We’re born and raised Sydney girls, and with a lifetime of food obsession we’ve built up quite a repertoire of our favourite places to shop, eat and play!
It’s all about spreading the love so we’re sharing our favourite hot spots to eat, drink and shop on foodmarketplace.com.au… and we all know the best things come in three’s so there;s plenty of places for you to visit!
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Top 3 Bakeries and grocers
1. Iggy’s bread
Iggy’s uses organic flour and a hundred year old sourdough starter to make Sydney’s best bread. Owner, Igor Ivanovic, pays close attention to the health of the starter by testing it twice a day, and it’s this unwavering commitment to his craft that brings the queues. Yes queues. Every day, rain, hail or shine locals are queuing outside his hole-in-the-wall shop in Bronte well before opening time at 7am, to make sure they get their daily dose! Truthfully, it’s somewhat of an addiction. Once you go Iggy’s you’ll never go back.
Expect: chewy, rustic sourdough with plenty of punchy flavour.
Favourite: The dark rye with caraway seeds reminds us of our grandma’s homemade bread in Poland… soooo good!
Location: 131 Macpherson Street, Bronte
2. Boulangerie Victoir
For lovers of classic French patisserie, Victoir’s is the next best thing to buying a one-way ticket to Paris! It’s the inner west’s best-kept secret… but Tetsyua and Neil Perry have long been fans, stocking Victoir's bread in their restaurants. The family run business has been in operation for 30 years and is a real part of the community. Generations of Balmain residents have been flocking here for years, and it just feels like home. Look out for their mini food truck too – her name is Madame Citroen!
Expect: fluffy-on-the-inside and crunchy-on-the-outside bread and baguettes, and classic French pastries to make your morning shine.
Favourite: The blueberry and lavender tart will blow your mind.
Location: 660 Darling Street, Rozelle
3. Essential Ingredient
If you’re after something special, that you can’t find anywhere else… have no fear! The Essential Ingredient has got you covered. Whether you’re after squid ink, vinocotto, freekeh, single origin chocolate, pickled walnuts, Irish moss seaweed, or that elusive spice, then this is the place for you. It’s heaven for bakers too – with a wide selection of gold leaf, essential oils, and decorative bits and bobs.
Expect: All the curious ingredients you can’t buy anywhere else
Favourite: Bomba rice from Spain, for an authentic paella
Location: 731-735 Darling Street, Rozelle
Top 3 fast food joints
With no sign out the front, and located down a dodgy looking alleyway, you’d be forgiven for avoiding this place at first glance. But rest assured, follow the enormous queues, and you shall be rewarded. The chefs kill two birds with one stone… the simple menu features burgers and fried chicken, and it’ll be the hardest decision you’ll make all year. Don’t make yourself crazy. Just get both.
Expect: a big queue, loud rock n roll, and great burgers
Favourite: You can’t go wrong with the classic Mary’s Burger.
Location: 6 Mary Street, Newtown
If you want some crispy pork on your fork, then this is your place! The signature pork belly takes 3 days to prepare, and the result is awesome with plenty of juicy tender flesh and super crunchy crackling. In fact, if you love crackling then you can buy a cup of it for only $5, or a whole sheet for $25. But if pork isn’t your thing, the lamb shoulder is heavenly too, plus they have plenty of stick-to-your-ribs sides and salads to balance it all out for the healthy ones. Or if you’re a true man, you can get the man-wich – twice the meat and half the salad.
Expect: Trendy and casual interiors and a mix of drunks looking to line their stomachs, and suits buying dinner on the way home from work.
Favourite: the Crackles Classic roll with pork, crackling, 5 spice and Viet style salad.
Location: 155 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
3. Gyros Fix
It’s kitsch, it’s tasty, and it’s run by an old school Greek family who have brought the ancient skills and traditions of gyros from their hometown of Nafpaktos. The gyros are made with proper Greek pita breads, and filled with perfectly cooked meats and unashamedly, hot chips. Best enjoyed with a Sunday morning hangover. Also available are homemade daily Greek specials, such as spanakopita, pastisio and lentil soup.
Expect: No frills, big fat Greek hospitality, and big fat Greek servings.
Favourite: Pork gyros with special sauce
Location: 5/118-130 Queens Road, Five Dock
Top 3 Restaurants
The hottest new restaurant of the year, this place has critics and guests singing its prises left right and centre. Chef Nelly Robinson wows guests with a set degustation menu for a measly $88, which is much too cheap in our opinion. While the menu changes weekly, you know you can expect Michelin quality standards in every mouthful. The cocktail list is great too – so treat yourself to some tasty concoctions before and after dinner.
Expect: minimalist scandi-meets-nyc interiors, and to roll out completely full
Favourite: little rabbit pie, and tiny “beer” of frothed bunny consommé
Location: 75 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney
Chef Mitch Orr takes some big risks, fusing Italian, Chinese and French food… thankfully, it pays off with an outstanding menu that will make your mouth water from start to finish. This restaurant is anything but traditional, and every dish is concocted by crazy creative minds, pushing the boundaries of texture, flavour and style.
Expect: An atmosphere that hipsters would love to hang out in, with 90’s hip hop on the stereo.
Favourite: Pigs head macaroni, with chilli, parmesan and raw egg yolk. Don’t knock it till you try it.
Location: 60 Bayswater Rad, Rushcutters Bay
With a kitchen powered by fire, this restaurant really embraces the most ancient form of cooking around. With no temperature gauge, it requires a great amount of skill, timing, instinct and patience to produce food that is simple, honest, and full of integrity. Chef Lennox Hastie keeps the ingredients in their most pure of forms, and serves them with the finesse he picked up working in Michelin starred restaurants across Spain. The food might be cooked in a fire, but it’s served in style.
Expect: a slick interior with an open kitchen that you wont take your eyes off.
Favourite: 150 day, dry aged beef rib… fire roasted to perfection.
Location: 22-23 Mary Street, Surry Hills
Top 3 Cafes
1. Gypsy Espresso
Owners Will Smallbone and Mario Szucs treat coffee like a religion… the café is a flagship store for their boutique roasting business, which is taking over Sydney. Their dedication to seeing through the entire process of making coffee, from selecting beans, to roasting, to brewing the perfect cup makes their coffee the best in the business.
Expect: A casual neighbourhood vibe with the best coffee in Sydney
Favourite: Small flat white please. No sugar.
Location: Shop 6, CNR Manning Street and Macleay Street Potts Point.
This café is not just about the coffee – in fact the food is what takes charge! Cornersmith specialises in granny skills – the lost art of preserving and pickling. Their produce is sourced from local small-scale growers, and everything here is done mindfully and with sustainability and food ethics at the forefront of their thinking. They also run cooking classes you can learn some granny skills too!
Expect: Plenty of fresh produce and lots and lots of jars.
Favourite: Toast with some of their house made jams.
Location: 314 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
This northern beaches favourite boasts a very well thought out menu, with curious decadence being the overall theme. Try quirky combinations such as buckwheat waffles with thyme roast peaches, or buttermilk poppyseed hotcakes with apple lavender compote and you’ll fall in love with this beachside eatery. But lets be honest – there’s 1 reason people go here, and that’s for the hand made glazed dohnuts, with new special flavours popping up every weekend.
Expect: a local, casual vibe with well thought out breakfast and brunch options.
Favourite: dohnuts, try early grey and poppyseed
Location: 1, 21-23 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon
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