Best of the Burbs – Crows Nest

The charmingly named suburb of Crows Nest is a treasure trove of quality cafes and restaurants that cater to every type of budget.

All of the fab foodie options on offer can become a bit overwhelming so here are a few local favourites to get you started.


If you’re up early, follow the coffee connoisseurs and head to Bean Drinking for your caffeine hit.For those who prefer something a bit more solid to kick start their morning, there’s freshly toasted panini sandwiches next door at Montagu. They use earthy Single Origin beans for their coffee, which also delivers a great punch.


Join the line at Ryo’s Noodle on Falcon Street, next to North Sydney Boys High School. It’s worth the wait to try their famous Shio ramen, a steaming bowl of rich broth and chewy egg noodles. If you’ve got a big appetite, pair it with their addictive karaage fried chicken with creamy Japanese mayonnaise.

Afternoon tea

To help you through the mid-afternoon slump, indulge in some delectable gelato at Sparrow Gelato and Espresso Bar. Try the more eccentric flavours like Pandan and Coconut with a Belgian waffle. If you need another shot of caffeine to get you through the day, choose a scoop of gelato and create your own affogato.


Treat yourself to a seasonal three course degustation at the sleek WAQU restaurant, which specialises in contemporary Japanese fusion dishes at an affordable price without compromising on taste and quality. For a more laidback option, try Not Bread Alone, which has a relaxed outdoor courtyard and delicious pasta specials. Finish off the meal with a melt-in-your-mouth dessert like their warm chocolate brownie served with a smooth vanilla bean ice cream.


For the more intimate feel of a small bar, head to The Foxtrot. This joint boasts a quirky, eclectic decor and bartenders who know how to satisfy any cocktail enthusiast. If beer is more your thing, there’s a branch of the ever popular Bavarian Bier Cafe on the main strip to round off your night.

Have you eaten around Crows Nest? Know somewhere in the neighbourhood which is worth checking out? Let us know in the comments below.


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