A local’s guide to Rosebery
True to its flowery name, this Sydney suburb is blossoming.
True to its flowery name, this Sydney suburb is blossoming.
Rosebery is emerging as a lively residential, retail and restaurant hub that’s proud of its industrial heritage.
We recently reached out online to locals, asking them to put on their Rosebery-coloured glasses and share their favourite neighbourhood haunts.
“Welcome Dose, located in The Cannery, is my all-time favourite coffee and brunch spot … Even now, I'm thinking about the smashed peas on toast with maple speck that I had over the weekend – so good!” says Rebecca on our online form
Rosebery’s The Cannery, formerly the Rosella Soup Cannery, is now home to a number of eateries, including the popular Welcome Dose. Open every day and with an all-day menu, it’s also an anytime dose – of coffee and cafe fare.
“Grain Bakery for the very best pain au chocolat anywhere in the area – and I’ve tried every bakery,” says Craig on our online form
From buns and batards to batons and baguettes, Grain Bakery, also located in The Cannery, is a must-stop shop for bread. In fact, lots of well-known Sydney restaurants have made Grain their go-to. But this bakery is also a quirkily furnished cafe: think antique pieces meet movie theatre seats and cafe tables. It serves breakfast, lunch (sammies and salads), and lots of hot and cold drinks. Stop in, loaf around.
“Great food and location looking over the park,” says Alex on Facebook This is a family-run, family-friendly (including dogs) cafe and restaurant near Sweetacres Park. It features a Latin-inspired breakfast and lunch menu, plus a larger selection for the kids than you see most places. And for the grown-ups, be sure to say ‘hola’ to a glass or jug of the refreshing house-made sangria.
“Best cafe menu,” says Yue on Facebook
Life can get busy, and appetites can vary – 2 concepts 5th Earl cafe understands well. In answer, the eatery features both an eat-in and a we-would-love-you-to-stay-but takeaway menu, both delicious. If you can stay and sit awhile, menu categories including Kick Start Your Day, Feeling Peckish and Hungry cater to your fluctuating hunger levels.
“Great recommendations and knowledgeable staff,” says Daniel on our online form
Need to top up your tipple? Barny’s has a range of spirits, ciders, wines (including vintages), and an even more impressive craft beer offering – more than 1500 of them! What’s more, the liquor store’s resident wine expert, Shawn, can help you pick the perfect pairing for any occasion. And if you’re a believer in ‘try before you buy’, you’re in luck! Barny’s hosts tastings every Friday from 4pm to 7pm. Stop in, sip, and stock up – just in time for the weekend!
“A unique chance to shop the Aussie designer’s pieces with greatly discounted prices,” says Eerika on our online form
This fashion archive outlet from fashion designer Kym Ellery has graced the Rosebery retail scene since March 2018. Express your creativity and individuality without the haute couture price tag. The Ellery outlet dramatically cuts prices on past-season (shhh! … we won’t tell if you won’t) ready-to-wear clothing, shoes, and jewellery. If you’re a savvy shopper, you may even score sought-after items from Ellery’s archive, such as one-of-a-kind samples straight from the runways.
“Great furniture and homewares shop focusing on sustainable practices,” says Alex on Facebook
Now that you’ve outfitted yourself, outfit your home and do it with your community and your planet in mind. Housed in a magnificent 2000-square-metre, century-old warehouse reminiscent of Rosebery’s earlier heritage, Koskela is the place to get Aussie-made and ethically produced stuff for your house or flat. From furnishings and homewares to lighting, artwork and garden paraphernalia, it’s all right here in 1 place.
Like the suburb itself, Rosebery’s night-life is in bloom, with lots of restaurants, a popular urban distillery, and even a dance studio.
Sanpo is another restaurant applying the philosophy ‘fresh is best’ to Japanese cuisine. It serves up seafood, mouthwatering meat and just-picked produce. If you love raw fish, Sanpo’s sushi and sashimi will not disappoint. For something a bit more cooked, try one of the Japanese hot pots. Eat in or takeaway – your stomach will thank you, either way.
Industrial-chic Three Blue Ducks restaurant is a grand space that features exposed beams and bricks, polished concrete floors, and giant woven-basket lampshades and pendant lamps dangling from soaring ceilings. It has a deck and a courtyard, too. The food is equally grand: there’s something for carnivores, herbivores and pescavores alike. Seasonal, sustainably sourced produce fresh from the markets abounds! ‘Smoke and fire’ play key roles in the restaurant’s motif, thanks to charcoal pits, a wood-fired oven and an Argentinean grill out back they call Bob.
“Stanton at The Cannery is amazing,” says Matthew on Facebook
An expansive and impressive warehouse-y eatery, the Stanton aims to both honour The Cannery’s rich history and call to mind New York’s famed Meatpacking District – and succeeds. Here, you’ll find modern Aussie fare – sharing encouraged – and a wine list that won’t leave you wanting. Go for the gusto with one of the tasting menus.
Three Blue Ducks. Photo: Katherine Griffiths/City of Sydney
“Latin Junction for Salsa and Bachata classes,” says Sabina on Facebook
What better way to work off all that delicious Rosebery food – and have some fun – than with a bit of salsa dancing? Find your rhythm (not to mention free parking) at Latin Junction’s Dunning Avenue headquarters. The studio, which believes in a philosophy of inclusion, offers classes for all ages and abilities – in salsa, bachata, cha cha, and more. Booking is easy, pricing is varied, and new students receive a free intro class. So dip into some spicy salsa – dancing, that is.
“Who can go past Archie Rose for amazing gin?” says Sonia on Facebook
Archie Rose is much more than an urban bar and distillery. It’s an entertaining and educational experience. This explains its popularity since opening in March 2015 as Sydney’s first independent distillery in 160 years. Here, amid its beautiful copper stills, stainless-steel tanks and oak barrels, customers can go on a behind-the-scenes journey through what goes in to those top-shelf drops they’re sipping in the bar, including the brand’s vodka, gins, and whiskies. Distillery tours are by appointment and run roughly an hour. In the bar, enjoy an inventive drinks menu that showcases Archie Rose craft spirits but also includes some nice wines and beers. Bonus? When you get home from Archie Rose, you can go online to its site and design your own spirit through its Tailored Spirits section.
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