Three Blue Ducks is always a popular choice in Rosebery. (©Monica Buscarino/Three Blue Ducks)
The once industrial suburb of Rosebery has quietly been on the receiving end of a makeover, transforming what was once an area known for factories and warehouses into a must-visit destination for food and homewares. The centre of this hip new area is the heritage-listed Cannery building, creatively re-imagined as a hub for dining and shopping. Here you will find delectable food and art homewares, making it an increasingly popular destination for weekend outings.
Where to Dine
Three Blue Ducks
The third installment of this award-winning cafe-restaurant chain, Three Blue Ducks offers sustainably sourced food with a focus on seasonal produce. Drop in for a takeaway coffee if you’re on the run, but we suggest spending a sunny morning relaxing in the garden courtyard among the olive trees, grapevines and herbs.
Da Mario Pizzeria
Consistently rated one of the best pizza joints in Sydney, you’ll find classic Neapolitan pizzas, fresh-made pastas and fish of the day at Da Mario Pizzeria. This spinoff from Surry Hills’s long-established Pizza Mario is a delectable eatery in its own right.
Black Star Pastry
Catapulted into Instagram stardom thanks to its famous strawberry watermelon cake, Black Star Pastry is the place to enjoy flaky, buttery pastries, moreish pies, quiches and sausages rolls, and a wide range of visually stunning cakes, thanks to its innovative chef and owner, Christopher Thé.
Zeus Street Greek
Zeus Street Greek serves up innovative twists on traditional Greek cuisine, such as the signature Purple Greek (lamb, beetroot hummus, onion, chips and parsley), along with all the old favourites. Their Feta Filo Fingers (feta wrapped in filo pastry, drizzled with honey and sesame) are delicious.
The Choc Pot
Try the signature pudding that is the store’s namesake, or choose from a wide range of 100% handmade treats, using only the best ingredients—think Callebaut chocolate, Jersey milk and Billington’s sugar to name a few. The Choc Pot creates playful twists on classic desserts, transforming waffles, ice cream and brownies into works of art.
5th Earl Rosebery
The perfect weekend brunch spot, 5th Earl features delicious breakfast staples such as blueberry pancakes with ricotta, fresh berries, maple syrup and honeycomb pieces, topped with fairy floss. The substantial lunch menu includes burgers, pasta and pulled pork, revealing head chef John Kozma’s Greek and Lebanese heritage with the inclusion of ingredients such as labneh, falafel and Mediterranean grain mix.
Gelato Messina HQ
The headquarters of the gelato giant, Gelato Messina, is a shopfront plus gelato-making factory and classroom. Try your hardest to select a single scoop from their 35 permanent and five revolving flavours while watching the hardworking team creating every single element used in each tub of gelato from scratch through the glass windows.
Archie Rose Distilling Co
Watch spirits being handmade, enjoy the full range of Archie Rose spirits and meet the distillers themselves at the Archie Rose Distillery and Bar. Try their original vodka, signature dry gin, or white rye whisky.
A cross between a market and a pop-up food festival, Saporium is the place to sample and buy produce from greengrocers, butchers, bakers, coffee roasters and restaurateurs. Try Grain Organic Bakery for fresh oven-baked treats, or Wholefoods House for organic, nutritious food.
Where to Shop
The expansive showroom housed in a 100-year-old warehouse features homewares, furniture, lighting and art that are ethically created by Australian designers. Koskela works closely with Australian indigenous artists and artisans through their commitment to social enterprise.
Australia and New Zealand’s leading distributor of Scandinavian design furniture, lighting and accessories, Fred International was founded by Michael Liira and Melissa Walker in 2007.
Mr&Mrs Jones is an eclectic shop where you’ll find unique, colourful and creative gifts and homewares from around the world. Pick up gifts from brands such as Kate Spade New York, Sunnylife and Jonathan Adler.