Top 5 Coffee Shops in the Hills District

We all love a local coffee shop that stands out from all the others. More recently, the Hills District has has a growth in cafes which has been great for the area. So whether you live there or are passing by, we’ve put a list together of our favourite coffee shops in the hills that we have come across.

1. The Borrowed Table

This new cafe recently opened underneath a block of apartments in Kellyville Ridge. The Borrowed Table has all your brunch needs! From smashed avo to eggs on toast, this cafe has a dish for everyone. Meanwhile, you’ll be surrounded by some beautiful decor. Although in cafe is technologically not in the official boundaries of the Hills, it is right on the boarder so we will let that slide haha!

Where can you find them: G7/8 Merriville Rd, Kellyville Ridge
When are they open: Tues-Sun 8am-4pm

2. The Brook Eatery

Another beautiful cafe that has made it onto our top coffee shops in the hills list, is The Brook Eatery. Situated in Cherrybrook, this cafe has a decent brunch menu and always seems to be full of locals. All your sweet and savoury brunch items can be found on the menu. And there is something there for everyone.

Where can you find them: P1/41-47 Shepherds Dr, Cherrybrook
When are they open: Mon-Sun 7am-10pm

3. Wild Pear Cafe

If you want to venture into the more rural side of the Hills District then, Wild Pear Cafe is the place! This cafe grew in popularity a few years ago and had a huge influx of visitors from all over Sydney. The cafe is beautifully situated in a garden nursery and has some great coffee! The menu gets updated regularly which is good for regular customers to try new things. On a side note, their famous Rosewater Milkshake is the best!

Where can you find them: 658 Old Northern Rd, Dural
When are they open: Mon-Sun 8am-4pm

4. The Bella Local

This cafe is located in the Bella Vista/Norwest Business Park area, which is great for people that work there. Even in the busy area, they have a nice outdoor deck and plenty of seating. All your sweet and savory options can be found on the menu. Including Nutella Waffles for all our Nutella lovers! I think this dish helps put them in the running for our favourite coffee shops in the Hills District haha!

Where can you find them: g03/33 Lexington Dr, Bella Vista
When are they open: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm or Sat 8am-12pm

5. Arthur Street Cafe

For our Baulkhum Hills residents, Arthur Street Cafe is for you. Situated amongst the homes of the area, you’ll is this coffee shop. It has been around for quite a while and gets a a decent crowd. Oh and their ‘Big Breakfast’ is truly a big breakfast and it is served all day. Make sure you’re hungry before you go haha!

Where can you find them: 26 Arthur St, Baulkham Hills
When are they open? Mon-Sun 7am-4pm

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Top 5 places for noodles in Sydney

Who doesn’t love a nice big bowl of noodles for lunch? Recently, I have been loving spicy food and noodles seem to be the best place to satisfy my craving. Whether you like spicy food or not , here is a list of our top 5 places for noodles in Sydney.

1. Biang Biang

Biang Biang is definitely first on our list. Situated in Sydney’s China Town, they have the best noodle dishes we have come across. Their famous flat Biang Biang noodles are not only delicious but also extremely Instagram worthy. We tried the Biang Biang Noodle topped with chilli and the Biang Biang noodle with beef, which were both great. Maybe just bring some yogurt if you can’t handle the spice haha!

Where can you find them: 1 Dixon Street, Haymarket
When are they open: Mon-Sun 12pm-10pm

2. Chat Thai

If you’re looking for affordable Thai is the Sydney CBD, then I wouldn’t know where else to recommend you. Chat Thai is not only one of the best Thai places, it is also quite cheap and has many options to pick from. My go to is always the Pad Thai or Pad See Ew, which never disappoint. It does get busy here, so I would suggest you book.

Where can you find them: 3 locations in the Sydney CBD
When are they option: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm

3. Gami Chicken and Beer

Although they are not a noodle place, Gami Chicken and Beer have the best sweet potato noodle dishes! So we had to add them to our top 5 places for noodles in Sydney. Their dish includes the noodles with Mushrooms, chicken and a variety of vegetables with sweet soy sauce! They also have Korean fried chicken if you are dining with any non noodle loving friends.

Where can you find them: Locations all over Sydney
When are they open: Depends on your location – generally 11am-9pm

4. P’Nut Street Noodles

Is street food more your style? Well, P’Nut Street Noodles may be worth a visit. They basically just serve a whole bunch of noodle dishes from all over Asian, including: Japan, Korea and Indonesia to name a few. Whichever cuisine you are craving, there should be a dish for you. They also have Laksa for our soup lovers.

Where can you find them: Locations all over Sydney
When are they open: Depends on your location – generally 11am-8pm

5. Ippudo

And last but not least, we couldn’t leave a ramen option off the list. Ramen is probably one of my favourite noodle dishes to eat in cold weather. Ippudo, was the first place we have ever tried ramen and we haven’t had a better one elsewhere since. They have quite a few ramen options on the menu and we have never been disappointed. You can even select how well you want your noodles cooked haha!

We have you enjoy slurping up all these noodles. We know we definitely will be!

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Top 5 pasta places in Sydney

Is this rainy weather in Sydney causing you to crave a nice big bowl of pasta? Well, you’re not alone! We are craving it too. So, we have thought of all our favourite pasta places we’ve visited of the years and complied a list for you. Lets consider it the top 5 places to find pasta in Sydney.

1. Italian Bowl

We had to put this place at the top of our 5 places to find the best pasta in Sydney. The options are endless and we haven’t tried an option yet that hasn’t been delicious. You can basically pick any sauce on their menu (there’s a lot) and add any pasta of your choice to it. The kitchen is on display too so you can see all your meals come out fresh and piping hot! Make sure to add a slide of garlic bread, because what is a bowl of pasta without a slice.

2. Belmonte Italian Cuisine

For those in the Hills District of Sydney, you cannot go past Belmonte’s pasta dishes. Another huge menu with too many options to pick from, so there will be a dish for everyone. This place has a very old fashioned family feel to it and it shows in their meals. The portions are huge and the pricing is decent. We would recommend their marinara pasta, it’s huge and full of seafood!

3. Assembly Bar

If you’re in the CBD and stuck with the endless options of food places, Assembly Bar is a great option. They are underground and have quite a few pasta options, with vegan varieties available as well! If you go during the week they have some great deals on their dishes. Perfect for a work lunch or dinner and there is a bar on the side if you need a drink after a long day of work.

4. Macchiato

Another CBD option you need to try is Macchiato. This restaurant is huge and so is the menu! There are some mixed reviews online, however, the recent time we went (there was a group of 10 of us) no one had anything but compliments to say about the place. We tried everything from pasta, pizza and main meals! They also have a great bar here as well if you want to accompany your pasta with a nice glass of wine.

5. Verace Pizzeria

Last but not least is Verace Pizzeria in Macquarie Park. Another perfect place for a work lunch or weekend gathering. We tried their seafood pasta dish and it was fresh and delicious – there were also quite a few other pasta dishes to pick from. The dishes were the perfect size for us as well with a added slice of garlic bread haha!

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The best of Sydney food trucks and where to find them

Where do I start! I love food trucks, I find they offer unique food options in convenient locations. Many of them move around so you just need to wait until they come to your area to give them a try! We’ve tested many of them out as food bloggers and we’ve made a list of our favourite Sydney food trucks below.

1.Duo Duo Icecream Food Truck

Lets start with dessert – Duo Duo icecream is to die for! It’s basically deep fried icecream on steroids with unique flavours and delicious toppings. We can’t stop going back for more. We find they are usually in Dulwich Hill, Strathfield, Burwood or Blacktown. They always post on their instagram where you can find them!

2.Bianco Group Food Truck

I’m always craving a good pasta, so of course we are going to try Bianco Group’s food truck. We found these guys at the Sydney Royal Easter Show! We tried the Gnocchi and Spaghetti Carbonara and topped them with a heap of parmesan. They only seem to do the food truck at the easter show but they have a restaurant in Brighton-Le-Sands.

3.Greek Street Food Truck

Other than Italian pasta, our other weak spot in greek food… especially feta. Our next top food truck pick is the Greek Street food truck and their Greek feta fries. You can’t go back to normal fries after you have tried these haha! They seem to move around to major events like the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Splendor in the Grass and more!

4.Happy Ending Burger Food Truck

These guys are rare to find as a food truck, other than their burger shop they turned up to the Sydney Burger Expo this year. To us, they were the best burgers at the expo. Only downside is you may only find them as a food truck once a year.

5.Pimp My Chimney Food Truck

We started on a high of dessert so lets finish on a high of dessert. Pimp My Chimney are basically a hot doughnut cone filled with soft serve! The good thing about these guys is that they are always popping in and out of suburbs all over Sydney. You are bound to run into them eventually!

We hope our list of our favourite Sydney food trucks has helped you pick one to eat at this weekend!

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The Sydney Suburbs to live in for the highest density of cafes!

We’ve found some amazing results when looking for suburbs with the highest density of cafes to choose from and it might not be what you are expecting.

Food culture is one of the factors measured to rate the liveability of suburbs, which in our eyes makes complete sense! We went on a hunt for some of the best suburbs to live in based purely off the cafe and restaurant culture they have. Your usual suburbs of the The Rocks, Surry Hills and Woolloomooloo surely made the list but some of the surprising ones for us were:
– Bella Vista (North West)
– Cronulla (South)
– Camden (South West)
– Penrith (Greater West)
– Taren Point (South West)

Photography Tom Rumble

So next time you’re looking to venture out of your usual spot or even look for somewhere new to live, these up and coming suburbs with high food density might be next on your list!