25 Ultimate Cheap Eats in Sydney
We recently teamed up with The Urban List to bring you a mouth watering list of the ultimate cheap eats around the city. You’re welcome!
Some may call it thrifty, others may call it tight-assery, but there’s something to be said about a Sydney restaurant that leaves you full, satisfied, and with some dollars in your pocket.
Whether you’re scrambling for change before payday (found a gold coin? Good on you!) or simply don’t want to spend more than $20 on a meal, we’ve found some of the best cheap eats in Sydney.
- Hong Ha, Mascot – Sure, you may have to wait in line but it’ll be worth it when you get your hands on one of Sydney’s best banh mis.
- Paul’s Famous Hamburgers, Sylvania – This is Sydney’s iconic burger joint. For under $10 you can get stuck into a burger with the works – It’s messy, so stock up on serviettes.
- Gyradiko, Bexley – Put fries in anything and we’re happy campers. The gyros here will give you change for a tenner, leaving you enough money for a soft drink. Win!
- Duy Linh, Cabramatta – This vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant has over 100 delicious menu items, most of which are under $13.
- Soda Factory, Surry Hills – Head into this Sydney bar on Tuesdays for $1 hot dogs. Yes, one dollar! This is Sydney cheap eats at its almost cheapest.
- Chubby Girl’s Bunz Shop, Ultimo – Yes, yes, it has a funny name, but it also has tasty, tasty $1.50 beef, pork and vego bunz.
- Sea Bay, CBD – A go-to dinner option when you want to catch up for dinner and drinks (BYO is free) but don’t want to spend a fortune. Our tip: order the fried dumplings.
- Lucky Pickle, Surry Hills – $10 will get you a wonderfully fresh roll filled with all manner of tasty ingredients.
- Old Mate, Surry Hills – A new Sydney café offering up $9 sourdough sandwiches. For $2 extra, you can get a coffee too!
- The Gretz, Enmore – This inner west bar serves a mean shrimp roll. Coming with a side of potato chips, this bad boy will only set you back $15.
- Bake Bar, Alexandria – Newly opened and already popular with the locals, grab a sandwich and a little potato and mushroom pastry for fun (only $2).
- Ramen Ikkyu, Haymarket – Slurp your way through one of Sydney’s best bowls of ramen in this nondescript food court.
- The Yeeros Shop, Marrickville – The lamb yeeros is juicy and tender and will set you back less than $10. Pro-tip: save some room for the fries!
- An Restaurant, Bankstown – There’s nothing like a comforting bowl of pho to make you forget you’re low on cash.
- Don Don, Darlinghurst – This classic cheap and cheerful Sydney Japanese restaurant serves up simple rice and noodle dishes, and their fresh made hand rolls are some of the best (and cheapest) we’ve had!
- Suzie Q, Surry Hills – For lunch on the go, pick up a take away sandwich from Suzie Q. They change regularly, so you won’t be stuck with the same old sambo every day.
- Sushi Rio, Haymarket – A favourite sushi train of The Urban List crew, most plates are a wallet friendly $3 meaning you can stuff your face with as much grilled salmon nigiri as you can afford.
- Out of the Blue, Clovelly – This Sydney burger joint brings you big, big burgers. You will end up messy, but that’s okay – you can just jump in the ocean afterward to wash off all that burger residue.
- Mr Bao’s Buns, Bondi Farmers Markets and Glebe Markets – Ohh Mr Bao, your pillowy soft buns are the kinds of things we dream of at night (get your minds out of the gutters, people).
- Ito’s Malaysian, CBD – For your fix of authentic Malaysian food in the city, Ito’s Malaysian do a mean laksa and Hainanese chicken rice (yes, we know it’s more Singaporean, but it’s still good).
- Beach Burrito, Bondi – A big, delicious burrito is always a good idea. If you’re feeling a little more cashed up, splash out and add guac – it’s always worth it.
- Sushi Suma, Surry Hills – Known for their big serves, this Japanese restaurant in Surry Hills is always full. Order a massive combination set for less than $20, BYO wine, and call it a night.
- Baker Bros, CBD – Smashed avo that costs more than $10 should be outlawed. Fortunately, the smashed avo with tomato and Danish feta at Baker Bros costs only $9 and tastes damn good, too.
- Bay Ten Espresso, North Sydney – A small menu with small prices. Pick up a sandwich for lunch for an even ten – we love the salami sandwich made with their special onion relish.
- Tim Ho Wan, Chatswood – Michelin starred food on a budget. Load up on dumplings and still have money for the train ride home.