My Local Eats: Sydney

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!

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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.

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Clipper Cafe

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.


16 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe Everyday 6am-6pm


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.


Four Ate Five 485 Crown Street, Surry Hills Everyday 7am-3:30pm




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.


4Fourteen 414 Bourke Street, Surry Hills Monday from 6pm Tues-Sat 12-3pm and 6pm onwards Sunday 12-4pm


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.


Lord Nelson Brewery 19 Kent St, The Rocks Mon-Sat 11am-11pm Sunday 12pm-10pm

Grandma’s Bar

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.


Grandma’s Bar 275 Clarence Street, Sydney Mon-Fri 3pm-late Sat 5pm-late
Laura Bronner is an American Expat currently living in Sydney, Australia. After graduating from college she set off on what was meant to be a year of travel. That was three years ago. Since then she has lived and travelled all over New Zealand and Australia and the list of where else she wants to live grows longer every day. Find out where to next at An American Abroad. Facebook: An American Abroad Twitter: @usaabroad
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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21, traveled the world for a year and now lives in Denver. She's usually in pursuit of skiing, languages and perfectly ripe cheese. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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  1. Thanks for this timely post, I’m planning my vacation to Australia as we speak.
    I’ve been in Thailand for the past 4 months so Western food is making my mouth water just reading about it. I will definitely check out some of the places you mentioned. The pulled pork sandwich from “Four ate FIVE” being at the top of the list obviously.
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    • Hey Bradley! Glad you liked the post! The pulled pork at Four Ate Five is DEFINITELY worth a visit. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Sydney, I’d be happy to give you some more tips for your trip!
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  2. I didn’t realize coffee was such big biz down there. Though, coffee is big business all over the world. I had great pulled pork in Edinburgh at Oink but yet to make to OZ. The Lord Nelson sounds like my style so I’ll add that to the list for sure.
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    • Hey Shaun! Coffee is a religion here! You should definitely sample a cup or two if you make it down here. The Lord Nelson should definitely be on your list! The beer is fantastic!
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    • Thanks so much! It made me hungry writing it too!
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