22 Jan 2024

Taste the World in Darling Harbour

From iconic Aussie classics to international flavours.

This Australia Day, celebrate the culinary melting pot that is our great nation in Darling Harbour, where the many flavours of the world meet and mingle. Embark on a gastronomic journey, sampling dishes from every corner of the globe – all right here in the heart of Sydney.


Naturally, we start our tour with homegrown flavours. Enjoy a brunch bursting with local goodness at Antidote, or feast on iconic Aussie classics like fish and chips at Helm Bar. Dive into a vibrant mix of modern and traditional Australian cuisine at Blackbird Café, where the large sunny balcony is the perfect spot to spy on all the action.

Fancy a feast of fresh Aussie seafood? At Jordan’s Seafood you can sample the finest locally sourced fresh produce and sustainable seafood while soaking up spectacular views of Darling Harbour. Flying Fish and Chips at The Star is a more casual spot that nonetheless serves up some of Australia and New Zealand’s best fish.

Want to break with tradition and nosh on something more exotic? Discover one of Sydney’s best Cantonese Restaurants at MuMian, where house-roasted specialities bring Chinese flavours to the fore. The Gardens by Lotus is a tranquil spot away from the hubbub to savour delicate dumplings and aromatic teas. For street food from Shanghai, visit Lilong by Taste of Shanghai, or embrace traditional Chinese classics at The Century, one of Sydney's more renowned Chinese restaurants.

More amazing Asian flavours can be found at Hello Auntie, which specialises in contemporary Vietnamese fusion food, cocktails and sake. Chinta Ria Buddha Love is a Sydney staple beloved for its authentic Malaysian fare and three-metre stone Buddha. For tasty Thai with a Laotian twist, the popular Holy Basil now has an outlet in Darling Square or grab a table at the charming, colourful Thai eatery that is Doodee Noodle.

Take a trip to Tokyo via Harajuku Gyoza Beer Stadium, where you can wash down delicious gyoza with an icy craft beer brewed on site. Nakano Darling is a Japanese izakaya-style bar dishing up tasty fried chicken, gyoza, and sake, while local favourite Ume Burger is the spot for Japanese-inspired burgers and bar food.

Vibrant Café del Mar is a perfect spot to savour a glass of Aperol Spritz and a selection of authentic Spanish tapas. Upscale French gastronomy can be savoured at Auvers Café, where both the food and the space are a feast for the senses. At Atelier by Sofitel, you can treat yourself to French food with an Australian accent accompanied by spectacular views out over Darling Harbour.

Feeling more ‘red, white and blue’ today? Betty’s Burgers has made-to-order fresh burgers to make any ex-pat homesick, while at Wingboy you can gorge yourself silly on crispy wings slathered in your choice of 12 delicious sauces.

If you’ve actually managed to save some room for dessert, head to Hungarian pastry house Kurtosh, now in Darling Square and Darling Quarter, to get your fill of their epic ‘chimney cakes’.


This January 26th, you could choose to celebrate our nation's diverse and rich heritage through food. From the traditional to the contemporary, every taste tells a story of the multicultural mosaic that is Australia. So, grab a plate and let's toast to unity, diversity, and the delicious flavours that bring us together.