes a time to put down those buns and trade them in for some of Sydney’s best cafes, restaurants and bars. Here’s a look at who’s open this Easter long weekend
Get your fix of brunch or lunch on Saturday and Sunday and soak up some sunlight in the beautiful courtyard at this Dulwich Hill café.
Ironwood Coffee Co.
All day breakfast paired with the perfect organic blend? Think BLTs, Belgian waffles and a sure-fire food coma—open all long weekend.
Barista & Cook
Head on over after Friday for a coffee-addict fuelled fantasy—cold drip, Chemex, V60 Pour Over, Gyse Coffee, Coffee ice-cream sliders and your normal favourites.
Get your hands on Ladurée’s world famous macarons this weekend (don’t miss their very special Easter editions either). Woollahra is open all weekend from 10am Friday, Sunday and Monday and 9am on Saturday. Westfield Sydney is closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday but open Satuday and Monday 9.30am – 6.30pm.
Devon Café and Devon on Danks
Surry Hills and Waterloo
Sneakers and champagne with fried chicken in shoe boxes. No joke. Friday, Saturday and Monday from 11;30am. Go. Go. Go.
Surry Hills and Crows Nest
It’s authentic Vietnamese meets modern aesthetics. Head on over to Surry Hills on Saturday and Crows Nest both Saturday and Sunday. Stuffing your face is an Easter prerequisite.
Lotus Restaurant & Dumpling Bar
Your go to home for lunch and dinner long-weekend dumplings from Saturday. Feeling fancy? Try their Easter seafood banquet for a sweet $65 per person to finish with a chocolate egg. And by egg we mean a rose syrup drizzled, salted caramel, coconut mousse and mango sorbet Valrhona Caribe chocolate egg surrounded by a nest of crisp pastry kind of egg.
Non-exclusive when it comes to food, this beach-side gem is home to sliders, pancakes with a twist and specialty tuna ceviche and lamb ragu with polenta chips. With a laid back vibe, it’s where you go when you want the globe on your plate. Head on over from Friday to Monday after 9am.
Open from 12pm this Saturday and Sunday, get your Cali-Mex on with tacos, cocktails and a whole lotta good times.
Open all weekend, the Botanist offers share plates among wooden tables and greenery.
Your luxurious spot for modern Australian cuisine on Saturday. Everything the name suggests, from 6pm.
Monopole is home to modern European this Saturday. It’s also the home to 500 rare boutique wines. So, cheers to that!
Din Tai Fung
World Square, Chatswood, Central Park and Miranda
Superpower Din Tai Fung is here to curb all Chinese food cravings. Open from 11 from Saturday through to Monday and for dinner from 5pm at Central Park.
Kensington Street Social
Doors open all weekend from as early as 7:30am (Friday, Monday and 8am Saturday, Sunday) for a showcase of modern Australian cuisine.
Nestled at the top of The Old Clare Hotel, it’s a British take on modern Australian. Open Friday and Saturday from 12-3pm and again at 6pm. Lunch and dinner, covered.
Serving up the classics along with the best quality Asian produce in Sydney from 11am, Friday and Saturday.
Taste of Shanghai
World Square, Ashfield, Eastwood, Hurstville, Chatswood
Spend your weekend funds on traditional noodles and loads of dumplings. Open every day except for Good Friday (World Square only).
Doors wide open Saturday and Monday, authentic Chinese cuisine screams Mrs Mi. Their xiao long bao is calling your name.
You haven't had ramen, until you’ve Salaryman-d. Jump on the bandwagon for lunch and dinner on Friday and dinner (again) on Saturday and Monday.
The whole Merivale gang has your entire weekend sorted. Spend Good Friday chowing down on seafood deliciousness from The Fish Shop, The Beresford, Coogee Pavillion, Papi Chulo, and The Newport. Keep it going with feasts all throughout the rest of the weekend at ivy and Establishment. Food coma for days? We think yes.
CHISWICK and CHISWICK at the Gallery
Woollahra and CBD
Open all weekend in Woollahra and from Saturday at the Gallery, everyone’s favourite restaurant is here to join the Easter fun. Greenhouse-chic, this modern Australian kitchen is inventive and delicious to the core.
Waterman’s Lobster Co.
Seafood amongst slicked back sea-inspired surroundings is the name of the game. Open all weekend from 12pm.
Sydney Fish Market
On the hunt for some fresh seafood this weekend? Open all weekend and with extended hours on Good Friday (5am-5pm), chances are you’ll have the pick of the sea in no time.
North Bondi Fish
Because you know you're going to end up at the beach at least once over the long weekend, North Bondi Fish is open every single day for lunch and dinner to keep you well fed and watered, meaning your beach day just got might tasty.
This French-Caribbean, Potts Point hotspot open from Saturday (closed on Easter Monday) has beautiful city views and cocktails to match. Ideal for a casual weekend eat and drink.
Bars and pubs
Everything is coming up Millhouse at Manly's Daniel San this Easter Long weekend. Open normal hours every day, except Good Friday which is midday until 10pm, you can expect your usual good times, as well as $3 pork buns all day Easter Monday. Hell yes.
French flair on contemporary share-plates for lunch and dinner this Easter long weekend. Think cured meats, decadent cheeses at the bar and land and sea tasting plates for a la carte
Adorned with pink and green, this illustrious basement built Oxford Street bar has your Saturday from 5pm.
Offering the quintessential bistro experience, leather chairs and wooden tables a’plenty. Grab the gang, because The Tilbury is open all weekend at the bar and the restaurant is open Friday - Sunday.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Waterfront views and nautical inspired interiors to match, this much beloved stop is here all weekend, serving up delicious food and Easter egg hunts from 1pm.
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Image credit: Merivale