If you’re lucky enough to have a few more days off before returning to work for 2023, make the most of your time off and explore Darling Square in the heart of Sydney. 

Darling Square – a bustling foodie precinct – has provided Sydney-siders with access to some great cafes and restaurants. Take your pick from Japanese-style izakayas to Korean fried chicken, dog-friendly bento boxes to mouth-watering Thai…Darling Square has something for everyone. 

Holy Basil

Co-owners of Holy Basil, Louise and Tony, use their unique mix of Laos & Thai cultural heritage as inspiration for their offering. This distinctive cuisine is dominated by fresh herbs and spices, with a delicate balance between sweet, sour and spicy. As the third Holy Basil venue, this venture is set apart from the Canley Heights and Parramatta locations by its increased drinks focus including cocktails, premium champagne and French rosé.

Holy Basil at Darling Square
Holy Basil

Irori Kuon

Irori Kuon encompasses a traditional cooking method using wood and charcoal to grill various cuts of meats, seafood and vegetables in the simplest of ways to enhance the full flavours and textures of premium produce. The food is centred around an elevated, glass-encased version of the traditional Japanese sunken fireplace with 10 seats at the counter. Another 10 can be seated in the private dining room. 

Iroriku at Darling Square
Irori Kuon

Edition Roasters

When it comes to cafes, Edition Coffee Roasters brings a new flair to the Sydney coffee scene. With a passion for coffee, this award-winning Japanese and Scandinavian fusion cafe carefully curates a unique coffee experience for its discerning clientele at its flagship store in Darling Square.

IIKO Mazesoba

IIKO Mazesoba’s thick and chewy multigrain noodles are made in-house from scratch based on the recipe of their ramen sensei. The signature dishes include original (pork belly chashu) mazesoba, cheese mazesoba, vegan mazesoba and chicken karaage mazesoba with sides of Karaage fried chicken, edamame, gyoza, kani croquettes and miso soup. Here, you can also find yourself a dog-friendly bento box!

Honey Darling Square
Honey at Darling Square


With a nod to the nightlife of Seoul, Honey is all about the best fried chicken in Sydney and a cold beer to wash it down with. Loud and Busy, come and sit with a group of friends and enjoy the atmosphere of Korean Pocha dining right here in Darling Square.


Tsukiyo was born from the collaborative efforts between Devon Hospitality Group and Hidetoshi Tsuboi, Chef Patron of Hakatamon Ramen. Executive Chef Zach Tan has always been a huge fan of Japanese food culture having opened the wildly successful Devon café and Japanese donburi restaurant, Dopa. Tsukiyo means ‘moonlit night’ in Japanese and is the culmination of our innate yearning to recreate the nostalgic feeling of walking through the side street food stalls of Osaka’s neon-laden Dotonbori district.

XOPP Darling Square main


XOPP is Golden Century Group’s latest addition to Sydney’s dining scene, named after and paying homage to the institution’s most celebrated and talked about signature dish, XO Pippies. Expect a deliciously curated wine menu, a lavishly designed interior and warm hospitality.