Looking for the best Sydney cafes and restaurants to eat at over the Easter long weekend? Planning to indulge your sweet tooth in the city’s best Easter-themed treats during the month of April? We’ve got you covered with a few of our local favourites.
For some of us, Easter gives us an egg-cellent egg-scuse to go a bit nuts on the chocolate eating. We’re talking chocolate eggs and bunnies, chocolate hot cross buns, brunch-perfect chocolate-drizzled pancakes, and chocolate cocktails. And a four-day weekend means plenty of treat time, for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
But where to go? What to eat? And what’s going to hit to spot for both your appetite and your Insta feed?
We’ve narrowed down our top 10 Sydney food spots to indulge both your taste and your Instagram this Easter. And they’re all within walking distance of our hotel here in Pyrmont, next to Darling Harbour, just opposite the CBD.
Market City, 9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket
Fatcaron is home to the most Instagrammable macarons in Sydney (there, we’ve said it). It has grown from a small market stall in Glebe to now making over 50 varieties of uniquely crafted macarons. Located in Market City, this spot will indulge both your sweet tooth and make for the perfect Instagram shot. Take your pick from a range of character macarons from TV shows like Squid Game, Winnie the Pooh, Pokémon or keep your eye out for special edition Easter macarons!
Two Sis & Co
306 Harris Street, Pyrmont
If you’re looking for an Instagrammable brunch right around the corner, look no further than Two Sis & Co. A quaint café known for colourful and aesthetic dishes and drinks. They had an entire menu dedicated to Easter last year, so if that’s anything to go by, this is a must for an Easter brunch.
176-178 Harris Street, Pyrmont
It wouldn’t be Easter without a hot cross bun or two and PiOik Bakery in Pyrmont sure know how to make a great one. A few minutes walk will have you on the doorstep of this little family-run bakery tucked into a heritage terrace house. All breads and pastries are made from scratch, by hand, and use fresh organic ingredients, so you know it’s going to be good.
Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café
Shop 10, Opera Quays, 3 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Walk or take a ferry to Circular Quay and indulge in a chocolate feast at Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café. Almost all of their dishes could make this chocolate-fuelled list, but not all of them are as Instagrammable as their Mango Vanilla Egg. Resting on a chocolate nest, crack open the crunchy chocolate shell to reveal a mango liquid centre. Get that phone out and start snapping!
Shop 1, 16 Nicolle Walk Darling Square, Haymarket
If you’re looking to try something a little out of the ordinary, take a walk to Darling Square to try a Hungarian chimney cake at Kürtősh. Picture a hollow tube of caramelised crispy flaky pastry with soft inner walls baked to sweet golden perfection. You even get to pick your flavour from Nutella, cinnamon, coconut, almond, hazelnut, pistachio or walnut.
68 Bay Street, Ultimo
Doux Amour isn’t your average patisserie. It’s home to the world’s cutest cookie puffs (as they say so themselves). They’re known for their animal-themed choux au cracquelin, filled with their version of classic diplomat cream, combined with different flavours that are uniquely created for each animal character. The best bit? There’s over 15 to choose from. We recommend the ‘Hopper’ to get you into the Easter spirit.
Shop 3/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
You’ve had hot cross buns but have you tried hot cross donuts? Shortstop is a donut and coffee shop; the all-time perfect combination. They make their donuts fresh on-site with natural ingredients and have a range of classic and unique flavours. Each Easter, they release a small run of hot cross donuts made with a spiced, yeast-raised dough, containing brandy-soaked dried fruits dipped in a honey glaze and finished with a cinnamon sugar stripe.
225 George Street, Tenancy 4 Grosvenor Place, Sydney
If you’re wandering through the city, you can’t miss Banksia Bakehouse. Not only is this CBD bakery owned by some of the top pastry chefs in Sydney, it’s also known for creative inventions like their Easter Cube. Think of it as a cross between a lamington, hot cross bun and croissant. Why have one when you could have all three, right? They’ll also be baking up traditional hot cross buns as well as Hokey Pokey hot cross buns in collaboration with Whittaker’s Chocolate. Yum!
KOI Dessert Bar
46 Kensington Street, Chippendale
If there’s one place that knows how to do dessert, it’s KOI in Chippendale. Starting as a small business in their family garage, KOI Dessert Bar has now become a renowned dessert spot in Sydney with Reynold Poernomo from Masterchef Australia and his two brothers as the creative geniuses behind it. Take your pick from a range of cakes, pastries and some special edition Easter treats.
BLACK Bar & Grill
Harbourside, The Star, Level G/80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
There’s no better time to consume obnoxious amounts of chocolate than Easter, and BLACK Bar & Grill located in The Star have you sorted. This spot is a classic steakhouse and home to some of our favourite desserts in the neighbourhood. Like this one. Think death by chocolate. A classic chocolate sphere with warm chocolate ganache, peanut mousse topped with banana sorbet. Perfect for a post-dinner treat!
Stay the long weekend in the city
Make the most of your Easter long weekend with a Sydney getaway, staying with us at Aiden Darling Harbour. Stay longer and be rewarded with our “Two Nights Or More” package with 15% off your accommodation, from $211 per night.
Or you can keep it short and sweet with our Bed & Breakfast package which includes overnight accommodation and breakfast in our Wayfarers Bar & Cafe, where you can choose Easter-ideal delights like a hot chocolate with caramel syrup, eggs your way and perhaps dust it off with a triple choc brownie with ice-cream.