Sydney’s outdoor dining areas

Spring is in the air in Sydney, and it’s time to welcome back the warmer temperatures. Sydney is a city that’s best enjoyed outdoors – even when you’re dining! Al fresco dining areas abound in a city that likes to show off its outdoor lifestyle and beautiful natural assets.

So if you’re in Sydney in spring, make sure you sample some of these dining options – many giving you vantage points of some of Sydney’s best natural and tourist sites!

Bondi Beach

On the foreshore of Bondi Beach, there are a number of open air dining options. Once you’ve walked the spectacular Bondi to Bronte walk which offers breathtaking views of Sydney’s famous coast, settle in for a meal or a drink at one of the alfresco dining options along Campbell Parade. At the southern end of Bondi Beach you’ll also find Bondi Icebergs, a well known institution offering great food and the best views of the beach.

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is a great place to soak up the sunshine in Sydney. There are a number of restaurants, cafes and food courts with outdoor seating and views of the sparking water.


For an up market dining experience, head to the Woolloomooloo finger wharf. There is a range of dining options to choose from including Brazilian, Spanish tapas, Italian and modern Asian. If you’re on a tight budget, try the iconic Harry’s Café de Wheels around the corner. It’s a Sydney institution and you can try Australia’s culinary icon – the meat pie. Keep your eyes peeled – you may just spot a celebrity in this area!


Take a ferry ride across the harbour to the North Shore of Sydney and the Northern Beaches. You’ll find the beautiful Manly beach and a number of eatery options from which you can watch surfers and soak up the Aussie beach culture. Popular with locals on a beautiful afternoon is Manly Wharf Bar.

Circular Quay

If you want to see Sydney’s iconic landmarks, there’s no better place to situate yourself than in Circular Quay. From this bustling area you can see the Harbour Bridge stretching across beautiful Sydney Harbour, and have a front row view of the Sydney Opera House. There are a number of dining establishments that are well positioned for you to enjoy your meal and the view, but it’s also just as nice to grab some takeaway and perch yourself on one of the many benches or grassy patches. If you’re looking for a Sydney hotel, there are a number located in or close to Circular Quay.

All of these dining areas can be easily accessed from your Sydney accommodation. So get out there and enjoy an al fresco meal Sydney style!

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