Let’s be real: sometimes you just can’t be bothered getting into Sydney. It’s no fun to drive, and the trains and buses are just as bad. But if you don’t head into the city, where are you going to grab a feed? Don’t worry – the suburbs are actually loaded with amazing places to eat, and we’ve got your back with these five hidden treasures.
Bright, spacious and lush with plants, Wolfe & Co is the kind of joint every suburb wishes it had. Offering up great coffee and organic meals crafted from the finest local produce, Wolfe & Co is understandably popular with the Dural community. Try the ‘Tropical Summer’ creme brûlée French toast, with berries and homemade dragon fruit sorbet. Sweet and rich and satisfying, it’s pure brunch decadence.
“I was so impressed by everything about this cafe. The staff are courteous and extremely knowledgeable about the menu. The food and coffee quality exceeded expectations and the cafe and bathrooms are clean and tastefully decorated. I highly recommend this place to anyone after a good cafe experience in the hills.” – Tash91
From the penny farthings on the wall to the rich timbers holding it all together, Circa Espresso is pure rustic heaven. It’s also a lovely spot to grab a bite, a coffee or a cup of specialty tea. The place is just as friendly as it is quirky, and we’d thoroughly recommend the pork belly. They get the crispy skin just right, and it comes with a coleslaw made from peanuts, sesame and sweet & sour pineapple. Heaven on a plate, basically!
“Once arrived we were greeted by the beautiful and kind Angelina, not only she was friendly but observant and fun to talk to while we decide what we wanted. The food was great and nicely presented. Over all we had a great time and Angelina was a pleasure, the food was great and the staff in general were friendly.” – Asianfoodninja
Dachshund Coffee has teamed up with Fat Poppy Specialty Coffee to serve up the yummiest blends around. This is highly coveted stuff, and even the biggest coffee nerd is sure to be thrilled. The lunch menu is awesome as well, with heaps of mouth-watering dishes to try. Go for the Moroccan Pure Bred Lamb, with Israeli couscous, roast pumpkin & almonds, chickpeas and labne. Naturally, dogs are very much welcome here too, so grab your furry friend and head on down.
“Dachshund Coffee comes to Hunter Hill with coffee nous honed in some of the best cafes in Sydney. A friendly service crew brew up quality coffees. The latte was smooth, and the cold brewed milk Mocha with Mork chocolate is particularly divine. On the food front, look out for Miss Piggy. If there’s only reason to head out to well-heeled Hunters Hill, this dish is it.” – Cocoandvine
The seaside town of Cronulla holds many treats, but chief among them is a large slice of HAM. This is a beautiful venue, mixing stark, modern white walls with old-fashioned earthenware and hand-written menus. Speaking of menus, HAM’s is creative and fun, and we rather like the Deconstructed Yeros. This is 12-hour-roasted lamb shoulder, tomato, tzatziki and several other bits, all served with a garlic & rosemary pita bread. The perfect thing to fill you up before a stroll along the beach.
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Should you ever find yourself wandering the streets of Macquarie Park, keep an eye (or perhaps a nostril) out for a little place called Kin By Us. It’s an Asian-style cafe with an exceptional range of dishes, and you’re sure to be drawn in by its incredible aromas. If you can’t decide what to go for, we’d suggest the ‘Pass-Tha Crab’. That’s soft-shell crab, linguine, cherry tomatoes, and Kin’s own special chilli sauce. Hot stuff, that’s for sure.
“What a fantastic addition to the area! Great cafes is exactly what is missing in the area and these guys have hit the nail on the head! Risky, full flavoured deliciousness. Asian food with a twist. Love it!” – Meg Mc