The Best Cheap Eats in Sydney, Australia

Your stomach neednt suffer if youre seeing Sydney on a budget
Your stomach needn't suffer if you're seeing Sydney on a budget | © Leigh Williams / Unsplash
Mikki Cusack

Sometimes when hunger strikes, your wallet says no. Other times, you’ll find yourself needing a quick bite before drinks with friends. Try a classic or try something new. Either way, we have the best cheap eats in Sydney to keep you satisfied.

1. Coffee Tea and Me

Bakery, Tea

Squeeze into this tiny former barber shop for a no-frills menu and a serious caffeine hit. Coffee Tea & Me boasts a selection of bagels, alongside popular T2 Tea. Linger underneath the street art while you wait, and enjoy your bagel at the outside dining tables.

2. Marrickville Pork Roll

Cafe, Restaurant, Vietnamese, Pastries

Trust the locals with this pick. Located in the eponymous suburb of Marrickville, this pork roll hole-in-a-wall shopfront will have you drooling. Order the original bánh mì thịt – you won’t be left hungry, and the queue moves quickly, so your stomach won’t have long to wait.

3. Bánh Mi Bay Ngo

Bistro, Asian

Family owned for over thirty years, Bánh Mi is a no-frills stop for a real taste sensation – just be sure to bring cash, as they don’t take card. Located in Sydney’s southwest suburb of Bankstown, the food is cheap, tasty and leaves you wanting more.

4. Cairo Street Food Takeaway

Restaurant, Egyptian

Heading out to catch a show at the famous Enmore Theatre? Be sure to grab a quick, affordable bite at Cairo Street Food across the road. Don’t be fooled by the name, you can dine in at this charming corner shop and enjoy its take on Egyptian street food. Our pick: the falafel wrap.

5. Stix and Pita

Bistro, Family style, Greek

With its white and blue dining room, Stix and Pita might just fool you into thinking you’ve been transported to Greece as you stroll through its doors. Take a bite of the souvlaki wraps, and you’ll be sure you’re there. You can choose from three sauces to add to your souvlaki, each as delicious as the next.

6. El Jannah

Restaurant, Lebanese

Australia is renowned for its charcoal-chicken stores, but none is more famous than the legendary El Jannah. In the mood to share? Order the trio of dips and pita bread – but don’t miss out on the much-loved 1/4 chicken plate.

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