Mouthwatering meals and cool cocktails
Australian cuisine is about celebrating the best of the world with a unique local spin. Nowhere does it better than Sydney, and The Rocks provides the perfect backdrop — from lunch to cocktails.
Sample sweet crepes and savory galettes at chic French Creperie Suzette, a taste of Paris in The Rocks.
35 Harrington Street
Graze MCA / MCA Cafe
At Sydney’s modern art museum, Graze MCA restaurant has ground-level al fresco terrace tables beside Circular Quay. Lunch on seasonal Australian dishes while admiring the Opera House. Or try Level 4 for the sunny, rooftop MCA Café, offering tasty brunch and lunch bites with stunning views from its sculpture terrace over Sydney Harbour Bridge.
140 George Street
Book well ahead for fine dining at Quay, Sydney’s most celebrated restaurant perched quayside with views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Chef Peter Gilmore’s exquisite tasting menus celebrate Australian produce with top wines to match.
Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal
Housed in a split-level heritage building, Saké serves a dynamic Japanese menu starring sushi and sustainable seafood. Toothfish tempura, anyone?
12 Argyle Street
Set in a historic sandstone cavern, stylish restaurant Tayim plates up traditional and modern Middle Eastern delights indoors and out on its sunny laneway terrace.
34 Harrington Street, Nurses Walk
Blu Bar on 36
For cocktails with a view, the Shangri-La Sydney hosts the famous Blu Bar on 36, which flaunts panoramas of The Rocks, Harbour Bridge, and Opera House.
Level 36, 176 Cumberland Street
Ground-floor whisky bar Grain at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney mixes craft cocktails, alongside artisanal spirits, beer, and wine.
199 George Street
Atop Hotel Palisade, pretty-in-pink cocktail lounge Henry Deane offers elegant drinks and bites, Views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Barangaroo Reserve headland park make for Instagram-worthy snaps.
Level 4, 35 Bettington Street, Millers Point
At glam bar Maybe Sammy, white-jacketed mixologists take inspiration from the playful 50s and dapper Rat Pack. Cocktails span vintage, coffee, a Martini trolley, and dinky Minis.
115 Harrington Street
Open-air terrace bar Mrs Jones beckons above The Orient Hotel, with a retractable roof and glimpses over a sandstone courtyard. Named after the pub’s former matriarch, it pumps out cocktail jugs, oysters, and hearty mains.
89 George Street
Founded in 1921, The Glenmore pub boasts one of Sydney’s best rooftop bars, with tasty eats, wine, cocktails, Prosecco, and beautiful harbor views. If you’re a pub kind of person, note that other historic venues in The Rocks include The Fortune of War, Australian Heritage Hotel and The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel.
96 Cumberland Street
We recommend checking websites before visiting, as some venues are currently impacted by the Sydney lockdown; others are offering takeout, virtual experiences, and online shopping services or Click & Collect.