Sizzling Sydney Summer…or not

Just imagine an international traveler, eagerly flicking through a Sydney travel guide before embarking on the summer holiday of a lifetime. Now imagine that anticipation brewing for amazing long days of sunshine, ice cream on Bondi Beach, blue skies for days, cold beers with barbecued dinners, surf lessons with beach babes, coastal drives and summery city night life.

Or Not.

I don’t know what is going on, but this is not a Sydney Summer. I am wearing a hoodie, in place of a sun dress, and my seasonal body clock is confused. Considering it’s Friday, I was hoping to post something colourful and inspiring, you know because it’s summer and all! Instead, I’m going to make a list of delicious foodie things to do during an unexpected wintery January in Sydney. So folks, dress down and get comfy – this list is definitely for the hoodies and sneakers… and I really hope this helps that poor international traveler too… Sorry mate.

Delicious foodie things to do during an unexpected wintery January in Sydney

  1. Enjoy a piece of pie at The Pie Tin, Newtown
  2. Grab a coffee at Double Roasters, Marrickville
  3. Ricotta Cheesecake at Papas Pasticceria, Haberfield
  4. Take away a slice of Watermelon and Strawberry Cake at Black Star Pastry, Newtown
  5. Build your own breakfast and coffee at Kelby’s, Marrickville
  6. Indulge in a Lebanese feast at Shish Tawook, Regents Park
  7. Gourmet Burgers at Moo, Newtown, Bondi and Coogee
  8. Authentic Italian dinner at La Disfida, Haberfield -Check out this review:
  9. Sago pudding at Thai Paragon, Marrickville
  10. Mediterranean charcoal chicken at Orrico, Dulwich Hill
  11. Coffee and croissants at Becasse Bakery, Westfield Sydney
  12. Yum Cha at Bodhi, Sydney
  13. Turkish eggs for brunch at Sonoma, a few locations: Alexandria, Paddington, Glebe, Waterloo, Bondi
  14. House made muffins at Cafe New Delhi, Marrickville
  15. For those who can’t decide, the level 5 food court at Westfield, Sydney

So my dearest readers, I now invite you to continue adding to this list. Leave a comment below with your foodie faves for a wet weekend in Sydney.

Now please excuse me while I sort out Mother Nature…

One can only wish...

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Viola Doyle

Viola Marie Doyle is a Sydney based writer, cake decorator, food enthusiast and frequent jet setter. Formerly the Editor of The Journal Magazine Australia, Viola now relishes the opportunity to explore the little curiosities that she defines as the sweet life. Follow Viola on Instagram @violamariedoyle


  • Reply February 3, 2012

    Janine Harvey

    Coffee and a piece of Portugese chocolate cake from “The Best Chocolate Cake In The World” at Warringah Mall on the northern beaches. Not the most glamorous location but boy do they live up to their name.

  • Reply February 4, 2012


    If anything is going to make me feel better on a rainy day it’s going to be Mad Spud in Newtown. It’s amazing what they can do with a potato. Try the nachos.

    Pancakes on the rocks, although an oldie still hits the spot every time.

    • Reply February 4, 2012


      Mad Spud in Surry hills rather.

      And while we are at it the dumpling house on vic st Potts point. And even monkey and Leo in Potts point too.

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