BEST COFFEE SHOP FOR BOOK LOVERS – Ampersand Café & Bookstore

By Georgia Billington The mesmerising second-hand books that adorn the walls of Paddington’s Ampersand Café & Bookstore aren’t the only stories that flow through the four unique levels of the establishment. Ampersand offers the ideal space for patrons to foster connections, rekindle friendships, or indulge in a solitary bite. Combine the soothing sounds of sizzling […]


By Katelyn Milligan You may have already ordered an Angry Tony’s Pizza online, but you need to head on down to Darlington to have one in person – the real way to experience it.  The cosy bar is like a set from a movie, with exposed brick, fairy lights, hanging plants and couches lined with […]

BEST DUMPLINGS – The Drunk Dumpling

By Gemma Billington The Drunk Dumpling’s unique and delicious take on modern Chinese cuisine will have you hooked on the finest dumpling and bar dining experience that Newtown has to offer. Located on King Street and just a 5-minute walk from Newtown station, The Drunk Dumpling offers a range of colourful cocktails and reasonably priced […]

BEST FRUIT STORE – Fruitoligist

By Lucinda Garbutt-Young Welcome to one of Sydney’s favourite food venues. You’d likely be lying if you said you’d frequented Bondi without visiting Fruitologist.  In 2013, Alfredo and Danny Macri expanded their business, which has grown into a one-stop gourmet produce and grocery shop. They’ve since added a store in Rozelle which is a popular […]


By Tessa Pelle Elevate your dining experience with a taste of Ethiopia at Jambo Jambo in Glebe. Owner, Joseph Bekele, serves up a tasty menu and invites customers to indulge in the cuisine of his homeland.  Cooked in a fusion of flavours, spices and traditional ingredients, Ethiopian food is usually eaten by hand with a […]

BEST CANNOLI – Mezzapica Cakes

By Lucinda Garbutt-Young With a booming Italian population around the Inner West, Sydney’s best cannoli is a hotly contested topic. We’re calling it: we’ve found it. Having moved from Messina, Sicily to Sydney in 1949, Angelo Mezzapica built up one of Leichhardt's most authentic joints. The business has passed through two generations since. The mastery […]

BEST SANDWICHES – South Dowling Sandwiches

By Elysia Cook South Dowling Street has gifted Sydney with its very own gourmet sandwich bar, which will rock both your world and your tastebuds. You can find South Dowling Sandwiches in the heart of Darlinghurst, lined by picturesque, deciduous trees and terraced houses. The deli also offers salads and sweet treats if you’re still […]


By Sasha Foot Perhaps no outlet better captures the growing demand for meat-alternative foods than Suzy Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher. Behind the glass facade of the Newtown store, pedestrians may glimpse the pyramids of vegan sausages, stacked burger patties, schnitzels and cheeses, which line the display fridges in imitation of a traditional butcher. Established in 2012, […]