Restaurants

Rosso Pomodoro

Restaurant

The rules at this Balmain joint are simple: Italian toppings only and no half and half. There’s no corkage for BYO either, which is rare for a place this good. Some say it’s long been the best Napoli-style pizza in Sydney.

Efendy

Restaurant

A slice of Istanbul in Sydney’s inner west that prides itself on local, sustainable produce.

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Meyhanee

Restaurant

Go Saturday nights for raki, music and 40 kinds of meze, or on the weekend for an epic multi-course breakfast banquet.

Exchange Hotel

Restaurant

The heritage-listed pub for locals and their four-legged friends.

Burgerhood

Restaurant

Five Guys and In-N-Out are the inspiration for these burgers, which feature relatively thin, house-ground patties.

The Cottage Bar & Kitchen

Restaurant

It might feel like Grandma’s lounge room, but the drinks at The Cottage Bar & Kitchen beat Granny’s tea by a colonial mile.

Cafes

Little M

Cafe

Little M brings boutique coffee and brunch to Balmain.

Little Ethel’s

Cafe

A tiny cafe servicing local offices and lunch-hunters in the know.

Le Caféier

Cafe

Simple, earthy Mediterranean.

Kafeine

Cafe

A cosy little nook in Balmain.

Bowl.r

Cafe

Poke, smoothie bowls and espresso served in a coconut.

Contessa Balmain

Cafe

With coffee from The Grounds, locally sourced produce and perhaps the best French toast in Sydney, what’s not to love about Bar Contessa?

Bars

Cantina Bar

Bar

At this colourful Mexican cantina, kitsch and fun reign supreme. Cantina won't be winning any awards for authenticity, but the food tastes great and the vibe is always good.

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The Lodge

Bar

A cosy bar across several levels.

Shops

Nutie Donuts

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Vegan and gluten-free baked goods.

Field Blend Wine and Cheese Store

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A wine and cheese store celebrating small scale producers.

The Source Bulk Foods

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The Source Bulk Foods stores in Balmain and Willoughby are providing a relaxed, old-fashioned shopping experience.

Aesop in Balmain

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This Aesop store over the Anzac Bridge was designed with Henry Wilson.

Quintessential duckeggBLUE

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Rescued and restored European furniture with a story to tell.

duckeggBLUE

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Essential pieces for the female wardrobe.