Australia: Sydney

THINGS TO DO

Places & Sights: Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge;  Royal Botanic Garden; Doyles at Watsons Bay: It’s a famous small chain in Sydney that’s a bit passé to Aussies now, but it’s good fun to get the boat to the restaurant (from Circular Quay) walk across the sand to your table, eat, hike round the heads – check out The Gap Lookout – watch sun down over the harbour, taxi back. Surry Hill; Bondi Beach: Walk the two-mile coastal Bondi-to-Bronte; Potts Point; Paddington for all the shops

Day trips: Manly Beach; Hunter Valley (nice vineyards are Brokenwood, McGuigan Brothers); Blue Mountains (lots of beautiful views and lovely country restaurants and stay at One&Only Wolgan Valley; Blueys with a stop at Heatherbrae Pies about 2hrs in.

WORK OUTS

PE Dept

Shelter For spin things

EAT (Gosh there’s so much!)

Sean’s Panorama in North Bondi. Great Australian produce, much of it from Sean’s own garden. Go after a swim at the Iceberg Club

Ester in Chippendale. Modern Australian cooking. Outstanding. If you go to only one place for dinner, make sure it’s this

Cho Cho San in Potts Point. Must try the Udon bolognese.

Little Jean for brunch in Double Bay after a spin at Shelter

Bodhi. Described to me as ‘the best in the world’. It wasn’t quite that but it was v good all vegan dimsum place

Room 10 Snug laneway cafe with a gritty, warehouse-chic vibe serving Modern Australian meals and coffee. Order the rice bowl for breakie.

The Apollo in Potts Point. Greek food that you won’t stop thinking about

Black Star Bakery. Famous for it’s strawberry watermelon cake

Pizza Boccone in Potts Point

Neither tried nor tested, but researched & recommended…

Totti’s Italiano in Boni

Fratelli Paradiso in Potts Point. For a hearty Italian

 Porteño Argentinian

Chin Chin Amazing Asian (went to the one in Melbourne)

North Bondi Fish Club. For a sunset dinner

10 William Street in Paddington. Sophisticated Italian cuisine in an intimate 2-storey bistro with an extensive European wine list.

The Paddington in Paddington

Chester White Cured Diner in Potts Point. Good for cured meats and pre-dinner snacking

The Butler in Potts Point. Breezy tropical French colonial decked area. Good on a sunny day.

Bread & Circus Whole Foods Canteen in Alexandria. Healthy fare with heart

Hartsyard in new town. Known for Southern fried flavours.

Nomad Really wanted to go but couldn’t cos lockdown

Nour Middle Eastern

Porteno in Surry Hills.

Firedoor in Surry Hills. Australia’s first fire-powered menu

Mr Wong. Traditional-with-a-twist Cantonese food

DRINK

Coogee Pavilion in Coogee. On the beach with rad coastal views.

Neither tried nor tested, but researched & recommended…

The Bar at Bennelong in CBD. Insane views from the bar inside the Sydney Opera House

The Baxter Inn in CBD. Best for you whiskey fix.

Love Tilly Divine for wine

The Roosevelt Cocktail bar

Et al Drinks and nibbles outdoor seating

DRINKS – COFFEE

Reuben Hills in Surry Hills

Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills. Quality coffee, flaky pastries and fresh juices

Neither tried nor tested, but researched & recommended…

Single Origin Roasters in Surry Hills

Mecca Coffee in Alexandria

Cabrito Coffee Traders in CBD

Gumption by Coffee Alchemy in CBD

Edition Coffee Roasters in Darlinghurst


I visited Sydney in March 2020

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