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Dining at New South Wales Parliament

Dining at New South Wales Parliament

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The Parliament of New South Wales is committed to monitoring the current situation relating to COVID-19, and taking real-time actions to ensure the health and safety of all Members, staff and guests. During this challenging time, please support us in remaining vigilant to ensure the health and safety for everyone. Read more.

Discover the flavours of New South Wales

Be inspired and immerse yourself in a creative journey to discover the wonderful flavours and unique regions of New South Wales.

The catering at Parliament House is led by celebrated Executive Chef, Vanessa Harcourt. The very talented and passionate culinary team relishes the opportunity to present exceptional dishes that showcase a wide variety of local delicacies. Parliamentary Catering proudly supports local farmers who practice ethical and sustainable farming methods.

Strangers' Restaurant

Open for lunch Monday to Friday*

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*The restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 2 pm on days when the Parliament is not sitting. Strangers’ Restaurant provides a rare opportunity for the public to experience fine dining at Parliament House. To view the Parliament sitting days, please visit the NSW Parliament Sitting Day Calendar.

Strangers’ Restaurant was originally designed as a meeting place where members of Parliament would entertain their guests, including visiting dignitaries, consulate representatives and even members of the Royal family. Historically, these guests were referred to as ’strangers’, thus creating the saying ‘where strangers become friends’. Today the restaurant is open to all and we invite you to continue this tradition. Read more.

High Tea

Held every Friday

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A delicious high tea is held every Friday at Strangers' Restaurant between 12 pm to 3pm. A selection of freshly brewed teas & coffee and handmade sweet & savoury delights are served on the traditional Parliamentary embossed plates. Free tours are also available every Friday. Read more.

Public Cafe

Open Monday to Friday

The Public Cafe is open on Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4 pm including sitting days of Parliament. The cafe serves a range of in-house made delicacies including as cakes, pastries, gourmet sandwiches, ham & cheese croissants and scones with cream & jam. Hot items are available between 11:30 am to 2:15 pm. Read more. 

Gift Shop

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The Parliament Gift Shop is located within the Public Cafe and is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4 pm including sitting days of Parliament. 
The Gift Shop stocks a range of items sourced from local NSW farmers, designers and artist. Items include a selection of handcrafted organic soy candles, 100% raw honey, organic skincare products, Parliamentary history books, stationery items, rural printed greeting cards and books, indigenous designed scarves, coffee mugs and pillows and a selection of NSW made and owned wine, gin, whisky, beer and rum.

Online Gift Shop
Most items are available online for delivery. For more on the gift shop please visit

Located within the historic precinct of Sydney, this heritage listed building is rich in history and full of hidden surprises. 
There are seven unique event spaces within Parliament House that are available to hire, including a stunning auditorium, a large dining room with garden views and a majestic library which dates back to 1905. Visitors have the rare opportunity to experience key moments in the history of Australian politics whilst exploring the magnificent collection of historic artefacts, priceless art and precious antiques.

Contact Catering

To enquire or make a reservation, please email us at or call our friendly team on 02 9230 2111.​  

NSW Parliament wish to acknowledge the Traditional Owners the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.