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Global Flavors, Fresh Fish, and Dazzling Views - A Guide to Dining in Wollongong

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Wollongong’s dining culture has developed a first-class reputation in recent years, and it’s become a favorite day-trip destination for Sydney foodies. The city's cultural diversity is reflected in its cuisine. Fish and seafood arrive in the harbor every day, and there are fresh farm ingredients from the fertile hinterlands. Add breathtaking mountain and ocean views, and you've got the recipe for some memorable meals.

Typical dishes

 

Wollongong is a paradise for seafood lovers. Why not try Balmain bugs - a type of lobster - king prawns, or rock oysters? Or simply kick back on the grass with some fish and chips.

Beach breakfasts in Wollongong

 

There’s no better way to start the day than with an early morning stroll along the beach, as the sun rises over the Pacific. Dive into the surf and your senses come alive. Wollongong’s beaches offer a host of spots where you can have a leisurely, delicious breakfast after your morning dip. Diggies, overlooking North Beach, is open from 6:30 AM, offering great coffee and everything from muesli, pancakes, and poached eggs to the surfer’s favorite - a bacon and egg roll. Further up the coast at Coledale Beach, Chedo’s choices range from yummy homemade granola to baked field mushrooms.

 

  • Diggies, 1 Cliff Road, North Beach, Wollongong NSW 2500; Tel: +61 2 42 262 688; Website: Diggies
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  • Chedo’s Cafe, 748 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Coledale NSW 2515; Tel: +61 2 4268 3000; Website: Chedo’s Cafe

 

Seafood on Wollongong's waterfront

 

Wollongong has some of the coast’s finest fish, and there’s no better way to appreciate the fruits of the sea than with a water view. The city has a choice of restaurants where your meal will be accompanied by the sound of the waves. Harbourfront sits right on the water’s edge in Belmore Basin. As well as oysters, prawns, or barramundi, fresh from the fish market a few meters away, there’s also farm-to-table beef and lamb. At Lagoon you can sit under the pines on the terrace overlooking North Beach, and enjoy local flathead or Queensland mud crabs.

 

 

Global dining in the centre of Wollongong

 

Wollongong is a vibrant multicultural community, with large numbers of migrants originally drawn to the city by the promise of work in the steel industry. They brought their culinary traditions with them, and today you can choose global cuisines from Thai to Mexican, and Indian to Italian. Samaras has delicious Lebanese food, ranging from baba ganoush to shish kebab. You can also stop by for baklava and coffee. Mylan does a contemporary take on traditional Vietnamese, including cu lao (king prawn steamboat) or ca sot me (steamed fish in tamarind sauce), in an airy, casual setting.

 

  • Samaras Lebanese and Mediterranean Cuisine, 123 Corrimal Street, Wollongong NSW 2500; Tel: +61 2 4229 6950; Website: Samaras Lebanese and Mediterranean Cuisine
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  • Mylan Restaurant, 193 Keira Street, Wollongong NSW 2500; Tel: +61 2 4229 4588

 

Dining with a view at Bulli Tops

 

The Illawarra Escarpment has several lookouts with panoramic views up and down the coastline. At Bulli Tops you can dine to the soundtrack of native birdsong while you let your gaze wander along the coast from Sydney to Kiama. Sublime Point does innovative contemporary Australian cuisine for breakfast and lunch; they’ll also prepare you a yummy picnic basket if you'd rather relax on the grass. Altitude 1148 serves everything from coffee and raisin-bread toast for breakfast, to Indian-influenced fish and seafood for dinner. For dessert there’s artisanal ice-cream from Gelato Emporium.

 

  • Altitude 1148, Southern Gateway Centre, Princes Highway, Bulli Tops NSW 2516; Tel: +61 2 4267 5443; Website: Altitude 1148
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  • Sublime Point, Sublime Point Lookout, Bulli Tops NSW 2516; Tel: +61 2 4267 1855; Website: Sublime Point