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There are so many -- and so many kinds of -- restaurants, pubs and cafes in Sydney that it's hard to go wrong. Here's a guide to neighborhoods (or, as Australians say, "eat streets") where there is a fun variety of restaurants for the choosing:

victoria room sydney Fashionable and trendy cafes and restaurants abound in Paddington and in Darlinghurst and Double Bay. Among the best options here are Tigerbakers, a cozy casual cafe that has the best breakfast in town; Gertrude and Alice, a bookstore with an attached coffee shop; and the Victoria Room, an upscale destination specializing in great tapas dishes and even better cocktails.

Head to the Rocks for elegant restaurants with historic atmosphere. Rockpool and Altitude both create superior meals prepared by chefs that have garnered considerable attention from international critics for their Australian cuisine. The fresh seafood is exceptional at both locations.

Head to Woolloomooloo Wharf for superb food and even better views. The row of restaurants along the wharf includes China Doll for Asian fusion and the Italian Otto Ristorante.

Manly and Bondi are known for fresh seafood and the many outdoor cafes that line their beachfronts. Try the fish and chips, especially at Fishmongers, which serves the best battered barramundi in town.

Darling Harbour's King Street and Coco Bay wharves have such mind-boggling variety that there's something for everyone. The wharves' collection of restaurants and bars includes everything from London's cheap noodle chain Wagamama to classy lounges like Loft and Cargo.

For ethnic cuisine, head to Glebe (Glebe Point Road) where there are numerous Mediterranean, Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants.
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