Our Insider’s Guide to Sydney
It may be winter this side of the hemisphere, but it’s summer in Australia. When the weather warms, we can’t think of many places we’d rather be than in Sydney. With its glistening harbour and sun-drenched beaches, it sure is hard to beat this city down under.
Stay: Establishment Hotel · 5 Bridge Lane · 61.2.9240.3100
An ultra-chic boutique hotel located in the heart of the city, you are just steps away from the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Botanical Gardens. Amenities include iPads, Apple TV, and special access to the hotel’s exclusive nightclub, Hemmesphere.
Sunbathe: Bondi Beach
Since beach culture is a huge part of Sydney life, it wouldn’t be a proper visit without a dip at Bondi Beach. Australia’s iconic beach is the perfect place to relax and spend a day soaking up the sun. Linger on the sun-kissed beach or wander the shops before hitting the surf. End your evening at North Bondi Italian Food (118 Ramsgate Ave) and enjoy a delicious meal with gorgeous sunset views.
Sip: Ivy Pool Club · 320 George Street · 61.2.9240.3000
Perhaps the coolest bar in Sydney, this open-air bar is set around a sparkling pool, complete with palm trees and cabanas. With a retro Saint-Tropez vibe, this is the ultimate summer bar.
Sup: Nomad · 16 Foster Street · 61.2.9280.3395
Taking up the interior of a turn-of-century warehouse, Nomad is one of the best restaurants in Sydney. With a menu designed for sharing, local and naturally grown ingredients are cooked to perfection in this trendy spot. Great food, wine and warm surroundings make Nomad one of our favourite spots in Sydney.
Shop: The Intersection in Paddington · Intersection of Oxford Street and Glenmore Road
Known as the home of Australian fashion, The Intersection is a series of the trendiest boutiques in Sydney. The Intersection is an homage to the great Australian designers who have risen to prominence in the last decade. From Camilla and Marc to Zimmerman and Sass and Bide, boutiques from all of the nation’s major designers can be found here.
See: Circular Quay
Circular Quay is home to the most famous landmarks in Sydney, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The most breathtaking view of all of Sydney can be found from the top of this bridge. Start your morning off with the Harbour Bridge Climb and take in the incredible panoramic vista. Enjoy a cruise around the harbour and bask in the stunning scenery. End your afternoon with a tour of the Opera House. When you’re finished, linger at the Opera Bar, where you can sip champagne and enjoy oysters with an unparalleled view.