Parramatta area guide

Find the best restaurants, bars and things to do in Parramatta

Town Hall Lane at Parramatta Lanes
Photograph: Jason Nichol

In 20 years, over half of all Sydneysiders will live in Western Sydney. The first people to live in the area were the Burramatta clan of the Darug people. ‘Burra’ means eel and the importance of the eel to the first people has continued to the naming of places, sports teams and festivals in Parramatta today. The population is forecasted to grow to 397,339 by 2036, which will make it the third most populated city in Australia.

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Where to eat and drink in Parramatta

The best restaurants in Parramatta
Restaurants

The best restaurants in Parramatta

From Church (or Eat) Street and beyond, explore the best restaurants in Parramatta.

The best cafes in Parramatta
Restaurants

The best cafes in Parramatta

Brunch addicts and bean-fiends will find a happy refuge in Parramatta’s coffee houses.

Bars in Parramatta
Bars

Bars in Parramatta

If you live, work or play in Sydney's other CBD these Parramatta bars and pubs are your best bet for an afterwork drink.

Local favourites

Parramatta Park
Attractions

Parramatta Park

Take a bike and cycle the outer loop 3.2k outer loop. 

Parramatta Artists Studios
Art

Parramatta Artists Studios

Artists have repurposed the digs into studios. 

Elizabeth Farm
Museums

Elizabeth Farm

Elizabeth Farm is the oldest surviving European building in Australia. 

Addventageous
Sport and fitness

Addventageous

See Parramatta on two wheels. 

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Look sharp in Parramatta

Nailed by LaRouge
Health and beauty

Nailed by LaRouge

Lauren LaRouge makes her customers’ nail beds as bright as her own. 

Dapper and Doll Style Parlour
Health and beauty

Dapper and Doll Style Parlour

This barbershop and salon that’s bringing glamorous hairdressing to Parramatta.

Things to do in Parramatta

Parramatta Rowboats
Sport and fitness

Parramatta Rowboats

Hire a rowboat, pedal boat, canoe or kayak.

The Deaf Society
Things to do

The Deaf Society

Learn how to sign your name in Auslan. 

Domain Creek Playground
Kids

Domain Creek Playground

Our favourite zone is the pod of sunken trampolines.

Labyrinth
Things to do

Labyrinth

Bust out of Parramatta’s first escape room.

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Blacktown
Things to do

Blacktown

Blacktown remains a significant locus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and culture.

Harris Park
Restaurants

Harris Park

As you step off the train at Harris Park, the first thing that hits you is the rich scent of aromatic spices.