Sydney… Honestly where do I begin? This is a guide I’ve been wanting to do for such a long time, but it seems that it’s much harder to write a guide about your (pretty much) second home than it is to write about places you visit for a week. Obviously when you know so much it’s hard to narrow down your recommendations and and a city like Sydney has so many cool things going on that it’s particularly tricky. I’m guessing you guys don’t want a 9840924802 word Sydney guide right? Ha. This is, therefore, by no means the definitive guide to Sydney, just a selection of the things I like to do when I’m there. However, forgive me if it ends up being super long…
A Quick Guide To Sydney
If you’re thinking about what areas to stay in, for me there are two main onesthat should be considered: Inner East such as Paddington/Surry Hills/Potts Point or Bondi. In my experience being inner city is easier to around, unless you’re in Sydney during the height of summer and think you’ll be at the beach every day.
Eat/Drink (this is gonna be long)
Head to Bronte for the utterly delicious Three Blue Ducks, or grab something to go from Bourke Street Bakery. If you like a converted warehouse and amazing coffee try Reuben Hills, or for serious summer vibes try one of The Boathouse concept store/cafes (Shelley Beach/Balmoral/Palm Beach). Feeling like something simple? Grab a coffee and avo toast at Room 10.
You won’t want to miss The Grounds of Alexandria (b’fast and lunch) which also houses The Potting Shed next door, or drop into Chiswick for something a little more fancy. For something by the sea, try Sean’s Panorama (the food!) or North Bondi Fish, or around the corner Lox Stock & Barrel has the best salads. Ever. I’m also a huge fan of the rooftop of Coogee Pavilion for drinks and a long lunch, it’s part of the Merivale Group which own a bunch of great places inc Ms G’s, The Paddington and Mr Wongs.
In Potts Point you’ll find a bunch of places I love including yummy Japanese at Cho Cho San, amazing greek at The Apollo, drinks and charcuterie Chester White (get the carbonara, it’s amazing!), cocktails and wallpaper envy at The Butler and incredible Italian at Fratelli Paradiso. Other places I love? 10 Williams for wine and snacks, Sefa Kitchen for delicious Middle Eastern, Hotel Palisade for a gorgeous pub vibe and, naturally, Gelato Messina to finish it all off.
No trip to Sydney is complete without doing the Bondi to Bronte, a short 30 minute walk that takes you past Tamarama Beach. This is part of a longer coastal walk which will take you much further, so I suggest walking to Coogee if you have a few hours.
Hang out with the Hipsters at hidden Gordon’s Bay – perfect snorkelling and picnicking spot.
Have a dip at the Andrew Boy Charlton Pool – seriously the best pool location around.
I love to take a lazy afternoon to wander in Surrey Hills, having coffee and checking out all the vintage stores.
Hit up Taronga Zoo, those giraffes have the best real estate in the whole city!
Take an afternoon to check out the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Chances are you’ll spend a good half day exploring the Grounds Of Alexandria… start with the flowers!
A drink at Circular Quay near the Opera House may be cliche, but is worth it!
Leafy vibes at The Potting Shed
Lunch dessert is served at Sean’s Panoroma
A dip at Bronte Baths will have you feeling a million miles away.
The perfect bar at the Coogee Pavillion.
Bondi Beach has you planning your permanent relocation. Right?
Simple design and the best food around at Sean’s panoroma.
Always bringing the outside in in Australia.
Hello. My name is tourist.
Could this be the best morning workout around> Bondi to Bronte. Aka the babe walk.
Friday afternoon drinks… A traditional Australian pastime.
The view from above. Always so sad to leave!