I enjoy nothing more than going out for a leisurely breakfast, smart lunch or elegant dinner at one the many fantastic restaurants in Sydney and with summer well on the way I want to make the most of the long days and warm weather. With this in mind I’ve made it my mission to scope out some of Sydney’s best eateries with outdoor spaces and must say I am very impressed with my findings!
Restaurants in Sydney for eating alfresco
Melbourne may have started Australia’s hole-in-the-wall café culture but restaurants in Sydney have them beat when it comes to eating outdoors. With the weather on our side, it’s no surprise many cafes, bars and restaurants have fashioned outdoor spaces so customers can sup in the sunshine. For breakfast I like to head to Blackwattle Café in Glebe. Situated in gorgeous heritage building Bellevue Cottage, this gem has been opened less than a year and has killer views of Anzac Bridge, Pyrmont, the city and Bicentennial Park. Order coffee made with beans roasted by locals The Little Marionette and their perfectly moist and not-too-sweet banana and walnut bread for a delicious start to the day. Or for the best breakfast roll in the city drop into Uliveto in Darlinghurst – with sun bathed seats outside, they serve brekkie all day long.
So many restaurants in Sydney offer excellent midday and evening meals and have open-air areas to boot so this was a hard one! Bondi has a host of terrific cafes with outdoor seating or takeaway food options and Mexicano is at the top of the list with a sharp, fresh and authentic menu featuring home-made corn chips and tortillas. North Bondi Italian Food ticks all the boxes for stunning views of the shoreline, conscientious staff and satisfying Italian fare.
For a Sunday Roast in one of Sydney’s best beer gardens I love Tilbury Hotel in Woolloomooloo, or for an all-day alfresco affair the courtyard at Café Sopracan be hired for a whole day for $50 a head. Beautifully presented and delicious Italian dishes such as osso bucco or whole roast snapper are continuously brought to the table as the hours slip by…bliss.
No matter how tempting the restaurants in Sydney are, sometimes I just don’t want to leave my little garden or local park on a warm and laid back day. When I’m with friends and we want to chill picnic-style Sydney food delivery is the only answer. This way I can dine outside with the best takeaway Thai or trusty pizza to be had without going anywhere. A little lazy to be sure but what else are summer days for?