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.
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.
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.
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.