BREEZE IN FOR THE BUZZ
Start with lunch on a 24-hour mini-break in Barangaroo
Iam embarrassed to admit that as a Sydneysider I’ve never been to check out the new (ish) harbourside precinct of Barangaroo. I’ve heard about its top-notch restaurants, and I’ve got friends who work in its slick new skyscrapers but, as often happens, checking out your own city takes a back seat to other sightseeing plans.
That is, until an offer to spend 24 hours in Barangaroo hits my inbox. And the realisation that sometimes the best mini-breaks are right here at home. Here’s what I discovered.
BARANGAROO LOVES TO EAT
Lunching is a thing at Barangaroo. There’s a whole strip of waterfront restaurants plus more in the laneways behind. On this particular Friday, the sun is shining, venues are overflowing – it’s outdoor dining at its best. Barangaroo is where it’s at for your “long lunch” vibes with a line-up of new eateries, bars and cafes.
Originally filled with pop-ups (who can forget Rene Redzepi’s famous Noma pop-up in 2016 that sold out in four minutes, and generated a waiting list of more than 27,000 names), now venues are in it for the long-term. So it seems fitting that my itinerary includes a pit stop at the Turkishinspired Anason, Barangaroo’s first permanent restaurant. Anason is modelled on a Turkish meyhane (drinking bar), and there’s even a traditional Turkish food cart out front, stocked with simit (ring-shaped sesame bread, a quintessential Turkish street food snack).
Take your appetite and prepare to share. Scoop up labne yoghurt and BARANGAROO HOUSE
Smoke Bar at Barangaroo House is the rooftop place to be spritzing; kick on with 500 American whiskeys at Nola Smokehouse and Bar.