Most major cities have a handful of tourist hotspots – those places every traveller has on their must see/do/photo list. In Sydney, my home for the last 10 years, the two most iconic draw cards are the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. A third, lesser known one, is The Rocks – a historic labyrinth of cobbled streets.
The Rocks is a treasure of laneways and heritage buildings that sit on the site of the first European settlement in Australia. It’s only a short walk from the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. On any given day you can expect to find way more tourists here than Sydney locals. Perhaps because of this, The Rocks, like many tourist areas, has its fair share of mediocre, and overpriced, cafes and restaurants. Without a ton of prior research, or a friend in the know, it’s inevitable that hunger, heat or sore feet may mean you miss the real foodie gems.
That’s why I’m sharing this post – to show off one of the true foodie gems in The Rocks – The Fine Food Store. Whether you’re visiting the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge or The Rocks itself The Fine Food Store is less than a 10 minute stroll away.
I’ve been back to The Fine Food Store time and time again after discovering it on a tour of The Rocks Foodie Market. Here I wanted to share why it’s my favourite spot in one of Sydney’s most tourist packed areas:
- The menu is jam packed with delicious, nutritious options. Many dishes can also be tailored to add eggs, chicken or fish. Top picks for me include the paleo gluten free muesli, the home-made spicy baked beans and the raw mushroom salad. And of course the shakshuka you can see here – the highlight of my last visit.
- The food is vegetarian friendly – it feels like they deliberately cater for vegetarians rather than having just one or two token non-meat dishes. Take this ‘salad of the day’ for example – it was packed with plant based goodness including sweet potato, quinoa, spinach and more. And I couldn’t resist adding a side of avocado.
- They live up to the ‘fine food’ part of their name – by using top quality ingredients across the menu. For example Sonoma sourdough bread and cultured butter from Pepe Saya. Heirloom tomatoes and free range eggs. They call their food ‘tummy-warming magic’ and I’d have to agree.
- Their coffee is among the best in Sydney. In fact I’d go as far as to say it’s the best coffee I’ve had in my home city.They have a huge focus on quality and all of their coffee is sourced, roasted and brewed in-house. The length of the coffee menu says it all – with everything from your expected black and white coffees to cold brews, filter coffee and more.
- The prices are super reasonable, especially considering the quality of the food and the generous portions. Order a hearty breakfast or lunch with a coffee and you’ll still have change from $20. Now that’s good value.
It’s also worth noting that they have indoor and outdoor seating and the yummy breakfast menu is served until midday and until 3pm on weekends. Oh and they serve wine and beer too. If you make it to The Rocks give The Fine Food Store a shot.
And now for your help – I’m shortly heading to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, and I’m really keen to feast on the best food that KL has to offer. I’d love any tips you can share with me……
- (02) 9252 1196
- Cnr Mill and Kendall Lane, The Rocks, NSW, 2000
- Open 7am – 4pm daily (7.30am on Sundays)