Metro St James, Sydney

Tucked behind Sydney’s St James station, you’ll find Metro St James, a quaint café that plays on the romance of the Paris métro.

Housed in a heritage-listed sandstone building, the bistro has a pleasant leafy outlook and overlooks the chess corner of Hyde Park. The cafe-bistro is a venture from the team behind La Brasserie in Crown Street with Philippe Valet and chef David Bransgrove.

Metro St James, Sydney
Metro St James, Sydney

A combination of alfresco and indoor dining make this casual eatery a hub for the ebb and flow of locals, city workers and tourists. Here, French accents are thick and the bistro fare serves a breakfast and lunch menu as well as bar snacks.

Metro St James, Sydney
Croque Madame

Breakfast has an egg and sourdough focus and includes Croque Madame ($16.50), served sandwich style with very generous sourdough bread and topped with a fried free-range egg. The Café Lunch menu kicks off at noon and carries the theme with giant toasted sandwiches, including the Reuben ($17) with a not so generous filling of Wagyu corned beef, caraway sauerkraut, Swiss Gruyere, Russian dressing & dill pickle on sourdough.

Metro St James, Sydney
The Reuben

Large salads include Pearl Couscous ($16.50) and Chicken Caesar Royale ($18.50). The Bistro Lunch ups the ante from the bread focus and onto mains such as ‘La Brasserie minute steak frites’ with Café de Paris butter and French fries ($28) and wagyu burger ($25).

On Thursdays and Fridays, Metro St James opens till 9 pm and with Kronenbourg 1664 on tap, you can enjoy an apéro in the park.

Metro St James
110 Elizabeth Street (behind St James train station)
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9267 3396

Breakfast – Mon-Fri: 8.30am to 11.30am
Bistro lunch – Mon-Fri: 12pm to 3pm
Café lunch – Mon-Fri: 12pm to 4pm
Beer garden – Thu-Fri: 5pm to 9pm
Weekend Brunch – 9am to 4pm


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.