Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve had a My Local Eats post so I thought we’d kick things back off again with a whole new continent… Australia! Laura, a native New Yorker who now calls Sydney home, fills us in on her favorite places to dine down under. Without further ado!
Hi! I’m Laura, a native New Yorker currently living in Sydney. The coffee culture in Australia is famous, but it’s not all about getting your caffeine fix here in Sydney. New cafes, bars and restaurants are popping up every day and I have made it my mission to check them out.
I went initially for the outdoor tables that conveniently catch the sun all morning, but I keep coming back because of the house-made chai lattes served in teapots filled to the brim. If the sun’s not shining, head inside to one of the long shared benches and order the baked eggs.
Four Ate Five
Still the best coffee I’ve had in Sydney, Four Ate Five is conveniently located at 485 Crown Street (get it?). The Kumara chips, the pulled pork sandwich, the all-day breakfast and the friendliest staff on Crown Street are the main reasons I recommend this cafe to anyone visiting Sydney.
There are so many things to love about this restaurant: the open plan kitchen, the extensive wine selection, the knowledgeable staff, but most importantly, the food. Everything on the menu is meant to be shared, which is perfect because you’ll want to order almost everything on it.
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Tucked away in Sydney’s oldest neighborhood, the Rocks, is Sydney’s oldest pub. All of the ales are brewed on the premises and you can even have a peak at the copper tuns as you sip your craft beer in the back room. During winter, grab a pint of the Nelson’s Blood and sit alongside the fireplace. You’ll never want to leave.
Like all good Sydney bars, it doesn’t have a sign outside and it’s in a basement. Set up like your grandmother’s living room, it doesn’t feel like it should work, but it does. Giggle about the doily coasters then grab one of the signature cocktails from their extensive list. I had the el Burro, a mezcal, ginger beer and lime concoction. Bring friends and cozy up in one of the many retro lounge chairs.