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Advice for Sydney

johnnypd | | Jul 24, 2009 06:03 PM

Hi all,

I'm travelling to Sydney from L.A. tomorrow night but haven't had much of a chance to do research on food. I'm staying for almost a week in the city-centre near the Harbour Bridge, so i would like some recommendations for places not too far away on foot or a quick bus/metro ride away. Nothing too touristy or businessy!

I have some categories -

Breakfast + Coffee - many of the good coffee places in the UK (where i'm originally from) are ran by antipodeans so i would love to find some cool, relaxed cafes serving a delicious flat white where i can watch the world go by for an hour or two. even better if they do breakfast in the morning, nothing fancy, maybe fresh takes on egg + bacon or something like bircher muesli.

Bakeries/patisseries - Zumbo seems to be the place to visit based on what i have read so far, but is there anywhere else i should try?

Inexpensive lunches - I'd like to try some nice salads as ive heard a lot about australia's great agricultural produce. any reccs? Also things like cheese plates, gourmet sandwiches, charcuterie, tapas, izakaya etc would be nice. Street food reccs will be be appreciated.

Pubs bars with interesting beers (for me) & cocktails (for the gf), but nothing too smart or expensive. somewhere better than your typical lager lout dive but also someplace where i can get away with wearing trainers and a tshirt.

Also, what should i eat that i can't readily get in the US or UK? What are the best 'ethnic' cuisines in town these days? What's good or in season right now that i shouldn't miss out on?

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