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If you weren’t already feeling completely spoilt for choice for things to see and do in Sydney, you will be when it comes to picking out some amazing places to eat and drink. It’s a food lovers paradise where you can get pretty much anything you fancy and have a nice refreshing beverage along with it.
But with this many options and Sydney being all-round pretty expensive, it’s hard to know where to start right? Well, I know for a fact that I’ve only just scratched the surface but I’ve got some great affordable Sydney restaurants and bars that I’ve tried, tested (sometimes more than once) and absolutely love. Each has something unique to offer, too!
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1. Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice
Let’s start off with a right corker smack bang in the CBD! This gem is literally where I have had the cheapest beer in the entire time I’ve been in Australia. Between 4-6 pm every weekday, Frankie’s has an amazing happy hour deal where beers, wine, house spirits and their delicious slices of pizza which are actually a quarter of a pizza (oh yes!) are just $3 (double oh yes!). Frankie’s is the perfect mix of cool and quirky with photos of the owners family covering the walls, pinball machines and live music throughout the week from 9 pm. Check out more here.
2. Pontoon Bar
Located in the glistening Darling Harbour, Pontoon is the perfect Sydney restaurant and bar if you want to see the afternoon through to the evening. On Mondays-Thursdays Pontoon offers $6 craft beers between 5-7 pm (perfect timing for right after Frankie’s no?) and on Tuesdays-Fridays you can get your hands on a very affordable $10 meal from 5 pm. If you miss these happy hour deals, do not fear as Pontoon is still super affordable, and with a great view over Cockle Bay, you’re getting loads for your money.
Check out their offers here.
If you’re looking for a great view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge while you relax with a couple of drinks, then Buckley’s on Circular Quay is the one for you. It’s the only craft beer bar on the Quay and between 5-7 pm you can get wine for $6 and a PROPER pint of James Squire 150 Lashes beer (one of my favourites) for $8.
Check out their website here.
This is a great place to head if you want something to eat close to Circular Quay without forking out a load of money. Gateway on Alfred Street has over 25 cafes and restaurants with a great range of cuisines to choose from and it’s super affordable. I absolutely love Bekya which serves Egyptian style street food – their Koshari dish is amazing!
See all the restaurants here.
5. Lentil as Anything
It’s time to venture outside the CBD for something to eat, and let’s face it, Sydney has some great suburbs. Lentil as Anything is a not for profit community vegetarian restaurant whereby the money goes to those who need it in the local area. There are no set prices on the menu but they provide guidelines with donation suggestions and information about how far your money can go. Their Sydney restaurant is located in Newtown but then also have a number of restaurants dotted around Melbourne. It’s an amazing restaurant for an amazing cause!
Find out more here.
Another great spot in Darling harbour is Adria. their Happy Hour is perfect if a nice glass of wine or a delicious cocktail is more your thing. Have a refreshing sip on one of these for just $5 or grab a beer from a decent selection for just $5 for a glass or $9 for a pint. It’s a great spot to watch the world go by.
7. Flakey Tart Bakery
Going for a walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a must-do in Sydney – those views are amazing! To top it off, when you reach Milsons Point at the other side, head to the Flakey Tart bakery and pick up a delicious sweet treat. I had their peanut butter brownie and could have eaten my body weight of it.
8. Charlie Chans
This delicious Sydney restaurant was introduced to Tom and I by friends and it’s just too good. Specialising in street-style Thai food cooked by ‘Mrs Chan’ you can be sure to get a massive lunch or dinner for a bargain price. To top it off, they offer $4 schooners every day from 12-6 pm, Monday-Friday they have $5 beer, house wine and house spirits from 6-9 pm and $5 house spirits from 7-9 pm on the weekend.
Check out the website here.
9. China Town
China Town is THE place to go if you want a big plate of delicious food for a small price. Sydney has a large Asian community so China Town is a great way to experience some of the Chinese culture for yourself. Take a walk around and check out the many food deals here before tucking in.
10. The Markets
Ok, so I absolutely love a market. Like I will go out of my way to get to them. Fortunately, in Sydney, you don’t have to go far to get to them. There are loads of Saturday markets held all over Sydney boasting great items from local designers and also the most amazing food for such a great price. I absolutely love the Paddington Market and the Rocks Market. Head on over and check out the food stalls and trucks for something super fresh made right in front of you.
*BONUS RESTAURANT* Ze Pickle – Perfect for burger lovers
For the ultimate treat night dinner head over to Ze Pickle in Surry Hills. The burgers here are amazing and they have a huge selection to chose from. I love the ‘Ya Mum’ and ‘3am’ burgers, almost as much as I love their names! They have a great selection of cocktails and craft beers to sip with your burger too. it’s not the cheapest meal you can have but it’s oh so worth the indulgence!
Check on more here.
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