Cool Vivid food that’s bound to kill it on Instagram in 2016

#foodporn. That is all.

Get your cameras out foodies, these are the coolest, most Instagram-worthy dishes rivalling the lights for attention at Vivid Sydney this year.

No joke. We're talking neon-coloured burgers, glowing cocktails, indulgent desserts and everything in-between.

Enough chit chat. More snap snap.


What you need to know about Vivid

READ MORE: The ultimate Vivid guide

READ MORE: TL;DR: The top 10 vivid events

READ MORE: Where to eat at Vivid Sydney

READ MORE: Best Vivid cruises

Zeta Bar sliders


The Hilton's Zeta Bar takes out the most creative savoury dish with its offering of four mini sliders in green, charcoal, yellow and pink. They go down best with a Light & Shadow cocktail (Ketel One Vodka, limoncello, passionfruit puree, pineapple, lime juice, and jalapeno syrup).

Opera Bar shots and cocktails


Opera Bar is your one-stop shop for Vivid cocktails this year. Keep scrolling for more. This is the bar's first and finest offering: four multi-coloured oyster shots, featuring indigenous berries and herbs like lemon myrtle and finger limes. ($20)


Blue and Green Should Be Seen: A gorgeous mix of Belvedere vodka, blue curacao, lemon, almond, pineapple, bitters & nutmeg, topped with edible flowers & jellybeans ($19)


Whip It Good: Belvedere vodka, vanilla, grapefruit soda, topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with hundreds and thousands ($19)


Pink Light Disco: Because you can never have enough pink. This cocktail features hibiscus-infused Belvedere vodka, aperol, vanilla, lemon, rhubarb bitters and rosewater mist, laced with Persian fairy floss. ($19)

Lobby Lounge @ Shangri-La cocktail


This drink practically glows in front of you. Named Liquid Lights, its a rosemary and spice cocktail with grenadine that comes paired with a scorched Hiramasa kingfish skewer. As garnish, you've got a fresh chili and flaked sea salt. Do with it what you will.

Bowery Lane New York inspired desserts


Did someone say dessert? Bowery Lane is serving up a mouth-wateringly artistic choice in the form of a PB&J Soft Serve Cookie Sandwich. That's peanut jelly cookies with peanut butter and jelly soft serve and strawberry ice cream, topped with toasted peanuts, dehydrated strawberries, strawberry jelly and smashed waffle. Put down that camera and pick one up soon. This one needs to be smashed.

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth cocktail


Lit up botanicals - it's a thing. And the Sofitel Wentworth knows it. The hotel's bar has taken inspiration from the glowing hues of Vivid to craft this installation. It's a gin-based cocktail that comes with a neon coaster to light up your drink just so. Simple, yet effective.

8Bits+Bites burgers @ Martin Place


OK this one might stray from your colourful Vivid food offering but trust us, it's still pretty cool. At 8Bits+Bites a whole slew of burger joints are competing for the crown of best burger. This one's Bang Bang Cafes, it's a Spring Beef burger (spring rolls and beef - geddit!) The burgers change weekly so you never know what you're gonna get.

Lotus Moon ice cream @ The Galeries


Dressed in the colours and likeness of Vivid is dumpling bar Lotus Moon's contribution to your food porn feed. It was only around for one night (9 June) so if you missed it, you'll have to live vicariously through its Insta posts. For those who are curious, it was a mango ice cream dipped in white chocolate and coconut and finished with a rainbow shimmer.

Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

Related Posts

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Ask a question
Go to site