It’s tantalizingly delicious, multicultural, diverse and laid-back. It will embrace every visitor to make them feel like a local in no time. That’s Sydney in a few words for everyone who wonders how they’ll be welcomed to this iconic city.
One thing is for sure. There will not be enough time for you to experience it all, absorb its powerful urban spirit, and its nature-loving frenzy, all wrapped up into a present-focused mindset. A lifetime later, you’ll know there’s so much more waiting around every corner of Sydney, as it’s an ever-changing oasis of authenticity that cannot wait to surprise you whenever the opportunity arises!
IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY FOR THE BEACH
Rise and shine, sleeping beauties! Tt’s time to see how a true sunrise looks, while the ocean breeze caresses your cheeks and your fresh green smoothie awaits your daily explorations. “Bondi” is not just for late afternoon sunbathing and enjoying the company of avid surfers giving you tips on how to catch the next wave – it’s as alluring before the hustle and bustle, when few daring souls are eager to meet the rising sun.
Hit the famous beach just before the clock strikes six in the morning, and feast your eyes on this memorable phenomenon of fiery orange, yellow and pink swirling in the sky. Perhaps the only sight that can match its beauty is the sunset I’ve seen over Tanah Lot in Bali. This will be the perfect start to a day when you’ll meet one of the happiest cities on the planet.
TAKE A BRUNCH BREAK
To all Sydneysiders, myself included, brunch is not just a meal. It’s a sacred ritual, a time to indulge in the latest smashed avo on toast, or try some of the authentic Australian dishes that taste just like the melting pot that is Sydney. Everything stops for a midday meal, and no nine-to-five can stand in its way. As you take your morning coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte, you’ll reach the epitome of the said indulgence, neatly presented at the Three Blue Ducks, with an ocean view and a pumpkin and ricotta ravioli to die for.
Less famous, but equally delicious is the Smalltown eatery in Avalon, nestled into the streets away from the main promenade where few (if any) tourists venture. It’s their homemade waffles and doughnuts that have me coming back on a regular basis. They are my guilty pleasure in this suburb.
MARKETS ON THE ROCKS
There are countless farmer’s and artisan markets all around Sydney, and every suburb has its own appeal, but for some reason (many, in fact), the one found “on The Rocks” has a peculiar charm of a jewel beloved by the locals, at the very doorstep of the CBD. With a mixture of colonial and contemporary architecture perched on top of the stalls, and a magnificent view of the famous Harbour Bridge, you’ll find both tourists and locals flocking to its colorful nooks.
Treat yourself to locally-produced sustainable garments at Nubijin, or perhaps all-natural, cruelty-free organic perfumes from Amacyn, and you’ll discover just how much Sydney loves and cherishes Mother Nature in all her beauty. You’ll not only add a stunning and unique piece to your fashion collection, but you will also support the local artisans for their ingenuity and dedication. What better way to be a local than to embrace the local spirit?
COCKTAILS WITH A VIEW
With a view of the Chippendale neighborhood and the surrounding verdant parks, you can stay in the hotel with the “best rooftop bar near Central Park” for a bird’s-eye view of the city unlike any other, all with a snazzy cocktail in your hand. The Old Claire is the local gem of boutique hotels, hosting a range of suites that preserve the authentic charm of its historic heritage and architecture. The rooms are heavenly for their comfort and style!
Another must-see bar with a spectacular view is the world-renowned Icebergs, on top of Bondi’s waves, where you can take a seat out on the balcony, and taste some of their fine wine selection. Another insider’s tip: try the local wines, the vintage Shiraz bottles embody the spirit of Australia in a single sip.
I’m absolutely bonkers for coffee. Most Sydneysiders will agree that the city hides some of the best coffee nooks in the world, where you can taste local blends and unusual flavors that suit every personality. In fact, much like brunch, a coffee break is like a meditation of your senses, a palatable feast for every day.
For lovers of alternative tastes stop by the Earth to Table place, a vegan crew of artists who serve incredible plant-based treats and organic, cold-pressed coffee. The next time you find yourself roaming around the CBD, wondering which of the many coffee places you should devote your limited time to, check out Single O, a beloved Surry Hills brainchild that has spread into the CBD precisely for their creamy liquid delicacies.
And that, ladies, is how we do Sydney! One careful pick at a time, and you’ll quickly find yourself madly in love with this masterpiece of a city, yearning to discover more of its memorable charm.
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