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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. You can find just about every ethnic cuisine you can imagine, from Afghan to Austrian, and you splurge on fine dining or find delicious cheap eats. Below are a few of our favorite spots around town.

Bennelong boasts one of the best restaurant locations in town: inside the Sydney Opera House. Both the menu and wine list showcase Australia's own flavors, including Sydney rock oysters and Queensland mango.

Fashionable and trendy cafes and restaurants abound in Paddington and in Darlinghurst and Double Bay. We especially like Tigerbakers, a cozy casual cafe that has the best breakfast and brunch in town.

Rockpool Bar & Grill offers superior steaks and seafood, with signature dishes such as lobster with herb butter and dry-aged, grass-fed ribeye.

China Doll, on Woolloomooloo Wharf, is one of the city's top Asian fusion restaurants. Nosh on dim sum, curry and san choy bau while enjoying views of the city skyline.

Also on Woolloomooloo Wharf is Otto Ristorante, which offers marina views and Italian flavors -- gnocchi with sausage, chicken wrapped in pancetta, marinated olives with capers and pickled vegetables.

Fishmongers, located a block from Manly Beach, is a favorite for casual seafood. Options include battered or grilled fish, calamari, prawns and more.

For a fine dining splurge, head to Farmhouse Kings Cross, where diners rave over the five-course set menu. The place is small, with a single long, communal table, so bookings are essential.

We love the Middle Eastern fare at Zahli, located in the Central Business District. You can order one of the banquet dishes -- appropriate for two to share -- or pick and choose from a la carte large and small plates, from shawarma chicken to falafel.

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