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5 best restaurants in Sydney

Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor

1 Bennelong Restaurant

A national treasure

Celebrating Australian food and wine, Bennelong serves a culturally inspiring menu under the sails of the stunning Sydney Opera House. Chef Peter Gilmore's latest offering in Sydney, it specialises in national produce, from the rich truffle country in the west, through tropical Queensland down to Tasmania. The menu reflects modern Australian food, with dishes such as Macleay Valley Suckling Pig and Arkady Grass-Fed Lamb, and a la carte menus are available for lunch and dinner.

Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000        +61 2 9240 8000

2 Quay

Harbourside dining

Set in Circular Quay, overlooking the Sydney Opera House, Quay strives to offer original Australian cuisine in a beautiful harbour setting. Led by chef Peter Gilmore, it is Australia's most awarded restaurant and offers a mix of classic dishes, old favourites and new dishes for each season. Start with raw hand-dived scallops, then sample southern squid or smoked pig jowl, and finish with a Snow Egg or the cheese of your choice. There's also a tempting tasting menu and an extensive wine list.

Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks, Sydney 2000        +61 2 9251 5600

3 Café Sydney

Seasonal and stylish

Overlooking Sydney Harbour from the rooftop of Customs House, Café Sydney boasts spectacular views, an outdoor terrace, cocktail lounge and a relaxed, contemporary interior from which to enjoy delicious Australian dishes. The ever-evolving menu is created from fresh seasonal produce and includes the likes of oysters and seafood platters, lamb crepinette and beef tenderloin. There's an irresistible cocktail menu and extensive wine list.

5th Floor, Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, NSW, 2000        +61 2 9251 8683

4 Icebergs Dining Room

Bondi Beach's best bites

Everyone loves Bondi Beach! It's iconic and unique. And everyone loves Iceberg for pretty much the same reasions. Topping the cliffs of South Bondi, with panoramic views, patrons have been tucking into exquisite fare since 2002. Relaxed elegance coupled with a world-class Italian menu ensures creativity levels are kept at their highest. And don't forget the bar, and it's menu of lighter snacks, perfect for sun downers.

One Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach        +61 2 9365 9000

5 Mr Wong

Australasian is the name of the game

So Wong, it's right! This is THE place to come mouth to fork with Australia's delectable Oriental influences. The food is sublime: dim sum, roast duck and steamed fish with ginger and shallots were our favourites. The service is impeccable, with unobtrusive, knowledgeable waiters and sommeliers plying their wares. And the decor: imagine marble tables, hanging ducks and a 1930s Shanghai teahouse vibe. See? You're already half-way there.

3 Bridge Lane        +61 2 9240 3000


5 hottest bars in Sydney

Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark

1 Henry Deane (Rooftop of The Hotel Palisa

Historic charm

The crown jewel of Sydney's famous Hotel Palisade, the Henry Deane is a sophisticated rooftop bar spread across the fourth and fifth levels of the hotel. This chic and contemporary cocktail lounge offers amazing views of the docklands from every angle and serves grazing and sharing menus for lunch and dinner, along with a full list of wines and cocktails. Try a Barrel-Aged Bobby or Eau de Rose on a pit-stop after checking out the beautiful adjacent park, Barangaroo Reserve.

Palisade Hotel, 35 Bettington St, Millers Point, NSW 2000        +61 2 9018 0123

2 The Glenmore

An Australian icon

The Glenmore Hotel is a hidden gem in The Rocks area of Sydney and boasts an award-winning rooftop bar. Set in a location with a long history as a watering hole, it exudes old English colonial charm and serves a modern menu of beers on tap and by the bottle, a long wine list and a selection of creative cocktails. Sample a Stout And Stormy or a Spiced Orchard, and enjoy it alongside menu of light bites and treats while taking in 180-degree views of Sydney Harbour.

96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney 2000,        +61 2 9247 4794

3 Grain Bar (at the Four Seasons)

A glimpse of glamour

Discover local wines and boutique beers at the award-winning Grain Bar at the fabulous Four Seasons Hotel. Located near The Rocks area of Sydney, it boasts brilliant views and a host of hand-crafted cocktails. Indulge yourself in theme nights depending on the day of the week, from Whiskey Mondays and Barrel-Aged Wednesdays to Oyster and Champagne Fridays, and mix with some of the city's slickest clientele.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, 199 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000        +61 2 9250 3100

4 The Coogee Pavilion

Style in the suburbs

Open every day from 12pm until 12am, the Rooftop at the Coogee Pavilion is a fun and relaxed adults-only venue in the famous beachside suburb. Featuring four indoor and outdoor bars, a sweeping balcony boasting panoramic views of the Coogee shoreline and a tempting Mediterranean menu, this is a great spot for a cocktail. Try a Wimbledon or a Shaky Pete or make your way through the long list of international wines, and sample one of the many beers on tap.

Coogee Rooftop, 169 Dolphin St, Coogee, NSW, 2034        +61 2 9240 3000

5 Gilt Lounge (the bar at The QT Sydney)

Pure pleasure

Another cool hotel bar, the Gilt Lounge at the QT Sydney has an intimate, secretive feel that appeals to the city's elite party crowd. A late-night lounge with an unusual cocktail selection and the latest hot music, it's a funky venue right in the centre of town. An extensive list of wine and bubbly accompanies a tantalising food menu, along with unmissable cocktail creations like the Jennifer's Body and rum-inspired Velvet Oubliette.

49 Market St , Sydney NSW 2000        +61 2 8262 0000