THE GUIDE

An in­dex of our favourite places

Where Sydney - - Shop -

AP­PAREL ESTRO

Aus­tralia’s largest luxury de­signer store, Estro is your one-stop shop for ev­ery­thing fash­ion. Estro of­fers lo­cal and vis­it­ing fash­ion­istas a wide se­lec­tion of the lat­est fash­ion and ac­ces­sories from Europe’s most pres­ti­gious de­sign­ers. Touch and feel the up-to-date Eu­ro­pean col­lec­tions on the rack, with 10,000 dis­counted ladies and men’s de­signer fash­ion items, in­clud­ing Moschino, Valentino, Prada, Fendi, Gucci, Ver­sace, Ar­mani, Kenzo, Max Mara, Lan­vin, Giuseppe Zan­otti, Dolce & Gab­bana, Miu Miu, Givenchy and many oth­ers. All avail­able for im­me­di­ate pur­chase. 192 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 183 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 72 Castlereagh Street, Syd­ney. 20 Bridge Street (ASX Build­ing), Syd­ney. 204 Botany Road, Alexandria. estro.com.au

GOR­MAN

Aus­tralian fash­ion la­bel Gor­man brings fun and colour to their cool cloth­ing. From dresses, tops, pants and jack­ets, to funky socks and shoes, Gor­man of­fer a very unique and colour­ful take on Aus­tralian style, of­ten in a range of quirky pat­terns and kalei­do­scopic colours. Shop 18, Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, 455 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9269 0992. The Ga­leries, 500 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9261 0971. gor­man­shop.com.au

IGNAZIA

Ignazia pro­duces their own unique la­bel of easy to wear gar­ments, both time­less and clas­sic made from the very best fab­ric. They also stock a range of la­bels in­clud­ing Mela Pur­die, Verge, Sarah Pacini and more. Shop 4037, Level 4, West­field Syd­ney, 185 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 9233 2007. Shop 2043, West­field Bondi Junc­tion, 500 Ox­ford Street, Bondi Junc­tion. 9389 4348. Shop L109 Chatswood Chase, Chatswood. 9411 7699. Shop 7/10, MLC Cen­tre, Syd­ney. 9232 3787. 633 Mil­i­tary Road, Mos­man. 9960 5284. ignazia.com.au

UNIQLO

Get back to high-qual­ity ba­sics with UNIQLO’S wide range of men’s, women’s and chil­dren’s cloth­ing. From their fa­mous ul­tra-light down puffer jack­ets, to their fine-merino wool sweaters, UNIQLO has an enor­mous range, all stocked in a wide va­ri­ety of colours. Check out their de­signer col­lab­o­ra­tion col­lec­tions too! Mid­c­ity Cen­tre, L01.01 Level 1, 197 Pitt St Mall, Syd­ney. 9232 6862. uniqlo.com/au

SMOOTH

Smooth is Aus­tralia’s premier age pos­i­tive, size pos­i­tive brand. De­sign­ers Amanda Owens and Cather­ine Mc­quade met in the 80s when Cathy’s pop group Deckchairs Over­board played at Amanda’s night­club, Stranded. They be­came best friends and in 2000 launched Smooth, de­sign­ing el­e­gant but funky pieces for women over 40. 100% Aus­tralian made, they of­fer an ex­clu­sive range of both spe­cial event and ca­sual wear. 139 Ge­orge Street, The Rocks. 9252 7451. smoothaus­tralia.com.au

BOOKS AND MU­SIC DYMOCKS

This Aus­tralian book re­tailer has a huge flag­ship store on Ge­orge Street of­fer­ing three floors of ev­ery genre imag­in­able. There’s a large se­lec­tion of chil­dren’s books

down­stairs, as well as a va­ri­ety of sta­tionery and gifts. Re­lax with a book at the café on the sec­ond floor. 424 Ge­orge Street (be­tween King and Mar­ket Street), Syd­ney. 9235 0155. dymocks.com.au

BOOKS KINOKUNIYA

In the heart of the city, stop by the enor­mous Books Kinokuniya and browse their ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of Manga, graphic nov­els, art and de­sign books, cook­books, travel books and chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture. This Ja­panese chain also has a great range of Chinese books and mag­a­zines. Level 2, The Ga­leries, 500 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9262 7996. kinokuniya.com.au

RED EYE RECORDS

Head down the stairs to Red Eye Records and en­ter a mu­sic lover’s dream. With a wide range of not only CDS, but also new and clas­sic vinyl records, you are sure to pick up an in­die, al­ter­na­tive, rock or pop gem. 143 York Street, (op­po­site the Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing), Syd­ney. 9267 7440. redeye.com.au

DEPART­MENT STORES DAVID JONES

David Jones is the old­est depart­ment store in the world that’s still op­er­at­ing un­der its own name. An Aus­tralian in­sti­tu­tion, its fash­ion shows are the main high­light of ev­ery fash­ion sea­son. Here is where you will find a range of lead­ing Aus­tralian fash­ion de­sign­ers like Camilla, Carla Zam­patti and Zim­mer­mann. 86–108 Castlereagh Street and 65–77 Mar­ket Street, Syd­ney. 9266 5544. david­jones.com.au

MYER

Myer is Aus­tralia’s largest depart­ment store group. They stock ev­ery­thing from fash­ion, ac­ces­sories, beauty and fra­grances to elec­tri­cal goods and home­wares. A leader in the fash­ion and style stakes for over 100 years, they of­fer a wide range of top fash­ion brands in­clud­ing Cue, Tony Bianco and Wayne Cooper. 436 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 8015 6580. myer.com.au

DUTY FREE T GALLERIA BY DFS

Syd­ney’s only luxury duty and tax free des­ti­na­tion in Syd­ney of­fers over 150 brands to choose from, in­clud­ing ex­clu­sive col­lec­tions and a wide range of lo­cal prod­ucts. This is your trusted source for the finest in fash­ion and ac­ces­sories, beauty and fra­grances, watches and jew­ellery and wines and spirits, com­ple­ment­ing ev­ery as­pect of your life­style. Bilin­gual staff are on hand to of­fer prod­uct ex­per­tise. 155 Ge­orge Street, The Rocks. 8243 8666. dfs.com/en/syd­ney

HOME AND DE­SIGN DI­NOSAUR DE­SIGNS

The beau­ti­fully crafted wares of de­sign­ers Louise Olsen and Stephen Or­mandy are what make Di­nosaur De­signs so unique. Renowned for their jew­ellery and home­wares crafted from resin, you can be sure to pick up a very spe­cial piece. The hard­est part is choos­ing from a huge vi­brant, rain­bow of colours. Shop 77, Strand Ar­cade, 412– 414 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9223 2953. 339 Ox­ford Street, Padding­ton. 9361 3776. di­nosaur­de­signs.com.au

KIKKI.K

For sta­tionery, note­books, jour­nals and home­wares with a Scan­di­na­vian touch head to kikki.k. Their beau­ti­ful func­tional de­signs will bring some joy to your ev­ery­day. Check out their travel range of travel di­aries, purses, lug­gage tags and bags. Shop LG24, Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, 455 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 8264 0123. Shop 2036, Level 2, West­field Syd­ney, 188 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 8098 0147. kikki-k.com

VIC­TO­RIA’S BASE­MENT

As the largest re­tailer in the Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, Vic­to­ria’s Base­ment has cre­ated an invit­ing shop­ping bazaar stock­ing the city’s finest se­lec­tion of pre­mium gift­ware, crys­tal, china, col­lecta­bles, home­ware and kitchen­ware at heav­ily dis­counted prices. Shop for world-fa­mous brands at their world­fa­mous base­ment prices. Base­ment Level, Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, 455 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9261 2674. vic­to­ri­as­base­ment.com.au

JEW­ELLERY ALT­MANN + CH­ERNY

To dis­cover the mys­ti­cal, unique Aus­tralian opal look no fur­ther than the ex­pe­ri­ence and pas­sion of this third-gen­er­a­tion fam­ily busi­ness. Cel­e­brat­ing their 70-year an­niver­sary in 2018, Alt­mann + Ch­erny is in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised as the old­est Aus­tralian opal jewellers. The ex­tra­or­di­nary artis­tic tal­ent of Fiona Alt­mann, is high­lighted in her stun­ning jew­ellery de­signs. The shape and colour of the opal is care­fully con­sid­ered when de­sign­ing the set­ting to high­light all the beauty of the opal. 18 Pitt Street, (Cir­cu­lar Quay) Syd­ney. 9251 9477. alt­man­nch­erny.com.au

GI­U­LIANS

Visit this fam­ily-owned Eu­ro­pean-style jew­ellery sa­lon and dis­cover ex­cep­tional pieces hand­crafted from Aus­tralian opals, South Sea pearls and pink, cham­pagne, co­gnac and white di­a­monds. Gi­u­lians’ highly trained, mul­ti­lin­gual staff will wel­come you to a re­laxed at­mos­phere that re­calls the in­ti­macy and tra­di­tion of a by­gone era. Gi­u­lians of­fers qual­ity pieces of orig­i­nal de­sign and re­mark­able beauty. Four Sea­sons Ho­tel, Level 3, Shop 4, 199 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 98 Har­ring­ton Street, Syd­ney. 9247 5630. gi­u­lians.com

THE NA­TIONAL OPAL COL­LEC­TION

As one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing opal com­pa­nies, this cen­tre houses the finest col­lec­tion of opal spec­i­mens on dis­play any­where in the world. A must for over­seas vis­i­tors in­ter­ested in Aus­tralia’s na­tional gem­stone, en­try to this mu­seum is free. Walk through the opal mine and watch opals be­ing cut, while the show­room dis­plays the largest range of opals and opal jew­ellery any­where in Aus­tralia. 60 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 9247 6344. na­tion­alopal.com

OPAL MINDED

The Opal Minded store was founded in 1989 and grew out of the con­tin­u­ing fa­mil­ial tra­di­tion of opal min­ing of its founder, John Bernard-benny. Di­rectly from its own mines in Queens­land, Opal Minded of­fers an un­matched col­lec­tion of mes­meris­ing Jun­dah- Opalville opals, which have bench­marked Aus­tralian boul­der opals since the late 19th cen­tury. Opal Minded’s clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary de­signs cap­ti­vate and im­press. 55a Ge­orge Street, The Rocks. 9247 9885. opal­minded.com

ROLEX

Rolex watches are renowned for their ex­cel­lent crafts­man­ship and tech­ni­cal mech­a­nisms. A new watch, the Cellini Moon­phase, with an ex­clu­sive dis­play of the phases of the moon, joins the Cellini col­lec­tion. In a 39mm case in 18ct Everose gold, this new model is driven by a self-wind­ing me­chan­i­cal move­ment en­tirely man­u­fac­tured by Rolex with a patented com­pli­ca­tion to dis­play the moon­phases. The Cellini Moon­phase is fit­ted on a brown al­li­ga­tor leather strap with a fold­ing Crown­clasp in 18ct Everose gold, a first for a Cellini model. J. Far­ren-price, 80 Castlereagh Street, Syd­ney. 9231 3299. rolex.com

TAG HEUER

This pres­tige watch brand uses the finest Swiss watch­mak­ing tra­di­tions to cre­ate a qual­ity time­piece. The Syd­ney TAG Heuer bou­tique in Pitt Street Mall stocks a wide range of sport­ing and el­e­gant time­pieces. The TAG Heuer Car­rera Cal­i­bre Heuer 01 is the Swiss watch­maker’s sig­na­ture Chrono­graph. With a 45mm steel mod­u­lar case and a con­tem­po­rary sports de­sign, this dy­namic time­piece fea­tures TAG Heuer’s in-house Cal­i­bre Heuer 01 move­ment. Avail­able from TAG Heuer bou­tiques and on­line. Cnr Pitt and Mar­ket Streets, Syd­ney. 8223 6200. tagheuer.com.au

VOLLÉ JEW­ELLERY

In the heart of Syd­ney lies Vollé Jew­ellery, your pass­port to the most beau­ti­ful Aus­tralian opals, South Sea pearls and Ar­gyle pink di­a­monds that Aus­tralia has to of­fer. Vollé of­fers an un­par­al­leled jew­ellery ex­pe­ri­ence for in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, who are taken back to the Vic­to­rian era as they browse the com­pre­hen­sive range, with ev­ery­thing from small gifts to pre­cious and rare Aus­tralian gems. 149 York Street, (cor­ner of 80 Druitt Street), Syd­ney. 9269 0898. volle­jew­ellery.com

MAR­KETS BONDI MAR­KETS

Lo­cated at Syd­ney’s fa­mous Bondi Beach, the Bondi Mar­kets are open ev­ery Sun­day. Sup­ply­ing a com­bi­na­tion of lo­cal de­signer fash­ion, ac­ces­sories and home­wares, you’ll surely pick up a one-of-a-kind mem­o­rable piece. 9am– 4pm, Sun­day. Bondi Beach Pub­lic School, Camp­bell Parade, Bondi Beach. bondi­mar­kets.com.au

CAR­RIAGE­WORKS FARM­ERS MAR­KET

Lo­cated just a 10-minute walk from Red­fern Sta­tion, this busy farm­ers’ mar­ket is very pop­u­lar with lo­cals, fam­i­lies and dogs! Meet lo­cal and re­gional food pro­duc­ers in an old rail yard work­shop in the his­toric sur­rounds of Car­riage­works. Buy qual­ity fruit and veg­eta­bles, meat, poul­try, eggs, cheese and milk as well as bread, baked goods, cakes, pas­tries and desserts. 8am–1pm, ev­ery Satur­day, Car­riage­works, 245 Wil­son Street, Eveleigh. car­riage­works.com.au

GLEBE MAR­KETS

Ev­ery Satur­day within the Glebe Pub­lic School grounds you’ll find the vi­brant and funky Glebe Mar­kets. Stay­ing true to the area’s artis­tic aes­thetic, the mar­kets have a big fo­cus on sec­ond-hand goods and lo­cal ar­ti­sans. Browse around and you’ll find plenty of vin­tage cloth­ing stalls, hand­made resin jew­ellery, ster­ling sil­ver jew­ellery, leather hand­bags, ac­ces­sories, can­dles, soaps and pre-owned DVDS and books. Your in­ner hip­pie will love the crys­tals and dream catch­ers on of­fer. 10am– 4pm, ev­ery Satur­day, Glebe Pub­lic School, cor­ner Derby Place and Glebe Point Road, Glebe. glebe­mar­kets.com.au

MARRICKVILLE OR­GANIC FOOD MAR­KET

This mar­ket is very pop­u­lar amongst lo­cals, and of­fers all kinds of pro­duce, with an em­pha­sis on or­ganic fruit and veg­eta­bles. Start off by mak­ing your way through the fresh food sec­tion, then past the hot food stalls, sell­ing ev­ery­thing from dumplings and bagels, to go­zleme and gourmet meat­balls. Work your way around to the hand­i­crafts sec­tion, with wooden goods, sec­ond-hand books, jew­ellery, crys­tals and a wide range of plants, flow­ers and suc­cu­lents. 9am–3pm, ev­ery Sun­day, Ad­di­son Road Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 142 Ad­di­son Road, Marrickville. or­gan­ic­food­mar­kets.com.au

THE ROCKS MAR­KETS

These mar­kets are great for vis­i­tors to Syd­ney with lots of unique locally de­signed prod­ucts, ar­ti­sanal goods and sou­venirs. Meet the mak­ers and dis­cover art, paintings, glass­works,

wood­works, lights, sta­tionery, leather bags, jew­ellery, cloth­ing, scarves, boomerangs, ce­ram­ics, beeswax, can­dles, soaps and so much more! There are food stalls sell­ing corn on the cob, fresh lemon­ade, meat on skew­ers, Ja­panese pan­cakes, steak sand­wiches, burg­ers and more. Join the queue for the pop­u­lar mar­ket-staple go­zleme, or try a Ger­man hot dog from the Mu­nich Brauhaus stall. 10am–5pm, ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day; Play­fair Street, Ge­orge Street and Jack Mundey Place, The Rocks. the­rocks.com

SHOP­PING DES­TI­NA­TIONS BIRKENHEAD POINT OUT­LET CEN­TRE

Syd­ney’s orig­i­nal and largest out­let cen­tre is si­t­u­ated just 10 min­utes from the Syd­ney CBD by the Shop­per Hop­per from Cir­cu­lar Quay or Har­bour­side, bus, taxi, car or wa­ter taxi and of­fer­ing up to 70% off the reg­u­lar re­tail prices. Birkenhead Point is home to over 120 of your favourite na­tional and in­ter­na­tional brands in­clud­ing Hugo Boss, Oro­ton, Nike, Coun­try Road, Calvin Klein, Nine West, Polo Ralph Lau­ren, Sheri­dan, Levi’s, Peter Alexan­der, The Academy Brand, Hype DC, Tommy Hil­figer and Brooks Brothers. 19 Roseby Street, Drum­moyne. 9812 8800. birken­head­point.com.au

BROAD­WAY SYD­NEY

Con­ve­niently lo­cated near Cen­tral Sta­tion and the trendy in­ner-west sub­urb of Glebe, Broad­way Syd­ney houses a range of fash­ion, beauty and home­wares stores, great din­ing and restau­rant op­tions, as well as su­per­mar­kets, banks, post of­fice, Hoyts Cin­e­mas and ma­jor stores, such as Tar­get, Kmart, Aldi and Coles. 1 Bay Street, Ul­timo. 8398 5620. broad­waysyd­ney.com.au

CEN­TRAL PARK

Syd­ney’s down­town shop­ping cen­tre, a mul­tilevel ver­ti­cal mall, fea­tures ev­ery­thing from fash­ion (Adi­das, Hype DC, Glue) and home­wares (Daiso), through to din­ing and liv­ing. Don’t miss the amaz­ing ver­ti­cal gar­den and the new 14 screen Palace Cen­tral Cin­e­mas. 28 Broad­way, Chip­pen­dale. 8096 9900. cen­tral­parksyd­ney.com

THE GA­LERIES

This bou­tique shop­ping haven is where shop­pers go to find one-off pieces. The slick min­i­mal­ist de­sign fea­tures four lev­els and a cen­tral pi­azza area. Spe­cial­ity shops in­clude Books Kinokuniya, Syd­ney’s largest global book­store; MUJI, JB Hi-fi, The Body Shop and fash­ion stores in­clud­ing 124 Shoes, Incu and Carhartt. 500 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9265 6800. the­ga­leries.com

HAR­BOUR­SIDE SHOP­PING CEN­TRE

Har­bour­side is lo­cated on the wa­ter’s edge of Dar­ling Har­bour, with stores spe­cial­is­ing in one-off pieces from lo­cal de­sign­ers and artists, and best of all, Har­bour­side is open un­til 9pm ev­ery day. With more than 30 eater­ies, there’s also a mouth-wa­ter­ing ar­ray of in­ter­na­tional cui­sine with Eat Street and the Prom­e­nade Eatery of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from a quick snack to an in­dul­gent din­ner. 2–10 Dar­ling Drive, Dar­ling Har­bour. 8398 5700. har­bour­side.com.au

PITT STREET MALL

Pitt Street Mall, lo­cated in the cen­tre of the CBD, nes­tled be­neath the iconic Syd­ney Tower, is the heart of Syd­ney shop­ping. Link­ing shop­pers with West­field Syd­ney, The Strand, Mid­c­ity, flag­ship fash­ion bou­tiques and ma­jor depart­ment stores like Myer, it is a des­ti­na­tion in it­self. Pitt Street, Syd­ney. pittstreet­mall.com.au

QUEEN VIC­TO­RIA BUILD­ING

Over 100 years old, this stately icon fills an en­tire city block. Hous­ing some of Syd­ney’s most stylish fash­ion bou­tiques, art, jew­ellery and an­tique stores, restau­rants and cafés on five lev­els, you can ex­pe­ri­ence Syd­ney’s chic shop­ping all at the QVB. 455 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9265 6800. qvb.com.au

THE ROCKS

Wan­der the his­toric cob­ble­stoned laneways and charm­ing streets of The Rocks and dis­cover a hid­den world of funky bou­tiques and luxury brands. The Rocks is the home of be­spoke fash­ion where you’ll find some­thing that’s a per­fect fit just for you. You can buy unique jew­ellery, cloth­ing, Aus­tralian art, pho­tog­ra­phy and authen­tic In­dige­nous artefacts. Ge­orge Street and sur­rounds, The Rocks. the­rocks.com

STRAND AR­CADE

This iconic struc­ture is part of Syd­ney’s his­tory, with fash­ion, jew­ellery and ac­ces­sories on dis­play. The Strand is home to Aus­tralian de­signer fash­ion bou­tiques in­clud­ing Alex Perry, Akira and Lover, while jew­ellery stores in­clude Di­nosaur De­signs, Mon­dial by Na­dia Neu­man and Vic­to­ria Buckley Jew­ellery. 412– 414 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9265 6800. stran­dar­cade.com.au

WEST­FIELD BONDI JUNC­TION

If you’re a lover of fash­ion, then take a short train jour­ney to Bondi Junc­tion in the Eastern Sub­urbs, where West­field have cre­ated a fash­ion mecca. Over sev­eral lev­els, you will find the best of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional shoes, fash­ion, ac­ces­sories, beauty, home­wares and food. 500 Ox­ford Street, Bondi Junc­tion. 9947 8000. west­field.com.au/ bondi­junc­tion

WEST­FIELD SYD­NEY

West­field Syd­ney of­fers over 300 fash­ion, life­style and food spe­cial­ity stores, de­liv­er­ing an un­ri­valled shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence in the heart of the CBD. The cen­tre is di­vided into a se­ries of dis­tinct precincts, such as luxury, ur­ban, Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers. Stores in­clude TOD’S, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Zara, CHANEL, Ignazia, Carla Zam­patti, Se­crets, Mul­berry, Prada, Zim­mer­mann and more. Cor­ner Pitt Street Mall and Mar­ket Street, Syd­ney. 8236 9200. west­field.com.au/syd­ney

WORLD SQUARE

Of­fer­ing fresh and pre­pared food, a unique se­lec­tion of fash­ion, home­wares, life­style items and ser­vices with over 90 spe­cial­ity re­tail­ers, World Square is lo­cated on the CBD’S bustling Ge­orge Street and spans three lev­els of an en­tire city block. En­joy lunch in the re­lax­ing Open Air Square, which is sur­rounded by restau­rants and cafés. 644 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 8275 6777. world­square.com.au

SPAS & SALONS CHI, THE SPA

Lo­cated at the el­e­gant Shangri-la Ho­tel Syd­ney, CHI, The Spa fo­cuses on tra­di­tional well­be­ing prac­tices, with a fo­cus on Aus­tralia with such treat­ments as the Wat­tle­seed Reawak­en­ing, a full-body ex­fo­li­a­tion. Shangri-la Ho­tel Syd­ney, 176 Cum­ber­land Street, The Rocks. 9250 6032. shangri-la.com/syd­ney/ shangrila/health-leisure/ chi-the-spa/

THE DAR­LING SPA

This ex­clu­sive Syd­ney spa is home to 11 treat­ment rooms where you will be pam­pered from head to toe. Us­ing in­ter­na­tional brands like La Prairie and ESPA, The Dar­ling Spa also fea­tures a heated Moroc­can Ham­mam cham­ber. Level 2, The Dar­ling, 80 Pyr­mont Street, Pyr­mont. 9657 8088. star.com.au/ syd­ney/ho­tels-and-spa/ the- dar­ling/spa

THE DAY SPA BY CHUAN

You’ll find this serene in­nercity oa­sis at the bot­tom of The Lang­ham ho­tel. With di­vine fa­cials, re­lax­ing mas­sages and body wraps on of­fer, you’ll also have use of the Jacuzzi, steam rooms and the lux­u­ri­ous 25-me­tre in­door pool. Sub-base­ment Level, The Lang­ham Syd­ney, 89–113 Kent Street, Syd­ney. 8248 5250. lang­hamho­tels.com/ en/the-lang­ham/syd­ney/ well­ness/the- day-spa/

ENDOTA SPA FOUR SEA­SONS

Cen­trally lo­cated at the Four Sea­sons, endota spa of­fers six treat­ment rooms and a bliss­ful range of mas­sages. Be tempted by their heav­enly spa pack­ages and all-aus­tralian treat­ments. Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Syd­ney, 199 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9250 3100. foursea­sons.com/ syd­ney/spa/

THE SPA AT PARK HY­ATT SYD­NEY

From a na­tive clay and hot oil mas­sage to an Aus­tralian up­lift, The Spa at Park Hy­att Syd­ney prides it­self on their holis­tic treat­ments. For a full day of bliss, try the Aus­tralian Awak­en­ing pack­age. Park Hy­att Syd­ney, 7 Hick­son Road, The Rocks. 9256 1633. hy­att.com/cor­po­rate/spas/ The-spa-syd­ney/en/home.html

SPE­CIAL­ITY SEPHORA

Make-up lovers re­joice, Sephora has made its mark in Pitt Street Mall. Favourite brands Ben­e­fit Cos­met­ics, Marc Ja­cobs Beauty and tarte are avail­able, as well as Sephora Col­lec­tion, and Ri­hanna’s own Fenty Beauty. Shop 2043, 188 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 9221 5703. sephora.com.au

TECH­NOL­OGY AP­PLE

Syd­ney’s flag­ship Ap­ple store on Ge­orge Street is a three-level mecca for tech­heads. You’ll find the lat­est mod­els of iphones, ipads, Mac­books and more, as well as the Ge­nius Bar for any tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties that might pop up on your trav­els. 367 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 8083 9400. ap­ple.com/au

JB HI-FI

This home en­ter­tain­ment re­tailer is the place to pick up the lat­est re­lease mu­sic, movies and more. From Ap­ple prod­ucts to gam­ing, TVS, DVDS, CDS and even old-school records, JB Hi-fi is a one-stop en­ter­tain­ment shop. West­field Syd­ney Shop­ping Cen­tre, Store 6010, Level 6, Cor­ner Pitt and Mar­ket Streets, Syd­ney. 9928 7000. Strand Ar­cade, 412– 414 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9928 7200. jb­hifi.com.au

MI­CROSOFT

Pitt Street Mall is home to Mi­crosoft’s flag­ship Syd­ney store. You’ll find all the lat­est Mi­crosoft prod­ucts here, plus get help with one-on-one ses­sions from a Mi­crosoft ex­pert, or at­tend a work­shop. Cnr Pitt Street Mall and Mar­ket Street, Syd­ney. 8023 8608. mi­crosoft.com

ART GAL­LERIES 4A CEN­TRE FOR CON­TEM­PO­RARY ASIAN ART

4A Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Asian Art (4A) presents a dy­namic pro­gram of Asian con­tem­po­rary art. With a fo­cus on art that ad­dresses the Asian-aus­tralian ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as fos­ter­ing an un­der­stand­ing be­tween dif­fer­ent cultures, 4A is a hid­den arts gem near the city’s Chi­na­town precinct. 181–187 Hay Street, Syd­ney. 9212 0380. 4a.com.au

ABO­RIG­I­NAL ART GAL­LERIES

Abo­rig­i­nal Art Gal­leries is Syd­ney’s largest col­lab­o­ra­tive of In­dige­nous art gal­leries, pre­sent­ing over 140 artists from which to choose. They have on of­fer Abo­rig­i­nal art­works, didgeri­doos, sculp­tures, totem poles and other artefacts. View a large va­ri­ety of beau­ti­ful af­ford­able or in­vest­ment art­works by Dorothy Na­pan­gardi, Walangkura Na­panangka, Min­nie Pw­erle and Kud­ditji Kng­war­r­eye. Opera Quays, Shop 13, 2 East Cir­cu­lar Quay. Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, Shop 47–51, Level 2, 455 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 1300 385 862. abo­rig­i­nalart­gal­leries.com.au

AMBUSH GALLERY

AMBUSH Gallery is an award-win­ning gallery space that pro­grams an in­no­va­tive col­lec­tion of art­works and art ac­ti­va­tions. The ex­hi­bi­tions en­gage and en­ter­tain au­di­ences, whilst pro­vid­ing sus­tain­able fu­tures for emerg­ing and es­tab­lished artists. 4a James Street, Water­loo. 8399 0707. am­bush­gallery.com

ARTSPACE

De­liv­er­ing an ar­ray of art that chal­lenges both the ideas of our times and the au­di­ence, Artspace is lo­cated at the his­toric Gun­nery build­ing at Wool­loomooloo. Artspace presents a range of ex­hi­bi­tions and pub­lic pro­grams that deepen our un­der­stand­ing of con­tem­po­rary art. 43–51 Cow­per Wharf Road, Wool­loomooloo. 9356 0555. artspace.org.au

BRETT WHITELEY STU­DIO

The Brett Whiteley Stu­dio was the work­place and home of Aus­tralian artist, Brett Whiteley (1939–92). The stu­dio is com­plete with his un­fin­ished paintings, art equip­ment and col­lec­tions of ref­er­ence books. There are chang­ing ex­hi­bi­tions of the artist’s works in­clud­ing paintings, draw­ings, sculpture and graph­ics. Also on dis­play is mem­o­ra­bilia such as pho­tographs, ob­jects, post­cards, fur­ni­ture, his mu­sic col­lec­tion and sketch­books. 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills. 9225 1881. art­gallery.nsw.gov.au/ brett-whiteley-stu­dio

KATE OWEN GALLERY

Lo­cated 10 min­utes from the CBD and spread over three lev­els, this gallery stocks a huge range of con­tem­po­rary In­dige­nous art of note in­clud­ing pieces from Glo­ria Pet­yarre, Min­nie Pw­erle and Emily Kng­war­r­eye, and a host of other ac­com­plished and emerg­ing artists. Of­fer­ing per­son­alised ser­vice, their friendly staff are on hand to as­sist with any queries you may have. 680 Dar­ling Street, Rozelle. 9555 5283. ka­te­owen­gallery.com

NOR­MAN LINDSAY GALLERY

Lo­cated at Faulcon­bridge in the beau­ti­ful Blue Moun­tains, the Nor­man Lindsay Gallery and Mu­seum cel­e­brates the life and work of Aus­tralian artist and writer Nor­man Lindsay (1879-1969), best known for his clas­sic chil­dren’s book “The Magic Pud­ding”. Ex­plore the land­scaped gar­dens, then head in­side the his­toric sand­stone cot­tage which is now home to an ex­hi­bi­tion of Lindsay’s work, in­clud­ing watercolours, sculp­tures, and mem­o­ra­bilia. 14 Nor­man Lindsay Cres­cent, Faulcon­bridge. 4751 1067. nor­man­lind­say.com.au

ROSLYN OXLEY9 GALLERY

This well-known con­tem­po­rary art gallery is owned by Roslyn Ox­ley. The gallery is a strong sup­porter of mod­ern art dis­play­ing in­ter­na­tional and Aus­tralian artists. Artists from past ex­hi­bi­tions in­clude Brook An­drew, Del Kathryn Bar­ton, Fiona Hall and Pa­tri­cia Pic­cinini. 8 Soudan Lane (off Ham­p­den Street), Padding­ton. 9331 1919. rosly­nox­ley9.com.au

WHITE RAB­BIT GALLERY

The White Rab­bit Gallery is home to an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary Chinese art. Founded by Kerr and Ju­dith Neil­son, it fo­cuses on works pro­duced af­ter the year 2000. There are two new ex­hi­bi­tions hung each year, and ad­mis­sion to the gallery is free. 30 Bal­four Street, Chip­pen­dale. 8399 2867. whit­er­ab­bit­col­lec­tion.org

MU­SE­UMS ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing and most pop­u­lar mu­se­ums, of­fer­ing five lev­els of art. Ex­pe­ri­ence the ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of Aus­tralian art, Abo­rig­i­nal art, the Asian wing with works from China, Ja­pan and South­East Asia and see Eu­ro­pean art from the Re­nais­sance to Vic­to­rian times. Art Gallery Road, The Do­main, Syd­ney. Spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions may be tick­eted. 1800 679 278. art­gallery.nsw.gov.au

MU­SEUM OF CON­TEM­PO­RARY ART AUS­TRALIA

The MCA is Aus­tralia’s Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, ded­i­cated to ex­hibit­ing, col­lect­ing and in­ter­pret­ing the work of to­day’s artists from across Aus­tralia and around the world. With a con­tin­u­ally chang­ing pro­gram of ex­hi­bi­tions and stim­u­lat­ing events there’s al­ways some­thing new and in­spir­ing to see. 140 Ge­orge Street, The Rocks. Daily 10am–5pm ex­cept Wed­nes­day 10am–9pm. Free ad­mis­sion. Spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions may be tick­eted. 9245 2400. mca.com.au

BARS THE AR­GYLE

This din­ing and nightlife des­ti­na­tion is lo­cated in the his­toric Rocks precinct. Housed in the 1820s Ar­gyle Stores build­ing, The Ar­gyle fea­tures six bars over two lev­els. With a huge pro­gram of events, in­clud­ing live mu­sic, DJS, spe­cial food of­fers and more, there’s al­ways some­thing hap­pen­ing at The Ar­gyle. 18 Ar­gyle Street, The Rocks. thear­gyle­rocks.com

ART­HOUSE HO­TEL

With its or­nate fur­ni­ture and rich art­work, this re­fur­bished 1836 School of Arts build­ing is one of the city’s most in­spi­ra­tional venues. The venue fea­tures four separate bars, var­i­ous art ex­hi­bi­tions, bur­lesque and cabaret nights, life draw­ing as well as DJS and club nights. From the At­tic Bar, to the mod­ern Verge Bar and Graf­fiti’s or­nate art deco stylings, there is some­thing and some­where for every­one to en­joy. 275 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 9284 1200. art­house­ho­tel.com.au

THE AUS­TRALIAN

The iconic Aus­tralian Her­itage Ho­tel is lo­cated in The Rocks. This is a beer lover’s par­adise as it of­fers more than 120 Aus­tralian craft beers, with 20 ro­tat­ing Aus­tralian beers on tap. Re­lax amongst lo­cals and try one of their fa­mous gourmet piz­zas like the “Coat of Arms” (half-emu and half-kan­ga­roo) or “The Aus­tralian” (crocodile and veg­eta­bles). 100 Cum­ber­land Street, The Rocks. 9247 2229. aus­tralian­her­itage­ho­tel.com

BLU BAR ON 36

For an in­cred­i­ble panoramic view of Syd­ney, head up 36 lev­els of the Shangri-la Ho­tel to Blu Bar on 36. For a ro­man­tic date high in the sky, or sim­ply a spe­cial evening to re­mem­ber, you’ll find great ser­vice, a cock­tail list from their world­cham­pion mixol­o­gists and a di­vine bar food menu, all with the most in­sanely beau­ti­ful city view cap­tur­ing the sparkling har­bour, the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge and the Syd­ney Opera House. Level 36, Shangri-la Ho­tel, 176 Cum­ber­land Street, The Rocks. 9250 6000. 36lev­elsabove.com.au

BUT­TON BAR

Lo­cated in in­ner-city Surry Hills, you’ll find the pi­ratein­spired But­ton Bar. You are guar­an­teed a good time here, with sin­ga­longs and cocktails like the “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” and “Sneaky Tiki Time”. 65 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills. house­of­pocket.com.au/ bars/but­ton-bar-surry-hills/ venue- de­tails/

CRUISE BAR

Amidst all the hus­tle and bus­tle of Cir­cu­lar Quay at the Over­seas Pas­sen­ger Ter­mi­nal, you’ll find Cruise Bar. With iconic har­bour­side views across to the Syd­ney Opera House, and a re­lax­ing vibe, Cruise is the per­fect pit stop on your trav­els. The ground floor bar is full of buzz and good vibes, while up­stairs Junk Lounge of­fers an Asian in­spired food and drink jour­ney. Level 1, 2 and 3, Cir­cu­lar Quay West, Syd­ney. 9251 1188. cruise­bar.com.au

GAZEBO

In the back streets of Potts Point, you’ll find Gazebo. Lounge in the court­yard or dine from their de­li­cious Ital­ian menu. From the cock­tail list, try the Li­mon­cello Spritz, it will trans­port you straight to the Amalfi Coast. 2 El­iz­a­beth Bay Road, El­iz­a­beth Bay. 0419 496 011. gaze­boeliz­a­beth­bay.com.au

GIN LANE

Head to Chip­pen­dale’s Kens­ing­ton Street and you’ll dis­cover the fan­tas­tic small bar, Gin Lane. It is housed in an 18th Cen­tury ter­race house, and is based on a 17th Cen­tury Gin Palace. This unique bar serves over 80 dif­fer­ent gins and a wide se­lec­tion of whisky and scotch too. Try the “Wa­ter­ing Can” cock­tail with gin, Pimms, soda, gin­ger ale and fresh fruit—it’s de­li­cious! Kens­ing­ton Street, Chip­pen­dale. gin­lanesyd­ney.com.au

THE GLEN­MORE

The renowned Glen­more is al­ways pop­u­lar, and with a rooftop like theirs, it’s easy to see why. They have a tra­di­tional ‘pub­lic bar’ on the ground floor with a his­toric feel, a cock­tail bar and din­ing rooms on the first floor, and the now iconic Rooftop Bar on the top floor. With 180-de­gree views of Syd­ney Har­bour you can soak up the sun in

the day, and re­lax by the glit­ter­ing lights of the city at night. 96 Cum­ber­land Street, The Rocks. 9247 4794. the­glen­more.com.au

GRAIN

The Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Syd­ney takes ho­tel bars to the next level with their re­fined ground floor bar, Grain. Cel­e­brate the fine craft of drink­ing with an ex­ten­sive menu of bou­tique beers, care­ful­ly­crafted cocktails and one of Aus­tralia’s largest whisky se­lec­tions. There’s bar food to share, from cheese plat­ters and char­cu­terie boards to main meals and de­li­cious desserts. Lobby Level, Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Syd­ney, 199 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9250 3118. grain­bar.com.au

HA­CIENDA SYD­NEY

With ex­otic har­bour views, Ha­cienda Syd­ney is per­fectly placed for an af­ter­noon cock­tail or two. With its cool plan­ta­tion vibe and pas­tel colour pal­ette you’ll be at ease. Choose from their rum-in­spired cocktails or feast on the share menu. Level 3, 61 Mac­quarie Street, Syd­ney. 9256 4083. ha­cien­dasyd­ney.com.au

HAR­BOUR VIEW HO­TEL

The views don’t get much more iconic than at the Har­bour View Ho­tel— the name says it all re­ally! It is lo­cated in The Rocks un­der the south­ern end of the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge. The first Har­bour View Ho­tel was built in 1843 and de­mol­ished to make way for the bridge to be built—it was orig­i­nally lo­cated where the gran­ite py­lons now stand. Head up to the rooftop cock­tail bar or dine at the restau­rant, it doesn’t get much bet­ter than this! 18 Lower Fort Street, Dawes Point. 9252 4111. har­bourview.com.au

HENRY DEANE

Lo­cated at the top of Ho­tel Pal­isade, Henry Deane is a so­phis­ti­cated bar spread across two floors, with exquisite views over Baranga­roo and the har­bour. Their gor­geous cock­tail lounge will have you grinning with a menu full of ex­otic op­tions in­clud­ing the ‘No way Frose’ and ‘SunKissed Spritz’. Pair these with food choices from their menu in­clud­ing oys­ters, seafood and desserts. Ho­tel Pal­isade, 35 Bet­ting­ton Street, Millers Point. 9018 0123. hotel­pal­isade.com

IN­TER­CON­TI­NEN­TAL SYD­NEY DOU­BLE BAY ROOFTOP

Lo­cated on the top floor of the five-star In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Syd­ney Dou­ble Bay, the Rooftop Bar and Lounge is a par­adise over­look­ing both leafy Dou­ble Bay and shim­mer­ing Syd­ney Har­bour. En­joy the panoramic Syd­ney views, a clas­sic blue-and-white striped sun lounge, or your own pri­vate ca­bana, where you can or­der ca­bana pack­age meals in­clud­ing a fresh seafood se­lec­tion. 33 Cross Street, Dou­ble Bay. Open Oct–apr (closed to the pub­lic May–sep). 8388 8388. ic­syd­ney­dou­ble­bay.com

IVY

ivy is a lead­ing din­ing, en­ter­tain­ment and re­tail des­ti­na­tion in the heart of Syd­ney’s CBD. It is home to award-win­ning restau­rants, their fa­mous rooftop pool bar and nu­mer­ous event spa­ces. ivy venues in­clude Pool Club, Ash St. Cel­lar, Pal­ings, Felix, The Royal Ge­orge and Uc­cello. ivy’s world-class de­sign, im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice and great food en­sure that you’ll have a mem­o­rable night out. 330 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9240 3000. merivale.com.au

LEVEL SEVEN

Level Seven is a New Yorkin­spired rooftop bar at the her­itage Primus Ho­tel. Fea­tur­ing lush green ar­eas, nau­ti­cal ca­banas and twin­kling fairy lights, it is a stylish des­ti­na­tion, where you can sit back and en­joy cham­pagne, oys­ters and house-crafted cocktails. 339 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. Open Sep–apr (closed to the pub­lic May–aug). 8027 8000. primusho­tel­syd­ney.com

MAR­BLE BAR

The gor­geous Mar­ble Bar at Hil­ton Syd­ney was built in 1892 and re­stored in 2005. To­day it is a lively un­der­ground bar and live mu­sic venue, with live mu­sic from 7pm ev­ery Thurs­day to Sun­day. Try a drink from their pro­hi­bi­tion-in­spired menu. Level B1, Hil­ton Syd­ney, 488 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9266 2000. mar­ble­barsyd­ney.com.au

MU­NICH BRAUHAUS

It’s Ok­to­ber­fest all year round at this Bavar­i­anstyle bar in the heart of The Rocks. En­joy their pre­mium im­ported Bavar­ian beers and de­li­cious Ger­man menu which in­cludes all things pork, in­clud­ing schnitzels, sausages, pork belly and their fa­mous crispy pork knuckle. All these Bavar­ian treats are served to you in a tra­di­tional bier hall at­mos­phere with staff dressed in tra­di­tional cos­tumes too! Cnr Play­fair and Ar­gyle Streets, The Rocks. 9247 7785. mu­nich­brauhaus.com

NOLA SMOKEHOUSE & BAR

Nola is a celebration of all things New Or­leans. Fa­mous for their South­ern BBQ menu, head to the bar and try a Saz­erac cock­tail, or per­haps you are game for one of their spe­cial Whiskey Flights. Level 1, In­ter­na­tional Tower 1, 100 Baranga­roo Av­enue, Baranga­roo South. 9188 3039. no­lasyd­ney.com

OPERA BAR

Per­haps Syd­ney’s most fa­mous out­door bar, Opera Bar is a must-do on any visit to Syd­ney. Perched in the shad­ows of the iconic Syd­ney Opera House, it is lo­cated on the Lower Con­course and pro­vides epic pic­ture-post­card views of the city, har­bour sur­rounds and Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge. Sit back and bask in the city’s glow with a cock­tail in hand, and feast on bar snacks, sal­ads, de­li­cious mains, meat and cheese plat­ters, or freshly shucked oys­ters and seafood. Syd­ney Opera House, Lower Con­course, Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. 9247 1666. op­er­abar.com.au

PALMER & CO

Step back in time to a pro­hi­bi­tion-era bar at Palmer & Co. Hid­den down a laneway, this base­ment speakeasy is the place to go for classy cocktails like the ‘El Pres­i­dente’ or ‘ The Capone’. Be sure to check out the stylish staff decked out in 1920s-style fash­ion. Aber­crom­bie Lane, Syd­ney. 9114 7315. merivale. com.au/palmerandco

POCKET BAR

As its name sug­gests, Pocket Bar is a small bar lo­cated in the back streets of Dar­linghurst. The in­ti­mate venue serves up

bar food like cheese and meat plat­ters, and de­li­cious po­lenta truf­fle fries. 13 Bur­ton Street, Dar­linghurst. 9380 7002. house­of­pocket.com. au/bars/pocket-bar­dar­linghurst/venue- de­tails/

PS40

Lauded as one of Syd­ney’s best bars, PS40 is well-known for mak­ing their own so­das with nat­u­ral, lo­cal and na­tive in­gre­di­ents. Try one of their spe­cialised cocktails at their very own small bar in the heart of the city. Shop 2, 40 King Street, Syd­ney. ps-soda.com

SINCE I LEFT YOU

This lo­cal small bar is hid­den away in Syd­ney’s CBD, and is ex­actly the kind of place you imag­ine a bar to be if it is named af­ter an Avalanches song. It’s cool and quirky, friendly with live mu­sic, and street art adorn­ing the walls. Try the yummy bar food and the freshly shaken cocktails. 338 Kent Street, Syd­ney. 9262 4986. sin­ceileft­you.com.au

STITCH BAR

En­ter through the faux seamstress shop and you’ll find Stitch Bar hid­den down some stairs. Try the Amer­i­can diner menu, think hot dogs and tacos, while sip­ping on some cu­ri­ously named cocktails like “That one time at band camp”. 61 York Street, Syd­ney. 9279 0380. house­of­pocket. com.au/bars/stitch-barsyd­ney- cbd/venue- de­tails/

SMOKE ROOFTOP BAR

Lo­cated atop Syd­ney hotspot, Baranga­roo House, you’ll find Smoke Rooftop Bar. It’s the place to head to watch the sun­set, cock­tail in hand. Match your drinks with a bar menu of delectable snacks, in­clud­ing brisket dough­nuts and their fa­mous sea urchin and or­ange jam toastie. 35 Baranga­roo Av­enue, Syd­ney. 8587 5400. baranga­roohouse.com.au

ZE­PHYR SKY BAR

Over­look­ing Dar­ling Har­bour and Baranga­roo, the Hy­att Re­gency’s Ze­phyr Sky Bar is a unique rooftop des­ti­na­tion. It is known for its cut­ting-edge “le­vi­tat­ing” drinks pre­sen­ta­tion, where sea­son­ally-in­spired cre­ations are served di­rectly to your ta­ble in a smok­ing le­vi­tat­ing glass. Cus­tom ver­mouth-in­spired cocktails, vin­tage rums and sig­na­ture drinks such as the Straw­berry Spritz and freshly-pressed Grape­fruit Mar­tini can be paired with mouth­wa­ter­ing snacks. Hy­att Re­gency Syd­ney, Level 12, 161 Sussex Street, Syd­ney. 8099 1234. zephyr­barsyd­ney.com

ZETA BAR

Hil­ton Syd­ney’s Zeta Bar is an ex­clu­sive es­cape in the heart of the city. Try their award-win­ning cocktails, or sam­ple their shar­ing plat­ters, pizza or bar snacks. Level 4, Hil­ton Syd­ney, 488 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9265 6070. zetabar.com.au

BOWL­ING ARCHIE BROTHERS CIRQUE ELECTRIQ

The party is well and truly alive at Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq. Think a fun fair­ground vibe mixed with ar­cade games, ten­pin bowl­ing, laser tag and Dodgem cars. Head to the in-house diner for burg­ers, mon­ster shakes and fries. 75 O’rior­dan Street, Alexandria. archiebroth­ers.com.au

KINGPIN DAR­LING HAR­BOUR

Cen­trally lo­cated at Har­bour­side Shop­ping Cen­tre, you’ll find Kingpin Dar­ling Har­bour. They of­fer 20 bowl­ing lanes across four zones as well as laser tag, ar­cade games and pool ta­bles. En­joy an elec­tric at­mos­phere of food and fun—may the best bowler win! Har­bour­side Shop­ping Cen­tre, 2-10 Dar­ling Drive, Syd­ney. 13 26 95. king­pin­bowl­ing.com.au

STRIKE KING STREET WHARF

With ten bowl­ing al­leys, karaoke and es­cape rooms, Strike Bowl­ing at King Street Wharf is the place to be for a good time. Dine on pizza, chicken wings and hot dogs or kick back with a cock­tail in the water­side lounge be­fore you head to the bowl­ing al­ley and score a strike or two! 22 The Prom­e­nade, King Street Wharf, Syd­ney. 1300 787 453. strike­bowl­ing.com.au

BREW­ERIES BATCH BREWING COM­PANY

Syd­ney’s own Batch Brewing Com­pany have made quite a name for them­selves with their col­lec­tion of small batch hand crafted brews. They have a wide range on tap, plus more va­ri­eties bot­tled, so there’s sure to be some­thing to take your fancy, from their ‘ West Coast IPA’ to the ‘Marrickville Roots Gin­ger Ale’. 44 Sy­den­ham Road, Marrickville. 9550 5432. batch­brew­ingco.com.au

CASINOS THE STAR SYD­NEY

The Star Syd­ney is a huge en­ter­tain­ment com­plex, and a mem­o­rable night out for all. From their fine­din­ing restau­rants, cool bars, luxury bou­tiques, live mu­sic, large the­atre and world-class casino, there’s al­ways some­thing to see and do at The Star. 80 Pyr­mont Street, Pyr­mont. 9777 9000. star.com.au/syd­ney

CLAS­SI­CAL MU­SIC & DANCE THE AUS­TRALIAN BAL­LET

The Aus­tralian Bal­let is Aus­tralia’s premier bal­let com­pany and reg­u­larly per­forms new and clas­si­cal works at Syd­ney’s home of the arts, the Syd­ney Opera House. Com­mit­ted to artis­tic ex­cel­lence and led by Artis­tic Di­rec­tor David Mcal­lis­ter, The Aus­tralian Bal­let is renowned on the world stage. See the likes of Prin­ci­pal Artist Am­ber Scott in ac­tion, whilst re­cent in­ter­na­tional guest bal­leri­nas in­clude the likes of Amer­ica’s Misty Copeland. Per­for­mances at the Syd­ney Opera House, Syd­ney. 1300 369 741. aus­tralian­bal­let.com.au

BANGARRA DANCE THE­ATRE

Bangarra is one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing dance com­pa­nies bring­ing con­tem­po­rary In­dige­nous cul­ture to the world’s stage. With a fo­cus on cul­ture and mu­sic, Bangarra is led by Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Stephen Page and fea­tures per­form­ers with a proud Abo­rig­i­nal and/ or Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der back­ground from across the coun­try. Pier 4, 15 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. 9251 5333. bangarra.com.au

OPERA AUS­TRALIA

Aus­tralia’s premier opera com­pany, Opera Aus­tralia, brings world-class

pro­duc­tions to the Syd­ney Opera House stage. From the likes of “La Bo­heme” and “Aida” to mu­si­cals like “Evita” and “The King and I”, Opera Aus­tralia’s var­ied pro­gram is a tes­ta­ment to their artis­tic depth. With in­tri­cate cos­tumes and as­ton­ish­ing stag­ing, a night with Opera Aus­tralia is one to re­mem­ber. Per­for­mances at the Syd­ney Opera House, Syd­ney. 9318 8200. opera.org.au

SYD­NEY DANCE COM­PANY

Syd­ney Dance Com­pany brings mod­ern Aus­tralian dance to the stage. Led by Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Rafael Bonachela, the com­pany reg­u­larly per­forms orig­i­nal works and pro­grams by lead­ing chore­og­ra­phers from around the world. The Wharf, Pier 4, 15 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. 9221 4811. syd­ney­dance­com­pany.com

SYD­NEY SYM­PHONY ORCHESTRA

Led by Chief Con­duc­tor and Artis­tic Di­rec­tor David Robertson, the Syd­ney Sym­phony Orchestra of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of world-class con­certs and events. En­joy clas­si­cal per­for­mances of Beethoven and Mozart, mod­ern pop and rock per­form­ers ac­com­pa­nied by the Sym­phony, and iconic movie sound­tracks brought to life in rich, vi­brant sounds. Per­for­mances at the Syd­ney Opera House and City Recital Hall, Syd­ney. 8215 4600. syd­neysym­phony.com

DISTILLERIES ARCHIE ROSE

Archie Rose is Syd­ney’s first in­de­pen­dent dis­tillery in over 160 years, pro­duc­ing gin, vodka and a col­lec­tion of whiskies. This fully op­er­a­tional dis­tillery also of­fers pa­trons a trendy on-site bar. Sur­rounded by whisky bar­rels, the bar of­fers the full range of Archie Rose prod­ucts in a unique space of cop­per touches and re­laxed charm. 85 Dun­ning Av­enue, Rose­bery. 8458 2300. archierose.com.au

LIVE MU­SIC EN­MORE THE­ATRE

Lo­cated in the in­ner-west sub­urb of New­town, the En­more The­atre is Syd­ney’s home of live mu­sic. From the lat­est in­die bands to big name mu­si­cians, the En­more is the place to see the best bands in town from lo­cal Aussie acts to in­ter­na­tional stars. The venue also hosts nu­mer­ous stand-up co­me­di­ans and com­edy events through­out the year. 118–132 En­more Road, New­town. 9550 3666. en­morethe­atre.com.au

METRO THE­ATRE

This in­ti­mate the­atre on Ge­orge Street is an iconic live mu­sic venue. You know you’ve made it in Syd­ney’s mu­sic scene when you head­line a gig here. Whether you like rock, in­die, al­ter­na­tive, hip hop or a bit of ev­ery­thing, there’s al­ways a di­verse line-up of acts on stage at the Metro. 624 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9550 3666. metrothe­atre.com.au

STATE THE­ATRE

From grand mu­si­cals and stand-up com­edy to clas­sic con­certs and pop stars, the ma­jes­tic State The­atre in the heart of the city has seen it all. This iconic venue opened in 1929 and fea­tures el­e­ments of Gothic and Art Deco ar­chi­tec­ture. The mag­nif­i­cent in­te­ri­ors and beau­ti­ful chan­de­liers are a must-see. The State The­atre also hosts movie pre­mieres and is home to the an­nual Syd­ney Film Fes­ti­val. 49 Mar­ket Street, Syd­ney. 9373 6655. stateth­e­atre.com.au

SYD­NEY OPERA HOUSE

It doesn’t get much bet­ter than see­ing live mu­sic at the sub­lime Syd­ney Opera House. From the hal­lowed halls of the Con­cert Hall, to a sum­mer night out in the open-air of the Fore­court, it’s al­ways a very spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence. Choose from cut­ting-edge mu­si­cal acts to clas­si­cal sym­phonies and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. 9250 7777. syd­ney­op­er­a­house.com

THE­ATRE BELL SHAKE­SPEARE

Bell Shake­speare is Aus­tralia’s pre­miere the­atre com­pany per­form­ing the works of Wil­liam Shake­speare. Founded by the leg­endary John Bell, the com­pany has been bring­ing Shake­speare’s words to au­di­ences since 1990, al­ways push­ing bound­aries and chal­leng­ing ex­pec­ta­tions. Syd­ney Opera House, Syd­ney. 8298 9000. bell­shake­speare.com.au

BELVOIR

One of Syd­ney’s most ac­claimed the­atre com­pa­nies, Belvoir, is based in the in­ner-city sub­urb of Surry Hills. De­liv­er­ing an in­no­va­tive pro­gram of dy­namic Aus­tralian the­atre fea­tur­ing some of the coun­try’s best ac­tors, play­wrights and di­rec­tors, across both the Up­stairs and Down­stairs stages. 18 and 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. 9699 3444. belvoir.com.au

HAYES THE­ATRE COM­PANY

For the best in Aus­tralian mu­si­cal the­atre head to Hayes The­atre Com­pany in Potts Point. This small the­atre is home to some big name shows, pro­gram­ming new and in­no­va­tive mu­si­cal the­atre and cabaret. Hayes The­atre Co is a not for profit com­pany, named af­ter Aus­tralian mu­si­cal the­atre leg­end, Nan­cye Hayes. 19 Green­knowe Av­enue, Potts Point. 8065 7337. hayesthe­atre.com.au

SYD­NEY THE­ATRE COM­PANY

Syd­ney The­atre Com­pany (STC) presents a di­verse range of shows through­out the year from clas­sic plays to new, Aus­tralian pro­duc­tions at its own the­atres at The Wharf and at the nearby Roslyn Packer The­atre. Aus­tralian act­ing lu­mi­nar­ies to grace the STC stage in re­cent years in­clude Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Judy Davis and Hugo Weav­ing. The Wharf the­atres, Pier 4, Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. 9250 1777. syd­neythe­atre.com.au

WINE BARS HAND­PICKED CEL­LAR DOOR SYD­NEY

In the heart of funky Chip­pen­dale, you’ll find Hand­picked Wines’ ur­ban cel­lar door. Stop by for a wine tast­ing or try a tast­ing flight and un­cover new wines from dif­fer­ent re­gions. En­joy a se­lec­tion of cheese and char­cu­terie, and take home some wine from the Wine Shop. 50 Kens­ing­ton Street, Chip­pen­dale. 9392 9190. hand­picked­wines.com.au

CHIP­PEN­DALE SPICE AL­LEY

Asian Spice Al­ley is Syd­ney’s not-so-se­cret hid­den din­ing laneway of­fer­ing some truly authen­tic Asian cui­sine. You’ll find Spice Al­ley in Chip­pen­dale’s Kens­ing­ton Street of­fer­ing sev­eral hawker-style eater­ies un­der a ceil­ing of lanterns. Try Sin­ga­porean dishes at Alex Lee Kitchen, Viet­namese at Viet, Thai Street Food at Bang Luck, Malaysian at Old Jim Kee, Can­tonese at Hong Kong Diner and Ja­panese at Kyo-to. 18–20 Kens­ing­ton Street, Chip­pen­dale. Sun–wed 11am–10pm (last or­ders 9:30pm), Thu–sat 11am– 10.30pm (last or­ders 10pm). 9281 0822. spice- al­ley.com.au

CIR­CU­LAR QUAY ARIA

Mod­ern Aus­tralian Aria is an award-win­ning restau­rant by famed Aus­tralian chef Matt Mo­ran. Aria pro­vides a fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with strik­ing har­bour and Syd­ney Opera House views, a seasonal tast­ing menu and ex­ten­sive wine list, served in an in­ti­mate and el­e­gant din­ing room. Aria first opened its doors in 1999 and is highly re­garded and awarded both locally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. 1 Mac­quarie Street, East Cir­cu­lar Quay. Lunch Mon– Fri 12pm–2.15pm, Sat 12pm– 1.30pm (va­cate by 4pm), Sun 12pm–1.45pm (va­cate by 4.30pm); Din­ner Mon–fri 5.30pm–10.30pm, Sat 5pm–11pm, Sun 5.30pm–10pm. 9240 2255. ari­arestau­rant.com/syd­ney

BAR PATRÓN BY ROCKPOOL

Mex­i­can Bar Patrón by Rockpool is a mod­ern Mex­i­can restau­rant. It fea­tures a menu of quin­tes­sen­tial Mex­i­can favourites such as em­panadas, tamales, que­sadil­las and tacos; soups and small plates of es­quites and tostadas; tor­tas and tra­di­tional sand­wiches; and larger plates of en­chi­ladas, en­mo­lada con pollo and shared taco plat­ters. A de­light­ful range of pas­tries and desserts are hand­made on site daily. Cocktails de­liver a re­fresh­ing take on clas­sic Mex­i­can drinks, such as the Paloma, Can­tar­ito and Ponche de Granada. 2 Phillip Street, Syd­ney. Daily mid­day-late. 9259 5624. barpa­tron.com.au

GATE­WAY SYD­NEY

Around The World This din­ing precinct at Cir­cu­lar Quay of­fers a bustling hub of eater­ies to ex­plore. Open seven days a week, Gate­way Syd­ney is home to more than 25 eater­ies that fo­cus just as much on the the­atre of cre­at­ing a dish as they do on serv­ing the best qual­ity pro­duce. Whether you’re af­ter break­fast, lunch, din­ner or even just a cof­fee and af­ter­noon treat, head to Gate­way Syd­ney to try out favourites like Roll’d, Din Tai Fung, Four Frogs Creperie, Burger Project, Chat Thai, Mad Mex, Ge­lato Messina or Zumbo. Al­fred Street, Cir­cu­lar Quay. 9256 6900. gate­waysyd­ney.com.au

THE MEAT & WINE CO CIR­CU­LAR QUAY

Steak­house Lo­cated in the lobby of the iconic In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Syd­ney, The Meat & Wine Co has spared no ex­pense in bring­ing this spec­tac­u­lar steak­house to Syd­ney Har­bour. Rus­tic wooden walls, orig­i­nal arched win­dows, lux­u­ri­ous leather seat­ing, and stone fea­tures make this the ideal set­ting for busi­ness meet­ings and ro­man­tic din­ners alike. Shop 12, Lobby, In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Syd­ney, 117 Mac­quarie Street, Cir­cu­lar Quay. Lunch and din­ner Sun– Thu 12pm–10pm and Fri–sat 12pm–11pm. 9252 7888. the­meatand­wineco.com

PORTSIDE SYD­NEY

Mod­ern Aus­tralian Re­lax by the har­bour with un­in­ter­rupted views and dis­cover one of the Syd­ney Opera House’s best-kept se­crets. With an in­ven­tive menu show­cas­ing lo­cal seasonal pro­duce and re­laxed ta­ble ser­vice din­ing, Portside Syd­ney fea­tures a new look in­te­rior in­clud­ing stylish in­door fur­ni­ture, cre­at­ing a re­laxed lounge space for those look­ing for an in­ti­mate, ca­sual din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Of­fer­ing prethe­atre din­ing and high tea as well as brunch, lunch and din­ner, Portside Syd­ney is the per­fect place to un­wind while look­ing out over Syd­ney’s fa­mous har­bour. Western Broad­walk, Syd­ney Opera House, Syd­ney. Mon– Fri lunch from 11.30am and din­ner from 5pm, Sat–sun from 11.30am. 9250 7220. port­sidesyd­ney.com.au

THE SPICE ROOM

In­dian The Spice Room in the heart of Cir­cu­lar Quay, serves a com­bi­na­tion of In­dian street food from old Delhi such as Jhal Muri and Mum­bai Papdi Chat along­side up­mar­ket din­ing with Royal Ban­quets and Tan­doori del­i­ca­cies such as Chicken Tikka Hy­der­abadi and Pa­neer Siz­zler Skewer Ajwaini. The ex­otic colours and heady aro­mas of spices are com­bined per­fectly to cre­ate a sub­lime taste for all pa­trons. Ground Floor, The Quay Build­ing, 2 Phillip Street, Syd­ney. Daily lunch 12pm–3pm and din­ner 5pm–10.30pm. 9251 7722. thes­pice­room.com.au

360 BAR AND DIN­ING

Mod­ern Aus­tralian This stylish and in­ti­mate restau­rant of­fers guests an in­dul­gent culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence with 360-de­gree re­volv­ing views of the city. With dark ma­hogany wood fin­ishes and soft am­bi­ent light­ing, 360 Bar and Din­ing pro­vides a breath­tak­ing set­ting with an un­beat­able back­drop. In the kitchen, tra­di­tional tech­niques are com­bined with con­tem­po­rary flair to cre­ate sea­son­ally chang­ing menus util­is­ing the best in fresh pro­duce. Re­cep­tion Level 4, West­field Syd­ney, be­tween Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, Syd­ney. Daily lunch 12pm– 4pm (last seat­ing 2pm) and din­ner 5.30pm–11pm (last seat­ing 9pm). 8223 3883. 360din­ing.com.au

BOTANIC GAR­DENS RESTAU­RANT

Mod­ern Aus­tralian The pic­turesque Botanic Gar­dens Restau­rant is an en­chant­ing venue of­fer­ing open-air din­ing in exquisite gar­den sur­rounds. En­joy a lunch dur­ing the week, or long break­fast on the weekends, and in­dulge in qual­ity food with their sea­son­ally chang­ing menus. The café pro­vides an ex­cel­lent ca­sual spot for lunch with a se­lec­tion of gourmet sand­wiches, sal­ads, baked goods and ex­cel­lent cof­fee. Royal Botanic Gar­den Syd­ney, Mrs Mac­quar­ies Road, Syd­ney. Restau­rant: Lunch daily 12pm–3pm, break­fast Sat–sun 9.30am–11.30am. Cafe: Daily 8.30am– 4.30pm. 1300 558 980. botani­crestau­rant.com.au

FRATELLI FRESH

Ital­ian Fratelli Fresh is Syd­ney’s lead­ing provi­dore, spe­cial­is­ing in fresh pro­duce and serv­ing up authen­tic Ital­ian fine food. The menu he­roes the very best of Ital­ian cook­ing, where sim­plic­ity meets ro­bust flavours and fresh pro­duce. The por­tions are gen­er­ous and the menu is ex­ten­sive with beau­ti­fully blended wines to com­ple­ment a mix­ture of savoury dishes, pas­tas and piz­zas. Buon Ap­petito! 11 Bridge Street, Syd­ney. 9259 5692. 229–231 Mac­quarie Street, Syd­ney. 9259 5672. Shop 8, 16 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. 9259 5674. 52 Mitchell Road, Alexandria. 9259 5691. Level 5, West­field Syd­ney. 8099 7055. 118 Wil­loughby Road, Crows Nest. 8099 7070. 211 Bent Street, Moore Park, En­ter­tain­ment Quar­ter. 8099 7069. fratel­lifresh.com.au

INDU

In­dian/sri Lankan Go on a jour­ney to the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent at INDU. Their flavour­some menu of cui­sine from Sri Lanka and south­ern In­dia is fused with mod­ern in­flu­ences. The menu is di­vided into sec­tions for easy choos­ing and is de­signed to share. Try the pan-seared scal­lops in a shell with cau­li­flower puree, cumin, fin­ger lime and green mango pickle, or the in­ven­tive squid ink hop­per with spice-crusted tuna, pomelo and tuna belly pickle. There’s also a great range of cool cocktails as well as their sig­na­ture gin and ton­ics, and the friendly staff are al­ways on hand to help choose. 350 Ge­orge Street, (en­try via An­gel Place) Syd­ney. Mon–fri 12pm–late and Sat 5pm–late. 9223 0158. in­du­din­ing.com.au

JADE TEM­PLE

Can­tonese Ex­pe­ri­ence clas­sic Can­tonese cui­sine at Jade Tem­ple. The menu fea­tures dishes such as le­mon chicken, honey prawns and steamed fish with gin­ger and shal­lot. Housed in the his­toric Burns Philp & Co. build­ing on Bridge Street, Jade Tem­ple draws on its her­itage-listed fea­tures and soar­ing ceil­ing as the dé­cor takes its cue from Asia’s colo­nial past with el­e­gant plan­ta­tion shut­ters and colour­ful fab­ric mo­tifs on the walls. 11 Bridge Street, Syd­ney. Mon–thu 12pm–3pm and 6pm–10.30pm, Fri 12pm–3pm, 5.30pm–11pm, Sat 5.30pm–11pm and Sun 5.30pm–10pm. 9252 1888. jade­tem­ple.com.au

KID KYOTO

Ja­panese With a se­ri­ous nod to the iconic mu­sic of the 80s and 90s, Kid Kyoto is a mod­ern Ja­panese restau­rant in­spired by the Iza­kaya bars of Ja­pan. With a hand-picked sound­track of clas­sic tunes playing from Nir­vana to Por­tishead, Kid Kyoto is a feast for all your senses. The menu is di­vided into dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal sec­tions. Go “Raw & Un­plugged” with the beef tartare ‘teriyaki flavour’, nashi pear and whipped kat­suobushi, or take to the “Main Stage” with the Soundgar­den-in­spired ‘Black Hole Sun’ pork belly with nori jam, ap­ple and pick­led radish. 17–19 Bridge Street (en­try via Bridge Lane), Syd­ney. Mon– Fri 12pm–late, Sat 5pm–late. 9241 1991. kid­ky­oto.com.au

KINGSLEYS AUS­TRALIAN STEAK­HOUSE

Steak­house Lo­cated in the heart of the Syd­ney CBD, Kingsleys Aus­tralian Steak­house is housed in a for­mer can­dle fac­tory. En­joy a per­fect steak and a glass of wine in this rus­tic steak­house. They be­lieve in serv­ing pre­mium qual­ity beef in a sim­ple man­ner al­low­ing true flavour and tex­ture to shine. 29A King Street, Syd­ney. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm– 3pm, din­ner Mon–sat 5.30pm–10pm. 9295 5080. kings­leysaust­steak.com.au

LE PETIT FLOT

French Ja­panese Lo­cated at The Tank Stream Ho­tel, Syd­ney, Le Petit Flot restau­rant of­fers con­tem­po­rary French cui­sine with a Ja­panese in­flu­ence. With shar­ing plates and large com­mu­nal ta­bles, you can en­joy French cui­sine and fine meats in the heart of Syd­ney CBD. Ex­pe­ri­ence flavours in­spired by French cook­ing tech­niques com­ple­mented with a Ja­panese in­flu­ence. Level 2, 97 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm–3pm, din­ner Mon– Sat 5.30pm–10pm. 8222 1270. lep­etit­flot.com

ME­DUSA GREEK MEZE

Greek Set in the heart of Syd­ney’s CBD and part of the Me­dusa restau­rant fam­ily, Me­dusa Greek Meze brings Greek street food to Syd­ney. You’re in­vited to sit back and re­lax within a warm and com­fort­able set­ting, as you sip Greek wine and peo­ple watch while in­dulging in the authen­tic flavours of Greece. 111 York Street, Syd­ney. Mon– Fri 7.30am–10pm. 9283 2423. medusagreek­meze.com.au

ME­DUSA GREEK TAVERNA

Greek From the sun soaked hills of Greece comes Me­dusa Greek Taverna. Tra­di­tional fam­ily recipes and farm fresh in­gre­di­ents com­bined with the love of authen­tic Greek cook­ing is what you will find at this restau­rant in Syd­ney’s CBD. Owned and oper­ated by Peter Kout­sopou­los, Me­dusa Greek Taverna suc­ceeds in cre­at­ing a true Greek ex­pe­ri­ence. 2 Mar­ket Street (Cor­ner Mar­ket and Kent Streets), Syd­ney. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm–3.30pm, din­ner Mon–sat 5.30pm–9pm (last book­ing). 9267 0799. medusagreek­tav­erna.com.au

MÉJICO

Mex­i­can This mod­ern Mex­i­can trea­sure is in the heart of Syd­ney’s busy CBD. Méjico is a funky, con­tem­po­rary restau­rant that places a huge em­pha­sis on fresh, mouth­wa­ter­ing in­gre­di­ents. Most of the menu is tapas-style and de­signed to share, but there are larger mains avail­able too. The ta­ble-made guacamole with plan­tain chips is a must, or why not try the grilled ocean trout tacos, or the highly pop­u­lar corn lol­lipops. The friendly staff are al­ways on hand to help with ever-im­por­tant menu de­ci­sions and for drinks, there’s a huge range of tequila to choose from, as well as cocktails, san­gria and wine. 105 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. Mon–sat 12pm–late. 9230 0119. mejico.com.au

THE PAV­IL­ION

Mod­ern Aus­tralian The Pav­il­ion is seated on the edge of The Do­main di­rectly op­po­site the Art Gallery of NSW. The Pav­il­ion of­fers a uniquely-shaped curved build­ing, with mod­ern in­te­ri­ors and leafy gar­den vis­tas. With an em­pha­sis on fresh pro­duce, the sea­son­ally chang­ing menus are crafted with a mod­ern Aus­tralian flare, of­fer­ing guests qual­ity food matched with at­ten­tive ser­vice. 1 Art Gallery Road, Syd­ney. Restau­rant: Daily 9am–3pm. Kiosk: Daily 8am– 4pm. 1300 300 278. pavil­ion­restau­rant.com.au

SPICE TEM­PLE

Chinese This city restau­rant is at the fore­front of mod­ern Chinese din­ing. It fo­cuses on dishes from China’s lesser known re­gions. The dark and in­ti­mate sur­round­ings add to the mys­tique, while the menu def­i­nitely favours those who en­joy a hit of spice. With in­cred­i­ble ser­vice and di­vine food, Spice Tem­ple lives up to its name. 10 Bligh Street, Syd­ney. Mon–wed 12pm–3pm and 6pm–10.30pm, Thu–fri 12pm–3pm and 6pm–11pm, Sat 5.30pm–11pm and Sun 6pm–10pm. 8078 1888. spicetem­ple.com.au

STEEL BAR AND GRILL

Mod­ern Aus­tralian Steel Bar and Grill have sourced the finest cuts of meat from qual­ity pro­duc­ers and have en­hanced their flavour with a nat­u­ral smokey good­ness that only a wood­fired grill

can pro­duce. If a quick bite and a drink is what you’re af­ter, then grab a spot on their en­closed ter­race and try some Syd­ney rock oys­ters and a glass of wine. 60 Car­ring­ton Street, Syd­ney. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm– 3pm, din­ner Mon–sat 6pm–late. 9299 9997. steel­barand­grill.com

SYD­NEY TOWER BUF­FET

Mod­ern Aus­tralian Syd­ney Tower Buf­fet of­fers din­ers over 60 freshly pre­pared dishes from a range of cuisines, in­clud­ing mod­ern Aus­tralian, Viet­namese, Chinese, Ja­panese, Ital­ian and a se­lec­tion of fresh seafood, not to men­tion the DIY dessert bar. At­ten­tive and friendly ser­vice is matched with spec­tac­u­lar 360-de­gree views of the city, mak­ing this a unique din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike. Re­cep­tion Level 4, Syd­ney West­field Cen­tre, be­tween Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, Syd­ney. Daily lunch 11.30am– 3.30pm (last seat­ing 2pm) and din­ner 5pm–10.30pm (last seat­ing 9pm). 8223 3800. syd­ney­tower­buf­fet.com.au

THE TEA ROOM QVB

Tra­di­tional High Tea What bet­ter way to cap­ture the sense of oc­ca­sion than with the time-hon­oured rit­ual of tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea. In­dulge in a truly unique ex­pe­ri­ence from Royal Al­bert fine china and British sil­ver­ware set­tings, to the delectable se­lec­tion of pe­tits fours pre­pared by the award-win­ning patissier. Tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea in­cludes a set se­lec­tion of sweet cakes and savoury pas­tries, se­lec­tion of fin­ger sand­wiches, home­made scones with pre­serve and cream and a wide se­lec­tion of tea or cof­fee. Level 3, North End, Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, 455 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. Morn­ing tea Mon–fri 10am–12pm. Tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea daily 10am– close. 9283 7279. thetea­room.com.au

BLACKBIRD

Mod­ern Aus­tralian Set in Dar­ling Har­bour’s bustling Cockle Bay Wharf, Blackbird uses the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents to cre­ate mouth­wa­ter­ing burg­ers, stone-oven piz­zas and more. The mod­ern Aus­tralian menu is not only sat­is­fy­ing but also ad­ven­tur­ous in an at­mos­phere that ex­udes so­cia­bil­ity. Bal­cony level, Cockle Bay Wharf, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily 11.30am–late. 9283 7385. black­bird­cafe.com.au

CASA RISTORANTE ITALIANO

Ital­ian Head chef Ro­mano has used his Ital­ian his­tory and her­itage to cre­ate unique dishes to suit the taste buds of Syd­ney lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike. You will en­joy de­li­cious clas­sic Ital­ian food made from Syd­ney’s fresh­est pro­duce, with a great wine list to match. The wood­fired piz­zas are a must and will have you trans­ported to Italy with ev­ery bite. 42– 48 The Prom­e­nade, King Street Wharf, Syd­ney. Daily 11.30am–late, Sat–sun break­fast from 8.30am. 9279 4115. love­casa.com.au

GEORGES MEDITER­RANEAN BAR & GRILL

Mediter­ranean Georges Mediter­ranean Bar & Grill sources the finest pro­duce to cre­ate their flavour­some dishes. Georges’ sim­ple and unique con­cept mixed with their flare and am­biance stems from the heart of the Mediter­ranean, giv­ing vis­i­tors a spe­cial din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. With stun­ning views of Dar­ling Har­bour, sig­na­ture cocktails and unique wines, Georges will def­i­nitely se­duce your taste­buds! Wharf 3, The Prom­e­nade, King Street Wharf, Syd­ney. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm–3pm, din­ner 5.30pm–10.30pm and lunch Sat–sun 12pm–4pm, din­ner 5.30pm–10.30pm. 9295 5066. georges­restau­rant.com.au

HAR­BOUR KITCHEN & BAR

Mod­ern Aus­tralian Span­ning across the bal­cony level of Har­bour­side, Har­bour Bar & Kitchen (HBK) of­fers stun­ning views of Syd­ney Har­bour and the iconic Syd­ney city sky­line from ev­ery seat in the house. HBK is a world-class din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence paired with a luxe out­door bar scene. The menu of­fers the finest char­coal oven meats, seafood and veg­eta­bles, as well as in­no­va­tive smaller share plates. Shop 437 & 447, Level 2, Har­bour­side Shop­ping Cen­tre, 2–10 Dar­ling Drive, Dar­ling Har­bour. Mon– Fri 10am–late, Sat–sun 9am–late. 9280 2029. har­bour­barand­kitchen.com.au

HUNTER & BAR­REL

Mod­ern Aus­tralian Hunter & Bar­rel is a so­phis­ti­cated take on the hunter’s way, where an­cient rit­ual com­bines with raw el­e­ments of na­ture in a mod­ern set­ting. In­side, you can hear the crackle from the fire, smell the meat smok­ing and see the stacks of coals by the pit. With abun­dant food of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing braised soups, slow-cooked meats, pies, and hearty stews pre­pared by their sig­na­ture coal and spit ro­tis­serie, Hunter & Bar­rel is the per­fect place to feast with friends and fam­ily. Ten­ancy 303, Cockle Bay Wharf, Dar­ling Har­bour. Sun–thu 12pm–10pm, Fri–sat 12pm–10.30pm. 9264 9888. hunterand­bar­rel.com

MEAT DIS­TRICT CO

Mod­ern Aus­tralian At Meat Dis­trict Co, the hang­ing cured meats, fall-off-the­bone ribs and fresh-made bread will leave noth­ing to be de­sired. Their menu fea­tures ten­der and juicy steaks, slow roasted ribs, suc­cu­lent burg­ers, the fresh­est of sal­ads and ir­re­sistible desserts. Shop R3, 11 Lime Street, King Street Wharf, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily 11am–late. 9299 9762. meat­dis­trictco.com.au

PLANAR

Mod­ern Aus­tralian Con­ve­niently lo­cated on the ground floor of the ICC Syd­ney in the heart of Dar­ling Har­bour, Planar is the per­fect spot for a bite to eat any time of the day or night. From prawn lol­lipops and Tex-mex na­chos to burg­ers, stone-baked piz­zas and mains like Amer­i­can pork ribs and Aus­tralian shred­ded wagyu, there’s some­thing on the menu to cater to every­one’s tastes. Tempt­ing desserts and a wide va­ri­ety of drinks are also on of­fer. Shop C08, Ground Floor, ICC Syd­ney, 1A Har­bour Street, Syd­ney. Daily 7am–12am. 9212 6789. pla­nar­restau­rant.com.au

SORENZO

Ja­panese Sorenzo brings con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese flavours to Dar­ling Har­bour for guests to ex­pe­ri­ence whilst tak­ing in the calm­ing wa­ter­front views of the har­bour. Rang­ing from sashimi to wagyu steaks, Sorenzo en­com­passes the ever-chang­ing Ja­panese cui­sine by in­fus­ing

Ja­panese flavours into western in­gre­di­ents to pro­vide a fresh change of pace, whilst keep­ing some of the Ja­panese favourites for the tra­di­tion­al­ists. Shop 347, Level 2, Har­bour­side Shop­ping Cen­tre, 2–10 Dar­ling Drive, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily lunch 12pm– 3pm, din­ner 5.30pm–late. 9211 9550. sorenzo.com.au

STEERSONS

Steak­house Steersons of­fers pre­mium qual­ity in all as­pects of their din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence—from the restau­rant set­ting to the ex­cel­lent steak. Their steaks are sec­ond to none in qual­ity, taste and tex­ture; they are suc­cu­lent and sump­tu­ous and matched by an im­pres­sive and ex­ten­sive wine list fea­tur­ing Aus­tralian and im­ported wines. If you are a steak lover, then a visit to Steersons is a must. 17 Lime Street, King Street Wharf, Syd­ney. Daily lunch 12pm–3pm, din­ner 5.30pm–10.30pm. 9295 5060. steersons.com.au

DAR­LINGHURST HOP­PER KADE

Sri Lankan Hop­per Kade serves a mod­ern take on Sri Lankan cui­sine. They fuse tra­di­tional Sri Lankan flavours with western cook­ing tech­niques and Aus­tralian in­flu­ences. Their sig­na­ture hop­pers are made in-house from fer­mented rice flour and co­conut milk. The hop­pers are nat­u­rally dairy and gluten free, filled with a free-range egg and new ad­di­tions such as Lankan­spiced 12-hour beef brisket and pulled pork. The menu also fea­tures Roti wraps, a Sri Lankan roti filled with biryani rice, pickle and hung yo­ghurt and Biryani plates made with a base of biryani rice, topped with pickle, co­conut sam­bol and a choice of fill­ings such as beet­root curry or spiced chicken. 253 Crown Street, Dar­linghurst. Tue 11am–3pm, Wed–fri 11am–3pm and 5pm–10pm, Sat–sun 8am–3pm and 5pm–10pm. hop­perkade.com.au

IN­NER WEST THE GREEN LION

Ve­gan Lo­cated in the in­ner­west sub­urb of Rozelle, The Green Lion is said to be Aus­tralia’s first-pub of­fer­ing a 100% plant-based menu. You’ll get all your reg­u­lar pub favourites but with a ve­gan twist. Try their ve­gan ver­sion of burg­ers, hot dogs, pizza, lasagna, chicken schnitzel, “seafood” bas­kets, na­chos and more. Up­stairs at The Red Lion Ho­tel, 726 Dar­ling Street, Rozelle. Wed–thu 6pm– 9pm, Fri 6pm–9.30pm, Sat 12.30pm–9.30pm, Sun 12.30pm– 8.30pm. the­green­lion.com.au

TRAMSHEDS

Around The World Filled with top-notch restau­rants and food provi­dores, Tramsheds Harold Park is the per­fect pit stop for the hun­gry diner with many op­tions to choose from. The Tramsheds site is the for­mer home of the Rozelle Tramway De­pot which was orig­i­nally built in 1904. In­side the build­ing you’ll find a mix of restau­rants that all fo­cus on food, sus­tain­abil­ity and com­mu­nity. Restau­rants in­clude Belles Hot Chicken, Flour Eggs Wa­ter, Osaka Trad­ing Co, Ge­lato Messina, Bekya, Butcher and the Farmer and Fish and Co. 1 Dal­gal Way, For­est Lodge. Daily 7am–10pm. 8398 5695. tramshedssyd­ney.com.au

MOS­MAN BURNT OR­ANGE

Mod­ern Aus­tralian/high Tea Lo­cated in the beau­ti­ful Syd­ney sub­urb of Mos­man, Burnt Or­ange is housed in a stun­ning sand­stone man­sion over­look­ing Syd­ney har­bour. Their café is open daily serv­ing yummy break­fast, lunch, high tea and af­ter­noon tea. The menu fo­cuses on buying the best qual­ity in­gre­di­ents from the top sup­pli­ers in Syd­ney and they change their menu sea­son­ally. 1109 Mid­dle Head Road, Mos­man. Mon–fri 8.30am– 4pm and Sat–sun 8.30am–5.30pm. 9969 1120. burn­tor­ange.com.au

GUN­NERS’ BAR­RACKS

Mod­ern Aus­tralian/high Tea This for­mer mil­i­tary bar­racks was orig­i­nally de­signed and con­structed in 1873. Grand Pa­cific Group re­stored and re-opened Gun­ners’ Bar­racks in 2005 as a stun­ning din­ing and events venue. With views across Syd­ney har­bour and in­te­rior fea­tures in­clud­ing hand-printed Florence Broad­hurst wall­pa­per, Czech crys­tal chan­de­liers and or­nate an­tique fur­ni­ture, Gun­ners’ Bar­racks truly is a unique world-class din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. End of Suakin Drive, Georges Heights, Mos­man. Devon­shire, morn­ing and af­ter­noon tea from 10am week­days. Af­ter­noon tea from 10am weekends. À la carte lunch from 12pm Mon–fri. 8962 5900. gun­ners­bar­racks.com.au

THE ROCKS THE AR­GYLE

Mod­ern Aus­tralian With six unique spa­ces un­der the one roof, The Ar­gyle is per­fect for any oc­ca­sion. Whether it be cocktails in the sleek and stylish Belvedere Bar, drinks in the re­laxed lounge or a pri­vate party in the in­ti­mate sur­rounds of the Reibey Room. You can even grab a de­li­cious lunch or din­ner at The Ar­gyle Kitchen. 18 Ar­gyle Street, The Rocks. Daily 11am–late. 9247 5500. thear­gyle­rocks.com

THE CUT BAR & GRILL

Steak­house Housed within a her­itage cel­lar in the heart of The Rocks, The Cut Bar & Grill was in­spired by New York’s su­per-chic steak restau­rants. The menu cel­e­brates the very finest cuts of prime Aus­tralian beef and sus­tain­able seafood and the dishes are cooked to per­fec­tion and matched with im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice and fine wines. 16 Ar­gyle Street, The Rocks. Mon–fri lunch 12pm–3pm and din­ner 5.30pm–10.30pm, Sat 5.30pm–11pm, Sun 5.30pm–10pm. 9259 5695. cut­barand­grill.com

EL CAMINO CANTINA

Tex-mex Lo­cated in the heart of The Rocks precinct, El Camino Cantina boasts two huge bars fea­tur­ing fully-re­stored 1957 Chevy trunks, com­pli­men­tary fresh salsa and chips and a large din­ing room, all with an ex­plo­sive TexMex meets rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Think mus­cle cars, mo­tor­bikes and neon signs with glim­mer­ing lights. It’s all about big, bold flavours as well as freshly blended mar­gar­i­tas. 18 Ar­gyle Street, The Rocks. Mon–thu 12pm–12am, Fri–sat 12pm–1am, Sun 12pm–10pm. 9259 5668. el­caminocantina.com.au

FISH AT THE ROCKS

Seafood This fam­ily-owned restau­rant fea­tures im­ages of the early-20th-cen­tury fish­ing boats on its walls, while the menu in­cludes exquisite of­fer­ings such as the chef’s sig­na­ture dish of whole baked baby bar­ra­mundi stuffed with prawns and veg­eta­bles, as well as tra­di­tional seafood of­fer­ings of oys­ters, lob­ster, prawns and scal­lops plus the daily spe­cials board. 29 Kent Street, The Rocks. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm– 2.15pm, din­ner daily 6pm–9.15pm. 9252 4614. fishatthe­rocks.com.au

MU­NICH BRAUHAUS

Bavar­ian Mu­nich Brauhaus is a tra­di­tional Bavar­ian bier­haus, where guests can dine, drink and party like Ok­to­ber­fest never ended. Lo­cated in Syd­ney’s his­toric Rocks dis­trict it is a bier lovers’ de­light. Try the venue’s very own sig­na­ture Mu­nich Lager, as well as a se­ries of ex­clu­sively im­ported Bavar­ian Biers, while the menu in­cludes crispy pork belly, pork knuckle, spicy squid and haus-made sausages. Cnr Ar­gyle and Play­fair Streets, The Rocks. Mon– Fri 11am–late, Sat–sun 9am–late. 9247 7785. mu­nich­brauhaus.com

PONY LOUNGE & DIN­ING

Mod­ern Aus­tralian Pony’s open-plan kitchen fea­tures a wood-fired Ar­gen­tinian grill and the in­te­rior in­cludes her­itage brick walls, wo­ven art hang­ings and pen­dant lights hung from the orig­i­nal tim­ber ceil­ing. The out­door deck has a stylish bar and com­mu­nal din­ing ta­ble, per­fect for cocktails, shar­ing small plates with friends, or a more in­ti­mate din­ner for two. The Rocks Cen­tre, cnr Ken­dall Lane and Ar­gyle Street, The Rocks. Daily lunch 12pm–3pm, din­ner from 5.30pm. 9252 7797. pony­din­ingth­e­rocks.com

SAKÉ RESTAU­RANT & BAR

Ja­panese Saké Restau­rant & Bar com­bines funky dé­cor and de­li­cious Ja­panese cui­sine to cre­ate a truly ex­cit­ing din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Top ex­ec­u­tive chefs de­liver an in­trigu­ing blend of new-style sushi and clas­sic dishes in a stun­ning con­tem­po­rary space. The bar serves 50 kinds of saké as well as a se­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary cocktails. 12 Ar­gyle Street, The Rocks. Lunch Mon–sun 12pm– 3pm, din­ner Mon–thu 5.30pm–10.30pm, Fri–sat 5.30pm–11.30pm and Sun 5pm–10pm. 9259 5656. Also lo­cated at 33 Cross Street, Dou­ble Bay. Lunch Mon–sun 12pm–3pm, din­ner Sun–thu 5.30pm–10pm, Fri–sat 5.30pm–11pm. 8017 3104. sak­er­estau­rant.com.au

SYD­NEY HAR­BOUR CAP­TAIN COOK CRUISES

Mod­ern Aus­tralian/high Tea Din­ing on Syd­ney’s shim­mer­ing har­bour is a must and Cap­tain Cook Cruises of­fers pre­mium din­ing on­board Syd­ney’s most pres­ti­gious cruise ships. A com­pre­hen­sive range of lunch, high tea and din­ner op­tions are avail­able over four decks and pri­vate din­ing rooms. For the ul­ti­mate din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence try the Gold or Plat­inum Pen­folds din­ner op­tions in­clud­ing six course de­gus­ta­tion din­ing and a se­lec­tion of Aus­tralia’s most cel­e­brated wines. Cir­cu­lar Quay ( Wharf 6) and Dar­ling Har­bour (Pier 26). 9206 1111. cap­tain­cook.com.au

WALSH BAY WALSH BAY KITCHEN

Mod­ern Aus­tralian Walsh Bay Kitchen is lo­cated in the heart of Syd­ney’s vi­brant arts and the­atre dis­trict at Walsh Bay. Their in­no­va­tive menu fea­tures Aus­tralian fare and pro­duce from Syd­ney’s finest provi­dores. The Walsh Bay Kitchen bar of­fers a space for pre-the­atre go­ers and lo­cals to meet. Fur­nished with select cosy lounge chairs, com­plete with an im­pres­sive wine list and cre­ative cocktails. 22 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. Tue–sat lunch from mid­day, din­ner from 5pm, Sun din­ner from 5pm, as per per­for­mances. 1300 368 801. wal­sh­bayk­itchen.com.au

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