Tucked into an unassuming CBD laneway, Berta is a warm, inviting restaurant that offers a lovely versatility: this place is equally suited to business lunches as well as romantic dinners for two. Chefs Jamie Irving and Andrew Cibej create regional Italian dishes, all intended to be shared. The menu is updated daily and consists of small plates, pastas and more substantial mains, including one vegetarian-friendly option. If you’re visiting Sydney during the week, the Berta tradition of Sagra Tuesdays celebrates a single ingredient throughout a four-course feast. Make sure you give the wine list a thorough going over – the restaurant is just as well known for its selection of vini.

Sydney’s CBD is rich with historic landmarks and places to take in panoramic views but traverse its low-key lanes and you’ll find some of the city’s best small bars, cafés and restaurants. Whisky lovers should head to Baxter Inn while Mr Wong attracts devotees of indulgent Cantonese-style fare.  

17-19 Alberta Street, Sydney; (02) 9264 6133

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