Group Dining: The Best International Restaurants for Celebrating the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™

Get the gang together to fully embrace this footy season with a culinary journey throughout Sydney.
Reema Hindi
Published on July 14, 2023

Group Dining: The Best International Restaurants for Celebrating the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™

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Get the gang together to fully embrace this footy season with a culinary journey throughout Sydney.

The highly anticipated FIFA Women's World Cup 2023is making its way to Australia and New Zealand, heralding a new era for the beloved game. This occasion signifies the first time the two countries have hosted the World Cup, reflecting the sport's growing popularity and the increasing appreciation for our remarkable female athletes.

Sydney will be buzzing during this monumental event, offering numerous ways to participate. While we celebrate the trials and triumphs of our favourite teams, why not indulge in some international cuisine to commemorate the occasion? Whether you're a Sydney local or visiting for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™️, be sure to explore our top picks for delightful bites that perfectly complement the exhilaration of football fever. 

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    Quay Restaurant - one of the best restaurants in Sydney.

    The Matildas have captured our hearts and attention these past few years, especially with their recent fourth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics. And there is no doubt, all eyes will be on them this season with high expectations for our home team. So if you are in town to celebrate our nation’s greatest talents, then enjoy some of Australia’s other finest with a waterfront dinner at Quay. 

    Much like the Matildas, Quay stands proudly as one of our country’s most celebrated treasures, albeit in the realm of dining. With Three Hats under their belt and stunning harbour views, it’s the perfect setting to commemorate a special occasion. Enjoy a nature-inspired eight-course dining experience that celebrates our diverse landscape. 

    If you aren’t keen on going too fancy, then check out Bush in Redfern. Their menu is uniquely Australian with a focus on native ingredients. Think kangaroo carpaccio and wattle seed flan. 

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    This season, Team Brazil has undoubtedly won over the hearts of many, especially with the presence of the legendary Marta (the top scorer in the history of World Cups), who may be gracing the field for her final tournament. So if you’re looking to score big, then be sure to check out Kitanda in Darlinghurst, where authentic Brazilian flavours await. 

    Kitanda stands out as a vibrant tapas bar and restaurant, offering a colourful atmosphere boasting 80 seats and a bustling alfresco area. You can celebrate Brazilian culture and talent with a culinary journey. Indulge in a croquette (or three) with some seafood moqueca, perfectly complemented by a refreshing Caipirinha, Brazil’s beloved national cocktail.

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    For those Francophiles rooting for Les Bleues, what better venue to bask in French glory than the jazz-filled ambience of the iconic Hubert? 

    If you yearn for a more romantic time a la Midnight in Paris, then allow Restaurant Hubert to transport you to another world. The spacious main dining room exudes vibrant energy, adorned with vintage lamps casting a warm glow over the rich wooden interiors. Meanwhile, red curtains frame the live jazz band gracing the stage each night. 

    We know the French truly excel at kicking balls and celebrating in style. So do as the French do and commemorate the World Cup with a delectable serving of steak frites, accompanied by a martini or two. At Hubert, revel in the art of French indulgence and toast to victory in true Parisian style.

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    The beloved Nigerian Team, endearingly nicknamed the ‘Super Falcons, taking part in any FIFA Women’s World Cup™. They are promising to deliver some remarkable talent on the global stage. 

    Luckily, if you find yourself in Sydney for this World Cup season, then you can honour the Super Falcons with a meal at A Little Lagos on Enmore Road. Little Lagos offers warm hospitality, lively ambience and authentic flavours that work together to capture the essence of Nigeria’s vibrant culture. Order some jollof rice, goat stew and be sure not to forget the fufu, a pounded yam dish perfect for soaking up all those saucy flavours. 

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    The Japanese football team is set to make their mark in this FIFA Women’s World Cup™. Known for their technical prowess and determination, Nadeshiko Japan is a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.

    So why not indulge in more Japanese excellence with a visit to Toko in Sydney’s CBD?  Since its inception in 2007, Toko has firmly established itself as a trailblazer in modern Japanese dining. You don’t have to travel too far to get an authentic izakaya experience in Toko’s old-meets-new stunning wooden interiors. Or, if you want to really celebrate a big win, then opt for the omakase experience with 24 courses of Sydney’s finest sushi.

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    Portugal is poised for an exciting campaign this season. Building on their recent successes and growing prominence in international football, Team A Seleção das Quinas brings some serious underdog potential. 

    Soak up the taste of glory with some rich, Portuguese flavours at Double Bay’s resident wine bar Bibo. The locale exudes elegance and charm while offering a relaxed atmosphere. Expect dark moody interiors and modern art, paired with exceptional service and a wine list sure to impress. Head chef Jose Silva has created a menu that honours his Portuguese roots with a modern Mediterranean twist. Order the flambé chorizo with pimento if you are feeling fiery this World Cup season. 

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    Scandinavian football is getting some well-deserved recognition with Denmark, Norway, and Sweden teams all qualifying for 2023. These nations have a rich footballing culture and history, and a habit of winning, so they are not to be missed. 

    If you are looking for some more Nordic charm right here in Sydney, then look no further than Swedish eatery, Fika. There are not one but two seaside havens — Manly and Bondi. Sip and savour your coffee with a classic cinnamon bun (Kanelbullar). Or, opt for a heartier serving of traditional Swedish meatballs to celebrate the round ball game. 

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    The USWNT (United States Women’s National Soccer Team) enters the tournament with a formidable reputation as reigning champions. Led by a talented roster of players, they are a favourite to take home the trophy this year. 

    So if you are feeling that American spirit, then channel that energy into a hearty meal (and whiskey) at NOLA Smokehouse and Bar. The Barangaroo venue is serving some serious New Orleans hospitality offering traditional flavours with a contemporary twist. Enjoy the BBQ Brisket with some of America’s finest whiskey in their light-filled lounge that looks over the water. It’s the perfect marriage of New Orleans and Sydney charm. 

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    Vietnam has shown their talent and determination with a historic and inspiring debut this year. If you are the type to always root for the underdog, kick your footy spirit up a notch with a visit to Hello Auntie, where you can feast on the delicious flavours of modern Vietnamese cuisine. If you are looking for something more casual, opt for their Marrickville location. Or go sleek and alfresco at the Darling Square venue. The menu is extensive, offering a great chance to branch out beyond your weekly pho or banh mi. 

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So if you find yourself in Sydney for this year’s unprecedented FIFA Women’s World Cup, be sure to fully embrace international talent and cuisine. 

Top images: Kitanda, A Little Lagos, Hello Auntie.

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