31 May 2023

Bright lights & yum bites: The best places to eat and drink @ Vivid Sydney

Coming to see the bright lights of Vivid Sydney? Here are the best places to eat and drink during Vivid Sydney in The Rocks.
Bright lights & yum bites: The best places to eat and drink @ Vivid Sydney

Vivid is all about creativity, bright lights and late nights - best paired with a drink, delicious food and a panoramic view of Sydney illuminated. 

To help you make the most of your evening of art and light we’ve rounded up all the best places to eat during Vivid Sydney in The Rocks - from glowing cocktails on rooftops, to three course Vivid feasts.


A three-course Vivid feast at Mode Kitchen & Bar

In the Four Season’s elegant dining room you’ll be treated to a creative Vivid dinner designed by Executive Chef Francesco featuring dishes like beetroot cured Hiramasa kingfish and a technicolour Vivid pavlova.

Attend the Dine & Drone show at Rydges Sydney Harbour


Rydges Sydney’s top floor has sweeping views over Sydney Harbour - the perfect place to catch the Vivid Sydney Drone show. Enjoy two delicious courses, a house wine, beer or soft drink and an unforgettable spectacle.

Dine on rainbow dumplings at Luna Lu

Luna Lu is offering its five premium signature dumplings in five colours for a limited time to celebrate Vivid. These dumplings are all crafted in house using premium natural ingredients and colourings, with flavours like king prawn and spanner crab, slow-cooked five spice duck and Hokkaido scallops.

Dine under dazzling projections at 6HEAD


Enjoy views over Sydney Harbour, colourful projections and immersive soundscapes in 6HEAD’S luxe dining room. This one-off Vivid experience features a menu by Sean Hall and two projected environments - one featuring lush bushlands and one showcasing Sydney’s stunning coast.

Dine with a view of the Sydney Opera House with John Olsen

Enjoy a stunning view of the Sydney Opera House as it’s lit up by the incredible works of late, great Australian artist John Olsen. This dinner is a tribute to the man himself, hosted by his family with a special one-off menu and matched wines included.

Enjoy dinner by Sean Connolly at Hickson House


Sydney’s best gin bar (and one of Australia’s leading distilleries) is hosting an exclusive dinner by Celebrity Chef Sean Connolly for just 20 guests. You’ll sit at the ‘distiller’s table’ amongst copper stills and whisky barrels, meet some of Australia’s leading distillers and enjoy a three-course meal matched to cocktails. 

Experience dinner (or wine and cheese) by Luke Mangan at the Pylon Lookout

The Sydney Harbour Bridge’s south east pylon is 200 steps high but the sweeping vista from the top is worth every ounce of effort. BridgeClimb have invited renowned Chef Luke Mangan to curate a Vivid menu and offer a once-in-a-lifetime chance to dine atop the pylon. 

Choose from a three-course meal with champagne and canapes and a premium cheesebox with a local shiraz and enjoy an eagle’s eye view of the Vivid Light Walk. 

Grab a front row seat for Vivid and a five-course dinner

The best view of Sydney’s shining lights can be found 36 stories up the Shangri-La at Altitude Restaurant. Book during Vivid to experience a unique five-course dining experience that celebrates the sights, sounds and colours of Sydney with local and seasonal ingredients. 

Grab a gourmet Hot Dog at the Bubble Dog pop up

Fancy a snack for the Light Walk? The Four Seasons team will be grilling funky gourmet hot dogs every Friday to Sunday from 6pm at the front of the Hotel, surrounded by lights, bubbles and fun.

Make a Light Walk pitstop for live music at The Mercantile

Discovering illuminated artworks all over Sydney is thirsty work. So why not rest a while and enjoy cold drinks, warming food and some live music at the Merc?