5 Favourite Cafes in Darlinghurst, Sydney
Once a slum and red-light district, Darlinghurst has undergone urban renewal since the 1980s and is now a suburb with cosy cafes, quirky bars and restaurants. During my stay in Sydney, I stayed in Darlinghurst and had a chance to explore this part of town. There are many food options on Oxford Street and Victoria Street. If you love shopping, good food and wine or people-watching, this is a great place to start.
Address: 322 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Tel: +61 412 253 782
Bar Coluzzi has withstood the test of time as it is one of the oldest cafe in Darlinghurst. Itwas first established at Darlinghurst in 1957 by middle weight boxing champion, Luigi Coluzzi. Inside the café, the walls are full with the fighter’s memorabilia. He was also one of the men who introduced the espresso to Sydney.
Even though the family sold Bar Coluzzi Darlinghurst, it still retains its charm. Everyday, coffee drinkers will drop by the cafe to have an espresso start to their day. a good smell and body. My cup of cappuccino has a thick crust of chocolate, it’s smooth and rich with great creama!
Address: 340 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9360 6885
Una’s café started in late 1960s by an Irish lady named Una. She was serving simple meals like tinned spaghetti and coffee at 25 cents. After 18 months, Annie from Austria took over and started with only one freshly cooked meal. After a few years, they moved down the streets and served home-style menu inspired by the foods and flavours of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Hungary.
German-Austrian-Swiss fare means giant plates of food. We just ordered a plate of Chicken Schnitzel to share. A moderately thin piece of chicken is coated with hand-made bread crumbs and fry until it is golden brown delicious. It’s tender, it’s juicy! To complete the dining experience, pair it with a range of imported beers and spirits, including their famous schnapps.
Address: 433 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9360 9631
No trip to Sydney is complete without breakfast at a Bills. Bill Granger is a self-taught cook who takes pride in presenting delicious food that is simple, fresh and looks irresistible. His scrambled eggs has been described as the best scrambled eggs in the world. The scrambled eggs is amazing, it’s so soft and smooth.
I was told that he doesn’t use water, just simply butter and a cup of cream to do the job. Indeed, it was very creamy and light. The eggs come with thick toast and there are sides available including bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, avocados etc. The fluffy hotcakes with honeycomb butter melting over the top is also excellent. The hotcakes are fluffy and moist, while the ricotta filling wasn’t overpowering at all it, the ultimate Sunday morning treat. I love the simplicity of his dishes!
Address: 316 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Tel: +61 2 9356 2436
Relatively new kid in the house, Kurtosh is famous for their chimney cakes. Each chimney cake is a whimsical-looking, soft bread with an an airy open center, sprinkled with fresh cinnamon sugar or nuts. They’re rumored to be Hungary’s oldest pastry, and are typically made for special occasions.
Kurtosh is also known for its slab cakes sold by weight (huge squares of cookies and cream or passionfruit-white chocolate cheesecake), its savoury bureka (we had the sundried tomato one which is good) and coffee.
Adress: 241 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9331 1588
At Messina, each flavour has its own unique recipe made at the central factory before sending it to the store. I love it so much that I visited the shop twice during my stay in Sydney. The best seller is the salted caramel. I had the pistachio gelato which is thick, dense and creamy. They also have weird flavour creations. The lab next door sells ice cream cakes.
There are many other food places yet to discover, including Cafe Paci on Riley Street selling modern Australian fare and Pocket Bar which serves great cocktails. If you know of any good food in Darlinghurst, do share with us! 🙂