Cuckoo Callay, Newtown

It’s safe to say that cafes at train stations are fairly average and unremarkable most of the time, but Newtown station isn’t your average station with its revamped concourse which is home to the funky Cuckoo Callay cafe. The Alice in Wonderland inspired name gives you an idea of the vibrant and quirky decor you can expect inside, with a bustling front counter area for takeaways and snacks, and a cosy, brightly coloured dining area further in.

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Rabbit Hole Bar and Dining, Sydney

Rabbit Hole Bar and Dining is a hidden underground bar/restaurant near the Martin Place area. Situated in the space previously occupied by Bar Europa, they’ve been open for about a year and a half now and have already made a name for themselves serving up tasty meals (check out their wagyu beef burger!) and drinks. I’ve been a couple of times before but this time we’re trying out a pilot of their ‘Cocktail Concepts & Culinary Craze’ – a monthly event that will showcase unique cooking techniques and molecular mixology.

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Trio Cafe, Bondi Beach

For an easy, breezy brunch with a view of the iconic Bondi Beach, it’s hard to go past Trio Cafe. The fact that you need to book at least a week in advance is a testament to its successful formula of friendly service, an extensive and interesting brunch menu and location, location, location.

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The Chip off the Old Block, Chippendale

The newest bar to hit Chippendale is the charmingly named Chip off the Old Block, which is hidden in one of the lanes in this often overlooked suburb next to Central/Broadway. In contrast to its modern decor, the simple food menu pays homage to good old-fashioned English fare with hearty sounding pies, bubble & squeak and butty sarnies too.

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Tapa Vino, Circular Quay

Tapa Vino is a hidden gem in Bulletin Place at Circular Quay – as its name suggests, it is a thriving tapas restaurant with an impressive array of sherry to boot.

It’s been packed every time we’ve been in and it’s best to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Our booking secured us a lovely table on the upper level, which isn’t as bustling as the walk-in bar area downstairs, but is perfect for a group of friends to enjoy a great meal.

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