Food & Drink

Sydney’s Best Dining Hubs

Eat, sleep, repeat.

Sydney loves to wine and dine, and why wouldn’t we when we have such a charismatic mix of restaurants, bars and cafes. Thankfully Sydney is home to a range of dining hubs – precincts spread out across the CBD and beyond filled with only the best eateries all in the one place. What could be better? Thankfully, after many breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners and late-night snacks we’ve found the six best dining hubs Sydney has to offer. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed!

Barrack Place

Opening in February this year, Barrack Place is Sydney CBD’s newest haven for a quick fix for those lunchtime blues. The eatery lined laneway is filled with colourful hanging artworks brightening the brick placed walls. Central to Sydneysiders around Wynyard, Martin Place and Darling Harbour, visitors to Barrack Place can opt to source their fix from Barrack Arcade, The Carriageway and Kent Street which is embellished with seven food hubs including Bar Pho, Batch Espresso, Billy Blargo, Cali Press, Fishbowl and Mo’st. Fret not, if you’re looking to splash out at retailers as Barrack Place also boasts two shops: Sagas which is perfect for clothing, giftware, homeware, self-care and books. Or, if you’re needing a quick cut, The Barber Co. Sydney specialises in beard trims, haircuts and shaves.


Barrack Place – 151 Clarence St, Sydney, 2000, NSW


Darling Square

Found a touch away from Sydney’s Chinese Garden of Friendship, Chinatown and the Powerhouse Museum, Darling Square is the CBD’s food haven extravaganza connecting suburbs Ultimo, Darling Harbour and Haymarket. Need we say more? With a staggering list of retailers to its name, Darling Square is easily described as a foodie and explorers playground, to say the least. Once arriving, visitors can choose to discover Maker’s Dozen, Little Hay Street, Nicolle Walk and Harbour Street. From here, opt to indulge in over 25 eateries, two bars and a diverse range of shops including a hairdresser, beauty retailer, barber, a tattoo parlour as well as fashion shops. On top of that, Darling Square is set to see another five shops open within the precinct.


Darling Square – 35 Tumbalong Bvd, Haymarket, 2000 NSW


Kensington Street

Hanging off George Street in Sydney’s CBD, explorers of fine food will find Kensington Street – a haven of hidden eateries and charismatic bars. Opening in September 2015, today, Kensington Street has transformed into a lifestyle hub in the heart of Chippendale. The precinct combines heritage, hospitality, retail and art through a series of restaurants, cafes, markets, galleries and of course retailers to get your shopping fix. Venturing down Kensington Street, visitors will find a series of laneways including Spice Alley, The Old Rum Store, Eastside and Westside. From here, explorers will find everything from a dumpling bar, a spritz fiends oasis, a dessert bar that serves delectable creations to resemble fruit, a cellar door and even a five-star hotel to unwind in.


Kensington Street – Kensington St, Chippendale, 2008 NSW


Tramsheds

Connecting the inner west suburbs to the brink of Sydney’s CBD, Forest Lodge’s Tramsheds is the perfect way to connect the past to the present with an eclectic mix of food and drink. Previously known as the Rozelle Tramway Depot when it was built back in 1904, fast forward 100 years and the Tramsheds is the perfect hub for socialites and foodies alike. Inside the shed-like structure, guests will find 12 restaurants including Belles Hot Chicken, Flour Eggs Water, Gelato Messina and Safar Middle Eastern to name a few. Venturing through the dining hub, visitors to the Tramsheds will find a recollection of the once public transport system – connecting people as it does today. Keep an eye out for the Tramsheds’ hosted featured events.


Tramsheds – 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge, 2037 NSW


The Streets of Barangaroo

Stretched out along Barangaroo Avenue with front row seats to Darling Harbour, Sydneysiders will be treated with The Streets of Barangaroo – the newest food and lifestyle neighbourhood to bless the city. Accessible by ferry, train or on foot The Streets of Barangaroo offers a range of unique experiences in the heart of the city. Wandering down the six streets of Barangaroo including Barangaroo Avenue, Exchange Place, Mercantile Walk, Scotch Row, Shipwright Walk and Wulugul Walk, visitors will find a series of delectable eats including Anason, Belles Hot Chicken, Devon Cafe, Lotus, The Meat & Wine Co as well as NOLA Smokehouse and Bar to name a few. On top of the eclectic mix of waterfront restaurants, casual eateries and all-day cafes, The Streets of Barangaroo is also home to a range of bars, fashion retailers and events for visitors to enjoy.


The Streets of Barangaroo – Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo, 2000 NSW


West HQ

Described as a leading leisure and entertainment destination in Rooty Hill, West HQ is one of Sydney’s best dining hubs located just under an hours drive out of the city’s CBD. Found next door to the Sydney Coliseum Theatre which is due to open in December 2019, West HQ opens its doors to locals, travellers and everyone in between. West HQ shares nine eateries, with Asian-inspired Chu by China Doll set to open up in November. In the meantime, guests can indulge in Chur Burger, Gelatissimo, Steak & Co by Sean Connolly as well as PizzAperta Manfredi to name a few. On top of that, West HQ is a hub for visitors with a world-class gym, Zone Bowling, Sydney Gymnastic and Aquatic Centre as well as Novotel just next door.


West HQ – 55 Sherbrooke St, Rooty Hill, 2766 NSW


Feature image: Streets of Barangaroo. Image supplied.

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