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.
A slice of Istanbul in Sydney’s inner west that prides itself on local, sustainable produce.
Go Saturday nights for raki, music and 40 kinds of meze, or on the weekend for an epic multi-course breakfast banquet.
The heritage-listed pub for locals and their four-legged friends.
Five Guys and In-N-Out are the inspiration for these burgers, which feature relatively thin, house-ground patties.
It might feel like Grandma’s lounge room, but the drinks at The Cottage Bar & Kitchen beat Granny’s tea by a colonial mile.
Little M brings boutique coffee and brunch to Balmain.
A tiny cafe servicing local offices and lunch-hunters in the know.
Simple, earthy Mediterranean.
A cosy little nook in Balmain.
Poke, smoothie bowls and espresso served in a coconut.
With coffee from The Grounds, locally sourced produce and perhaps the best French toast in Sydney, what’s not to love about Bar Contessa?
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.
A cosy bar across several levels.
Vegan and gluten-free baked goods.
A wine and cheese store celebrating small scale producers.
The Source Bulk Foods stores in Balmain and Willoughby are providing a relaxed, old-fashioned shopping experience.
This Aesop store over the Anzac Bridge was designed with Henry Wilson.
Rescued and restored European furniture with a story to tell.
Essential pieces for the female wardrobe.
As a heavyweight of Sydney's coffee-culture, cafe-goers in Balmain typically have high expectations. Luckily, these venues meet – and eve...
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