There’s millions of places to get your food fix in Sydney, but healthy faire is not always abundant. Living right in the centre of a health conscious city, you would think it would be a breeze to nip out for a protein-packed lunch (sans heavy dressing), and chase it down with a delicious bliss ball. Sadly, that’s just not the case.
Directly beneath my apartment building is a KFC that is open all hours, forever full to the brim with patrons. There’s another one on the same street about 500 metres away – complete with stair lift. In fact, within a 5 minute radius there are 2 McDonald’s, 1 Pizza Hut, 2 Hungry Jacks, and a newly established fried chicken shop…Help.
The good news: healthy eateries are definitely on the rise in Sydney, but you have to know where to go. I’ve done the leg-work for you and compiled my Top 10 Healthy Eats below.
The newly opened branch of their ever-popular stores, aboutlife in Double Bay tops them all. Fresh organic produce, organic coffee shop, health food store and thriving lunch-spot, this whole foods store is your one-stop-shop for all things heavenly.
Recommended dish: Anything from their Nutrition Station – this place is a whole foods dream. I particularly love the mushrooms cooked in almond milk – creamy perfection.
2. Earth to Table
The food here is impossibly delicious. With a raw food menu that never fails to amaze, and a dessert cabinet that would rival Zumbo’s, you would be hard pressed to find another cafe quite like this.
Recommended dish: Rainbow Seaweed Slaw
Bridging the gap between health food and supplements cafe, this little gem is fuelling athletes and yogis alike.
Recommended dish: Teriyaki Salmon and brown rice on a bed of leafy greens.
The closest thing Sydney has to Pret, which is a wonderful accolade. Healthy snack pots, nuts, fruit, wraps and everything in between, this place gets my vote for mid-week food on the run.
Recommended dish: Chicken Soup
5. Egg of the Universe
Cafe turned yoga studio, this zen spot is nourishing for mind and body. Sit in the beautiful courtyard with giant trees and soft fairy lights, while chowing down on their organic local produce. Fermented veg, cashew cheese and kombusha are all made in-house.
Recommended dish: Perfect Circle Salad
6. Henley’s Wholefoods
With every dish designed to incorporate nutrient dense ingredients, this hidden gem is dishing up some inspiring plates of goodness.
Recommended dish: Pumpkin Hazelnut Meal Bread w zucchini ribbons, smoked salmon, citrus yoghurt dressing & dill
7. Orchard Street Cafe and Elixir Bar
Branching out from their much-loved juices and nut milks, Orchard Street have now added naturopathic-created meals and desserts to their offerings at this beautiful new cafe.
Recommended dish: Wild herb pesto zoodles
8. Smiths Organic Markets
A cute little village store dedicated to organic fayre. Grab an almond milk latte, your weekly veggies and a lovely light bite.
Recommended dish: raw salad boxes (options change daily) such as their cumin-spiced cauliflower ‘rice’ with capsicum and cashew sauce.
9. Porch & Parlour
You may have to wait for a table, but the food here absolutely makes up for it. Relax on island time.
Recommended dish: The Green Breaky Bowl- kale, quinoa, avocado and parsley rolled boiled eggs – whats not to love?
10. Wholemeal Cafe
High protein options galore, traditional cooked breakfasts (without the grease) and yummy hot pots all make for great post-workout grub.
Recommended dish: Poached eggs on their divine gluten-free protein bread.
Missed any of your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!