Amongst the urban jungle that is Sydney, it still remains a vibrant, tropical city. And that’s evidenced in it’s many quaint, leafy hospitality spaces. For times when beaches and parks just don’t cut it, head to one of these picture-perfect tropical spots in the city which stand out for their chic vibes, lush foliage and healthy eating. Check out our favourite hand-picked tropical bars and restaurants in Sydney.
1. Manly Greenhouse
Sydney’s OG green space is a casual beachside bar offering excellent ocean views, a rooftop bar and beautiful ferns all around. You’ll also find a wine room offering a 400+ selection of wines and cocktails. This fluid indoor/outdoor space also features a huge sharing menu, pasta dishes, desserts and more. Check out their menu here.
2. Hyde Hacienda Sydney
This bar and lounge is famous for it’s botanical-inspired space, neon lights and private booths. Overlooking the harbour, the leafy space also offers an excellent cocktail menu, delicious food and a great atmosphere for a breezy brunch catch up. When it comes to tropical bars and restaurants, Hyde Hacienda is high up on every list and for good reason. You’ll be hard pressed to find stunning harbour views and an airy dining space like this in the heart of the city.
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3. The Butler
This expansive outdoor space is shrouded in greenery inside and out and offers stunning city views all around. Also a selling point is their top notch quality food menu with extensive lunch and dinner options. You’ll find oysters, tacos, lamb barbacoa and a variety of seasonal desserts to entice your taste buds. There’s also a great selection of cocktails, wines and beers.
4. The Grounds of Alexandria
We’re huge fans of The Grounds and we make no bones about the fact. It just ticks all the boxes. You want good coffee and brunch? You’ll find it there. Want a wow-worthy picture for your Instagram? Head to The Grounds. What we also love about it is all the green around. From the Cafe to The Potting Shed, if it’s a lush green space you’re after, this is where you’ll find it.
5. The Winery
When it comes to tropical bars and restaurants, it’s hard to ignore this laneway wine bar. Bohemian, relaxed and chic with ample outdoor seating, The Winery is popular for it’s wine menu (duh) and elegant dining space. Their menu features everything from crispy calamari, creamy ravioli and a succulent lamb.
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An old Surry Hills fixture, Forresters is beloved among locals. The historic and multidimensional tavern houses a cocktail bar surrounded by rich foliage, muted colours and retro decor. Sip your way through their huge seasonal cocktail list or partake in their impressive Sunday bottomless brunch, you can’t go wrong. On their menu you’ll find nourishing mains like potato gnocchi, roasted eggplant salad and broccoli & avo salad. Or you can indulge in their huge feast featuring a roast of the week and crispy spuds, chicken schnitzel, classic fish and chips and more.
7. Taylor’s Rooftop
This CBD bar is a vibrant space brimming with plants and rich green hues. Pull up a seat by their rooftop bar or dance away the night at one of their many live music gigs, it won’t disappoint. Taylor’s offers all the open-air good times with a great menu and atmosphere to boot.
8. Green Moustache
This North Sydney fixture has foliage and greens decking out the entire space and then some. The garden bar also offers an excellent seasonal menu and a huge botanical-inspired wine list. And we do mean huge — there are over 275 bottles from around Australia and the globe. Check out their menu here.
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9. Bungalow 8
You’ll find all the sun drenched, tropical vibes at Bungalow 8 which has long been a haven for music and dance lovers in the city. A tropical eatery by day, a clubhouse by night — it’s the ideal spot to hang out at any time of the week but especially exciting late at night. Keep an eye on their many buzzing gigs and events here.
10. Rose & Co.ffee Florist Cafe
To get your fill of florals, coffee and foliage head to this Marrickville spot and enjoy a delicious pastry and excellent coffee while you settle on a bouquet arrangement. It’s the perfect weekend activity in my book. At this concept florist cafe, you’ll find a canopy of ferns, a rich variety of florals, pretty festoon lights and a number of desserts to tingle your taste buds. It’s an all-in-one space and although relatively new, worth visiting if you’re in the area.