Best of Sydney 2014

A note from the Editor.


Sydney is a city rich with a culture of independent bars, cafés, restaurants, fashion, music, boutique stores and captivating galleries. For the visitors, it’s about doing and seeing as much as you possibly can in a limited time frame; for the locals, it’s about more than just venues and spaces, it’s about the people who create them; for everyone, it’s about which places are worth your time and money.
Cue the Best of Sydney 2014 guide. We’ve put together a team of local and talented writers who are drinking in the bars, eating in the restaurants, and wandering the laneways looking for the things that make our city what it is. We’ve explored the ins and outs of Sydney to present you with the most up-to-date resource of the best things to see and do here whether you’re just passing through or happily call Sydney home.
We’re really excited about what’s ahead for Sydney in 2015 and beyond. We’ll keep going out and exploring this endlessly fascinating city, so come along for the ride.
– Alexandra English


Made with love by Alexandra English, Alexia Derbas, Siri Williams, Ciaran Tobin, Elyssa King, Jennifer Hacker, Michael Muir and Ruth Fogarty.


Best Dining 2014

Best breakfast

Best bagels

Best meat pies

Best noodles

Best cafe

Best gourmet cafe

Best European cafe

Best fusion cafe

Best pub bistro

Best Chinese

Best French

Best Indian

Best Italian

Best Japanese

Best Northern European

Best Mexican

Best seafood

Best South American

Best Thai

Best vegetarian

Best tapas

Best dessert

Best high tea

Best coffee

Best posh nosh

Best gelato

Best youghurt

Best food court

Best basement bar

Best RSL

Best burgers

Best bakery

Best muffins

Best Portuguese

Best Cuban

Best Caribbean

Best fresh produce

Best community collective

Best Jamaican


Best Entertainment 2014


Best public park and garden

Best community garden

Best street artist

Best graffiti

Best burlesque

Best drag queen bingo

Best performance venue

Best music venue

Best comedy venue

Best drama theatre

Best cinema

Best art gallery

Best indigenous art gallery

Best bus ride

Best church

Best museum

Best tourist attraction

Best weekend getaway

Best markets

Best conference venue

Best fish markets

Best children’s theatre


Best Services 2014


Best cosmetic surgeon

Best film school

Best arts venue

Best dental surgery

Best beauty salon

Best cosmetic salon

Best wet shave

Best barber shop

Best place to get tattooed

Best place to get pierced

Best handyman services

Best Electrician

Best real estate

Best medical

Best chemist

Best hotel accommodation

Best fitness gym

Best dance studio

Best public pool

Best educational institute

Best education for international students

Best community college

Best travel and tourism college

Best yoga

Best manicure

Best photography


View Previous Years Best of Sydney:

Best of Sydney 2013

Best of Sydney 2012

Best of Sydney 2011

Best of Sydney 2010

Best of Sydney 2009

Best of Sydney 2008

Best Drinking 2014

Best nightclub

Best Wedding Venue

Best restaurant bar

Best hotel

Best balcony drinks

Best local pub

Best alternative pub

Best jazz and drinks night

Best community bar

Best wine bar

Best beer

Best cocktail bar

Best British drinks




























Best Shopping 2014


Best women’s fashion

Best men’s fashion

Best international designer

Best fetish

Best op shop

Best vinyls

Best classic furniture shop

Best modern furniture shop

Best bike shop

Best electronics suppliers

Best art supplies

Best bookshop

Best bookstore cafe

Best bottle shop

Best chocolate shop

Best shopping centre

Best supermarket

Best gourmet grocer

Best healthfood store

Best antiques