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Article by: Sara McCleary of Belly Rumbles


Food and travel would be my two biggest passions in life. So much so that I started a food and travel blog called Belly Rumbles a few years back.

I started to cook at an early stage learning from my mum, aunt and grandmother. Recently I have been rediscovering some traditional Latvian recipes and building on my love of Japanese ingredients.

To say I am addicted to travel would be an understatement. Having grown up travelling and living in both Germany and Italy my feet are always itchy and I hunger for new places to explore. I am a frequent visitor to Japan for work and have incredible memories of Manhattan. I love you NYC.


“Even though my feet get very itchy to experience the food, sights, smells and sounds of somewhere new, when it comes down to it, I’m just a girl from The Shire.”


I love my hometown and I really couldn’t think of anywhere else in the world I would want to call home. I love the fact I live in a laid back part of Sydney. I love the fact that no matter where you are in The Shire you aren’t far away from water, trees or birds.

I love the fact that most of Sydney, or the rest of the World, have no idea about my part of the world. This piece of heaven I live in. To be honest, I think I actually prefer it in some ways, which presents a little conundrum.

The conundrum, I do want the rest of Sydney and World to know what a great place The Sutherland Shire is.

The food scene in The Shire is evolving, and there really are some absolute gems to experience. There are shops that have been part of our community for many years, and a never-ending flood of new comers, which are being embraced by locals with open arms.

So, where are some of my favourite places to shop in The Shire? Let me share a couple of my favourites. Emery’s Oysters & Prawns for great quality and amazingly priced oysters and prawns. Rudis Butchery can’t be missed, would be the best German butcher in Sydney. Make sure to buy some of their handmade Germany sausages, they have a vast and delicious variety.

For an amazing range of seafood Nortaras Fish Markets is a must (47 The Kingsway, Cronulla). You can even purchase New Zealand Paua there! The Shire is also the home of Paddy the Baker. Sydney’s only Irish bakery is located at Miranda.

Of course I have my favourite local restaurants and cafes. Yes good coffee can be found locally, no need to head to hipster Newtown to source a good brew. Bianco Nero Espresso (44 Gymea Bay Rd, Gymea) is a hole in the wall café. As well as great coffee they offer a small tasty menu. HAM (3/17 Gerrale St, Cronulla) does a roaring trade. The Jack of Hearts & Jude (Waratah Arcade, Shop 9, 1067 The Old Princess Hwy, Engadine) they roast their own beans from the Atherton Tablelands. Café 2232 (43 East Parade, Sutherland), located on the other side of the train tracks, beans are from Wollongong roaster Delano.

Where to eat? Again we are spoilt for choice, but here are a couple of my favourites. Post Box Café (Yowie Bay), great staff, generous servings and easy on the hip pocket. Kuro Neko (Sutherland) would be the only Ramen bar this side of Tom Uglys Bridge. Alphabet Street (Cronulla), delicious Thai fusion food, and I would say one of the best restaurants in The Shire. I love the quirkiness of Inc Café (Cronulla), plus they do a mean milkshake. To get away from life’s hustle and bustle Blackfish Café (Como) is right on the water in a very tranquil setting. Another great place in Como is The Como Grill, grab a spot outside on the veranda and enjoy the view.

About the author:

Sara McCleary is a Sutherland Shire local and editor of one of Australia’s top food and Travel blogs, Belly Rumbles.


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