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Restaurants and cafés open on Christmas Day in Sydney

Where to get coffee and a bite to eat on December 25th

By Time Out editors |
Pouring coffee at Rolling Penny
Photograph: Anna Kucera

If you're not doing the whole family thing it can be hard to find a feed and some caffiene on Christmas Day. But don't worry – we've rounded up the few and far between places that'll be open on Christmas Day.

Hungry for dumplings Head to these yum cha restaurants open on the public holiday. And fill your diary with these events happening between Christmas and New Year's.

What's open on Christmas Day in Sydney?


Boon Cafe at Jarern Chai

icon-location-pin Haymarket

This Asian grocer that also doubles as a café will be doing Thai coffees and cold pressed juices all day. You can also pick up a Thai sandwich if turkey isn't your thing.

Caffe Cino

Caffe Cino

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While the rest of George Street might be quiet, make a beeline for this café inside the Hilton to get your coffee fix from 7am-7pm on Christmas Day.

Coffee Tea and Me

Coffee Tea and Me

icon-location-pin Redfern

This hole-in-the-wall on Redfern Street doles out Campos coffee and thin, toasted bagels for a cheap and cheerful brekky to go. They are also one of the most reliable places for a coffee on  Christmas Day, with venues in Marrickville and Potts Point as well as the Redfern flagship.

Meet Mica Lava French Toast
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Restaurants, Cafés

Meet Mica

icon-location-pin Surry Hills

This Japanese-influenced hot spot going to be open on December 25 from 7am until 3pm.

Restaurants, Modern Australian


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This sleek hotel restaurant in the Marriott will be open for Christmas lunch and dinner on December 25th.

Lowenbrau Keller
Bars, Pub dining

Munich Brauhaus

icon-location-pin The Rocks

Head to this Bavarian bier oasis in the middle of the Rocks for one-litre steins of fresh Bavarian brews, warm pretzels and sausage platters. The cavernous hall will be open on Christmas Day so if you want some time out from the family, head on down.

Restaurants, Japanese


icon-location-pin Darling Harbour

One of Sydney's best sushi restaurants and lounges is open on Christmas Day, for lunch, dinner, and drinks in between at the bar.

Tacos on a table
Photograph: Supplied
Restaurants, Korean


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Vecino are fusing the unlikely pairing of Mexican and Korean cuisine in this Canterbury all day eatery. They're also open on Christmas this year from 6am until 10pm.

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo

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Why not enjoy your Christmas with the animals? Taronga Zoo is open all day and all resturants and cafés inside will be open.

Restaurants, German

The Bavarian Bondi Beach

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If you fancy some schnitzels and beers on Christmas Day, Bondi Beach's Bavarian Bier Cafe will be open. Given its location on the main drag, you'll most likely be getting into the festive spirit with plenty of backpackers and beachgoers.

Garden Buffet

Harvest Buffet

icon-location-pin Darling Harbour

Head to the Star's buffet for Christmas lunch or dinner.  There will be plenty of fresh seafood, roast turkey with chestnut stuffing and cranberry and ham.  There will also be a dessert bar loaded with f ruit mince pies, Christmas pudding and chocolate yule logs. 

Interior at Chat Kazz
Photography: Jay La
Restaurants, Indian


icon-location-pin Harris Park

This colourful South Indian street food-inspired restaurant is bustling every night with local families sharing huge plates of dosas, dhal curries and other vegetarian dishes. They'll be swinging open their doors on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Want more Christmas stuff?

The 2014 Lights of Christmas at St Marys Cathedral Sydney
Photograph: James Horan
Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Christmas in Sydney

Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere means beach barbecues, long lunches and checking out the festive lights in the city. There’s no snow, sure, but we know how to party. Find out where you can sing Christmas carols, shop at the Christmas markets, and get a head start on the Boxing Day sales.