Sydney‘s diverse food culture, ranging from trendy cafes to hatted restaurants, draws food lovers from around the world to partake in the local fare. Created from the combination of cultures that have migrated to Australia, Sydney’s local food culture presents visitors with options ranging from top Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese, Portuguese and of course, your modern Australian fare. Even American and Latin American food options have grown in Sydney in recent years.
Sydney International Food Festival
Sydney celebrates food of all types during the month of October. The Crave Sydney International Food Festival features over 570 events including the famous Night Noodle Markets for locals and visitors to explore.
Exploring Food by Suburb
Just as in other large cities of the world, migrants of a certain region tend to gather in the same suburbs, ultimately creating a one-stop shop for your ethnic food needs and cravings. It is not uncommon for the people in my household to get a hankering for some Portuguese chicken and subsequently drive to Petersham to get our fill.
The following is a brief list of some of the suburbs and their food options:
- Portuguese: Petersham
- Italian: Leichhardt, Haberfield, Five Dock
- Korean: Eastwood, Epping
- Chinese: Ashfield
- Lebanese: Bankstown
- Thai: Newtown
- Vietnamese: Marrickville, Canley Vale
Learn more about other Sydney neighborhoods in this handy at-a-glance guide.
Food Discovery Tours
Several Sydney private guides listed on Viator will be happy to provide your travel party with a food tour, but if you’re after a more tried and tested approach, you can choose from hardcore suburb-hopping bus tours, or a more relaxing experience much like the following:
- Hunter Valley Wine and Cheese Tours
- Hunter Valley Luncheon Tour by Helicopter
- Sydney Harbour Top Deck Lunch Cruise
For those visitors that are not food lovers and who prefer to drink instead of eat, be sure to check out a Sydney brewery tour.