ASK THE EXPERT
CHIEF CONCIERGE, SYDNEY HARBOUR MARRIOTT HOTEL
Q: Describe your perfect Sydney day.
A: My perfect Sydney day would start with a morning jog or walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens, followed by a good coffee and some breakfast in any one of Sydney’s excellent cafés. My personal favourite coffee in the city would have to be Cabrito Coffee Traders. Catching the ferry to Manly is a must do—you can learn to surf, snorkel at Shelly Beach, hire a bicycle, kayak in the harbour or go for a bush walk through the North Head National Parks (maybe spot the little penguin colony) and then enjoy a casual lunch at The Boathouse Shelly Beach. I would then head back to the city and enjoy the sunset and a cocktail at the Smoke Bar in Barangaroo House, ending the day with dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants at the new foodie precinct of Barangaroo.
Q: Do you have a favourite pub or bar for a warming winter wine?
A: At the moment the Bulletin Place laneway is an excellent option if you’re not sure what you want to drink. There is Tapavino, one of Sydney’s best Tapas bars with an excellent selection of Spanish wines. For a cocktail, head upstairs to the hidden Bulletin Place Bar which ranks in the top 50 bars in the world and the new Three Bottle Man for alfresco drinking under the heaters with an excellent selection of Australian wines, beers and cocktails.
Q: If it’s raining outside, where do you recommend to go for indoor fun?
A: For art lovers you have the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of New South Wales or browse through over 2500 pieces of Aboriginal art at the Kate Owen Gallery in Rozelle. For families, you can’t go past Darling Harbour where you can enjoy SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo or Madame Tussauds. A great interactive science and technology museum is the Powerhouse Museum. For history, you can’t go past the Australian Museum for flora, fauna, dinosaurs and Aboriginal history.