Eating healthy can and should taste better than cardboard. Here are the best healthy restaurants in Sydney to prove that it's true.
Never fear, health fiends: there are Sydneysiders dedicated to making food that's healthy, delicious and easy.
You shouldn’t have to spend half your pay trying to eat healthily. Then again, you shouldn’t have to miss out on those special occasion dinners, either. From farmers markets and take away, to cocktails and fine dining, we’ve rounded up all the places to get your gluten-free / dairy-free / locally sourced / seasonal / vegetarian / vegan / paleo eating on.
Here’s our guide to the best of them.
- Address: 2 Sterling Circuit (UPPER), Camperdown
- Opening Hours: Daily (12pm-6pm)
- Facebook: RealFood Connection
There’s a few different ways to enjoy RealFood Connection:
- Stop in for a bite to eat from their all-day breakfast menu
- Have a few of their hearty and healthy lunches delivered to your desk (CBD only)
- Swing by to grab a meal to reheat later — it comes with instructions
The entire menu is grain and gluten free and there’s plenty of vegetarian options. Think of it as your healthy food one-stop shop without the price tag. Place your order by 5pm for next day delivery.
Caters for: high protein, Paleo, vegan, vegetarian.
- Address: 147 Enmore Road, Enmore
- Opening Hours: Daily 9am - 4pm
- Review: Sadhana Kitchen
Everything on Sadhana Kitchen's menu is organic, seasonal and – most importantly – raw. You might think this limits the menu to next to nothing, but Maz Pugoy, who owns the joint, will change your mind.
There's a seven course degustation, oodles of juices, zucchini pasta, superfood caramel slices and even banana crepes.
Yes, its all raw. Yes, it's all delicious. Prepare to change all your perceptions of raw food cooking.
Caters for: raw, organic, gluten free, dairy free.
- Address: MLC Centre, 19-29 Martin Place
- Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 7:30am - 3pm
- Website: Thr1ve
Come to Thr1ve any lunchtime and you'll see a swarm of the type of city workers with a gym bag under their desk gathered round. Their calling? The high quality, healthy lunches that taste better than most things you'll find in the city.
The menu at Thr1ve is very much a build-your-own. Choose your protein, vegetables and superfood and a few minutes later, you'll have a lunch packed with everything your body needs.
Their philosophy is high protein, low carb, gluten free and no added sugar, which makes it perfect for a post-workout feed. Is it any wonder they have a personal trainer on staff?
Caters for: Paleo, high protein
Egg of the Universe
- Address: 711 Darling St, Rozelle
- Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 7am - 4pm. Saturday to Sunday 8am - 4pm
- Website: Egg of the Universe
Part yoga studio, part cafe, Egg of the Universe is about as holistic as it gets. Round off your practice with a shot of Detoxing Aloe & Chlorophyll, or for the less daring, a Coconut & Mango smoothie (fresh ingredients and nothing else).
It’s a short but sweet menu for breakfast and lunch, with a heavy emphasis on vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free options - although you can still get a bacon and egg fix if that’s where your fancy takes you.
Hey, after all that downward dog, you deserve a little treat, right?
Caters for: organic, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian
Misschu may be the self-proclaimed Queen of Rice Paper Rolls, but there's no doubt she deserves it.
Her Vietnamese Rice Paper rolls are famous in Sydney for being perfect parcels of deliciousness. Filled with fresh ingredients like tiger prawns, green mangos, papaya salad and sashimi tuna, they're packed with nutrients as well as flavour.
Pick one up from all round Sydney (Darlinghurst, Bondi, Manly or the CBD) and eat in house, or – if you've got somewhere to be – order them for pick up or delivery. Hint: if you ARE getting Misschu takeaway, do it through Menulog and get a discount off your order...
Caters for: gluten free
Earth to Table
- Address: 85 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction
- Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 9am - 6pm
- Facebook: Earth to Table
Organic, raw and vegan food comes in many forms at Earth to Table. These guys are all about the raw and vegan meals and desserts that changes up what it means to eat healthy. Dairy free ‘cheesecakes’ are something of a speciality, with tantalising combinations such as pear and ginger, peach and raspberry and apricot and ginger appearing daily.
On the liquid side of things, there's plenty of juices, smoothies and cold drip coffees to get you going.
Honestly? Anyone who can make a raw cinnamon doughnut or tiramisu taste amazing is our hero.
Caters for: organic, raw, vegan
- Address: 5/10 Darley Road, Manly
- Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 7am - 3pm (kitchen), 7am - 6pm (store)
- Facebook: Pure Wholefoods
Another place proving that healthy food doesn’t mean bland food, Pure Wholefoods in Manly is a cafe and whole foods store that specialises in gluten-, dairy-, wheat- and sugar-free products. What sets them apart is an uncanny ability to make sinful food healthy; just give their famous gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free muffins a try. They spent three years perfecting the recipe, so it’s pretty much guaranteed you won’t find them anywhere else.
Like any good health food store worth their (not too much) salt, there's juices and smoothies packed with nutrients aplenty.
Caters for: gluten free, dairy free, wheat free
Bondi Farmers Markets
- When: Every Saturday 9am - 5pm
- Where: Bondi Beach Public School(store)
- Website: Bondi Farmers Markets
Every Saturday you can find stall after stall selling raw foods, vegan bites, veggie burgers and green juices. The Bondi Farmers Markets are a smorgasbord of healthy and locally sourced food.
The best part? You can grab something to nibble on while you wander around the stores and no one gives you greasies (here’s looking at you, Woolies).
Caters for: pretty much anyone and everyone
- Address: Shop 5/310-330 Oxford St, Bondi Junction
- Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 7am - 3pm, Saturday to Sunday, 8am - 4pm
- Website: Paleo Cafe
Following the Paleo diet, you’ll find plenty of meat, seafood and eggs on Paleo Cafe's menu, offset with season fruits, vegetables and nuts.
What you won’t find are any gluten, dairy or sugar products, although when bread is replaced by sweet potato chips, we’re hardly complaining. Fans of Pale Cafe include no-longer-a-bachelor Tim Robards, celeb trainer Blake Worrall-Thompson and the entire Roosters team, if their Facebook is anything to go by.
Caters for: Paleo,