With its beautiful world-famous harbour and white-sand surf beaches, there are countless spots in Sydney that serve up fish and chips with a side of breathtaking views.
Here are six of the best locations to enjoy fish and chip, all in easy reach when you’re visiting Sydney.
Iconic Bondi Beach in the east, with its mix of city chic and beach culture is the 24/7 go-to place for surfing, eating, shopping, partying and promenading – and that all makes it one of the most popular fish and chip spots in Sydney.
Grab some grilled John Dory with garlic butter and chips on Campbell Parade and head to beach-front Bondi Park, the perfect spot to enjoy the sweeping view of the beach and headlands, surfers, dedicated lifesavers, bronzed bodies, and the never-ending parade of passers-by, including the occasional celebrity.
No visit to Bondi is complete without a stroll along the popular cliff-top walk, which offers panoramic views of the coast, Tamarama (or “Glamarama” as the locals call it) Bronte, Clovelly and Coogee beaches and historic Waverley Cemetery.
Campbell Parade lines Bondi Beach with eateries, including fresh fish and chips; image Hamilton Lund via Destination NSW
Manly Beach and Manly Cove
Manly is a 30-minute drive north of the city, has many beaches where you can savour your fish and chips. Its long ocean beach with promenade lined with Norfolk Island pines looks out on the Pacific, while a harbour beach at West Esplanade beside Manly Wharf offers stunning views to the city and is the place to see spectacular sunsets as the majestic ferries arrive and depart.
Manly’s surf beach is in three sections along one long strip. On weekends and holidays, South Steyne is bustling with day trippers. Escape the crowds with your beer-battered Hoki and chips and head to North Steyne (the middle beach) or a little further, to Queenscliff at the northern end. Shelley Beach is another beautiful spot within walking distance. Head along the scenic foreshore walk for breathtaking views over the glistening waters of Cabbage Tree Bay back to Manly and up the coast to Long Reef.
Harbourside Manly Wharf is as popular as its ocean beach for casual dining; image by Andrew Gregory via Destination NSW
Palm Beach, Sydney’s northern-most beach an hour’s drive from the city, exudes an inviting laid-back lifestyle and, like Manly, has two distinctly different beaches on its peninsula offering two very different views. The surf beach has views out to the Pacific Ocean, while the Pittwater side has an uninterrupted panorama of Broken Bay, the unspoilt bushland of Ku-ring-gai National Park, and in the evenings, stunning sunsets.
‘Palmie’, as the locals call it, with its luxury homes and upmarket eateries is a popular summer destination for the rich and famous, making it a great spot for celebrity spotting. It’s also the location of the fictional Summer Bay in the TV soap Home and Away. Who knows, as you squeeze lemon on your grilled Blue Eye Cod from local institution Palm Beach Fish & Chips, you may see actors Bonnie Sveen or Dan Ewing delivering their lines.
The jetty at Pittwater is a stroll from Palm Beach Fish & Chips shop; image by Andrew Gregory via Destination NSW
Sydney Fish Market
The largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney Fish Market is just a few minutes’ drive west of the city centre, nestled on the calm waters of Blackwattle Bay.
The water is the only calm part of the markets, which is jam-packed with chefs and home cooks jostling for a wide variety of fresh seafood.
With your cooked-to-order fish and chips – or Tiger prawns and BBQ octopus – escape to the water-side wharf, which has long tables overlooking fishing boats, industrial relics and historic Glebe.
When you’ve had your fill of food and views, take a Behind the Scenes tour or one of the market’s cooking classes, some hosted by Sydney’s leading chefs.
Waterside dining at The Sydney Fish Market; image by James Horan via Destination NSW
The 45-minute scenic drive to Watson’s Bay from the city gives you a taste of the sweeping harbour views to come, as it winds past the harbour-side suburbs of Double Bay, Rose Bay and Vaucluse.
At Watson’s Bay the place to get your fish and chips is Doyle’s, a Sydney institution for more than 60 years, famous for serving up seafood with jaw-dropping views across the harbour to the city.
Dine waterside in their restaurant, in their pub’s busy beer garden or order takeaway from Fisherman’s Wharf, perhaps a grilled Barramundi or their classic Seafood Basket, and head to the nearby park or the beach and enjoy the view shaded by giant Moreton Bay Fig Trees.
Another spot with water views that’s a little quieter than Watson’s Bay is Camp Cove, a secluded beach just a short walk east along Cliff Street.
Iconic Doyle’s Fish & Chips at Watsons Bay near Sydney; image by Kajo Merkeert-Ohlheiser via Destination NSW
From the moment you catch sight of Balmoral’s white-sand beach punctuated with an ‘island’, turquoise waters and sweeping views over Middle Harbour and beyond to Manly and the Pacific Ocean, it’s easy to understand why it’s one of Sydney’s most expensive suburbs and a popular bathing, dining and wedding photo location.
Order some grilled flathead with lemon butter and hot chips from Bottom of the Harbour – and head to the walkway and park that’s spotted with enormous Moreton Bay Fig trees and an iconic white Rotunda.
Escape the crowds on Balmoral’s “island”, as the locals call it, which is connected to the beach by a strip of sand and accessed via a curved stone footbridge. The island has no beach, but lawns with benches and panoramic views. Where ever you settle to eat at Balmoral Beach, you are guaranteed an unforgettable coastal backdrop.
Just one of many ways to enjoy fish and chips at Balmoral Beach, Sydney; Tourism Australia
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