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As 2015 draws to a close, it’s hard not to think how the hell did that happen so fast, right? But now 20 years on from the first ever City Hub newspaper, it’s interesting to see what Sydney has become. And 2015 was definitely an interesting year for everyone, that’s for sure. We’ve seen nanny-state lockouts juxtaposed with some of the biggest parties and live music acts to happen in the city. We’ve seen communities unite against racism, sexism and homophobia. We’ve seen high-level political scandals and resignations. But if there’s one staple truth in Sydney, it’s the diversity of her residents.

Best Of 2015 has been put together by an incredibly talented team of contributors, whose personal experiences range from DJing in nightclubs to attending university to presenting on Hawkesbury radio. Thus, we’re proud to feature a truly diverse range of great places doing great things in this comprehensive guide. I personally am hugely excited to bring this 20th anniversary edition of Best Of Sydney to you, and hope that it might help you to navigate our diverse and beautiful city.  

– Sam 🙂


Contributors: Jemma Clarke, Peta Gilbert, Riley Holt, Elias Kwiet, Ellen Leabeater, Jennifer Luu, Tom Nash, Bridget Payne, Chris Peken, Stephanie Tiller, Meggan Turner

Cover and icon art: Justin Thompson


Best American Burgers
Best Big Burgers
Best Burgers
Best Chinese Restaurant
Best Crepes
Best Czech Restaurant
Best French Bakery
Best French Toast
Best Gelato
Best German Restaurant
Best Hot Chips
Best Latin American Food
Best Neapolitan Pizza
Best Pies
Best Pizza
Best Pub Feed
Best Sandwich
Best Thai
Best Vegan Café
Best Vegan Yum Cha

Best Big Screen
Best Boutique Cinema
Best Casino
Best Coastal Walk
Best Day Out/Night Out
Best Free Live Music
Best Games Store
Best Gaming Café
Best Hip Hop Venue
Best Indigenous Art Gallery
Best Jazz Venue
Best Musical Theatre Company
Best Park
Best Performance Space
Best Place To Play Pool
Best Place To Get Your Skates On
Best Record Store & Venue
Best Small Club
Best Theatre
Best Theatre For Young People
Best Touring Theatre Company
Best Venue Vibe
Best Walk



Best Barber
Best Car Dealership
Best Cosmetic Tattooist
Best Creative Course
Best Creative Space
Best Day Spa
Best Dentist
Best Education For International Students
Best Electrician
Best Floral Stylist
Best Hair Stylist
Best Haircut
Best Healthcare
Best Mechanic
Best Record Label
Best Phone Shop
Best Place To Float
Best Place To Get Fit
Best Place To Get Printed
Best Short Course Learning
Best Tattoos
Best Tutors
Best Yoga



View Previous Years Best of Sydney:

Best of Sydney 2014

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 After School Drink
Best Apple Whiskey
Best Beer
Best Bottle Shop
Best Cheap Booze
Best Cocktail Bar
Best Coffee
Best Coffee & Tunes
Best Espresso & Wine
Best Green Drink
Best High Tea
Best Hotel
Best Local Bar
Best Pub
Best Sports Bar

Best Antiques
Best Book Shop
Best Cat Sanctuary & Op Shop
Best Chocolate Shop
Best Cupcakes
Best Health Food Store
Best Homewares
Best Organic Grocer
Best Place To Get On Your Bike
Best Record Store
Best Second Hand Books
Best Shopping Centre
Best Stationary
Best Style
Best Supermarket
Best Vintage Threads
Best Vintage-Inspired Fashion
Best Weekend Market