Lunchtime Delivered: Sydney’s Best Outdoor Lunches for Business Travellers

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Travelling for business doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the city’s sights – so skip the sad desk lunch and dine alfresco instead. With plenty of parks and takeaway options to choose from, there’s no reason to stay inside when you’re working in the Harbour City. Get out in the great outdoors with our guide to the best meal deliveries in Sydney's CBD.


Delivery to Barangaroo Reserve

A brand new development with sweeping harbour views, this sun-soaked parkland’s waterfront track and grassy areas make it a top spot for office workers in the northern end of the city.

Burger and fries takeaway meal

Ume Burger

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Born from a small Japanese restaurant in Surry Hills, Ume Burger’s expansion to the new Barangaroo precinct means city office workers no longer need to trek to the suburbs for their Asian burger fix. Simply order your burger bento box of choice, then grab a seat on the foreshore to soak up the views.



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Looking for a lunch on the lighter side? Specialising in vegan and vegetarian cuisine, the salad bowls at VERD make it easy to keep your diet in check when you’re on the go. And with a newly opened venue in Surry Hills, you’ll be able to get your health-food fix no matter what side of the city you’re on.


Jimmy Grants

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No longer just for late nights, chef George Calombaris has transformed the humble souvlaki into gourmet fare, making this indulgent fast food a fresh and light lunchtime option. Go for the prawn, cucumber and mint souva with sweet honey mayo, or keep things carb-free with The Med Diet. Made up of roasted lamb, chicken, salad and tzatziki, this health-conscious meal has no shortage of flavour.


Delivery to the Royal Botanic Gardens

Located just east of the CBD, the Royal Botanic Gardens' leafy areas and waterfront views make it a popular picnic spot for office workers and tourists alike.

hand sprinkling salt on box of fries


Via Deliveroo

After it expanded from Newtown to the CBD, Mary’s became a no brainer for burger-hungry office workers – but why queue on Castlereagh Street when you can wait for your lunch with a view? Settle into a shady spot on the water and have a Double Mary’s burger delivered, then walk off your lunch on the way back to the office.



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Can’t bear the post-burger fatigue? Keep things light with poke from Fishbowl. The house favourites range from salmon and tuna to poached chicken and prawn, but for seasoned poke experts, the custom bowls are the way to go. Choose your base, protein, toppings and sauce, then tuck into a fresh and healthy meal on the harbour.


Tim Ho Wan

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Michelin stars and delivery meals typically don’t go hand-in-hand, but with Tim Ho Wan delivering across the CBD, office workers can turn their lunch hour into a five-star feast. And with the dishesat this Hong Kong dumpling house perfectly portioned for one, you don’t need a lunching companion to dig in.


Delivery to Hyde Park

An ideal midday escape for professionals in the south end of the CBD, this 16-hectare park regularly sees the suit-and-tie crowd drop by for a bite.

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Lucky Pickle

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The humble sandwich has long been a staple for office workers, but with delivery services on the rise, there’s no need to resign yourself to traditional grab-and-go options. Ditch the old-school egg mayo for something from Lucky Pickle. With options like chicken katsu and pork belly topping the list of favourites, your lunchbox will be looking better in no time.


The Dolphin

Via Foodora

Ever since this revitalised pub-turned-pizzeria reopened in 2016, it’s been nearly impossible to snag a seat. But with a newly launched takeaway menu, you can skip the queue and have your slice delivered instead. Share a salame plate and sorbello pizza with a colleague, or opt for a porchetta and sage aioli sandwich for one. Feeling extra peckish? Order the famous tiramisu to fend off your afternoon slump – just don’t let one of your colleagues nab it from the fridge.


Cali Press

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Smoothies may be the main attraction at this Surry Hills juice bar, but Cali Press is still a reliable go-to when it comes to breakfast and lunch. Plant-based and portable, office workers can get a chicken club or chicken salad to go and wash it all down with a cold-pressed juice. After something sweet? From superfood balls and granola bars to sweet potato brownies, you can indulge in a post-lunch treat without the regret.


Hungry for more? UberEats, Foodora and Deliveroo operate throughout Sydney’s CBD, with restaurants, menus and delivery zones updated regularly.

Plan your workday picnic ahead of time when you book flights to Sydney with Virgin Australia.

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