Loading

Alfresco Dining in Sydney

Summer in SydneyCREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy lunch at The Boathouse Palm Beach, Sydney.

#ilovesydney

Alfresco Dining
in Sydney

Summer in Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy lunch at The Boathouse Palm Beach, Sydney.

#ilovesydney

Hashtags #ilovesydney

Sydney offers up a plethora of outdoor dining spaces to enjoy an alfresco meal. Whether it’s a spectacular harbour view or a panorama of one of the city’s sandy beaches you’re after, here are some great outdoor dining options with memorable vistas: 

Kepos Street Kitchen, Redfern

On a street corner in Redfern, you can sit outside at Kepos Street Kitchen in the dappled sunlight, enjoying modern Middle Eastern cuisine. Try the delicious breakfast falafel with hummus, tomato, boiled egg and pickled chilli then pop inside to browse the deli fridge and collect fresh, local produce to cook at home. Chef and owner Michael Rantissi was born in Tel Aviv and trained in French cuisine – his menu reflects the Israeli street food of his childhood with a modern, elegant twist. 

In The Rocks  

The Glenmore Hotel boasts picture-perfect views of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House from Cumberland Street in The Rocks, one of the first sites to be settled in the city. Atop this historic and popular watering hole, you’ll find an expansive open dining area with postcard-worthy panoramas. At Hotel Palisade on top of a steep hill in neighbouring Millers Point, the rooftop cocktail bar Henry Deane combines expansive views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and beyond with fine modern Australian dishes.   

Coogee Pavilion, Coogee  

For spectacular sunset drinks with the cool crowd, make your way to Coogee, a 20-minute drive from the city centre in the eastern suburbs. Here you’ll find the rooftop of beachside Coogee Pavilion is perfect for socialising in the sun. The rooftop space is an expansive summerhouse-style bar with lots of cane chairs, greenery and a panoramic view of the beach and Wylie’s Baths rock pool. The heritage building is a former aquarium and swimming baths dating back to around 1887, featuring a ground-floor bar, tapas bar Una Más, cocktail bar Will’s and fine-dining restaurant Mimi’s.

Nielsen Park, Vaucluse 

One of the prettiest places for brunch in Sydney is The Nielsen Kiosk, overlooking Shark Beach in Nielsen Park, a 20-minute drive from the city centre in the eastern suburbs. It’s places like this that make Sydney so unique: a harbour beach, fringed by bushland, so close to the city. The wooden pavilion dates to 1914 and houses a quaint kiosk with outdoor tables taking in those views, along with an Italian-inspired restaurant serving a seasonal menu of local produce.     

Henry Deane, Hotel Palisade, Millers Point CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a drink and harbour views from Henry Deane's rooftop cocktail lounge, Hotel Palisade, Millers Point.

#ilovesydney

Henry Deane, Hotel Palisade, Millers Point CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a drink and harbour views from Henry Deane's rooftop cocktail lounge, Hotel Palisade, Millers Point.

#ilovesydney

Coogee Pavilion, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying refreshing cocktails at Coogee Pavilion, Coogee.

#ilovesydney

Coogee Pavilion, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying refreshing cocktails at Coogee Pavilion, Coogee.

#ilovesydney

In Barangaroo  

With more than 30 restaurants, Barangaroo is one of Sydney’s most lively dining precincts, right in the city centre. The jewel in the crown is Barangaroo House, an award-winning three-level architectural gem clad in charcoaled timber with a sophisticated rooftop bar, Smoke, overlooking the harbour. Along Wulugul Walk there’s a strip of waterfront restaurants with a range of dining options to choose from. Experience a taste of Turkey at Anason, The Meat & Wine Co. for African-inspired flavours, or Ume Burger for a quirky Japanese burger mash-up. 

The Boathouse, Palm Beach  

Perched on Pittwater in Palm Beach, an hour’s drive north of Sydney, The Boathouse Palm Beach offers seaside views and a nautical vibe. It’s a beautiful spot for coffee, brunch or a cold seafood platter with Sydney rock oysters and tiger prawns to share. Walk along the beach or hike up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse while you’re there, to enjoy the spectacular view. 

The Empire Lounge, Rose Bay  

This glamourous waterside bar and dining spot in Rose Bay, a 15-minute drive from the city centre, is also the departure lounge for Sydney Seaplanes. At Empire Lounge, sip a bellini and dine on fresh seafood looking out over the water, or combine your Empire Lounge experience with a scenic flight around Sydney or up to Jonah’s at Whale Beach, around 40km to the north of the city, for lunch. 

The Gantry, Walsh Bay  

Nestled in the historic Walsh Bay arts precinct under the shadows of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Gantry restaurant is a creative fine-dining experience in the Pier One Sydney Harbour hotel. You can sip a botanical cocktail at the hotel’s Bar One on the pier and then enjoy freshly foraged ingredients from an innovative, award-winning menu while taking in relaxing views of Sydney Harbour and the wharves.     

Glass Island  

This must-do floating bar experience on Sydney Harbour has all the luxury of a chic bar setting with on-the-water views. Cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge as you sit back and relax with an inventive cocktail and colourful grazing board. Glass Island is a seated cruising experience with three entertainment levels, tables and VIP booths. Guests are collected from King Street Wharf in Darling Harbour, with most cruises departing at 1pm and returning by 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 

For more information on dining in Sydney go to www.sydney.com

Share your favourite holidays in Sydney and NSW on social media using @sydney #ilovesydney @visitnsw #lovensw.  

Shark Beach, Nielsen Park CREDIT: Andrew Gregory; Destination NSW

Shark Beach at Nielsen Park, Vaucluse

#ilovesydney

Shark Beach, Nielsen Park CREDIT: Andrew Gregory; Destination NSW

Shark Beach at Nielsen Park, Vaucluse

#ilovesydney

Smoke Bar, Barangaroo CREDIT: Destination NSW

Drinks with a harbour view at Smoke Bar, Barangaroo House in Barangaroo, Sydney.

#ilovesydney

Smoke Bar, Barangaroo CREDIT: Destination NSW

Drinks with a harbour view at Smoke Bar, Barangaroo House in Barangaroo, Sydney.

#ilovesydney

MORE INSPIRATIONAL STORIES

MORE INSPIRATIONAL STORIES

ALL ASSETS FROM THE DESTINATION NSW MEDIA CENTRE ARE FOR EDITORIAL USAGE ONLY AND MUST BE USED IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS.


For all non-editorial usage, please
visit the Destination NSW Content Library.

REGISTER
NOW

Access assets curated for media and content creators.

For all non-editorial usage, please
visit the Destination NSW Content Library.

Already have an account?

Permission Request


Destination NSW wants to access your Destination NSW Media Centre account.


This application will:

  • View your basic account information
  • View your email address
  • View your phone number, if provided
  • View your street address, if provided
  • View basic information about your organization, if provided
  • View your site usage
  • View your asset download activity

This access will help Destination NSW manage copyright owner rights, provide you with digital assets, keep you updated with new information and improve your user experience.


Do you agree to allow this access? If yes, click the REGISTER button.


You can unsubscribe at any time.

Permission Request

Destination NSW wants to review your registration for your Destination NSW Media Centre account.

This review will:

  • View your basic account information
  • View your email address
  • View your basic information about your organisation, if provided
  • View your site usage
  • View your asset download activity

This will assist Destination NSW manage copyright owner rights, provide you with digital assets, keep you updated with new information and improve your user experience.


By clicking REGISTER, you agree that you have read and agree to the TERMS & CONDITIONS and Destination NSW's PRIVACY POLICY


You can unsubscribe at any time.