Dining on a Budget | IMLB 2022

Dining on a Budget

Sydney’s ‘cheap eats’ dining scene is booming. It’s not expensive to enjoy fresh, beautifully prepared food every day in Sydney, where prices for main meals range anywhere from $6 at small eateries to $15 at local cafes and small restaurants.

While Sydney is famous for its fine dining and ability to attract internationally-renowned chefs, our multicultural city also boasts a rich variety of cuisines for the more budget conscious. Within close proximity to the ICC Sydney precinct and surrounding hotels, COSPAR delegates can taste the flavours of authentic and inexpensive Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines.

In addition, just a short stroll from ICC Sydney, the busy streets of Chinatown (Australia’s largest Chinatown) continues to be a popular dining and entertainment precinct, with theatres, restaurants and shops pulsating into the night. Night owls will find inexpensive eateries open until 3am or 4am and many shops open late also.

Over the following pages are just some of the eateries within 20 minutes’ walking distance to the Assembly venue for delegates who wish to dine on a budget.

Restaurant/Eatery AUD EUR USD Distance from Venue

Harbourside Shopping Centre

Only a four minute walk from ICC Sydney is the popular Harbourside Shopping Centre. Located on the water’s edge of Darling Harbour, Harbourside offers delegates more than 30 dining outlets, in addition to countless leisure and shopping experiences. Some of these eateries include:

  • Blue Fish (Australian)
  • Criniti’s Restaurant (Italian)
  • Hurricane’s Grill (Australian)
  • Thai Foon (Thai)
  • Mad Mex (Mexican)
  • Zaaffran (Indian)
  • Fast food restaurants-McDonalds, KFC, Oporto, Subway
$5-20 €3-13 $4-14 4 mins

Darling Quarter

Darling Quarter is Sydney’s newest and most vibrant community precinct. Featuring Australia’s most spectacular FREE kids playground, a peaceful community green and an exciting selection of cafes, a wine bar and fresh food takeaway outlets showcasing authentic cuisine from around the world.

All beautifully designed in a contemporary style with a stamp of individuality. Some of these eateries include:

  • Kazbah Darling Harbour (Middle Eastern)
  • Braza Churrascaria (Brazilian)
  • Stacks Taverna & Bar (Spanish)
  • The Naked Duck (French)
  • Umi Sushi & Udon (Japanese)
$5-25 €3-16 $4-18 5 mins


Less than 10 minutes’ walk from ICC Sydney is Australia’s largest Chinatown, where the food is some of the best you will see outside of Asia. There is also a buzzing Night Market open every Friday night. Some of the eateries include:

  • East Ocean Restaurant
  • Golden Century Restaurant
  • Superbowl Restaurant
  • Old Town Hong Kong Restaurant
  • Twisted Noodle Bar
  • Emperor’s Garden
  • Happy Chef
$5-30 €3-19 $4-21 10 mins
Vrindavan Indian (Indian) $18.50 €12.00 $13.00 9 mins
Cargo Bar (Australian) $20.00 €13.00 $14.00 10 mins
Sydney Fish Markets (Seafood) $16.00 €10.00 $11.00 12 mins
Gumshara (Japanese) $11.00 €7.00 $8.00 12 mins
Mamak (Malaysian) $14.00 €9.00 $10.00 12 mins
Harry’s Café de Wheels (Australian) $6.50 €4.00 $5.00 15 mins
Ichi-ban Boshi (Japanese) $10.00 €6.00 $7.00 15 mins
Miss Chu (Vietnamese) $14.00 €9.00 $10.00 15 mins
Chat Thai (Thai) $13.00 €8.00 $9.00 15 mins