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Make merry in Marrickville

Camelot Lounge, MarrickvilleCREDIT: Destination NSW

Camelot Lounge is one of Marrickville’s much-loved music venues.

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Make merry in
Marrickville

Camelot Lounge, Marrickville CREDIT: Destination NSW

Camelot Lounge is one of Marrickville’s much-loved music venues.

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Time Out ranked Marrickville as the 10th-coolest neighbourhood in the world — and for good reasons. This standout suburb in Sydney’s Inner West boasts a multicultural food scene, a flourishing craft-brewing movement, live music venues and bustling markets. Here’s how to enjoy the area like a local. 

Batch Brewing Co. 

Marrickville is a craft-brewing destination, and Batch Brewing Co.’s original location is an essential visit. Sit in the spacious taproom and relax with a glass or bottle of the brewery’s small-batch experiments, which include a lemon meringue sour ale and a coffee-infused milk stout made with Sydney’s Campos roasters.

Where’s Nick 

This atmospheric natural wine bar is run by Julian and Dominic Abouzeid. Their brother, Nick, chose not to get too involved — hence the name. Acclaimed sommelier Bridget Raffal has produced a seriously good drinks list (which includes skin-contact wines and sour ales). She highlights female winemakers, too, such as ELM’s Madeleine Marson. The tight menu focuses on booze-friendly bites (like cheese boards and taleggio tartiflette). 

Poor Toms Gin Hall 

In an industrial stretch of Marrickville, you’ll find Poor Toms, the micro distillery Jesse Kennedy and Griffin Blumer launched in 2015. This space isn’t just their production headquarters, it’s also home to a sun-lit, plant-filled gin hall. Sit at the bar for hand-crafted cocktails and flights of their signature spirit.  

Marrickville Market 

Combine Sunday brunch and your weekly shop with a visit to Marrickville’s organic food market. Buy fruit, vegetables and deli goods directly from local producers and reward your appetite by dropping by Mister ToastMiss Focaccia and other delicious food stalls (don’t miss Koshari Korner’s Egyptian street food when leaving the market’s grounds).  

VN Street Foods 

Sure, you could opt for the tasty pho and moreish rice paper rolls at VN Street Foods. But customising every element of your Vietnamese bento might be the most memorable way to dine at this down-to-earth eatery. Grilled lemongrass beef or chicken with ginger sauce? Papaya salad or mustard green pickles? Fine-tune your choices and savour your ingredient-stacked meal in the courtyard area.  

Pho PHD 

Marrickville’s long-running ties to the Vietnamese community mean there’s no shortage of places to find a satisfying bowl of pho. Pho PHD is a popular go-to spot for the classic Vietnamese noodle soup and regularly appears in debates about Sydney’s best pho. The heady, spiced broth in the signature beef offering makes it a must-order dish. Don’t overlook bánh xèo, the traditional Vietnamese crepes.

Poor Toms, Marrickville CREDIT: Destination NSW

The bar at Poor Toms Gin Hall, Marrickville.

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Poor Toms, Marrickville CREDIT: Destination NSW

The bar at Poor Toms Gin Hall, Marrickville.

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VN Street Foods, Marrickville CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying food and drink at VN Street Foods, Marrickville.

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VN Street Foods, Marrickville CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying food and drink at VN Street Foods, Marrickville.

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Side Story Cafe 

Located at the state-of-the-art Marrickville Library, this is the latest venue for Double Roasters. Aptly, the café serves a simple brunch menu alongside cups brewed with the Marrickville roaster’s signature beans. Go for breakfast, then admire the library’s collection of 85,000 books and its sustainable design.

The Gasoline Pony 

Immerse yourself in Sydney’s live music scene at this small bar. Order a local craft beer and enjoy the emerging and cult acts playing jazz, soul, country and psychedelic tunes. Take advantage of the newly installed pizza oven by ordering some hot slices, or try the miso-spiced cauliflower toasties, Malaysian curry bowl or nachos with chipotle cream.

Camelot Lounge 

This is another intimate venue that locals appreciate. Camelot Lounge showcases everything from jazz to Latin music and classical to reggae. Sydney songwriter Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss) even recorded his live album here. The moody crimson space is full of character: it’s decorated with retro bric-a-brac, band posters, vibrant artworks and lots of camel figurines.

Banh mi 

If you miss Marrickville Pork Roll’s bright-red façade, you’ll definitely notice the queues spilling out its door and down Illawarra Road. This hole-in-the-wall institution has gained an enthusiastic following for its baguettes stuffed with salad, crunchy pickles and pâté. Accordingly, the eatery has often appeared on “best banh mi in Sydney” lists. Alex 'N' Rolls might be a contender, too: this recent addition to Marrickville has been compared to Vietnam’s best and is gaining attention for its banh mi filled with braised meats, dill fish cakes, cheese omelettes and fried eggs.  

Two Chaps 

Two Chaps is a vegetarian café that makes its bread and pastries on site and reduces food miles and waste where possible (hash brown offcuts are smartly repurposed and become the fried potato skins served with the kimchi and mushroom burger). Its pasta nights — featuring ravioli with locally made buffalo ricotta — often book out far in advance. 

Henson Park  

Henson Park once hosted the closing ceremony of the 1938 British Empire Games (the precursor to the Commonwealth Games). Today, it’s home to Newtown Jets football matches and it’s a family-friendly site that welcomes dogs. Spend the day cheering on your favourite team before popping into nearby kid-compatible pub, The Henson, for a meal. 

Casa Do Benfica Restaurant  

Hidden behind the Marrickville Tennis Club is a portal to Portugal. Casa Do Benfica sits in an unpretentious hall and its long tables are made for big gatherings. The menu features Portuguese chorizo, traditional espetada de carne (meat skewers), seafood rice, garlicky mushrooms and many takes on bacalhau (grilled cod), which go well with the restaurant’s Portuguese red wines.

Camelot Lounge, Marrickville CREDIT: Destination NSW

Bartender creating a cocktail at the Camelot Lounge, Marrickville in Sydney's inner west.

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Camelot Lounge, Marrickville CREDIT: Destination NSW

Bartender creating a cocktail at the Camelot Lounge, Marrickville in Sydney's inner west.

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Marrickville Pork Roll, Marrickville CREDIT: Destination NSW

People lining up to order the popular pork rolls from Marrickville Pork Roll.

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Marrickville Pork Roll, Marrickville CREDIT: Destination NSW

People lining up to order the popular pork rolls from Marrickville Pork Roll.

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