Darling Harbour is surrounded by Sydney’s bountiful mix of dining options. A stay at Vibe Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour means you won’t have to stray too far – the casual dining haven of The Sussex Store is on the ground floor and provides tasty treats throughout the day. Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, a long lunch or an evening meal, The Sussex Store offers great coffee, an extensive drinks list and a tasty menu of modern Australian dishes with a zesty Asian-inspired twist.
The hotel’s proximity to Sydney’s most exciting dining destinations means you will never have to venture far to find yourself devouring delectable dishes from around the world. The new Darling Square precinct is set to rival Sydney’s established dining strips with a plethora of venues (currently 12 and growing!) housed in The Exchange, the striking birds nest-style structure that takes centre stage in the Square. Highlights include the hawker-style food from the streets of Colombo at Hopper Kadé; a new twist on traditional Italian at Pasta Wafu (miso Bolognese, anyone?); and Boque by Tapavino, for tasty tapas and charcuterie over a glass of wine.
Stroll further into the heart of Darling Harbour for uninterrupted views overlooking Cockle Bay and King Street from Planar Restaurant, situated adjacent to the International Convention Centre. This harbourside dining spot has both indoor and outdoor seating to make the most of Sydney’s long summer days and lingering winter sun. Despite it central vantage point, this eatery provides a laidback setting to sit back and watch as Sydneysiders pass by.
Neighbouring Chinatown is a favourite for lazy yum cha brunches. Marigold and East Ocean take pride of place as staple favourites in traditional yum cha fare and offer a bustling, expansive space with fast-paced but friendly trolley service. If you head further around the harbour to the Sydney Fish Markets in Pyrmont Bay, you’ll find an equally hectic ambience – unless you escape upstairs to Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant. If there is such a thing as ‘relaxed yum cha’, then this place has it!
An exciting new addition on the Pyrmont dining scene is Chuuka – offering a unique Chinese-Japanese fusion menu, reflected in its name which means “Chinese” in Japanese. Take a seat at the raw bar and enjoy some sushi with a side of Harbour Bridge views; head upstairs and soak up the panoramic vistas or if you love to watch the kitchen at work there’s a large chef’s table next to the pass. Casual dining can also be enjoyed on the waterfront bar deck.
Pyrmont is also where you’ll find the unique flavours of Italy with a Japanese twist (yes it does exist!) at LuMi Dining. Located on Wharf 10, near the National Maritime Museum, LuMi is described as a ‘casual fine dining experience’. Million-dollar, absolute waterfront views combine with a degustation style menu that ensures you experience the best from the kitchen.
Speaking of waterfront – Sydney’s evolving waterside jewel, Barangaroo, is continually emerging with new dining venues as the precinct develops. If being by the water inspires a desire for seafood, Barangaroo serves up a catch of the best including Cirrus Dining, a high-end option for seafood lovers, and Love.Fish, a great spot for the family or large groups.
For contemporary Australian cuisine at its best, Matt Moran’s Bea restaurant in Barangaroo House offers exquisite food in a spectacular venue – impressive for both its slick operation and its superb panoramic views across Darling Harbour. Amongst the plethora of waterfront dining options at Barangaroo, Banskii offers a welcoming casual dining experience – perfect for a late lunch with tasty share plates and a stellar drinks menu specialising in vermouth.