We’ve teamed up with Peroni to bring you our What’s Trending hit-list: your monthly guide to maximising life in the city. We’re cutting through the chatter and counting down our top 10 hottest new openings, events, and trending happenings in Sydney this month, so you won't miss a thing.
One of the best parts of living in Sydney is that there are always new cafes, restaurants and bars to visit. We’ve eaten more than what’s probably good for us, scrolled through our Instagram feeds, and watched our fair share of Snapchat stories to see what’s trending in Sydney this month.
#1 The Potting Shed’s peanut butter ice cream with salted caramel popcorn
So you think you can dessert? Well, check out The Potting Shed’s salted caramel popcorn and peanut butter ice cream that has a waffle cone thrust into it and is served in a gold bucket. It truly is a beautiful thing and well worth the imminent sugar crash. We suggest you offset the sweetness with a Peroni and a nice long nap.
#2 Baos from Mr Bao
If these baos were life size, we would happily curl up within the soft steamed buns and never leave. Mr Bao started up as a market stall in Glebe and Bondi and now has a bricks and mortar store in the CBD. Order up big on the baos (the karaage chicken is our favourite) and be transported to bao heaven.
#3 Red Velvet pancakes from Local Mbassy
There’s red velvet cake. And there are pancakes. When you combine the two, breakfast magic happens. Head to Local Mbassy for their definitely-not-low-calorie red velvet pancakes which not only look epic, but taste epic too. Don’t spend too much time Instagramming them though, you’ll want to get them into your bellies ASAP.
#4 The degustation at Automata
If you follow as many foodies on social media as we do, you’ll have seen them gushing about the deliciousness that is the food at new Sydney restaurant, Automata. Here, you’ll find five courses of unique and seasonal dishes from Chef Clayton Wells, including the much raved about house-baked bread with whipped butter.
#5 Korean tacos at POKLOL pop-up
Ko-Mex is a beautiful thing. Whoever thought up the unexpectedly harmonious combination of Korean food and Mexican food should be given some kind of taco/kimchi-shaped trophy. Until the end of November, head to Kensington Street’s Spice Alley for the POKLOL pop-up where they’re serving up Korean tacos as well as chichi fries with Bulgogi beef. Deeeeelicious!
#6 Fancy cakes from Unbirthday Bakery
The quirky cakes by Nikki Lee make us wish it were our birthday every day (without the getting older bit). The bright, fun and happy cakes from Unbirthday Bakery have a strict non-fondant policy and basically scream PARTY! With over 128,000 followers on Instagram, it’s pretty easy to see that these cakes are trending this month and will be trending for a while.
#7 The waterfront views at the newly revamped Foy's Kirribilli
If there’s one thing Sydneysiders don’t tire of, it’s beautiful harbour views. The newly opened Foys Kirribilli is set within Sydney’s oldest open boat sailing club and is already hugely popular with locals and those in the know. Sit yourself on the balcony with a couple of rosés, beers and food, and watch the world go by. Cheers!
#8 Gnocchi at Beccafico
Gnocchi went out of food fashion for a while there, being overtaken by the likes of pappardelle, ragu and Napoli pizza, but judging by the amount of restaurants doing pillowy-soft gnocchi, we can say that it’s back. With a vengeance. The gnocchi at newly opened Waterloo Italian restaurant, Beccafico, with prawns, broccolini and pangrattato makes us remember why we love the stuff. Couple this dish with a Peroni or a nice glass of Italian wine, and call it an evening.
#9 Crazy flavoured teas at The Rabbit Hole
Tea has had a makeover! At the newly opened Rabbit Hole, tea is taken to a whole new level with specially created blends (using real fruit) and all organic leaves, coupled with expertly brewed cups of the stuff. Take a seat in their gallery-like café or take some tea home with you for some in-home brewing.
#10 Grocery & Grog’s cheese and meat boards
Cheese and meat is always a winning combination. This eatery in Marrickville is not only peddling fine spirits, wines and brews, they’re also doing some damn delicious eats here. A special mention goes to their epic cheese and meat boards which will be sure to get people double tapping the moment you upload it to Insta. Once you’ve finished eating your weight in charcuterie, roll over to The Henson (it’s the same venue) and wash it all down with a Peroni.
We're beyond thrilled to partner with Peroni to bring you the What’s Trending series—our monthly guide to the hottest new openings, events, and Instagrammable happenings in Sydney. Each edition of What’s Trending is researched and recommended by The Urban List, and served to you by Peroni—our go-to beer when we’re after something deliciously crisp to sip. Look out for our monthly Peroni What’s Trending hit-list for everything hot in your city right now, and while you’re working your way through the list, relax with a long cold Peroni at the hotspots marked with a ribbon. Buon Appetitio!
Image credit: Daryl Kong at Grocery & Grog