The colourful and artistic suburb of Balmain has become one of the most vibrant food scenes in Sydney. Sample mouth-watering dishes from the best dining strips beyond the city centre filled with the most stylish cafes and restaurants from our list.
371b Darling Street, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9555 7399
If you’re looking for a great place to get together and enjoy quality food, beautiful coffee and excellent service, Bar Contessa would be the perfect place for you. This cool and comfy casual dining cafe/restaurant has been a favourite among locals and visitors alike for its food, service and design which come beautifully together. Their breakfast burrito is awesome! Bar Contessa is open for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week.
281 Darling St, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9818 5845
Bertoni Casalinga serves hearty, traditional Italian food. The quality of the coffee here has always been sensational and the food has always had that rustic Italian feel. Do not leave without ordering the famous lasagne burger and the Ciambele! This place is also known for friendly and fast service. Bertoni Casalinga is a gem in the Balmain crown and well worth a visit if you want a great coffee, a bite to eat or a sweet treat.
379 Darling St, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9555 7067
For a taste of Middle Eastern, Persian, Turkish and Moroccan cuisine, nothing beats Kazbah. This restaurant excels in their breakfasts and lunches, and the food’s amazing flavours sets them apart from the pack. I highly recommend the Tagine – so good and very filling! The dips, breads and kebabs taste wonderful too. You’ll also love the incredible Kazbah bomb with the flaming currant vodka. With great service matched with great food, Kazbah is definitely a Balmain gem.
Shop 90-91, 24 Buchanan Street, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9555 5924
If you’re after authentic Italian pizza in Sydney, there’s no place to be than Rosso Pomodoro. This tiny little Italian pizzeria tucked away in Balmain serves consistently delicious pizzas made with artisan techniques. My personal favourites are the Pizza Funghi, Pizza Bresaola and Pizza Bianco. Just remember, there’s no such thing as a ‘half & half’ or “ham & pineapple” in this joint. The place does get very noisy and is slightly too small but if you don’t mind the chatter when the place is full, it’s definitely worth going to, or you can always opt for a takeaway.
79 Elliott St, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9810 5466
Efendy serves contemporary Turkish cuisine with a menu representing the best of contemporary cuisine drawn from the culinary hub of Istanbul. From the bold, exotic dishes, to simple and satisfying Turkish favourites, Efendy has something to entice the taste buds of all food lovers. The restaurant has a relaxed and sophisticated ambience which completes the vibrancy of a superb urban Turkish experience.
296 Darling St, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9810 7318
You’ll find really tasty, inventive pastries at this gorgeous little outlet of Zumbo in Balmain. This place has the best macarons in town and melt-in-your-mouth desserts with interesting and creative flavours that really work. The detail and care that goes into these little treats is astonishing and they are stunning not just visually but also taste-wise. It’s impressive how different flavour and texture elements are squeezed into these tiny treats. If you love sweets, you will definitely love Zumbo.
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2/415 Darling Street, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9555 5339
True Religion has to be one of the best places in Balmain for coffee, and the bacon and egg rolls are amazingly good! This little gem of a café may be small but they make up for it with the perfect coffee and a tasty menu. If you want an amazing coffee, awesome food, a relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff then True Religion is the place for you.
493A Darling St, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9810 1426
Samurai is a cracking little Japanese restaurant on Darling Street. The range of food here is extensive and they’re always fresh, tasty and consistent. Indulge in the freshest sashimis, delicious softshell crab handrolls, skewers and gyozas. It’s definitely value for money here. There’s also a bottle shop conveniently located across the street for booze (its BYO). For an excellent feed, be sure to drop by Samurai when you’re in Balmain.
Gigi’s at Balmain
229 Darling St, Balmain 2041
Telephone 02 9818 2170
Gigi’s at Balmain is one of the local favourites on Darling Street. This pizzeria has been serving traditional Italian food for over 20 years. Aside from the excellent pizzas, you must also try the Tortellini Paradiso and Fettuccine Basciola. Whether you fancy a relaxed dinner at their alfresco dining area or a quick takeaway meal delivered to your door, you’re sure of an excellent food on your table.
85 Reynolds St, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9810 9125
If you want to sample the best risotto in Balmain, head on to Mantecato. This restaurant is a welcoming venue for lovers of authentic Italian cuisine. Aside from their famous risotto, you must try their Vitello Tonnato and Zucchine e Granchio. Expect warm hospitality and traditional Italian cooking when you dine at Mantecato.
Wok on Inn
415 Darling Street, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9810 1399
Wok on Inn is a suburban noodle bar with an urban street atmosphere, serving homemade and tasty recipes just like what is served from the hawker stands of Shanghai and Bangkok. This Asian restaurant will take you on a flavour safari with its delicious, quick and reasonably priced meals. Go for the Drunken Noodles with beef and you won’t be disappointed!
Spice I Am
237 Darling Street, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9555 9224
Spice I am is one of the Thai food houses you’ll find in Sydney serving innovative and authentic Thai food. If you love hot, spicy food, then this restaurant is for you. When dining here, remember to try the Bour Tod and Pad Prik Khing Crispy Pork Belly – flavoursome treats! The service here is quick and efficient.