A Foodies Guide To 48 Hours In Sydney

Foodies Guide To 48 Hours In Sydney

Are you a foodie who is headed for a short holiday to Sydney sometime in the near future? Looking to fill your trip with as many delicious dishes, treats and snacks as humanly possible? If you answered yes to both of these questions, you’ve landed on the perfect article. Aside from its amazing shopping, gorgeous harbours and quality people, there is a reason why Sydney is famous for its vibrant food culture. With so many restaurants, cafes, eateries and bakeries to choose from, Sydney is the perfect melting pot of food, flavours and culture all in one. 

Regardless of whether you have just a day or two in Sydney, filling your belly with incredible eats is as easy as pie — pun completely intended. Whether you’re looking for something gourmet or simply the the best burgers in Sydney, in this foodie’s guide we share the top 10 destinations that every gastronome should visit at least once for the ultimate meal in Harbour City. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a fork and read on to find out more!

  • Mary’s

Known by locals as an institution that serves some of the best beer and burgers in the city, Mary’s in Sydney is a must-visit destination for anyone who is looking for awesome music and an incredible feed. Famous for their Classic Mary’s Burger (grass-fed beef, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and Mary’s sauce), Spicy Fried Chicken Burger (buttermilk fried chicken, spicy mayo & thick-cut pickles), and glorious golden fries, it is definitely no surprise that hoards of people can be seen queuing up outside this establishment for a taste of heaven. 

As an added bonus, those who look beyond the juicy burgers are rewarded with an incredible bar you’ll want to linger in. With over ten cocktails on offer, wine by the glass, plus a handful of stubbies from crafty crews like Feral, Newstead and Moo Brew, Mary’s is the ultimate destination for foodies, friends and fun alike. Most importantly, there are four Mary’s outlets scattered around Sydney (Newtown, CBD, Castle Hill, Reiby Place), meaning you’re never too far away from those juicy buns. Without a doubt, these guys are the kings of the good quality, classic American-style burger that is guaranteed to leave any and everyone satisfied. 

  • Black Star Pastry

Home to the world’s “most instagrammed cake”, Black Star Pastry is an iconic Sydney institution that people from all over the world flock to. Their signature insta-famous Strawberry Watermelon Cake (fresh watermelon, light rose scented cream, fragrant rose petals) is to-die-for, but don’t let that distract you from an array of other incredible sweet delights including the Chocolate Mirage, Dragon Cake, Earl Grey Chiffon, Custard Flan and many more. 

As of 2022, they are also serving up an incredible Strawberry Watermelon Latte, Mirage Hot Chocolate and a variety of different teas, coffees and more for all to enjoy. The icing on the cake (no pun intended), is that everything in this bakery is handmade with love and integrity, and without any artificial flavourings or dyes added to the mix. So, if you have a sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied, look no further than the famous Black Star Pastry. 

  • Sydney Fish Market

Established in 1966 and located on Blackwattle Bay, the Sydney Fish Market is one of the largest working fishing ports (after Japan) and wholesale fish markets. Aside from the vibrant atmosphere and hoards of people who flock to this iconic Sydney hub for their weekly pilgrimage, you’ll find a wide variety of seafood retail sections and eateries where you can order fresh seafood and have them cooked on the spot – deep fried, grilled, fried or sashimi style. Aside from the freshest catch of the day, there are numerous stalls selling amazing coffee, pastries, ice cream and more to enjoy with friends, family and loved ones. 

If you’re in for a morning of fun, food and of course, fish, nothing beats heading down to this iconic fish market located on the harbour in Blackwattle Bay. Explore the 10 best dishes to try at the Sydney fish market here

  • Bourke Street Bakery

The Bourke Street Bakery pastry chefs pride themselves on making real food the old fashioned way: from the best ingredients, by hand, with dedication and love. Located all over Sydney (Surry Hills, Newtown, North Sydney, Parramatta, Barangaroo and more), this legendary boulangerie is home to some of Sydney’s most divine pastries, cakes and tarts. If you’re truly looking to be blown away, we can’t rave enough about their legendary Ginger Brulée Tart, composed of a buttery tart shell, spiced custard filling and a layer of crisp caramelised sugar topped with pistachio.

If a sweet pick me up isn’t quite your cup of tea, we recommend sampling a variety of their savoury  pies, quiches and sausage rolls that are bound to leave you spellbound. The Pork and Fennel Sausage Roll is particularly divine, with its buttery flaky pastry and beautifully juicy pork filling. We are seriously obsessed with this place, and we guarantee you will be too! 

  • Long Chim

Crowned the best Thai food in the city (no small feat given the amount of competition that exists in Sydney), Long Chim is a CBD establishment that serves up some of the most incredible Thai eats in the city, or dare we even say, country. This hip eatery with a modern industrial setting serves Thai classics including curries, stir fries, noodles & meat dishes. Some must-try eats include their Green Curry of Beef Brisket, Pad Prik Khing Chicken, Crab Fried Rice and Barramundi and Green Mango Salad. 

Michelin star chef David Thompson uses authentic Thai ingredients and cooking methods to replicate the food of modern Bangkok right in the middle of the Sydney CBD. With each dish he creates a perfect balance between sweet, sour, spicy and savoury, always highlighting the unmistakable spice that authentic Thai food is famous for. As an added bonus, Long Chim is conveniently located less than 30 seconds walk from the Hall, making it the perfect dinner option while you’re in the CBD or before a night out on the town. 

  • Cow and The Moon Gelato Bar 

If you’re a fan of icy sweet delights, no trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to the famous Cow and The Moon Gelato Bar. This family-run coffee and gelato bar based in Enmore in Sydney’s inner-west, is most well known for their mouth-watering Mandorla Affogato flavour, which won them World’s Best Gelato at 2014’s Gelato World Tour in Rimini, Italy. What a feat indeed! 

However, if coffee, almonds and toffee aren’t your speed, there are dozens of gelato and sorbet flavours to choose from, including classics such as Hazelnut, Fig & Mascarpone, Black Sesame and Raspberry White Chocolate. We also absolutely adore the subtle twang in their Cherry Sorbet, something that we could eat by the bucket full. If you’re celebrating a special event, there are also a number of different Gelato cakes on offer. This one is an ice cream lover’s dream come true, so be sure to head down to the Cow and The Moon for the ultimate in icy-cold indulgence. 

  • Maybe Sammy 

If you’re passionate about cocktails, you need to stop what you’re doing now and rush down to Maybe Sammy, located in Harrington Street on the Rocks. Channels the opulence and excess of Las Vegas in the late 1950s, this iconic destination was officially recognised as one of the 50 best bars in the world…11th place, to be exact. If you’re in the mood to sip on some of the world’s best cocktails (including their signature Jasmine Negroni and Italian Dirty Martini ) while listening to jazz and swing, it’s time to put on your Sunday best for an elegant evening just a few minutes away from the Sydney Opera House. 

Maybe Sammy combines flawless service with singular cocktails, making it the ultimate destination for anyone looking to end the day on a high. Do note that Maybe Sammy is a walk in only venue, catering to a maximum group size of 8 pax. So, be sure to get in early for a taste of ultimate opulence in a fancy glass! 

  • Gigi Pizzeria

Vegans and vegetarians, don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten you. If you’re up for some of the best plant-based eats in the city, look no further than Gigi Pizzeria in Newtown. Easily one of the best vegan hangouts in Sydney, and, given how incredible these guys are at creating world-class vegan pizza— this iconic eatery is the perfect introduction to plant-based dining for both seasoned veggos and those who are a little hesitant. With a menu dedicated to traditional Italian dishes with a veganised twist — Gnocchi al forno, Focaccia all’aglio e rosmarino, Cannoli and of course, vegan Pizza pies — Gigi Pizzeria serves up mouthwatering dishes that even die-hard carnivores are guaranteed to love. 

What makes Gigi extra unique is that it remains a member of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, which verifies authentic Napoletana-style, woodfired pizza. So, it’s vegan, but it’s also hardcore legit, just in case you needed further convincing. Keep in mind that Gigi’s doesn’t take bookings or reservations, so be sure to get in early if you don’t want to end up stuck in line for hours! 

  • Comeco Foods Cafe

If you’re in a particularly snacky mood, nothing beats heading down to Comeco Foods Cafe in Newtown. This snack paradise serves up a plethora of different bites, from Organic Cinnamon Sugar Sourdoughnuts and Sweet Potato Brownies to Japanese Curry Doughnuts and Sushi Platters galore! They have also perfected their recipe for a delicious, fluffy Rice Bread that is allergy free, and doesn’t use any food additives including guar gum or xanthan gum.

Aside from their famous Rice Bread, all the treats served up at Comeco are vegan, gluten and dairy free, and made with all natural ingredients. However, don’t let that fool you – even without dietary restrictions, hoards of people head to this incredible destination to smile and eat delicious food together that is safe and allergen free! 

  • Big Poppa’s 

Last but not least, no foodie’s guide to Sydney is complete without including at least one iconic late-night spot to satisfy those early morning (or late night?) cravings. When the 2am cravings hit, Big Poppa’s is there to deliver. Located on Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, this late-night joint is a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike, so don’t be surprised if you walk through a packed upstairs restaurant at midnight on a weeknight. Serving up endless portions of hand-cut pasta, Italian cheeses, cured meats, gelato and delicious wine, Big Poppa’s offers a vast menu that is available all day and up to 2:30am. 

Fun Fact: Mondays are spaghetti night at Big Poppas, so treat yourself to  a giant bowl of pork, beef and veal ragu with a liberal sprinkle of Parmigiano-Reggiano for just $23. What more could you want out of life? Nothing, that’s what.

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And there you have it – the top 10 destinations for anyone with 48 hours to spare in sensational Sydney. So, what are you waiting for? Put on your favourite pair of stretchy pants, head out and conquer the world, one dish and cocktail at a time. 

Do you plan on visiting any of these iconic Sydney eateries? Have a couple of suggestions of your own? Be sure to share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below! 

Abbas Jahangir

I am a researcher and writer with a background in food and nutritional science. I am the founder of Foodstrend.com, our reputable online platform offering scientifically-backed articles on health, food, nutrition, kitchen tips, recipes, diet, and fitness. With a commitment to providing accurate and reliable information, we strive to empower our readers to make informed decisions about their health and lifestyle choices. Join us on Foodstrend.com's journey toward a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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