Some of Sydney’s best exotic eateries and artisan stores can now be explored with InterContinental Sydney’s Gourmet Tours. Here we reveal the top five foodie haunts, tipped by hotel concierge, David Patt.

P.R. Raineri’s Continental Delicatessen, Five Dock

This is an authentic Italian deli, which is great for stocking up on cured meats, cheeses and other treats. The staff are very knowledgeable and will happily let you try before you buy.

Herbie’s Spices, Rozelle

Herbie’s has one of the best ranges of individual spices I have seen, as well as a great selection of pre-mixed spices.

Owners Ian and Liz are always there on weekends to discuss cooking with spices.

St Peters Brewery, St Peters

This brewery supplies a range of artisan beer to Inner West bars.

Although there’s no pub at the brewery itself, it’s worth a visit to meet Matt Donelan, one of Sydney’s most passionate brewers, and pick up a selection of his best brews.

Establishment218, Alexandria

More than just a butchery; this place is an experience and a meat education.

The family-owned butcher store is one of Sydney’s best, offering high grade and unusual meats… and at a decent price too.

Bamboo Dumpling Bar, Surry Hills

One of the few places in the area that is both authentic and hip.

Here you can feast on traditional Chinese dumplings, spring rolls and pancakes, washed down with a quirky cocktail served in a recycled jam jar.

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