The 12 Places to Eat and Drink in Crows Nest
Over the past few years, Crows Nest has been busy carving out a niche as the foodie hotspot of the lower North Shore. The village has a vibrant dining scene, known for dishing up brilliant brews and a cuisine to please any palate.
Here’s your guide to eating and drinking in Crows Nest.
Tucked away on Falcon Street, Ryo is the place to go for Tokyo-style ramen in Sydney. The food is as authentic as it gets, so be prepared to wait, but don’t worry, the line moves quickly. Choose one of the broths, and if you’re stuck, go for the crowd favourite, number eight – ramen, spicy chicken soup, roast pork, egg and shallots.
125 Falcon Street, Crows Nest
On Oxley Street, Cavalier buzzes with brunch enthusiasts. They’re there for the lattes, which are made with Marvel Street Coffee beans and creamy jersey milk. The menu is small and select. If you’re hungry, go for the eggless French toast. Topped with custard, banana and biscuits, it’s an indulgence worth every bite.
1/34 Oxley Street, Crows Nest
After the huge success of its Randwick and Surry Hills cafes, Kurtosh headed north to serve up its pastries, slab cakes and savoury twists. The must-try menu item is the kurtosh, a traditional Hungarian pastry known as a ‘chimney cake’ – a sweet, crispy pastry that’s coated with cinnamon sugar, chocolate, nuts or spices.
110-112 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Another gem of a small bar, this one is sleek and sophisticated, making it ideal for date nights and catch-ups with the girls. The drinks list is made up of themed cocktails (like the Merry Magpie), boutique Australian wines, and a selection of Japanese and Taiwanese whiskies. Snack on the ‘pecking and sharing’ menu as you people-watch the night away.
6 Burlington Street, Crows Nest
For award-winning espressos with a side of barista banter, start your morning at Bean Drinking. The cafe roasts its beans on-site and offers a range of brewing methods, like cold-drip, pour over and syphon, but its pride and joy is the Slayer Espresso Machine – one of only 40 in the world.
Shop 1, 13 Earnest Place, Crows Nest
Here, indulgence is the name of the game. Whether it’s waffles, fondue, brownies, sundaes, or gelato sliders, whatever you order is guaranteed to be chocolate-y, rich, and ridiculously good. The dessert bar is open til late, so make it your last stop on the way home before falling into a food coma.
55 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Inspired by Parisian bakeries, St Malo has shelves piled high with glazed pastries, fresh focaccia, quiches, gourmet sandwiches, and crispy croissants stuffed with feta, bacon and tomato. Everything is gluten-free and organic, and the alfresco area out back is the perfect setting on a sunny afternoon.
83 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
For Asian-style tapas in a fun, upbeat environment, nab a table at Street Market. The menu is unique, floating from China to Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines. There are cold, hot and charcoal tapas plates on offer, as well as main courses. We can’t go past the signature steamed prawn and pork wontons, spicy chicken san choi bow and the grilled eggplant with soy miso glaze.
116 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
The restaurant is big and buzzing, and serves Middle Eastern food with a modern twist, such as shawarma, falafel and mixed plates, along with a great kids menu. Our advice? Go hungry, so you can try the banquet menu. You’ll get a range of plates as well as complimentary Lebanese coffee and sweets.
55 Alexander Street, Crows Nest
A slick yet cosy bar that specialises in Australian and New Zealand drops, with a few European wines thrown in for good measure. Make your way to the fairy-lit terrace and order some tapas share plates while sampling wines by the glass. Small Bar is also open for breakfast and lunch, for those times you’re craving fritters or a brisket burger.
85 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Elegant and innovative, Annata is the brainchild of Christian Blair, the former bartender behind Eau de Vie and Rockpool. Unsurprisingly, the drinks list is stellar – think seasonal cocktails, and over 70 wine varieties. Thirst-quenchers aside, the restaurant offers a fine dining experience, and a menu made for sharing and it changes all the time.
69 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Inside, the intimate space is Gothic-themed, with dim lighting, comfy couches, a toasty fireplace, and a courtyard. The wine and cocktail list is simple yet delectable, and there are plenty of craft beers on offer. There’s a DJ spinning on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as live music most Thursdays.
28 Falcon Street, Crows Nest
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