Sydney's Instagrammable Venues: The City's Best Spots for Stunning Snaps
Explore Sydney's social media stars and discover the best spots to capture Insta-worthy moments and elevate your social media game with these must-visit venues.
Discover Sydney's most instagrammable venues and get ready to snap picture-perfect moments. With stunning seaside views, a scenic skyline, and stylish settings, there are plenty of places to get snap-happy in this Instagram-worthy city.
From cool cafes to rooftop bars, we're shining the spotlight on Sydney's social media stars – a hit list of cafes, restaurants, and bars that have stepped up their 'gram game with the help of the country's best designers. Get inspired and elevate your social media game with these must-visit venues.
Palms at Pasadena
As far as Instagrammable backdrops go, it doesn't get better than the Palms at Pasadena. Their restaurant boasts a serene palette, incredible design elements (those scalloped details!) and plenty of natural light. Located right on Church Point, you'll also be treated to some of the best water views in Sydney. Pop in to try their new winter menu, packed with comforting seafood dishes, pizza, burgers and more. Their food is just as aesthetically pleasing as the impeccable decor so be sure to arrive with plenty of charge!
1858 Pittwater Road, Church Point
A taste of the Mediterranean takes over Cronulla thanks to the gorgeous interiors at Hurricanes. With its sculptural curves, sandstone and neutral colourways, and a la carte menu packed with fresh seafood, basted signature ribs and steaks, the stunning aesthetic is just as good as the food.
Designed by award-winning architecture and design firm Luchetti Krelle, the grill house pays homage to the shoreline of its coastal surrounds. Featuring a grotto-like setting coated in Ibiza Lime Plaster, a Tadelakt-finished island bar surrounded by table seating and cosy nooks to elevate the experience, guests will feel like they're dining in Portugal or Spain. With assorted leather and fabric accents in rich nutmeg, paprika, olive greens, and cumin it reflects the sharp and spicy notes of the restaurant's unique culinary offering.
49 Gerrale Street, Cronulla
The Mayflower cafes in Darlinghurst and St Leonards are a feast for the senses. Once an Art Deco florist, the Darlinghurst location features stunning floral installations, onyx stone tables, and resin floral pendant lights. The menu boasts both classic brunch options like bacon and eggs and fine foods like caviar and truffle. And their exclusive caviar service is a must-try.
The St Leonards location follows the tradition of pink hues and features luxurious dishes like lobster sashimi and dry-aged duck. The interior design is a visual masterpiece with flower installations and digital media art created by Refik Andadol using AI and images of nature.
The Mayflower Darlinghurst: 2/303A Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst
The Mayflower St Leonards: Shop 1105/488 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards
Get ready to be swept away by the stunning interiors and picturesque views at MISC Parramatta. Situated in the heart of Parramatta Park, this newly opened 300-seat restaurant is designed by Nic Graham (QT Hotels) and boasts a modern courtyard layout that's perfect for enjoying a meal with friends and family.
With a menu curated by executive chef Sebastian Geray and industry heavyweight Joel Bennetts, you can expect a mouth-watering selection of Mediterranean-inspired dishes that are both approachable and delicious. This beautiful space, created by restaurateur and Gogglebox-er Jad Nehmetallah, is a must-visit destination for those in Western Sydney seeking a sophisticated dining experience that's anything but stuffy.
Bynes Avenue, Within Parramatta Park
Looking for a stunning restaurant with gorgeous interiors and delectable Italian-Asian fusion cuisine? Lana is the perfect spot for you. Designed by award-winning architecture firm Luchetti Krelle, the interiors are inspired by the glamour of 1950s Milan and Tokyo, featuring plush pink velvet chairs, brass accents, and warm lighting that creates an intimate and sophisticated atmosphere.
Head Chef Alex Wong's menu combines classic Italian dishes with Asian flavours, such as Pacific oysters with balsamic and soy, vanella burrata, and grain-fed scotch fillet with seaweed salsa verde and wasabi mustard. Start off with a cocktail and let the night unfold in this stunning Circular Quay restaurant.
Level 1, Hinchcliff House, 5-7 Young Street, Circular Quay
Shell House's The Dining Room and Terrace are designed to impress with their stunning interiors and breathtaking views. The Dining Room features elegant, luxurious decor with marble floors, plush velvet seating, and a striking bar. The Terrace offers a relaxed outdoor setting with comfortable seating and beautiful greenery. The space is perfect for enjoying a drink or dining al fresco with friends or colleagues.
The menu is equally impressive, focusing on locally sourced and seasonal produce. The chefs use modern cooking techniques to create delicious dishes that are as beautiful as they are delicious. Whether you're looking for a special night out or a memorable corporate event, The Dining Room and Terrace at Shell House will not disappoint.
37 Margaret Street, Sydney
The Boathouse Rose Bay
The Boathouse Rose Bay is a feast for the eyes, with a nautical-inspired interior design that perfectly complements the stunning harbour views. White-washed benches, vibrant floral arrangements, and produce displays set the tone for the relaxed beachy atmosphere. The charming rustic decor, including vintage oars and fishing nets, adds to the seaside vibe.
The venue also features a light-filled indoor dining area, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and a hanging garden installation that drapes from the ceiling. Whether you're stopping in for a quick coffee or a leisurely meal, The Boathouse Rose Bay offers a picturesque escape from the city hustle and bustle.
Rose Bay Marina, 594 New South Head Road, Rose Bay
Discover Nour, the popular Lebanese restaurant in Surry Hills that's long taken Instagram by storm. With a stunning millennial pink interior that floods the venue with natural light, it's no wonder this place is a social media hit. Translating to 'light', Nour's beautifully designed 120-seater space was decorated by DS17 and features a blend of pastel pinks, whites, and terracottas, accented with flashes of copper and oak. Don't miss their weekend bottomless brunch and get ready to capture Insta-worthy moments that will rack up the likes.
3/490 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Experience the ultimate rooftop bar in Sydney with Henry Deane at Hotel Palisade. Enjoy sundowners with 360-degree views of the harbour and Barangaroo from plush pink couches, wicker chairs, and marble accents that are sure to impress. Don't miss your chance to snap Insta-worthy moments and sip on a glass of rose that matches the beautiful interiors. Be sure to arrive early to snag a seat at this popular spot.
35 Bellington Street, Millers Point
Hyde Hacienda Sydney Bar + Lounge
Indulge in lush greenery and beautiful botanicals at Hyde Hacienda, the stunning harbourside bar at Pullman Quay Grand. Inspired by Cuban architecture and the vintage hotels of 1950s Miami, Hacienda is a gelato-inspired oasis featuring soft sorbet furnishings, brass accents, and plenty of plants. Snap some Insta-worthy sunset shots through the floor-to-ceiling windows while sipping on your favorite wine.
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, Level 3, 61 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is perched on the waterfront and is known for its breathtaking sunset views, delectable seafood, and Hamptons-style fit-out. Adorned with nautical tones and pops of mint, the venue boasts whitewashed tables, white and blue striped umbrellas, and hand-painted graphics. Its playful vibe is accentuated by palm trees, pineapple, and coconut motifs.
1 Military Road, Watsons Bay
This Surry Hills restaurant still has everyone talking. Designed by George Livissianis, who also worked on The Dolphin, Chin Chin occupies the 100-year-old Griffiths Tea building and boasts marble tabletops, blonde woods, and duck feather-topped seats. Don't forget to bring your phone to capture the neon pink lighting and every nook and cranny of this interior design dream.
69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
The Grounds of Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves beautiful interior design and delicious food. This Inner West sanctuary is a photographer's paradise, with a rustic-chic warehouse cafe, animal farm, and gorgeous garden filled with flowers, native plants, and vintage wooden carts laden with fresh produce. The food is farm-to-fork, ensuring it looks and tastes just as good as the surroundings. So why not grab your camera, head down to The Grounds and enjoy a delicious meal in one of the most picturesque locations in Sydney?
7A/2 Huntley Street, Alexandria