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Eat and drink your way through Parramatta

So many places, so little time? We've whittled it down to one fine day of indulging for you

By Time Out in partnership with Discover Parramatta |
People dining at restaurants along Eat Street dining precinct in
Photograph: Daniel Boud/Destination NSW

Naturally Sydney’s “second CBD” Parramatta has a thriving food and drink scene. Thanks to the delicious cuisines of the many diverse communities who call it home, Parramatta is bursting at the seams with hole-in-the-wall eateries, heaving family restaurants, and a new in-flux of uber cool cocktail bars. But where to start? Never fear, we’ve got some hot food tips under our (expanding) belts for you.

Kickstart your Parramatta food trip with robust coffee and memorable brekkie. Circa Espresso has got the breakfast goods with their signature Ottoman Eggs – a Middle Eastern-inspired egg and eggplant dish given that extra zing from garlicky labneh and crispy fried sage and leek. Try a caffeinated brew with a view at the riverside Armory Wharf Café with their Sriracha eggs – a blue swimmer crab laden breakfast of champions. Top it off with a mid-morning sweet treat and ignite your Instagram likes with one of Bay Vista dessert bar and café’s towering desserts.

Parramatta (and neighbouring Harris Park) is so rich with fantastic Indian restaurants we devoted an entire feature to it. Head to Billu’s Indian eatery for their signature tandoori chicken and classic thaalis, or hunt down our pick for the best biryani in Sydney from Hyderabad House. Finish your tasty trip into ‘Little India’ with a rainbow-hued treat from Chatkazz sweets or a delightfully sticky gulab jamun from Taj Indian Sweets and Restaurant.

As the sun sets take your full belly to one of Parramatta’s fun bars and breweries. Pop in to the area’s first craft brewery, Riverside Brewing Company for a sunset ale then hop over to Nick & Nora’s for a rooftop cocktail or two.

This is only the tip of the culinary iceberg, check out the Discover Parramatta website for an even deeper dive into all the edible and drinkable treats the area has to offer.

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