Life in Sydney

Experience iconic Sydney attractions such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower, plus discover popular destinations in and around the Sydney region from Bondi Beach and Manly through to the spectacular World Heritage listed Blue Mountains region.

The City of Parramatta

There is lots to see and do in Parramatta, local libraries, festivals throughout the year, Eat street and shopping, highly rated coffee shops and cafes. UNE participates in various events within the local business community. Heritage aspects of the city like Old Government house and Parramatta park, Western Sydney Stadium; home to the rugby Leagues team the Parramatta Eels and soccer team the Western Sydney Wanderers. Visit Sydney Olympic Park for concerts, sports and Western Sydney Giants AFL games.

Where to eat

UNE Sydney is located right between Westfield and Eat Street, so there’s always somewhere new to try out! If that’s not already enough variety, every Friday the local Farmers Markets take place in Parramatta square and throughout the week a variety of food trucks take turns serving up the tastiest street food imaginable!

In regards of where to eat, our recommendations would be:

Best brunch

Elevation – Open: 7am – 3pm
31 Phillip St, Parramatta NSW 2150
This sweet little café is filled with indoor plants and offers a comfortable and quiet space to relax with friends over award winning coffee and an all-day breakfast. This is the perfect space to take refuge in when you need a moment away from the busy city.

Circa – Open: 7am – 3pm
21 Wentworth St, Parramatta NSW 2150
Located next to Parramatta Library, this award winning café offers a seasonally changing menu of both food and drinks in a fun and quirky manner. Definitely a must try if you love coffee, fresh produce and a fashionable atmosphere!

Paper planes – Open: 8am – 3pm
5/2 Horwood Pl, Parramatta NSW 2150
This popular café serves up a generous portion of colourful home-cooked inspired breakfasts and picture perfect beverages. If you go make sure you take plenty of pictures to make all of your Instagram followers jealous!

Badmanner Thymes Espresso – Open: 7am – 4pm
1 Horwood Pl, Parramatta NSW 2150
Friendly staff, great coffee, tasty food and decent prices! This casual and relaxed café is a must visit when you need a quality cup of coffee.

Best lunch

Lao Der– Open: Tues – Sun Lunch 11:30 – 2:30 Dinner 5:30 – 9:30
277B Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150
Offering $10 lunch specials on all your favourite Thai and Laotian dishes, we promise everything on the menu at Lao Der will make your mouth water (they’ve previously won the best Thai restaurant in the Sydney Metro award!).

Ginza Izakaya – Open: 11am – 10pm
330 Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150
Located down on the river front, this Japanese restaurant offers a variety of lunch specials that will please everyone. From Yakitori to Donburi, they have it all! With both the restaurants laid back style and river views, you may mistake your lunch break for a holiday!

The Shed – Open: 7am-2:30pm
shop 8/45 Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150
The Shed takes quality produce and turns it into exciting homemade meals that will never disappoint. The café is located on a historical site and there’s plenty of outdoor seating for those of us who enjoy basking in the sun and filling up on healthy, fresh food.

Alex&Co – Open: 11:30am – 12am
Shop 2/4/ 330 Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150
Alex&Co is a bright and vibrant restaurant down on the river and is always filled with people and music. The atmosphere is great and the food is a huge combination of every cuisine you can imagine. If you’re looking for a fun and stylish lunch then have a look at their lunch specials!

Best dinner

The Sicilian – Open: 11:30am – 9:30pm
292 Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150
This romantic Italian & Sicilian restaurant serves up authentic cuisine in a beautiful space that will satisfy all your pasta, pizza and fine wine needs. With high standards but low prices, this is the perfect dinner spot to immerse yourself in a warm, comforting atmosphere.

Restaurant 317 – Open: 11:30am – 10pm
317 Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150
Inspired and modelled after European laneway dining, this stylish Italian restaurant caters for those who are celiac, vegan, and many other dietary requirements. This place is POPULAR and the perfect spot to go with a group of friends.

Port Bar Restaurant – Open: 9am – 10pm
36 Charles St, Parramatta NSW 2150
A well-known venue, Port Bar overlooks the Parramatta Ferry Terminal on the river and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Their combination of Mediterranean and Modern Australian cuisines showcase a huge selection of fresh seafood dishes, and they have a lovely outdoor eatery surrounded by greenery.

Sahara – open 10am – 9pm  
Shop/2185 Argyle St, Parramatta NSW 2150
The family owned Moroccan & Turkish restaurant offers both quick take-a-way meals and comfortable dine-in options conveniently located next to Parramatta Train Station. This friendly restaurant has a reputation for having the best, freshest and most authentic food along with extremely friendly staff.