Best of the Inner West
Bloodwood Restaurant & Bar
Grab a reclaimed tractor seat at the bar of this hip Newtown eatery and enjoy an organic or biodynamic wine before your table is ready (it’s popular, so prepare for a short wait). Your wait will be rewarded with a delicious seasonal menu created for sharing, courtesy of chefs Mitchell Grady and Claire van Vuuren. Think chickpea ‘socca’ pancake, crunchy polenta chips served with gorgonzola or perhaps something more substantial.
416 King Street, Newtown
Get ready for one of the most memorable dinners of your life. This bistro in a quiet neighbourhood setting off King Street serves a degustation of eight inventive courses that change with the seasons. Chef and owner Karl Firla believes eating should be about more than just consuming, and his highly creative menus deliver a sensory overload.
275 Australia Street, Newtown
Craft beer and burgers in a rustic bar with a rock ‘n’ roll vibe. At the bar there’s Young Henrys and Resch’s on tap, and staff are happy to mix you a classic cocktail too. When you’re done with drinking it’s all about the burgers: sweet soft buns, melting cheese and quality beef patties abound, with a mushroom version available for vegetarians.
6 Mary Street, Newtown
Continental Deli Bar Bistro
Continental by name and by nature, this hole-in-the-wall deli serves cheese, charcuterie, sandwiches and drinks to a devoted clientele on Newtown’s Australia Street. A European-style neighbourhood deli in Australia, the Continental also stocks a variety of deli essentials for purchase to take home, such as rare cheeses, tinned anchovies from the Bay of Biscay and sardines from France.
210 Australia Street, Newtown
Black Star Pastry
It’s a bakery, but not as you know it. Chief baker and owner Christopher Thé and his bakery team create fantastical – and fantastically delicious – sweet treats such as the signature Strawberry Watermelon Cake, Vegan Chocolate Popcorn Cake and Pistachio Lemon Zen Cake. Alongside the more rebellious exercises in gastronomy you’ll find classic cakes, sourdough bread, flaky pastries and signature pies – including Young Henrys beer and brisket.
85-113 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
The Grounds of Alexandria
Situated in a former industrial precinct from the 1920s, The Grounds of Alexandria is renowned for helping to kick start the culinary and creative renaissance of Alexandria. The Grounds refers to both the on-site coffee roaster and the sustainable kitchen garden that supplies this café with its fresh and delicious produce.
Building 7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria
Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen
Bread & Circus is as healthy as it is tasty, serving a menu of salads, soups and sandwiches that changes daily. Country-style wooden share tables enhance the wholesome, natural vibe that extends to extremely generous portion sizes. If you still have room after breakfast or lunch, there are plenty of sweet treats and organic teas. Bring your appetite.
21 Fountain Street, Alexandria
Super morish and super affordable Lebanese. That’s all you need to know. This spacious 180-seat restaurant includes a sweeping bar and greenery-filled courtyard and on the menu is an abundance of garlicky, creamy dips, the freshest of salads, briney pickles, sizzling prawns and tender lamb shoulder stuffed with spices. Don’t bother to BYO wine, the drinks list is as reasonably priced as the food. But do bring the kids: Al Aseel is terrific for families.
110-116 Bourke Road, Alexandria
This family-run café on a corner in Marrickville punches well above its weight when it comes to sustainable and ethical food production. Best known for its house-made pickles and pickling classes for the public, its menu features locally-sourced produce from small-scale growers and makers in the area, as well as ethically farmed meats.
314 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
Marrickville Organic Market
You want organic? You got it. Where other Sydney markets are filled with cheap made-in-China goods and questionable snacks when it comes to nutrition, the Marrickville Organic Market is all about cold-pressed smoothies with almond milk, cacao, kale and artisanal cheeses. It’s a happy, hippy place filled with kids, dogs and families and has as many food outlets as fresh produce stalls. Remember to pick up some fresh ingredients to make dinner at home.
142 Addison Road, Marrickville
The Two Chaps in question are owners Piero Pignatti Morano and Richie Maxfield, who stock bikes as well as a vegetarian pantry filled with salads, sandwiches, egg dishes, cakes and muffins. The duo also roast coffee and make Chai in the former welding shop that thankfully retains its raw and rustic feel. Much of the menu is organic and made from scratch, and extends to pasta and local cheeses when it can be enjoyed for dinner on Thursday and Friday nights.
122 Chapel Street, Marrickville