In any city, whether it’s Sydney or Budapest, the independent grocers, are where you go to find the best ingredients. It’s fact. Sure, the big retailers have all the basics you need for weeknight dinners, but if you’re looking to spice it up, or looking for good quality small goods, then you’ll find it at the local deli down the street, owned and operated by the lovely Italian couple you see all the time, or that Indian grocer with shelves packed to the roof with spices, curries, sauces, and more.
It’s the independent and cultural grocers that drive the communities in Sydney. You can head to Cabramatta for a taste of Asia, or Surry Hills for an introduction to Portuguese culture, and the lower north shore for Western Europe and North American communities. Wherever you go, be sure to shop local, and help these businesses thrive in the community. To help you navigate them, we’ve compiled a list of the best independent and cultural grocers in Sydney.
Haberfield Situated on Ramsay Street, Paesanella specialises in high-quality Italian smallgoods and cheeses. They also import a range of products, so if you need anything from Italy, chances are you will find it here.
Five Dock This bustling Italian Deli is a small shop down the main street, that’s been there for over 30 years. Here, you’ll find cold-cut meats, a selection of cheese, and an expert to help you choose, as well as shelves stocked with the essentials.
Haberfield This suburban supermarket is not your average IGA. Take a number, wait for it to be called, and choose from the extensive options of deli meats, cheese, and other Italian goods. You will also find canned goods and most ingredients on the shelves.
Edgecliff You can’t have a list of the best cultural grocers without including Gourmet Life. Expect the high-end ingredients such as caviar and truffles, but also expect to find a century-old balsamic, jams, more salt and pepper combinations, than you thought existed. It’s a hub for European ingredients, and a must if you’re looking for a special ingredient or want to try something new. You can walk the aisles for days, and still not see everything they have to offer.
Willoughby Although Le Marche is more of a market than a grocery store, you will still find the best of France here. They get all their goods from local French specialists including cheese, pastries, jams, condiments, and more. Walk around on a Sunday, and enjoy a nibble here and there, and be sure to take some gourmet foods home.
Multiple locations Maloneys has multiple locations across Sydney from Woollahra to Coogee. Here, you will find an endless list of dry ingredients, spices, condiments, pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables, and desserts. They dabble in a few cuisines including Italian, but you can find an extensive selection of French goods here too.
Potts Point Need a cheese, but don’t know much about it? Head to Penny’s Cheese Shop in Potts Point, and Penny herself will point you to the right cheese. She’s a cheese expert, and you will find a whole selection of imported cheese, especially the good stuff from France, and a selection of accompaniments including crackers and quince paste. While you wait, be sure to try the cheese toasties, if there are any left for the day.
Newport This shop is the Northern Beaches answer to all things French. They stock high-quality products including cheese, wine, organic jam, truffles, nougat, olive, oil, and more. You can even shop hampers for your French loving friends.
Auburn Harkola is well renowned for supplying the best Australian chefs and suppliers with the world’s finest Middle Eastern food. Whether you need dried fruit, nuts, spices, cheese, frozen foods, canned foods, and more, you will find it here and online. They deliver Australia-wide when you spend $80 or more.
North Willoughby This Persian market and deli is a small shop selling imported spices, herbs, and dried fruits. Wander around the narrow aisles to find rice and beans, sweets, frozen food, and more.
Sonia’s International Foods
North Willoughby Sonia’s offers a great selection of pastries, which are a crowd-favourite every time. You will also find everything from falafels and Turkish delight to dips and salads. The counter has fresh food which is great if you want something quick for takeaway.
Ryde Bahar has been serving the community for 20 years, stocking its shelves with the best products used in Persian and most Middle Eastern cuisines. You will find fresh foods on the counter including baklava, and everything else on the shelves.
Multiple locations There are Radhe stores in Harris Park, Pendle Hill, and Blacktown or you can shop their range online. It’s one of the fastest-growing Indian grocery chains in NSW, stocking everything you could need for a taste of India.
Multiple locations You can find a Udaya in Blacktown, Liverpool, and Wentworthville. They also deliver when you shop online. Here, you will find the largest selection of Indian spices and groceries in NSW.
Multiple Locations Tong Li is one of the most popular Chinese grocers in Sydney, for its modern large-scale offering. You can find them in Chatswood, Chinatown, Ashfield, Rhodes, Burwood, Campsie, and several other suburbs in Sydney. Expect a large range of international ingredients, a selection of vegetables, and more.
Multiple locations New Yen Yen is another great Chinese grocer in Chatswood, Eastwood, Haymarket, Hurstville, and Ryde. They offer everything from Japanese to Indonesian, Korean, Malaysian, and more. Wander through the aisles to find popular Asian sweets, spices, herbs, condiments, and drinks. They stock all the packaged foods and ingredients that you wouldn’t find in general supermarkets.
Chinatown Yet Son has a strong reputation as the best in Chinatown, and it’s easy to see why. The institution grocer has been serving the community for over 30 years, selling an extensive range of Asian ingredients and groceries at great prices.
Crows Nest This modern Asian grocer, imports quality products from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Expect to find every kind of noodle known to man, sauces as far as the eye can see, some fresh fruits and vegetables at the front of the store, and frozen dumplings, pork buns, and more in the back.
North Strathfield Ko Mart is a family-owned grocer, specialising in Korean cuisine, including instant noodles, Korean snacks, traditional Korean foods, sauces, and drinks. You can get kimchi by the jar, rice cakes, and frozen instant food.
Marrickville Apart from getting Sydney’s best tacos and tamales here, you can shop their branded small goods, including homemade salsas, sauces, specialty Mexican ingredients, and DIY kits for home cooking.
Bondi This Russian deli stocks fresh and frozen goods from Eastern Europe, including pierogis, Hungarian speck, Polish sausages, and even Siberian caviar, if that’s what you need. There’s plenty to shop here including jars of gherkins, and other pickled or preserved vegetables.
There’s plenty to celebrate this year, from new menus to restaurants throwing parties, bottomless brunches, and more.
Here, we have the latest on Sydney’s food news, from chefs taking over restaurants to limited-edition menus and feasts for all your friends to enjoy.
To celebrate World Gin Day, and for one week only, gin and food lovers can try nagashi-sōmen—translating to ‘flowing noodles’— which sees noodles sent down a bamboo chute for diners to collect with chopsticks. The one-off experience will be hosted at Kid Kyoto, where guests can enjoy their flowing noodles alongside a menu paired with delicious KI NO BI Gin cocktails. Purchase tickets here.
Tuck into a Fireball Burger
Feeling the cold? Fireball Whisky and Bar Luca have teamed up for the ultimate firey menu. Offered for a limited time only, head down to Bar Luca for $6 Fireball shots all day, a Fireball shot and cocktail on arrival, and an all-you-can-eat bites of the full “Blame Fireball” menu on Saturday, July 1. Book a spot here.
For two nights only, on Tuesday the 20th and Tuesday 27th of June, Graeme Hunt, Head Chef of Sydney’s trending late-night bar and dining venue at Zaffi, will be stepping up to the kitchen at award-winning bar PS40. Pop-up guests can expect a mosaic of colourful Lebanese-inspired bar snacks paired with exclusive midweek sips made by the mastermind behind the experimental bar, Michael Chiem.
Fan of Cinderella? The Great Hall is transforming into The Royal Palace for an enchanting high tea from July 1-2. There will be dancing and fun, and then Cinderella will run out of the venue leaving behind her glass slipper—the search for the missing beauty will begin. Tickets for the Cinderella High Tea costs $80-85 and you can purchase them here.
Grill’d has dropped two new burgers, and they’re beyond anything we could have imagined. Taking inspiration from Mexico, Grilld’s two new burgers are a Zesty Mexi and Luxe Nacho Burger. The Zesty Mexi features a black bean pattie with corn chips, tasty cheese, slaw, jalapenos, and chipotle mayo mixed with green tomatillo lime salsa. For meat lovers, the Luxe Nacho Burger is the same as the Zesty Mexi, but with a premium Wagyu pattie.