Where to eat, drink and shop on Enmore Road
Tucked between Inner West big-hitters Newtown and Marrickville, Sydney's Enmore Road is a hip little suburb with great restaurants, bars, shopping and culture.
- June 2019
Hungry? Thirsty? Bored? Head to this little neighbourhood to satisfy your cravings for good food and cocktails with a side of art and homewares. Enmore Road is home to some of Sydney opens in new window’s trendiest bars, shops and eateries. We find out the local faves along this bustling corridor.
Most Sydneysiders remember the first gig they saw at Enmore Theatre opens in new window – a rowdy live performance venue that hits that mid-level sweet spot between pub and stadium. Crooning legend Billy Ocean, comedian Joel Creasy and the cast of The Sopranos are all taking the stage in 2019.
When Peter Gilmore, executive chef of Sydney fine diner Quay, says something is one of his favourites, you know it has to be good. He is a huge fan of Queen Chow’s opens in new window fresh Cantonese dumplings, which are served in a leafy tea house-style conservatory tacked onto the back of an old-school wood-panelled pub. They also do an excellent mud crab.
Stepping inside the quiet serenity of this elegant teashop opens in new window is like entering another world, far away from the bumper-to-bumper brashness of the surrounding streets. Stop in to try and buy loose-leaf small-batch tea from rural China or sign up for one of their guided tea tastings.
Jacoby’s Tiki Bar
When the restaurants close and the show’s over at Enmore Theatre, this is where everyone – customers, staff, audience and bands – ends up. The décor at Jacoby’s Tiki Bar opens in new window is pirates-meets-the-Pacific islands, the welcome is warm and the cocktails will knock you sideways.
The Last Course
There’s serious dessert competition on Enmore Road – namely Cow & The Moon opens in new window and Saga opens in new window – but baking away in the background is chef Sue Keirouz, who makes every cake and cookie at The Last Course opens in new window from scratch. If she’s just pulled a batch of apple crumble out of the oven, run don’t walk.
Possibly the most thoughtfully curated selection of mid-century furniture in the city, Collectika opens in new window is the place to find that one-of-a-kind Parker sideboard or Eames armchair, or bring in one of the treasures from your granny’s attic for appraisal.
Even locals have been known to do a few laps before finding the entrance to this modern Turkish restaurant opens in new window, disguised by the mauve and pink signage of the hair salon that once occupied its space. But follow your nose – the smoky scent of lamb kofte, stuffed eggplant and grilled snapper will lead you to the right spot.
This highly regarded art space has been a neighbourhood fixture since 1995, holding regular exhibits from some of the country’s most renowned and up-and-coming artists in its light-filled gallery. The gallery opens in new window also manages the estate of the late contemporary artist Roy Jackson, whose airy, lively compositions capture the beauty of the Australian bush.