Going to Sydney, Sydney and Surrounds
Sep 19, 2013 - Sep 22, 2013
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- Guylian Belgium Chocolate Cafe10/3 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australiarecommended Guylian Belgium Chocolate CafeYou'll certainly need a chocolate break after walking around the Opera House. I recommend you stop in here for some fantastic hot chocolate. They'll even put a piece of chocolate in your coffee, if ... read moreyou ask. They also serve cakes, truffles, breakfast and if you must, a salad for lunch.Recommended for:
recommended Messina GelatoLocated both in Darlinghurst and now in Surry Hills, the lines running out the door at peak times may be a bit ridiculous, but you can't argue with the gelato. Creamy, rich, perfectly balanced and oh ... read moreso sweet -- try the salted caramel with white chocolate. It will blow your mind.Recommended for:FoodiesMatthew Crompton
- Bondi to Coogee WalkBondi Beach to Coogee Beachrecommended Bondi to Coogee WalkToo many visitors confine their coastal visits in Sydney to Bondi alone. More's the pity, because the roughly 6km walk south from the city's blockbuster surfing beach to the suburban coast at Coogee ... read moregives an overview of what's best in sun-and-sand, with glimpses of what the locals love apart from all the tourist glitz. The roughly two-hour walk (though you could easily make it a whole day if you want to stop and swim or explore along the way) takes in a gorgeous varied coastline, from Bondi's broad crescent to Bronte's twin bays to the rocky headlands and snorkelling hotspots at Clovelly. This hike highlights the natural best of the city, and should be considered a must for anyone wanting to understand why this is one of the globe's most beautiful urban areas.Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsMatthew Crompton
I'd consider this a must in good weather.
- Eveleigh Market243 Wilson Street, Darlington NSW 2008, Australiarecommended Eveleigh MarketLocated in the burgeoning Redfern neighborhood, the Saturday farmers' market and once-monthly Sunday artisans' market in an old open railway warehouse are fantastic. With gorgeous distressed ... read moreindustrial architecture and the cool art-and-performance space of Carriageworks right next door, it's a great spot to appreciate Sydney's homegrown hip away from the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and to see why Sydneyside locals love their city so much.Matthew Crompton
Love this spot.
- Sean's Panaroma270 Campbell Parade, Sydney, NSW 2026 Australiarecommended Sean's PanaromaRecommended to me by an editor of Gourmet Traveler Magazine for a place in Sydney for seafood. This place impresses, and is small, and always full so plan ahead. It is right on Bondi beach too, so a ... read morevery classic location.
- Monopole71A Macleay St, Potts Point, NSWrecommended MonopoleAmazing food from a highly acclaimed pair of chefs. This place is top-notch. The best seats are at the bar, where you can watch them prepare everything, and chat with them as they do so. The pork is ... read moreamazing. Also great top-shelf drinks. A very small place though, and they only do lunch on reservations made ahead of time.Recommended for:
- Blu Bar On 3636/176 Cumberland Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australiarecommended Blu Bar On 36If you go the check out the Sydney Tower, and sniff out that its a completely trashy tourist trap at over 25 dollars for a viewing, yet still want an amazing view of the city, come here. It is on the ... read more36th floor of the Shangri-La hotel, not flip flops or tank tops, but otherwise everyone is invited. There is an incredible view of the harbor, the bridge, and the surrounding downtown, and the drinks are delicious. Try the IPA from Western Australia, or have an Italian Job (Passion fruit with grapefruit) or their chile fire drink. Liquor is top shelf the the mixes are top notch. A bit of money though, as drinks are 15-20 dollars.
- Shady Pines Saloon4/256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst NSW, Australiarecommended Shady Pines SaloonThis is a sweet little spot to know about. It is located in a little unassuming ally in Darlinghurst, and has no signs outside or distinguishing characteristics. You will no you have gotten there when ... read moreyou see a school of smokers outside, and a gruff man evaluating you out of the corner of his eye. He turns out to be super friendly, and lets you into a classic brick basement whiskey bar, that would be highly rated even if it were in a whiskey drinking country like America. Great atmosphere, with great American animal busts on the wall, and bartenders all dressed as if they were hipsters from the states. The whiskey selection is also top notch, offering bourbons, scotches and other whiskeys from around the world. The funny part about the place though, is it is still more of a trendy spot, than one to find whiskey aficionados. Most of the clientele are tastefully dressed women drinking wine, and hip guys sipping beer. Oh well.
- Frankie's Pizza by the Slice50 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australiarecommended Frankie's Pizza by the SliceThe newest addition from the creators of Shady Pines and Baxter Inn. There are a handful of simple, American style pizza options that use fresh ingredents, and are priced afforably. The majic of the ... read moreplace though is in the atmosphere, and reallyt he drink list. The restaurant portion is designed to look like a suburban American pizza joint caught in time for the last twenty years. The attached bar is littered with flier from famous rock shows through out the ages. The place is already filled, with young trendy hipsters in its fifth week of operation, and the hours support the lifestyle (4pm till 4am). They have a great selection of international beers, whiskeys and other fun libations. They also serve local micro brews, which are finally coming into favor in Australia. Some are already quite good.Recommended for:
- Taronga ZooBradleys Head Road, Mosman NSW, Australiarecommended Taronga ZooWe took a ferry to the Zoo – with great views of the bay. Ferries are very much in use as public transportation. After that, we took a cable car to the top. We got to see a lot of unusual animals: ... read morewombat sleeping on his back (not a pretty sight), echidna, kangaroos, nocturnal animals, platypus, flying fox, gorillas eating their lunch, elephants with city backgrounds behind them, red panda, parrots sitting on the trees… You can take a picture holding koala, or watch a bird show… There is a lot to do and see there.
- Kings CrossDarlinghurst Road, Sydney, NSW 2011 Australia
- ChinatownDixon Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
- Bondi BeachCampbell Parade, Sydney, NSW 2026 Australia
- Sydney Harbour Bridge5 Cumberland Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
- Sydney Opera HouseOff 2 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
- Cockatoo IslandSydney Harborrecommended Cockatoo IslandWe took a ferry out to Cockatoo Island and did the self-guided tour of the historic buildings. A special art exhibition was going on at the time so we saw a variety of artwork from student work to ... read morefull-blown conceptual installations. It was fun to walk around the island and get all the great views, and the old buildings were fascinating. The ferry ride was short, but fun. Give it a try.Recommended for:
- NewtownNewtown NSW 2042, Australiarecommended NewtownThis formerly working class suburb in the heart of Sydney has been transformed into center of bohemian contemporary lifestyle. It's full of vintage shops, hair salons and a multitude of terrific ... read moreethnic restaurants. The nightlife is rich with concert venues, gallery openings and late night shopping. I most enjoy walking down King Street for some window shopping, or I may drop into a vintage store for a bargain. There's great service to downtown Sydney on the metro, so visit Newtown for some urban fun.Recommended for:
- Gumshara209/25-29 Dixon Street, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australiarecommended GumsharaRich, salty, fatty tonkatsu ramen is the business of this perpetually busy hole-in-the-wall eatery hidden away in Chinatown's "Eating World" food court. They're estimated to go thru literal tons of ... read morepork bones eat week making their specialty broth, and the results speak for themselves. The garlic tonkatsu ramen is a highlight, but virtually any ramen dish off their tiny menu is guaranteed to be delicious, with tender, melt-in-your-mouth barbequed pork slices and perfectly done wheat noodles. As an added bonus, it also won't hurt your wallet.Matthew Crompton
Awesome ramen in the basement Eating World food court in Chinatown.