A New Side to Sydney
The The Australian city is adding some impressive lifestyle districts
Sydney has added two new areas to its already formidable range of lifestyle developments, both within easy reach of the Central Business District. In years to come, Barangaroo, located behind the Harbour Bridge, is almost certain to be part of any business-related itinerary, given that the ambitious and expansive complex is targeted at the corporate world, with gleaming office towers and, by year-end, a range of upscale restaurants. A casinoresort is also planned for the gigantic site, which features parkland, walkways, fast-food outlets and coffee shops.
Chippendale Creative Precinct is a rather less grandiose project – more a gentrification of a once-seedy suburb at the top of the main George Street thoroughfare. It now hosts art galleries, boutiques, noodle bars and gourmet restaurants, including the Kensington Street Social, operated by star UK chef Jason Atherton. Take a wander through either district if you get some time between meetings.
The developers of Barangaroo (barangaroo.com) clearly have deep pockets – illustrated by their decision to trumpet their food and beverage aspirations by hosting a pop-up of the world’s best restaurant, Noma, in February and March this year.
Even before the first dish was served, it had generated a huge buzz in Australia, with 27,000 people on the waiting list for a table at the oceanside venue. Danish chef René Redzepi spent months scouring the country for ingredients before creating a menu that included seafood paired with wattle seed, lantana flowers and crocodile fat. It was meant to send the message to Sydneysiders – and the world at large – that Barangaroo was aiming high by offering a formidable range of gourmet options. The space where Noma operated will, in time, be occupied by the popular Aussie