BREEZE IN FOR THE BUZZ

Start with lunch on a 24-hour mini-break in Baranga­roo

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - DESTINATION SYDNEY - ROWENA RYAN

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

PIC­TURES: COLE BEN­NETTS, SUP­PLIED

Smoke Bar at Baranga­roo House is the rooftop place to be spritz­ing; kick on with 500 Amer­i­can whiskeys at Nola Smoke­house and Bar.

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