From fine Italian cuisine on the Norton and Marion ‘eat streets’ to famous cake and gelato shops, Leichhardt is a delicious destination in inner Sydney. Explore this charming neighbourhood on a heritage walking tour, savour alfresco dining in a piazza, and enjoy a vibrant Italian cultural festival.

  • Italian Forum, Leichhardt
  • Norton Street Italian Festa, Leichhardt

About Leichhardt

Taste the delicious flavours of Leichhardt, a delightful inner Sydney neighbourhood and nicknamed Little Italy for its moreish Italian cuisine. The ‘eat street’ along bustling Norton Street is dotted with restaurants, cafes and shops. The Italian Forum is a piazza ringed with good alfresco places to eat.

From modern Italian such as Capriccio to traditional trattorias and pizza, wine bars, cake shops, and cafes serving perfect espresso, you’ll be delighted with the tasty choices in Leichhardt, named after the colonial explorer Ludwig Leichhardt. 

Italian Forum, Leichhardt

An enjoyable way to experience Leichhardt’s heritage and cuisine is on a walking tour - self-guided or with the Italian Association of Assistance. Established in 1968, this community organisation offers three charming tours, including a heritage tour that concludes with a traditional Italian lunch.

For Roman-style pizza try Caffe Moretti, a local favourite on Norton Street. Up the road is Aperitivo, another popular dining spot. Frattini is local institution on Marion Street. For something sweet, Mezzapicca Cakes has been serving amaretti biscuits, decadent tortes and crisp cannoli since 1952.

Berkelouw, Leichhardt

One of the biggest events on the cultural calendar is the Norton Street Italian Festa, a splendid community festival in October. For lovers of art, wonderful experiences include exhibitions at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists, classes at Art Est, and the fascinating Skyfire Studio Art Gallery Tour.

  • Berkelouw Restauarant, Leichhardt

    Food and Wine

    You'll find trattorias, patisseries and cafes along Norton Street, including long-standing favourite Bar Italia, serving up simple home-style pastas and generous servings of Italian gelati. Wander down Marion street to Vinoteca for a glass of good wine and some antipasti.

  • Hawthorne Canal Reserve, Leichhardt

    Explore the Area

    Leichhardt is a great place to explore on foot. Discover Leichhardt's preserved history and be treated to fascinating stories on its heritage during a walking tour, follow the trail to the Sydney Harbour foreshore or test yourself on the beautiful running track around Iron Cove Bay.

  • Art Est Leichhardt

    Arts and Culture

    Leichhardt is home to numerous local art galleries. Follow the trail on the Public Art Map to six different galleries or ply your own creative talents at an Art Est class, featuring an art gallery as well as four teaching studios. Offering classes for adults and kids, there’s something to suit for all levels.


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