If you’re looking at visiting Sydney for a holiday, often you will want to enjoy some of the beautiful sights that this great city has to offer. On top of that, you’re likely to want to eat some amazing food! If you don’t feel like buying groceries and cooking up a meal in your Meriton serviced apartment while staying in Sydney, there are so many different options for eating out. In fact, because of the many options, some find the choice overwhelming.
With so many restaurants, bars and cafes in this great city, it’s hard to know which ones are great and which ones are lacking in quality. We’ve done some research, and here are our top seven places to eat in Sydney.
Altitude Restaurant, Shangri-La Hotel
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat as well as a place to take in the beautiful views of the world-class Sydney Harbour, then go no further than Altitude Restaurant. It is situated in Shangri-La Hotel on the 36th floor, and has one of the best views over the Harbour.
And best of all, their restaurant has the honour of winning several awards for their modern Australian cuisine, using some of the finest and freshest ingredients possible. If you want to stay a little longer and keep looking at that gorgeous view, their Blu Bar on the same floor allows you to have a couple of drinks and take it all in again.
If you’re venturing out towards North Shore and getting out of the city for a while, be sure to drop in at Hugo’s in Manly. Homestyle, Italian cuisine is what is served up here at Hugo’s, and they have the recognition of winning “Best Pizza in the World” at the New York Pizza Challenge.
Additionally, they have won “Best Pizza Restaurant in Australia” several times. If that isn’t motivation enough to dine here, this place has a great view also. It’s not far to walk once you get off the ferry at Manly, and is actually situated off the Wharf itself. It faces Manly Cove and has stunning seafront views.
The outdoor terrace allows you to soak up the sun and views all while eating some of the best meals in the world.
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat that’s a little bit more casual but as high quality as the fine dining restaurants planted around the city, then head to Cafe Paci. This is a “pop up” eatery that is situated in the old Cafe Pacifico site. At the moment it looks like it will be open until December 2015, but fingers crossed this pop up eatery stays a little longer. Parts of the old Cafe Pacifico are still seen, such as the bright stairs leading in to the sign out the front.
The neon sign has been changed to only illuminate “Cafe Paci” (pronounced pah-si) and fittingly, the head chef is none other than Pasi Petanen. Surely this is a “sign” that this great Cafe is here to stay!
Perhaps you’re looking at seeing a show by the Sydney Theatre Company, in which case you can grab a delicious bite to eat or have a drink at the Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf. The modern Australian menu provides great options for groups, as they serve up share-plates which are perfect for an outing to the theatre.
There’s a selection of locally crafted beers and ciders as well as a stunning cocktail list. Added to this, you can see beautiful views of the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park as your backdrop while you eat. It’s great place to be, and is warm, friendly and inviting.
Level 47 Australia Square, 264 George Street, Sydney
If you want a place to go to eat where you can look at the view and not worry that you’ll get a below-par seat, then head to O Bar and Dining. This restaurant is one of three places to dine in Sydney that actually revolves. So no matter where you are seated, you’re going to get glimpses of all parts of this scenic city.
To top it off, O Bar and Dining have a healthy eating concept, so their meals use whole foods and sustainable produce that is both eye-catching and delicious.
If you’re looking for somewhere to dine that is going to totally blow you away, then Aria is a great option. Situated in Circular Quay, there is definitely plenty to see while you dine. Co-owned by famous chef, Matt Moran, this sophisticated place to dine is definitely an experience not to be missed. Aria also has an exclusive table seating 6-8 people for lunch or dinner that overlooks the kitchen. With many foodies, celebrities and celebrity spotters choosing to dine here, the food is not only delicious it’s art on a plate. Each dish is assembled ever so delicately, you’ll want to take a photo and frame it. When you’re not ogling over the food, you’ll be stunned by the views of Sydney.
Somewhere that is a little more relaxed is Playfair Cafe & Sandwich Bar. This cafe serves some of the tastiest burgers and wraps you’ll ever find. The portions are often very generous, and the coffee is great – even the fussiest coffee connoisseur will agree!
The service is excellent, and their friendly smile will keep you coming back for more during your visit to Sydney. With a wide and varied selection, this small cafe is a great little find that will definitely make you ready to take on this delightful city.