Our Top Picks for Eats and Drinks in Darling Square

Darling Square is the newest, hottest destination in Sydney’s CBD. An inner city urban neighbourhood, Darling Square is littered with amazing food and drink options now open for everyone to enjoy. Just a short stroll from Darling Harbour, Central Station, or UTS, here are the Culture Scouts top picks for where to eat and drink when you want to impress a client, have a coffee study break, or just simply want a yummy meal. 


Retro gaming and delectable burgers. 8Bit is where you head if you have a craving for a big burger with a side of nostalgia. First opening in Melbourne, this trendy burger joint has finally made its way to Sydney, bringing with it it's menu chock full of loaded fries and video gaming reference. One for when you have a massive appetite to fill.

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Image Credit: @eat8bit

Belles Hot Chicken

Belles Hot Chicken sells hot chicken, and it’s delectable. This Nashville-style chicken joint has a bit of a cult following which is only growing stronger with the opening of their 3rd Sydney store, making the grand total 6 nation wide. Pair the chicken with one of their natural wines and you’re set. Go with a big group and order one of everything, because you’ll want to try it all. 

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Image Credit: @belleshotchicken

Marrickville Pork Roll

If you haven’t had a Marrickville Pork Roll, you really are missing out. The new location in Darling Square makes it a little bit easier to get your fix. Have a traditional banh mi, with all the toppings, just don’t go overboard with the chilli (unless that's your thing of course). A great lunch option for when you’re on the move. 

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Image Credit: @itd_be_rude_not_to

Bang Bang

Inspired by the neon soaked backstreets of Tokyo, this whisky, craft beer, and cocktail bar offers delectable Japanese dishes to match what you’re drinking. Top your meal off with a karaoke session in their private karaoke dining room, pumping out the hits until the end of the night. 

Image Credit:  @bangbangizakayabar

Image Credit: @bangbangizakayabar

Edition Coffee Roasters

Need that caffeine hit? Edition Coffee Roasters is described as a Japanese and Scandinavian fusion cafe. There’s beautiful food inspired by traditional cafe culture, but prepared using fine dining techniques. They offer a range of single origin/estate green beans, roasting them perfectly for your coffee. They also offer an amazing range of teas if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

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Image Credit: @editionroasters / @jnfr.b

Il Bacio

Feel like some Italian? Open from breakfast to dinner, Il Bacio in Darling Square has you sorted. From ricotta hotcakes to incredible pizzas, your morning coffee or an evening wine, Il Bacio has something to hit the spot, whatever the time of day. Their range of pastas are as delectable as their pizza. Try the deconstructed lasagna while you’re there. 

Image Credit:  @ilbaciosydney

Image Credit: @ilbaciosydney


Need something for that sweet tooth? Enjoy some of Andy Bowdy’s delectable desserts, insane soft serve ice creams, and delicious cakes. Saga has opened its second store in Darling Square, following in the footsteps of their first store in Enmore. Their menu sports some gorgeous brunch and lunch options with pastries and sandwiches, and the store is open until 11pm for some post dinner or drinks treats. Head over to the Saga Instagram to be absolutely tantalised. 

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Image Credit: @saga_enmore

Bancho Bar

If you’re looking for a nice, quiet bar, Bancho Bar, sitting just outside of Darling Square, is the perfect choice. This Japanese whisky bar offers an impressive menu of cocktails, taking inspiration from all over Asia, as well as an impressive range of whisky to try. If you just want to call dibs on a bottle, why not invest in one of their bottle lockers if you’re a regular. And of course, there’s a wonderful menu designed to match what you’re drinking.

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Image Credit: @banchobar

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