sydney coffee & eats.
while i've already blogged about three of the restaurant experiences we really enjoyed in sydney - billy kwong, firedoor, saint peter - we obviously ate and drank at more places than that! the food in sydney was truly amazing. there was asian influence in everything, but it felt so natural (i hate to use the word fusion because fusion has always felt very forced in my experience) and really appealed to my palate. i wish we'd had more time to try more coffee shops (holy cow, there are SO. MANY.), more asian street food, more seafood! here are some of the best things we ingested!
'noOk Urban Fresh Bar
when we arrived off our long (but thankfully direct) flight from los angeles, we were pretty tired but had a full day ahead of us. our hotel room wasn't ready, so we dropped off our luggage and went looking for coffee and something to eat. there were many, many coffee shops right by our hotel (and all over sydney, honestly) but 'noOk looked particularly inviting and was exactly what we needed: a delicious flat white and a hearty breakfast.
48 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Skittle Lane Coffee
skittle lane is both a roaster and a very busy, very lovely coffee shop and they served a wonderful croissant as well! buttery and airy and flaky; perfect with a beautiful flat white. i wish we'd been able to bring a bag of their coffee back with us.
40 King St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Gumption by Coffee Alchemy
gumption was located inside one of the many beautiful shopping arcades, and their little space was adorable and very efficiently run. and their flat white was deeeelicious.
Shop 11, The Strand Arcade, 412-414 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Din Tai Fung at World Square
you better believe we stopped by a din tai fung while we were in sydney! i always love to compare the quality and dishes at din tai fungs in different countries. that they had tofu & century egg and water spinach on the menu made me REAL happy (these are not on the american menus *sigh*).
World Square 11, 04/644 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
we went to spice alley to satisfy my asian street food craving. it's a unique outdoor space with several "hawker-style eateries" a little hidden away in a back alley with a bunch of open seating. they have singaporean, thai, malaysian, chinese, vietnamese foods and more!
Kensington Street, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
Doyle's on the Beach
doyle's on the beach was recommended to us by our besties for fish & chips and we are so glad we went because this was the best fish & chips i've ever had in my life! you actually get to pick your fish, and we got the barramundi. it was perfection. light, crispy batter, perfectly cooked, flavorful, tender, flaky fish. it's not cheap, but you're also paying for a heckuva view back toward the city, and it's right off the ferry in watson's bay.
11 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay NSW 2030, Australia
Icebergs Dining Room & Bar
1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
we took a ferry all the way out to manly beach and ended up not doing much other than drink cold beer and wine and eat yummy seafood at manly wine. super chill space, and all the seafood was very fresh and beautifully plated. the people watching is pretty great too!
8/13 S Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia