Barangaroo: Here and Now
From fabulous food to beautiful parklands, Barangaroo is the place to be in Sydney. By Roshan Sukhla
CENTRALLY LOCATED CLOSE to the CBD, Darling Harbour and The Rocks, is Sydney’s hottest precinct, Barangaroo. The plethora of cool new restaurants and bars all located here means just one thing, this is where the locals love to go.
The Barangaroo South dining precinct is home to world-class restaurants and casual dining favourites. The oh-so-hot-right-now newly opened Barangaroo House, is a three-level venue by well-known Australian chef Matt Moran. The House Bar is on the ground floor and is the perfect spot to sit and sip on a seasonal cocktail as you people-watch. Bea Restaurant on the middle level offers a fresh modern Australian menu, while on the top floor you’ll find Smoke rooftop bar.
Chow down on chicken at the famed Belles Hot Chicken, with heat levels ranging from Southern to Really F**kin Hot, there’s a spice level here for everyone. Ume Burger is a must-try for burger fanatics with their Japanese-inspired menu including the Menchi burger (pork katsu) and the Fish Katsu burger.
The famed Lotus chain has a restaurant here too serving delicious contemporary Chinese—you can’t go past the dumplings. For casual Vietnamese head to Pho Mo, while Zushi offers tasty Japanese dishes.
Banskii serves up a modern Mediterranean menu alongside a wide range of vermouth infused with Australian botanicals.
Modern French awaits at Été, or take your tastebuds to the next level at Cirrus Dining.
The Meat & Wine Co offers Africaninspired cuisine, then head upstairs to NOLA for drinks with a view or try the dedicated dessert bar at 12 Micron.
Plus there’s also Anason, a Turkish mezebar; love.fish, a popular seafood restaurant; and Spiced by Billu’s, offering contemporary Indian cuisine.
Grab some gourmet produce from Bel&brio, while Devon Café is a favourite for breakfast and lunch. Try a fresh juice from Joe and the Juice, then finish your meal with an ice cream cone from Rivareno Gelato.
SHOP UP A STORM
With an abundance of office towers in the area, there’s now also some great shopping options, and they are not all just for office workers.
David Jones now has a Barangaroo branch which is compact, but full of all the essential goods including beauty, fashion and accessories. Peter’s of Kensington has an outlet here, offering a wide range of homewares, appliances, and gifts.
Shirt Bar, as the name suggests sells exquisitely tailored shirts and is also a small bar specialising in whisky.
In Scotch Row, you’ll find Collector Store and The Waiting Room both catering to fine tastes with a range of designer clothes, bags, homewares and jewellery. Get a mani-pedi at California Nails, then check out the fabulous Title store with its huge range of quality music, films and books.
Head to Barangaroo Reserve for a slice of greenery and parkland peace, but beware the construction zone that is now well underway on the city’s new hotel and gaming complex, Crown Sydney, as well as the construction of the new Sydney Metro line, so you’ll have to follow the signs from Barangaroo South around the construction site to get to Barangaroo Reserve.
Explore the reserve and watch the water splash against the sandstone blocks at Nawi Cove. Follow Wulugul Walk around the water’s edge or head up the stairs (or via the lift) to the Stargazer Lawn. See the Anzac Bridge to one side, and the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge to the other. The Reserve itself is fully accessible, so check their website for more information and helpful hints getting here.
Various cultural events, festivals and markets take place at Barangaroo Reserve and in the vast Cutaway open-air hall throughout the year. Be sure to visit the Barangaroo website for upcoming events.
It’s so easy to get to Barangaroo. From Darling Harbour, walk around Cockle Bay past the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, along King Street Wharf, and you’ll shortly arrive at Barangaroo South. From The Rocks, you can enter Barangaroo Reserve through Munn Street Reserve or via Towns Place. If travelling by train, get off at Wynyard Station and take the new Wynyard Walk tunnel to Barangaroo. There is also a newly opened ferry wharf located at Barangaroo, right outside the dining strip, which makes getting home after a meal even easier with ferries to Milson’s Point and Circular Quay.
Barangaroo Reserve. Photo: Roshan Sukhla.
Ume Burger. Photo: Roshan Sukhla.
Scotch Row. Photo: Roshan Sukhla.