Looking for somewhere cosy, warm, or otherwise aesthetically pleasing to dine at this winter? Need a place to take your cutie on a cold winter’s day or night? Crawl out from under your doona and look no further as we have compiled some of the cosiest cafes and restaurants that Sydney and its surrounds has to offer.
The North Spoon
165 Blues Point Rd, McMahons Point
If a cute, rustic vibe is what you are after, The North Spoon in Sydney’s north is the perfect place to sip a mimosa and enjoy a delicious brunch. With a modern breakfast and lunch menu, and freshly made coffee courtesy of Campos, it’s easy to keep warm.
The rustic interior has ample seating, a beautiful exposed brick wall, warm lighting and pops of greenery from the hanging plants adorning the ceiling, making it the perfect backdrop for any Instagram photo.
If the Winter day is looking less dreary than usual, sitting outside in The North Spoon’s beautiful outdoor seating area is a great change of scenery and still has a cosy vibe, with fairy lights and a fantastic view of the Sydney Opera House.
The North Spoon is open from 7am-4pm Mondays-Fridays and from 8am-4pm on weekends.
545 Crown St (Ground Floor), Surry Hills
A great way to keep warm during winter is to spice it up a little, and Masala Theory is the perfect place to do so.
An authentic Indian menu is the highlight of the restaurant, featuring a neo-Indian twist. Beloved dishes such as classic Indian curries delight the senses and new favourites such as the masala fish and chips are sure to impress.
The exciting and vibrant décor is also sure to warm the soul, with bright paintings and murals covering the walls and even a retro bike with neon lights around the wheels mounted above an old fireplace.
Masala Theory’s motto is “taste above all” and they absolutely stick to it, with fragrant herbs and spices featuring in all their dishes. The hot spices are sure to keep you warm during a cold winter’s lunch and will keep you warmed until your next visit.
Masala Theory is open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am-3pm, and is open for dinner between 5pm-10:15pm from Sunday-Thursday and 5pm-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Bucket List
Bondi Pavilion, Shop 1, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Sydney
The last place you’d think to go to warm up in the winter is the beach, but The Bucket List at Bondi provides the ideal atmosphere to warm up after a winter surf.
Featuring a central fireplace, The Bucket List is the perfect place to cozy up with your beach buddies, and with its bright and electric interior, you’ll forget about how gray and dull it is outside!
A fresh lunch/dinner menu reflects its beachfront location, including a miso salmon poké bowl and crispy squid with aioli. Other warming menu options include sweet potato fries with sriracha sauce and buttermilk fried chicken with a smoked chili mayo.
The Bucket List’s drinks menu also doesn’t disappoint with a great selection of Australian and international wines, beers and classic cocktails to tickle your fancy.
Open every day from 11am-5pm on Monday and Tuesday and open till late Wednesday-Sunday.
40-44 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills
This trendy, Cuban-inspired jaunt in the beautifully restored Macquarie Building has a ripper menu for a chilly Sydney day, and an even better drinks menu.
A blend of Americana and Cuban-style aesthetics, Harpoon Harry’s comfy leather seats and velvety booths are the perfect place for a weekend lunch date. The atmosphere is eclectic and cosy and when the fireplace is lit and roaring, there’s nowhere warmer in Surry Hills (not actually tested but it’s a pretty safe bet).
Lunch is a combination of great sandwiches, flavourful tacos and juicy burgers with no shortage of delicious sides. The drinks menu is just as good, with an awesome selection of cocktail jugs to share with your mates over a taco or three. Daily specials make it easier to choose what to eat from their extensive menu, and feature savings on both food and bevs.
Harpoon Harry’s kitchen is open 11:30am-10pm Sunday-Thursday and from 10:30am-11pm Friday and Saturday, with the bar staying open until 3am every day of the week.
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By Sarah Panther