[Featured destination] Dining in Sydney

Photos of Chinatown, Sydney
This photo of Chinatown is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Dining In Sydney

There probably will be few disagreements when we say that Sydney is one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the planet. Nearly one third of its population were born overseas when European settlement rapidly displaced the Aboriginal people of the Sydney area with colonists largely coming from the United Kingdom. Australia abolished the White Australia Policy after WWII and migrants began to arrive from countries like Italy, Greece, Germany, Holland, China, New Zealand, India, the Philippines, Poland, Lebanon, Iraq, Vietnam, Thailand, South Africa and the Pacific Islands. Sydney’s culture, food and general outlook reflect the influences of all the different institutions and establishments. And being a multicultural city,  food from around the world have influenced the Sydney cuisine.

Photos of Circular Quay, Sydney
This photo of Circular Quay is courtesy of TripAdvisor

So when it comes to dining, where should you go? There are several different types of dining options in Sydney, from fine dining, waterfront restaurants to casual street dining. Visitors can find popular Sydney restaurants at the top of Australia Square, West Circular Quay, Watsons Bay and in the Fisherman’s Market. For fine dining, walk along East Circular Quay towards to the Sydney Opera House where one can will be spoilt for choice. Alternatively there are some really fine dining options found in the restaurants of five star hotels. Chinese food is a massive part of Sydney’s cuisine and there’s no better place to savor a wide variety of Chinese fare from 10 course banquets to the traditionally favored yum cha and the late night supper than Sydney’s very own Chinatown with its restaurants clustered tightly in the area of George and Harbor streets between Goulburn and Hay street and traversed by the Dixon street.

Sydney Photos
This photo of Sydney is courtesy of TripAdvisor

If you want a good classic Aussie cut of steak, Sydney is the right place to be. The Aussie steakhouse is still around, mainly in the form of chain restaurants.  There are restaurants all over Sydney that serve steak but unless you know what you want and where to go, it is best to try the better-known (not necessarily better) restaurant areas. These would be areas such as Circular Quay (East and West), The Rocks, Darling Harbor, and, of course, Chinatown.

 To sample Sydney’s diverse cuisine options such as Lebanese food, visitors can head to Cleveland street or Glebe Point street for a variety of ethnic food. While Glebe Point Rd is always worth a visit, we suggest taking a cab there as parking is a massive problem and headache on busy Fridays and Saturdays. Travelers can find, among many others, reasonably priced Nepalese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, and vegetarian cuisine. For Italian cuisine, head west to Norton street and be prepared to be stumped by the choices available.

When your appetite is quenched with all the delicious cuisine Sydney has to offer, it’s time to let your hair down and unwind with a few drinks. Sydney’s nightlife canvas is wide and varying. There is Oxford Street, the heart of Sydney’s gay area, abuzz with cafes, bars and clubs (gay, straight and mixed). Over here, you get a good mix of people, from locals to tourists. The melting pot of people and personalities make for a great atmosphere and drinks. For a upmarket experience, head to The Rocks and sip martinis and enjoy scotch at the harbor-side terraces. Drinks are a lot more expensive but worth it for the spectacular views of the harbor.

If you’ve been or are going to Sydney, we would love to hear your experiences and/or recommendations. Drop us a note in our comments section!

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