Sydney restaurants with a view

As is to be expected, there are numerous Sydney restaurants with a view that worth considering. It’s the Harbour City, after all. On top of fine dining venues in the city, there are also food safaris and dinner cruises to consider.

If you are a first-time visitor, perhaps visit Sydney Tower Buffet Rotating Restaurant (Sydney Tower, Pitt St.). It commands 360-degree views of the city. For CBD restaurants, visit Scarlett Restaurant (Hotel Harbour Rocks, (34 Harrington St.).   

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Stylish dinner Sydney CBD: Best bakeries 

Stylish dinner Sydney CBD is not hard to find. The city centre is swarmed with fine dining venues both old and young, modern and traditional, and they all have their respective clientele. Refer to our separate articles on romantic dining venues [LINK – K1 romantic restaurants Sydney] and affordable dining options [LINK – K1 restaurants the Rocks] in Sydney.

As far as food is concerned, Sydney is not limited only to restaurants. There’s hardly a big city that is. There are many eateries and pubs serving snacks, fast-food stands and patisseries. Since the restaurant offer has already been dissected, we will hereby present our favourite bakeries and picnic places. You will hardly find a better view than from a perfectly secluded picnic spot.




There is at least one splendid bakery near every hotel Sydney. Berkelo (8 William St., Brookvale) is one such place. Taste their Australian yeast doughnuts — they are fermented for at least 18 hours. Seasonal varieties are all top-notch; you cannot really go wrong with any of them.

Their breads, croissants and sourdoughs are a byword. Berkelo also serves modern Australian dishes, with the menu evolving on a daily basis. The bakery has partnered with Shiralee Organic Meats and Wholegrain Milling Co., which speaks volumes about the quality of the food served.



 Iggy’s Bread

Iggy’s Bread (145d Macpherson St., Bronte) is one of Sydney’s best known bakeries. They sell naturally leavened, old-fashioned peasant bread with a mild sour flavour, whole wheat bread made with over 50% of organic whole wheat flour and leavened by an organic starter and Francese (naturally leavened bread hand cut on a marble table into irregular rectangular shapes).

They also have white rye bread (a combination of white rye and wheat flour), dark rye bread (Inspired by New York rye), French bread (fermented yeast, flour and water), bread sticks (made from French doughnuts), olive rolls (recommended), ficelles, bagels, croissants and many more pastries. 

Iggy’s Bread is just the perfect spot for breakfast on the go and one of Sydneysiders’ favourites. Iggy’s Bread is an integral part of many a lunch at Sydney’s top restaurants.



The Grumpy Baker

The Grumpy Baker (various locations) is a must-visit bakery for all rye lovers. The offer includes kibble, Pugliese, black Russian, pumpernickel breads and a variety of speciality breads, such as the walnut and fig, the roast potato sourdough, and roast garlic and olive sourdough loaf.

The Grumpy Baker cafés serve freshly baked sourdough breads, muffins and pastries, including pain au chocolat, cheese sticks, fruit scrolls, croissants and chocolate brownies. Also served are Single Origin coffee beans, Bonsoy soy milk and T2 teas.

The breakfast and lunch menus feature fresh seasonal produce (fresh salads and sandwiches), soups in winter, and various breads. The most popular product is the puff pastry filled with chicken Harissa, Moroccan lamb and vegetables. The Grumpy Baker also sells house-made frozen meals, such as beef lasagne, beef cottage pie, family pies, eggplant parmigiana and lamb shepherds’ pie.



Pioik Bakery

Pioik Bakery (176-178 Harris St., Pyrmont) specializes in Egyptian breads. If you’ve never tasted one, it’s high time you changed that. The Enkir, Kemu and Aftoni are so delicious that you will wish to eat them every day.

Pioik Bakery’s Epooro is two kilograms in weight, must be pre-ordered, and is available by the quarter. Pioik Bakery also serves breakfast menu (Egyptian breakfast), sandwiches, Sultan lunch, soups in winter and a great many pastries.  



Private dining Sydney: Best Picnic Spots  

If you are visiting Sydney in the summer, best private dining Sydney is to be had outside. If you are enjoying some sightseeing on the way, it’s even better! Here are some of our favourite picnic spots in the Harbour City.



Fitzroy Falls

Fitzroy Falls may not be widely popular, but it is one of the most tranquil spots in Sydney. If you are interested in Sydney restaurants with a view, why not discover this hidden gem and have a private picnic? As a matter of fact, Fitzroy Falls is among the most accessible waterfalls in the Southern Highlands. The spot is ca. 20 minutes away from Bowral, at the top of the descent to Kangaroo Valley.

Fitzroy Falls has a visitors’ centre, a car park, and a café. On top of that, there are numerous picnic tables and barbecues scattered around the place. The main attraction is the elevated walkway to the top-right of the waterfall (accessible for wheelchairs).

If you are felling adventurous, try a walking track through the Morton National Park. If undecided which one to take, try the East Rim walk. It has eight lookout points and three smaller waterfalls.



Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tour

Travel to Coffs Harbour to paddle alongside the Gumbaynggirr country. Waajana Yaam Adventure Tours offer 2.5-hour tours of the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Before enjoying your meal, learn something about the world’s first stand-up paddle boarders. Taste some bush tucker, try your hand at making some bush medicine and snorkel away.

Paddle and eat with the direct descendants of the indigenous people of Australia. Admittedly, it’s quite different from your hotel Sydney experience, but well worth it!



Enjoy the Chinese Garden of Friendship

The Chinese Garden of Friendship (Pier St.) was designed by Guangzhou, Sydney’s Chinese sister city. It is located at the corner of Day Street and Pier Street. The Garden will have no difficulties teleporting you to a whole new world. As is always the case with the Chinese, their meditation spots are unimaginably tranquil.

There are rarely large crowds to be encountered, so go ahead and pick the best picnic spot for you. Enjoy talking a walk through bamboo forests and over traditional Chinese stone bridges, which will take you to Garden’s pavilions. There you can watch schools of koi and take in the views of the Dragon Wall. After such a unique experience, your previous quest for Sydney hotel deals will seem funny.



Best Sydney restaurants with a view: an afterthought

Best Sydney restaurants with a view will still be waiting, once you’re back from your picnic. If in the mood for some fine dining, take a stroll through the CBD or alongside the waterfront and pick the one that calls your name. See our other dining recommendations here.

Enjoy fine dining right next to Sydney Harbour at the Rocks Dining!