Instagram has been a God-send for inspiration on where Saturday’s Avocado toast should come from or where we should spend that lengthy weekend brunch date. And while we’re at it, it’s always good to find a place pretty enough to pop into the Gram (because if it’s not Gram-worthy, is there even any point in forking out that $18 for your slice of sourdough?).
With Sydney as our backyard, we’re given endless opportunities to keep our feeds from going stale. But with ceaseless choices and only so much time to commit to, the options can sometimes overwhelm. To lend a helping hand, we’ve come up with a shortlist of Sydney’s top 10 most Instagrammable eateries that were built to amp up your Insta aesthetic.
The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria
Why visit: Walk through the sweet smelling floral archways and fairy lights to enter this 20s-style industrial precinct turned fairytale garden housing bars, cafes, florists and more. Plus, don’t forget to stop by their animal farm to meet their iconic mascot Harry Trotter the pig.
Balmoral Boathouse, Balmoral
Why visit: This boathouse eatery in the picturesque Balmoral Beach takes you away from the bustle of the city and into a paradise of breakfasts by a boat-filled blue sea aboard a rustic wooden deck. Bowls of fruit and greenery, Hampton’s inspired decor, and duck egg blue crockery – your Instagram will thank you for this one.
The Ivy, City of Sydney
Why visit: You haven’t experienced a proper Sydney excursion if you’ve skimped out on this hotspot. While the Ivy earns its reputation as the essence of Sydney’s nightlife, this richly decorated multi-storey venue also comes complete with restaurants, bars, a penthouse, rooftop pool, and a sunroom offering lots of different dining options.
Why visit: An elegant farmhouse offering an oasis on the edges of the city, Chiswick not only provides a hearty menu by renowned chef Matt Moran – but it’s extensive tree-lined lawns, kitchen garden, and courtyard dining deliver endless photo opportunities.
Bread & Circus, Alexandria
Why visit: Here’s the first place to go to when you’re looking to fill your Instagram feed with wholesome content. Bathed in warm woods and lined with crates of fruits and vegetables, Bread & Circus puts the perfect old-timey market twist on contemporary dining.
Bondi Icebergs, Bondi
Why visit: Overlooking two long glassy pools collecting waves right by Australia’s most iconic beach, you wouldn’t need to spend too much time getting the perfect angle for the Gram. Bondi Icebergs blesses us with its ability to bring out our inner beach babe aesthetic.
Chin Chin, Surry Hills
Why visit: Rekitting out a historic heritage building near the heart of Sydney, it seems every little detail has been thought of in the design of Chin Chin. From Instagrammable menus, to the chopstick packet, and the dishes themselves – not a single detail has been missed. A little taste of Asia delivered Down Under.
The Fernery, Mosman
Why visit: With a lush, urban farm-inspired rooftop and a rose bar framed by a retractable glass roof hanging with plants, The Fernery won a special place on our Instagrammable bucket lists. Plus, they do a mean Aperol Spritz – which, let’s face it, always looks good in a Stories boomerang.
Newport Arms, Newport
Why visit: This landmark takes the stage as Sydney’s pub icon. This little escape gives us a chance to sit under towering beach umbrellas and admire the calm boat-filled waters of Pittwater from its edge.
Manly Wine, Manly
Why visit: This boho-chic beachfront patio calls to any sun seeker. With brown watercolour-like tapestries and monochrome zig-zags dominating the flowy beach vibe, Manly Wine certainly provides countless opportunities to up your Gram game.