Food and drink

Explore culinary delights with our guide to food and drinks in NSW. Enjoy culturally diverse and vibrant food options across Sydney.

Food regions to visit in Sydney and NSW

Thanks to a wide variety of culture and availability of unique produce, NSW offers diverse cuisines with multicultural influences. You’ll find quality food served at gourmet restaurants, cafes, markets, cocktail bars and neighbourhood pubs.

This handy list takes you through some of NSW’s must-visit locations, where you can sample everything from local specialties to international delights.

Learn more at Visit NSWExternal Link 

South Coast: Visit the South CoastExternal Link  for all things seafood. There are so many local producers in this region and sample oysters, prawns, kingfish and tuna as you travel the coast. For a budget option, enjoy fresh takeaway fish and chips on the beach.

Cabramatta: Famous for its Vietnamese restaurants, CabramattaExternal Link  is home to some of Sydney’s best casual restaurants. Every local will have their own favourite spot for rich pho, filling banh mi or fresh goi cuon. If you’re not sure where to start, join a food tour of the area to learn more about its dishes and history.

Hunter Valley: The Hunter Valley,External Link  located in the Hunter Region, is best known as the birthplace of Australian wines. It’s also a go to for all things cheese and chocolate – there's even an annual Hunter Valley Cheese and Chocolate Festival!

Ashfield: Known as ‘Little Shanghai’, Ashfield in Sydney’s Inner West is the perfect place to try authentic Chinese dumplings, shallot pancakes, fried dough sticks and spring rolls. You can take a large group of friends to one of the area’s yum cha restaurants.

North Coast: WoolgoolaExternal Link  on NSW’s North Coast is widely known for its blueberry industry. The area is full of blueberry farms you can visit. It’s also home to the annual Blues and Berries festival, where you can enjoy blueberry pie while listening to live blues music.

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Leichhardt: Sydney’s ‘Little Italy’, Leichhardt is the heart of NSW’s Italian community. Taste the delights of Italian-owned businesses along Norton Street. Enjoy an espresso, biscotti and cannoli from one of the many cafés or bakeries or take your friends out for pizza and pasta.

North Coast: With its warmer weather, Northern NSWExternal Link  is ideal for growing fresh, tropical fruits and macadamia nuts. Look no further if you want to try Australia’s best avocado on toast. There are a range of local farmers markets you can visit so you can stock up on produce.

Country NSW: YoungExternal Link  is Australia’s cherry capital. Located in Country NSW, this is a must-visit between late October and late January. During this time, you can try cherry picking and eat fresh fruit from the trees. There are over 20 stone fruit orchards to explore in the area, as well as the National Cherry Festival, held on the first weekend in December.

Parramatta: Whether you're craving buttery, flaky naan bread straight from the tandoor, or a Goan prawn curry in a rich, spicy sauce, the vast array of eateries in Parramatta's CBDExternal Link  and surrounding neighbourhoods are ready to take your tastebuds on a journey.

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