A New Side to Syd­ney

The The Aus­tralian city is adding some im­pres­sive life­style dis­tricts

Business Traveler (USA) - - INSIDE - By Mark Gra­ham

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

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