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Sydney’s Best Cheap Eats For When It’s Rent Week…

by Jasmine Petrovska 

Have you ever checked your bank account at the end of the week and somehow you only have $3 to your name? Flash back to the start of the week and you realise you’ve spent your weeks pay on your stomach? Well, you’re not alone. It’s a hard life and we understand, which is why we’ve listed a heap of Sydney’s best cheap eats that won’t drain your wallets! This way you can have the food baby and left over money for child support.

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Dutch Smuggler
200 George Street

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Located in the CBD, Dutch Smuggler offers a menu with all those weird and wonderful food combinations you’ve thought about making yourself but are too afraid to try. They’re known for their cheap, creative and marvelous toasties, and we’re not talking about cheese and ham people. They have a Mi Goreng Toasty. Yep, a toastie filled with Mi Goreng, egg, cheese and their magic sauce. For only $10, you get the toastie of your dreams, and a beautifully brewed coffee! They also have a new toastie of the week so be sure to check them out! Other foods on offer include $10 smashed avo on toast with feta, tomato and chili. Can you even remember a time when avo on toast was that cheap?

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Daniel San
55 North Steyne, Manly

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Just because the food is cheap, doesn’t mean the experience has to be! Daniel San is a Japanese Rock N’ Roll Bar decorated with neon lights making it super quirky and cool.  This place looks flash and their food and drinks are no exception. And while that’s all good and well, what I’m sure you’re dying to know is what you get for the bits of loose change you’ve found lying around your house. There are amazing deals on for every day of the week like $15 burgers and $3 Bao Buns every Monday, plates of Sushi from $3 on a Thursday and $10 cocktails on a Friday.

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El Topo
500 Oxford St, Bondi Junction

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We love us some Mexican food! With a modern Mexican menu, El Topo Rooftop Restaurant and Bar brings a pop of colour and excitement to your pallets. Located in Bondi Junction, El Topo offers $3 Taco Tuesday! And happy hour between 4pm – 7pm every weekday where you can grab $10 Margaritas.

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The Soda Factory
16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills

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With American diner inspired food, The Soda Factory is known for it’s super super cheap deals they have running every Tuesday. Located in Surry Hills, The Soda Factory offers $1 hotdogs on a Tuesday! YEP ONE DOLLAR PER HOT DOG! Tuesday will be your favourite day of the week! Their menu is also super affordable with their world famous $8 Mac and Cheese!

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The Smoking Panda
5-7 Park Street 

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The Smoking Panda is fusing together LA style and the allure of a retro Chinese eatery. The Smoking Panda has an amazing drink menu and a killer dinner line up that we recommend you try with all the extra money you’ll have left over after eating lunch here. The Smoking Panda does lunch from 12pm on Thursdays and Fridays and their menu is super affordable! When you’re looking for a cheap meal, not a cheap snack, we recommended you pop in here. You can get a $16 chicken parmi with either mash or chips and a seafood basket for only $16 when you wanna be boujee on a budget. They currently have a Tuesday special where you can get $10 Cajun Chicken tenderloins and on Wednesday’s you can get the Panda Meat and Cheese board for $15, filled with cold meats and other savory treats. 

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