As the gateway to Sydney city, Sydney’s beaches and the greater Eastern suburbs, Randwick is obviously a melting pot of different cultures, cuisines, experiences and atmospheres.
Accommodating for every budget – from high schooler on a lunch break to business men and women looking to indulge – there is something for people of all shapes, sizes and personalities. Even though you can get to practically everywhere from this bustling suburban centre in ten minutes flat – why would you ever want to leave?
Lebanon & Beyond
If you’re dreaming of thick chunky hommous, crunchy spiced falafels, refreshing labne and delicious tabbouli, you’re going to want to pay a visit to Lebanon & Beyond. This family owned and run Lebanese restaurant serves expertly cooked traditional meals, capturing the essence of Lebanese cuisine and providing a cultural experience alongside it. There is something for every palate and diet on their extensive menu, from house-made dips to healthy Lebanese salads to perfectly cooked spicy meats. Excite your senses with a meal at this local favourite.
Duck Duck Goose
Kid-friendly, high quality, sustainably sourced and a love for food. These are just some of the words that describe Duck Duck Goose on Avoca Street. Whether you’re there for coffee, a snack or a substantial meal, you won’t be let down. Duck Duck Goose uses ethically sourced coffee from Colombia, Kenya, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Sumatra and Brazil, roasted locally in Alexandria and served straight to you from their shop window. There are homemade baked goods created fresh daily, craft beers and artisanal wines served from midday, and an array of brunch and lunch foods to excite even the fussiest eater. If you’re a burger connoisseur, make sure you try the KFC Burger: Korean Fried Chicken with kimchi coleslaw, Gochujang mayo and the Duck Duck Goose special sauce.
The Spanish Fly
Pulling inspiration from the abundance of Mediterranean cultures in and around Spain, The Spanish Fly has morphed quality produce with a number of traditional Mediterranean cuisines to create a contemporary spin on Spanish tapas. With a buzzing, vibrant atmosphere, it has become a staple hangout spot for locals and visitors alike, whether they are there for a quick cocktail and a catchup before catching a movie at The Ritz, or to graze on an array of delicious pan-Mediterranean tapas dishes full of flavour and top quality produce.
Four Frogs Creperie
Transport yourself to the streets of Paris when you step foot in the Four Frogs Creperie, Randwick’s super popular, French-style culinary cult favourite. Serving savoury galettes and sweet crepes alike, Four Frogs is decked out in Parisian décor and the quality of the food matches the French atmosphere: effortless, unassuming and somehow always perfect. Whether you’re a Nutella lover, a salted caramel fiend or a more traditional chocolate connoisseur, take your pick of their seemingly never-ending menu of delicious crepe fillings, or quench your salty cravings with a cheesy, carb filled galette. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.
22 Grams is perfect for every coffee lover’s diet, whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, lactose intolerant or simply a lover of wholesome, ethically produced food. Take your pick of their healthy, fresh and flavoursome breakfasts, lunches and baked goods and don’t leave without tasting their expertly made coffee. Located on the doorstep of your stroll down to Coogee Beach, it’s your one stop for a recharge before continuing on your way to the surf.
Gusto Espresso Bar
The much-loved Bondi favourite has now opened in Randwick and locals could not be happier. Full to the brim with beaming wait staff, delicious food and top quality coffee, Gusto is the one place you know your expectations will always be met. Grab a takeaway breakfast with your coffee, or eat in and spend time amongst the locals to get a real feel for Randwick living.
The Duke of Gloucester
With 59 craft beers on tap, a Pub kitchen and an upstairs contemporary American-French menu, the Duke of Gloucester (affectionately known as The Dog by frequenters) is provides for every taste and personality. The food is fresh, flavoursome and created with high quality ingredients, focusing on heroing meat and seafood with subtle classic flavours. This is pub-dining with a twist, perfect for summer, perfect for hanging out and catching up with friends and family.
Situated in Randwick’s most buzzing spot (cleverly nicknamed The Spot), Li’l Darlin’ is a bar, restaurant and café all tied into one. At any time of the day (or night), graze on some tapas with your friends while you sip on a Bachelorette cocktail (Vodka, rose syrup and fresh lime), or go big with their signature pizzas and giant chicken schnitzel. And if you’re looking to let loose, stick around for sundown when the atmosphere transforms into a moody, vibrant bar scene, where quirky cocktails are poured by the kilolitre (try the Gummi-Beartini), shots are flowing, and music blasts all night long.
If you’re after a moody, trendy place to take a date or catch up with friends, Bat Country is your best bet. With its dim lighting, exposed brick walls and croony music, this bar and restaurant exudes cool, and that attitude is reflected in the food and drink served all day, every day. Take advantage of the 7B47 deal and grab a drink for $7 before 7pm 7 days a week, or stick around til late and taste test their grungy, unique cocktails including Rolling Stones Rose (Plymouth gin, cucumber, lemon, rose and crème de mure) or the Gonzopolitan (Absolute elyx, Cointreau, lemon, lime and fresh juice). This is a must-try.
Royal Randwick Shopping Village
The Village is exactly that – a village of fresh food, restaurants, cafes, fast food eateries, juice bars, clothes shops and specialty stores all wrapped into one complex. If you’re staying in Randwick, this is your one stop for groceries, a quick lunch and even a visit to the gym, and it will become your best friend. Try Sushi Junction for something to nibble on while you stock up your pantry, and accidentally wander into Decjuba and Seed to stock up your wardrobe…
Started up as a music store, Plum eventually made its name as a cult favourite amongst Randwick locals for its quirky clothing, accessories and gifts full of personality. Even if you’re not the type to shop at specialty boutiques, this little shop is worth a look in to experience the treasure trove of trinkets and knick-knacks – who knows what you might find!
Royal Randwick Racecourse
Spring time means races time in the eastern suburbs, and Royal Randwick is the heart of Sydney’s racing season. General admission is open to anyone, so grab yourself a suit or a fascinator and strap on your fancy shoes; a day at the races is a Sydney experience you simply cannot miss.
The Ritz Cinema
Whether you’re reminiscing of the old days of cinema in all its art deco, reasonably priced glory, or simply looking for a quiet, local cinema experience, get yourself to The Ritz at The Spot. Beloved by local families and surrounded by an array of top quality eateries and bars, you can easily make a day of a visit to The Ritz, whether you’re with kids, friends or a special someone.