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Local Secrets: Marrickville, NSW

A local always knows best.

Welcome to Marrickville, where the cuisine ranges between the Middle East and South Asia. It’s a growing suburb that’s continually developing, which means there is plenty to sink your teeth into here. We’ve got the insights into what makes these locals tick. So, without further ado, here are the top local secrets in Marrickville.

Best Live Entertainment: Lazy Bones

Serious music fanatics must not pass up a night at Lazy Bones, especially nearer the weekend. Almost every night is covered, showcasing all sorts of eclectic bands from ska orchestras to bluesy jazz duos. Matching your entertainment is an erratically stocked bar that is versatile on the cocktail front. Be sure to check out the delicatessen in the back for a bite to eat.

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294 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville

Best Cheap Lunch: Marrickville Pork Roll

A cheap lunch isn’t necessarily a bland lunch and Marrickville Pork Roll makes sure of that. They serve up freshly baked rolls that can be filled with chicken, meatballs, ham or even roast pork (with crackle included) topped with salads and optional chilli. Match it with a can of coke and you will see why these guys always have a queue at lunchtime.

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236 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville

Best Vietnamese: VN Street Foods

The strip of Illawarra Road connecting Marrickville Station to Marrickville Road is what locals tend to call “Little Vietnam.” And it’s easy to see why. Out of all the Vietnamese choices in Marrickville, the local favourite would have to be VN Street Foods. It has the same vibe as a street eatery in Hanoi and their hearty meals do not disappoint.

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294 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville

Best Ice Cream: Pagoto Gelato & Waffle House

Now for the Greek influence, welcome to Pagoto Gelato, the best ice cream parlour in Marrickville. It’s hidden around the corner of Victoria and Marrickville Road and features some extremely unique concoctions that capture Greek fare. Give your tastebuds a wild ride and order a scoop of their watermelon and feta or even caramel, lychee and coconut.

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301 Victoria Rd, Marrickville

Best Bookstore: Urchin Books

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: great bookstores don’t need to be large, they just need a unique selection and well-versed owners. Urchin Books epitomises that idea. They have the quaintest selection, from sci-fi to horror, romance, to those literary gods and even musical biographies. They even sell cool trinkets and gifts. And if you’re stuck on ideas, the owner is all too happy to help.

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238 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville

Best Coffee: Vesbar Espresso

This is a hard one, because there are so many good coffee shops in Marrickville. It’s one of Sydney’s Greek capitals after all. But locals really love Vesbar Espresso. It’s super hipster, with a chilled vibe that runs deep into their coffee-making skills. Take a seat and have a light lunch (with a coffee) or grab a takeaway as you scamper to the nearby station.

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1 Warburton St, Marrickville

Best Thai: Let's Eat Thai

It’s expected that the best Thai eateries have the most quirkiest names, but this is not true. The simply named Let’s Eat Thai serves up some serious Thai flavours. If you’re looking for the next level in Thai eating, this is it. Your mouth will rock to the salivating tastes of spice and sometimes chilli. On top of this, they have the best dessert ever: sago in coconut milk (pictured).

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352 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville

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