I think Sydney might be the most beautiful city I’ve ever visited. From their incredible sunrises, to the exotic-looking beaches, great public parks and the insanely dramatic sunsets… you’ll want your camera charged and ready to go during every minute of your trip. After living in Sydney for 7 months I’ve narrowed down my favourite places for you to visit in this Quick Guide to Sydney.
WHERE TO STAY
- For a chic boutique hotel stay at 1888 Hotel in Pyrmont.
- If you need more space try ADGE ApartHotel in Surry Hills – their apartment sized rooms have incredible views.
- You can’t beat the view of Sydney Opera House from the Park Hyatt.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
- Visiting Sydney Opera House is a must. The whole area around the Opera House is also a great place to walk around and get a drink.
- Oz Jet Boating is not only a lot of fun, but it’s the best view of the harbour for sure.
- There’s a long list of beaches in Sydney to visit – but my favourites are Manly Beach and Tamarama Beach.
- Better yet, go snorkelling at Shelly Beach!
- A food tour with Gourmet Safaris is a great way to see the city like a local.
- Swim with sharks at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary.
- The Chinese Garden of Friendship is a great way to spend an hour in the city.
WHERE TO EAT
- Try the kangaroo at Meat & Wine Co (multiple locations) for a unique dining experience. It quickly became one of my favourite meals I’ve ever had while travelling.
- Al Aseel has the best Lebanese food in the city – their labne is to die for!
- The cronuts at Brewtown Newtown are legendary – but get there early in the day before they sell out!
- For gourmet soft serve ice cream join the long lines at Aqua S in Regent Place. Flavours change every two weeks but they always have their signature sea salt flavour.
- For amazing burgers visit Chur Burger in Surry Hills.
- It’s a bit far from downtown but for the best iced tea of your life visit The Missing Piece Cafe in Macquarie Centre. The “pomegreatness” tea will change your life.
WHERE TO DRINK
- Don’t miss Opera Bar for drinks with the best view of the Sydney Opera House, the harbour, the bridge and the city skyline. This outdoor bar gets pretty busy on warm days, but there’s plenty of seating.
- The Shangri-La has a bar with incredible views of the city and great cocktails.
- Bulletin Place makes unique cocktails based on what ingredients are fresh that week. The ever-changing menu always includes a good variety of drinks.
- For a late night of dancing try The Ivy.
- For Sunday afternoons sessions head to Cafe del Mar in Darling Harbour.